Date Balls with Rice Krispies Recipe

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It’s the incredible CRUNCH that makes these no-bake Date Balls with Rice Krispies stand out in a crowd!

No-bake date balls with rice krispies in a bowl with more on a cutting board in the background.

We love energy balls for snacking and as an after-dinner sweet…and now we choose which ones to make based upon the texture!

For a smooth and fudge-like treat, we make Energy Balls with Medjool Dates.  Or, when in need of a chocolate fix, we make Chocolate Date Balls instead.

Carrot Cake Balls have a delicate, cake-like texture that are perfect for parties and Spring.

Our newest obsession is date balls made with puffed rice cereal because of the crispy, crackly satisfaction you get with each and every bite! They are vegan, gluten-free and absolutely delicious!

Ingredients in Date Balls with Rice Krispies

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Medjool dates or date paste. Check out How to Make Date Paste and keep a jar in the fridge so you can whip up protein balls and other baked goods quickly and easily.
  • Almond butter – peanut butter, nut butter, and sunflower seed butter works equally well.
  • Vanilla extract!
  • Puffed rice cereal – as in the cereal you would find at the grocery store. We opt for a brown rice variety with as little sweetener as possible. Want to make your owned Puffed Rice? Check out this video by Flavor Lab. 
  • Coconut flakes – use unsweetened flakes to limit the amount of added sugar.
  • Chocolate chips – use mini chocolate chips for maximum dispersion throughout the batter. We used dark chocolate chips.

Fingers holding an Energy Ball with Puffed Rice Cereal

How to Make Rice Krispies Date Balls

Here’s the easy process to make these protein balls:

  1. To make the date paste, soften Medjool dates in hot water. Remove dates from the water and puree them in a food processor with a little of the water they soaked in. Make the paste as smooth as you would like! It does not have to be perfectly smooth, but it can be.
  2. Cream date paste with almond butter and vanilla extract.
  3. Add puffed rice cereal and coconut flakes and stir to combine. The batter should hold together and not be too wet. If it’s too “sticky” to work with then refrigerate it for about 10 minutes. If that doesn’t work, add a few more Tablespoons of puffed rice cereal.
  4.  Shape into balls and enjoy!

Variation to try: Spread the almond butter rice krispies batter into a baking dish, refrigerate and cut into squares.

Two Almond Butter Rice Krispies Treats on a blue plate.

Video: How to Make Date Balls with Rice Krispies

Watch how easy it is to make energy balls with Rice Krispies:



How to Store Date Balls

Store date balls in the refrigerator in an air-tight container for 1 week. Or, freeze in a single layer and then transfer to a resealable freezer bag and store in the freezer for up to 2 months. 

Rice Krispies Date Balls on a cutting board.


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Date Balls with Rice Krispies

Date Balls with Rice Krispies and coconut shreds have a crispy, crackly crunch.
Prep Time20 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24 Balls
Calories: 80kcal


  • 8 Medjool dates pits removed or 1/3 cup date paste
  • 1/2 cup almond butter or your favorite nut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups Puffed Rice Cereal, such as Rice Krispies preferably brown
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips


  • Fill a glass container with very hot water. (I heat about 2 cups in the microwave for about 1 1/2 minutes.)
  • Add dates to water, cover with plastic wrap and set aside for 5-10 minutes. This softens the dates and makes them easier to puree. 
  • Remove dates from water and place them in a small food processor along with 1 Tablespoon of water that the dates soaked in.
  • Pulse until smooth, scraping down the sides as necessary. Add additional water to thin the consistency of the paste, if desired.
  • Scrape date paste into a large bowl. Add almond butter and vanilla extract and stir to combine.
  • Add puffed rice cereal and coconut flakes to the bowl and stir until thoroughly incorporated.
  • Fold in chocolate chips.
  • Form dough into Tablespoon-size balls and enjoy!


Store date balls with rice krispies in the refrigerator or freezer.


Calories: 80kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 104mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 15IU | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 0.4mg
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  1. Everything I love in one little energy ball! These look fantastic and I love that you added the crunch with the rice krispies. We tend to gravitate towards these in mid-afternoon to get over that midday slump.

  2. Nellie Tracy says

    Such a tasty treat! Love these!

  3. I love this recipe and I already have all the ingredients to make it again! I love having these on hand for a little treat during the day!

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