1/4 cup unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups chopped pitted dates, (8 ounces)
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups toasted rice cereal, such as Rice Krispies
1 cup shredded coconut
Combine butter, sugar and dates in a large saucepan.
Cook, stirring constantly, until the butter is melted, the sugar is no longer white and the dates are mostly melted, 8 to 15 minutes.
The mixture should be a shiny, brown sticky mass.
Remove from the heat.
Add salt, vanilla, cereal and coconut; stir well to combine.
When cool enough to handle, squeeze and roll the mixture into 1-inch balls.
Place on a wax paper-lined baking sheet.
Refrigerate until chilled.