Jingle all the way! These tasty and healthy date bran balls can be made with orange juice in place of the brandy to make them more family-friendly.

Date Bran Jingle Balls


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 and image courtesy of BetterEats.com, Everyday Health’s new food site.*