Vanilla Date Balls
Preparation Time: 10 minutes, plus cooling time for mixture
Baking Time: 12 minutes
250 ml (1 cup) Medjool dates, pitted and chopped (about 10 dates)
125 ml (1/2 cup) orange juice
50 ml (1/4 cup) butter
50 ml (1/4 cup) packed brown sugar
15 ml (1 tbsp) pure vanilla extract
375 ml (1 1/2 cups) chocolate cookie crumbs
125 ml (1/2 cup) sweetened flaked coconut
150 ml (2/3 cup) granulated sugar, for rolling
Line a baking sheet with parchment or wax paper and set aside.
In a small saucepan, combine 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.
Stir in cookie crumbs and coconut until well combined. Place sugar on a plate or in a shallow bowl. Using rounded 5-ml (1-tsp) measuring spoon, scoop out mixture and roll into ball. Roll ball in sugar until completely coated and place on prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining mixture.
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.
Makes about 50 date balls.
Nutrition information per ball: 50 calories; 2 g fat; 9 g carbohydrate; 0.5 g fibre; 7 g sugars; 0.4 g protein; 30 mg sodium.
Source: Natural Delights Medjool Dates.