Run, Don't Walk, Rum Balls

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  • 1 table spoon + 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1-1/2 cups pitted dates
  • 2/3 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 2 tablespoons dark rum
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon allspice


Add 1 tablespoon of the cocoa to a small bowl and set aside.

Place the dates in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a chopping blade. Process them until they are very finely chopped and stick together. Add the oats, rum, vanilla, allspice, and the remaining 1/4 cup cocoa. Continue processing the mixture until the oats are finely chopped and the mixture sticks together (do not overprocess the mixture or it will become extremely sticky and very difficult to work with).

Using a spatula, transfer the mixture to a small mixing bowl or mound it on a cutting board. Divide it into 14 equal amounts (about 1 tablespoon each). Shape each into a ball. Gently roll the balls, one at a time, in the reserved cocoa powder (some excess powder will remain in the bowl.) Place them, one at a time, in a fine sieve and gently shake them to remove any excess cocoa poweder.

Serve immediately or store them in an airtight plastic container for us to 5 days.

Note: These delicious treats contain about half the calories and a tiny fraction of the fat found in traditional rum balls -- and as an added bonus, one serving contains four grams of fiber! Make sure you dust the rum balls lightly with cocoa powder. Too much cocoa will impart a bitter taste.

Makes 14 rum balls. Per serving (2 rum balls): 155 calories, 3 g protein, 32 g carbohydrates (7 g sugar), <1 g fat, trace saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 4 g fiber, trace sodium

Recipe Credit: Reprinted from The Biggest Loser Dessert Cookbook by Devin Alexander Copyright 2010 by Universal Studios Licensing LLLP. The Biggest Loser (TM) and NBC Studios, Inc., and Reveille LLC. Permission granted by Rodale, Inc., Emmaus, PA 18098. Available wherever books are sold.

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