It’s time for a sweet, healthy treat! Remember in August when I posted my last Secret Recipe Club post? And I got to cook and bake deliciousness from Shelby’s blog, The Life and Loves of Grumpy's Honeybunch?
One of the things I made and posted about were her Aunt Helga's Candied Date Balls. As much as I really did stick with the recipe, I did change it up enough that if you want her recipe, check it out, but here’s the recipe as I made it. I swapped out the sugar and used a less amount of coconut sugar and some honey. I also used coconut instead of butter and I used organic brown rice crispy cereal.
These were a perfect treat for me for a good week or two when I’d just need a little something sweet. I rolled some of them in chopped walnuts, some in unsweetened coconut and then of course, I had to add chocolate to the mix with some of them.
Candied Date Crispies, by Katrina, Baking and Boys!, adapted from Shelby, The Life and Loves of Grumpy’s Honeybunch
1/2 lb. (8 ounces) dates, pitted and finely chopped
scant 1/4 cup coconut sugar
2 tablespoons raw honey
1/4 cup coconut oil
2 cups organic brown rice crispy cereal (or crisp rice cereal of your choice)
finely chopped walnuts
shredded unsweetened coconut
2-4 tablespoons Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips (optional)
Simmer coconut oil, sugar, honey and dates in a saucepan over medium heat for 3-4 minutes, until dates have softened. Remove from heat and stir in the cereal. Roll in to walnut sized balls. Roll balls in finely chopped walnuts or coconut. If desired, added some chocolate chips to some of the date mixture. Since it is still warm, the chocolate melts and that is okay. Then roll in nuts or coconut. Set on baking sheet lined with waxed paper to firm and cool. This made 6 walnut balls, 6 coconut balls and 5 with chocolate.
Thank you to Shelby’s Aunt Helga for these yummy treats.