Date Bran Jingle Balls

Date Bran Jingle Balls
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Date Bran Jingle Balls

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Date Bran Jingle Balls

Looking for an alternative to calorie- and fat-heavy cookies? Have a happy healthy holiday with these Date Bran Jingle Balls. The best part? No baking required.

Ingredients

  • 2  Cups  bran flakes
  • 3/4  Cups  whole pitted dates
  • 1/2  Cup  pecans, toasted
  • 3  Tablespoons  honey
  • 2  Tablespoons  cream cheese, softened
  • 2  Teaspoons  brandy, orange liqueur, or orange juice
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/2  Cup  nuts, chopped finely, date sugar, or coconut or wheat germ

Directions

Place the bran flakes, dates, and pecans in the bowl of a food processor and process until finely chopped. Add the honey, cream cheese, and brandy (or orange liqueur or orange juice) and pulse until a stiff dough forms.

Scoop tablespoon-sized portions and shape with greased hands into balls. Roll each ball in the chopped nuts (or date sugar or coconut or wheat germ). Place on waxed paper. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes before serving or storing.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
3g
4%
Sugar
4g
4%
Saturated Fat
1g
4%
Cholesterol
1mg
0%
Carbohydrate, by difference
14g
11%
Protein
2g
4%
Vitamin A, RAE
4µg
1%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
1µg
1%
Calcium, Ca
19mg
2%
Choline, total
2mg
0%
Fiber, total dietary
1g
4%
Fluoride, F
1µg
0%
Folate, total
11µg
3%
Iron, Fe
1mg
6%
Magnesium, Mg
15mg
5%
Niacin
1mg
7%
Phosphorus, P
45mg
6%
Selenium, Se
6µg
11%
Sodium, Na
64mg
4%
Water
32g
1%