Thursday, January 15, 2009

Krispie Date 'n Sunflower Seed Balls

These yummy treats are not only easy to make...
they are down right healthy too.

I make a date granola bar with similar ingredients but I wanted a lighter snack to put in the boy's lunches. I came across one in Company's Coming Healthy Choices which looked so simple I had to try it. A nice, light, nutritious bite (or two) and 1 roll is only 53 calories.

  • 1 tbsp butter (or margarine)
  • 1/2 cup chopped pitted dates
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups rice crisp cereal
  • 1/4 cup salted roasted sunflower seeds (yep...I said salted..you need to balance the taste of the dates so salted it is)

Melt the butter in a small pot on medium heat. Add the next three ingredients. Cook for about 3 minutes, stirring constantly until thickened. (The dates will 'melt' and combined with the sugar and butter it will turn into a brown 'paste'.) Remove from the heat. Add the cereal and sunflower seeds. Stir. Let stand for about 10 minutes until it is cool enough to handle. Shape into 1 inch balls.

You might want to coat your hands with cooking spray to keep the date mixture from sticking to them while you form the balls.

15 comments:

  1. Oh I'd love about 4 of those right now...

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  2. Wonderful recipe Trish..I'll be making these and eating them without guilt!!

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  3. These look so good, and healthy. I can't wait to try these. Oddly enough I don't have the rice crispies at the moment. I wonder if I could use another rice cereal? I do have a rice flake cereal. I have really enjoyed visiting your blog. My mother gave me a copy of More with Less cookbook 27 years ago when I was first married. I have treasured it and even had to replace it because it has been used so much it that it finally fell apart. Keep up the good work on your blog. I will visit this blog often.

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  4. Jean...I am sure a rice flake cereal would work but I would crush them a bit first if the flakes are too large. The only thing holding this together is the softened dates through cooking. When the date hardens you want to have small enough surfaces for it to 'hold' on to. The same goes with replacing the nuts...I would keep them smallish (is that a word?!). I think smaller broken pumpkin seeds MIGHT work...but not to the same effect.

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  5. Looks great! A wonderful, healthy twist on the Rice Krispie treat, which I already greatly enjoy. I'll surely have to give these a try. Great find. Thank you for sharing.

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  6. this look so healthy and that is the goal for us all to eat healthier. keep them coming. i wish i had all the ingrediants at home i need to make a snack today for the v-ball team and they always want something healthy...next time forsure, need to stalk up on rice krispies again......only problem is a teenage son with midnightsnackitis and a whole box of cereal....poof gone in one sitting......sheesh.

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  7. That sounds so delicious !! I just received sunflower seeds from The States, so I could try to make these. Thank you very much for the recipe !!

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  8. Ohh! Perfect, Trish!
    I just found some crisp rice cereal that is gluen-free and I bought a box.
    I think I'll make these today!
    I'm joining Betty with the 'no guilt' attitude!!

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  9. I think I will make these! I actually have all the ingredients! And something crunchy sounds yummy!

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  10. I've made something ismilar without the sunflower seeds and rolled in coconut. I'll have to give these a try--they sound yummy!

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  11. I wanted to try these today but Mister wouldn't buy the rice crispies until this afternoon so I used puffed wheat instead. They are good (I won't say how many I have eaten)

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  12. This looks great...and I have everything on hand. I'll be trying them in no time!

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  13. This looks great...and I have everything on hand. I'll be trying them in no time!

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  14. I was so happy to see a granola type snack without nuts. I will be sure to try these out. Thanks

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  15. Trish...Thank you for the advice. I will definetly be making these now. And thank you for responding so promptly to my question. God Bless.

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