Advocate-tested recipe

Coconut Date Balls

Makes 2 dozen balls. Recipe is from Helana Brigman.

½ cup butter

1 cup sugar

1 egg, beaten

1 cup dates (no-sugar, whole), cut up

2 cups Rice Krispies

½ cup pecans, chopped

½ tsp. vanilla extract

½ tsp. almond extract

Dash of salt

Sugared shredded coconut, for rolling

1. Add butter, sugar, egg and dates to a nonstick pan over medium heat. Combine and stir (occasionally) for five minutes. Remove from heat and cool for two minutes.

2. Add Rice Krispies, pecans, extracts and a dash of salt. Mix to combine.

3. Using a wooden spoon, scoop up the desired size of dough for your Coconut Date Balls and roll in coconut (either in a bowl or on a clean surface). Transfer ball to wax paper and repeat.

Note: If using chopped sugared dates, cut down the sugar to ¾ cup. This recipe assumes that you are using whole, non-sugared dates.