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It's the incredible CRUNCH that makes these no-bake Date Balls with Rice Krispies stand out in a crowd!
We love energy balls for snacking and as an after-dinner sweet...and now we choose which ones to make based on the texture!
Come spring, we enjoy Carrot Cake Balls with a delicate, cake-like texture.
And, 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 and Substitutions
Here's what you'll need to make Rice Krispies Date Balls:
- Medjool dates or date paste. Check out How to Make Date Jam and keep a jar in the fridge to 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 own 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.
Here's the easy process to make these protein balls:
- 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.
- Cream date paste with almond butter and vanilla extract.
- 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.
- Shape into balls and enjoy!
Variation to try: Spread the almond butter rice krispies batter into a baking dish, refrigerate and cut into squares.
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.
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Date Balls with Rice Krispies
- 8 Medjool dates pits removed or ⅓ cup date paste
- ½ cup almond butter or your favorite nut butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 ½ cups Puffed Rice Cereal, such as Rice Krispies preferably brown
- ½ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- ¼ cup mini chocolate chips
- Fill a glass container with very hot water. (I heat about 2 cups in the microwave for about 1 ½ 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!