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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Dairy Free Date Balls

On Saturday night, after a week of healthy eating, I was really craving something sweet. Mike and I ran out to Price Chopper to pick up some treats, but no rice milk chocolate bars or dairy free oatmeal cookies could satisfy my sweet tooth. That's when I decided to whip up a batch of date balls. I saw a few sweet recipes that called for dates, such as Chocolate Covered Katie's Samoas Fudge Babies, but I decided to go ahead and create my own concoction!

Dairy Free Date Balls

8 oz dates 
1/2 cup brown sugar 
1/4 cup dairy free butter
1 tsp vanilla 
1 cup rice krispies 
1/4 cup coconut flakes 

Blend dates. In a saucepan, melt dairy free butter and brown sugar over medium heat. Stir in dates and some coconut. Remove from heat and mix in rice krispies and vanilla. Allow to cool for a few minutes. Shape the mixture into 10 individual balls, then roll them in coconut flakes.

Voila! My sweet tooth was satisfied! These date balls about 175 calories each. They are great for a quick energizing snack if you are on the go, but probably not the best to have around if you are a mindless snacker (like me) But luckily they are so thick, rich and flavorful that I couldn't even eat more than one in one sitting.

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