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No-Bake Coconut Date Balls

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Recipe Created By: Maren Chiu

No-Bake Coconut Date Balls

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1/2 cup margarine
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 lb dates, chopped
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups crispy rice cereal
1/2 cup coconut, shredded
1 cup additional coconut for rolling


Mix margarine, sugar and chopped dates. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until thick and gooey, approx 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla. Allow to cool. Stir in 1/2 cup coconut and rice cereal. Roll into bite sized balls. Roll balls in shredded coconut.


I like to buy whole dates and chop them myself. Pre-chopped dates are usually coated in sugar or something else to keep them from sticking.

These taste best if they are allowed to sit overnight before eating.

These keep best in the fridge.


Butter and Margarine: Butter is a dairy product made from cow’s milk. Margarine typically contains milk or soy, but there are milk-free and soy-free versions available.

Coconut: Although classified by the FDA as a tree nut, coconut is not a common allergen and is not related to tree nuts. If you have a tree nut allergy, consult your physician to find out if you need to avoid coconut.

Gluten: Gluten is a protein found in specific grains (wheat, spelt, kamut, barley, rye). Other grains are naturally gluten-free but may have cross-contact with gluten-containing grains. Look for certified gluten-free products if you need to avoid gluten. Find out more about wheat and gluten substitutions.

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