Rice Krispie Date Balls, easy, healthy and delicious no bake cookies that I've loved since I was a kid.
Author: Martha | Simple Nourished Living
1cuppacked light brown sugar
1cupfinely chopped pitted dates (don't use already chopped dates)
2largeeggs, lightly beaten
3cupsRice Krispies cereal
1cupsweetened coconut flakes
Line a cookie sheet with wax paper.
In a large cold skillet, combine the brown sugar, dates, and eggs. Cook over medium low heat, stirring constantly until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture becomes a thick paste. (Note: If the mixture boils longer than 3 minutes or it may turn hard/crumbly and become difficult to work with.)
Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the vanilla, cereal, and coconut until well combined.
Let cool slightly, then when cool enough to handle, squeeze and shape the mixture into 1-inch balls. (You have to actually squeeze them and then shape them into balls. If they are really dry, try moistening your hands with water as you shape them. They don’t have to be perfectly round. )
Place on a lined baking sheet and refrigerate until chilled. Chill at least 1 hour before serving.
Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Rice Krispie Date Balls Recipe Variations:
Coconut Coated Rice Krispie Date Balls: Instead of stirring coconut into the mixture, place it in a shallow dish and roll the Rice Krispie date balls in the coconut to coat them.
Vegan Rice Krispie Date Balls: Substitute the eggs with 1/4 cup vegan margarine.
Rice Krispie Date Cookie bars: If rolling them into balls is too much work, press the mixture into a greased casserole dish like a batch of rice krispie treats. Then sprinkle the top with coconut and pressed it lightly into the mixture. Allow to cool completely and then cut into bars. Much easier and just as tasty!
Nutty Crispy Rice Date Balls: Substitute a portion of the crisp rice cereal with chopped nuts (pecans, walnuts, pistachios, etc.)
Festive: Add 1/4 chopped dried cranberries to the date mixture during the last few minutes of cooking for a holiday spark.