Vanilla Medjool Date Balls

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  • 1 cup Natural Delights Medjool Dates, pitted and chopped (about 10 dates)
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate cookie crumbs
  • 1/2 cup sweetened flaked coconut
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar


  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment or wax paper.
  2. Bring dates, juice, butter and brown sugar to a simmer over medium heat and cook for about 12 minutes or until very soft and thickened, stirring occasionally. Stir in vanilla; set aside to cool completely.
  3. Stir in cookie crumbs and coconut. Using a rounded 1 tsp. measuring spoon, scoop out mixture and roll into balls.
  4. Place sugar in a shallow bowl. Roll balls in sugar until completely coated and place on prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining mixture.
  5. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or until firm. Package in single layers in an airtight container or cookie tins. May be refrigerated for up to 3 weeks.
Nutritional analysis per serving (1 ball) - Calories: 50, Fat: 1.5g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 0g, MUFA:  0.41, PUFA:  0.18, Cholesterol: 0mg, Sodium: 30mg, Potassium: 48mg, Carbohydrates: 10g, Fiber: 0g, Sugar: 7g, Protein: 0g, Vitamin A:  0%, Vitamin C:  2%, Calcium:  2%, Iron:  2%