A few winter’s ago, I decided to nix sugar completely from my diet just before the holidays. By the second Christmas party attended, I was ready to give up. So many seasonal eats are overly sweet, decadent, and entirely impossible to resist. Which is why I love this simple, splendid recipe for Jingle Bell Balls. Made with dates, pecans, and cream cheese, they deliver natural sweetness without sugar. The flavors of brandy and orange add a zesty flavor, and the one-bite truffle-style serving size makes a perfect treat for everyone at your party who might be trying to watch what they eat.
Date Bran Jingle Balls
Try these quick, easy, no-bake date-nut balls to fill that special niche in your holiday repertoire
2 cups cereal, bran flakes
3/4 cup dates, pitted and whole
1/2 cup nuts, pecans, toasted
3 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons cream cheese – softened
2 teaspoons brandy
1/2 cup nuts – finely chopped
1. Place cereal, dates and pecans in a food processor and process until finely chopped. Add honey, cream cheese and brandy (or orange liqueur or orange juice) and pulse until a stiff dough forms.
2. Scoop tablespoon-size portions and shape with greased hands into balls. Roll each ball in chopped nuts (or date sugar or coconut or wheat germ). Place on wax paper. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes before serving or storing.
Recipe from Better Eats