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Vanilla Medjool Date Balls

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Natural Delights Medjool dates, pitted and chopped (about 10 dates)
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cup chocolate cookie crumbs
  • ½ cup sweetened flaked coconut
  • ⅔ cup granulated sugar, for rolling

Preparation:

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment or wax paper and set aside.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine Medjool dates, orange juice, butter and brown sugar. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and cook, stirring for about 12 minutes or until very soft and thickened. Stir in vanilla; set aside to cool completely.
  3. Stir in cookie crumbs and coconut until well combined. Using rounded 1-teaspoon measuring spoon, scoop out mixture and roll into balls. Place sugar on a plate or in a shallow bowl. Roll balls in sugar until completely coated and place on prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining mixture.
  4. Place in refrigerator for at least 2 hours or until set and firm. Package in single layers in airtight container or cookie tins and keep 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%