Date Nut Balls

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. Cook: 10 min.


about 3-1/2 dozen

Updated: Jun. 30, 2023
A friend gave me this recipe more than 30 years ago. It is my husband's favorite treat. I like these with pecans or walnuts. If you do not like nuts, omit the nuts and use 3 cups Rice Krispies. —Melinda Lord, Washington, Iowa


  • 2 cups Rice Krispies
  • 1 cup chopped pistachios or almonds
  • 1/3 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 package (8 ounces) pitted dates, finely chopped
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Confectioners' sugar, optional


  1. In a large bowl, combine Rice Krispies and pistachios. In a large saucepan, combine butter, dates and sugar. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture is combined.
  2. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla. Pour over Rice Krispies mixture; stir to coat. When cool enough to handle, press into 1-1/4-in. balls. Cool. If desired, roll in confectioner's sugar. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

Nutrition Facts

1 ball: 69 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 4mg cholesterol, 32mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.