Power through your day with a little extra holiday spirit! These Gingerbread Energy Bites are filled with simple ingredients and warming spices.
Try Gingerbread Energy Bites as a great grab-and-go snack during the busy holiday season. These nutritious balls are perfect for sharing! Enjoy any time of the day as a wholesome treat.
A closer look at what’s inside:
I love including dates in my dishes! Dates come from the Date Palm Tree — related to the palm tree — and are great for adding a little natural sweetness to your recipes. They are low glycemic and have a sticky texture that helps hold everything together.
Add some fiber and protein with rolled oats! There are roughly 3 grams of fiber and 5 grams of protein per ½ cup of rolled oats. While oats are naturally gluten-free, they are often processed on equipment that handles wheat and other grains. This shouldn’t bother most people, but if needed, make sure you look for gluten-free options that are not cross-contaminated.
Like other nuts, pecans are a great source of heart healthy unsaturated fats. They also provide fiber and protein for long lasting energy.
Flax seeds are loaded with nutrients! They are particularly well-known for having omega-3 fatty acids and lignans beneficial for the heart, cancer prevention, and hormone balance.
Also known as black treacle, molasses is made when refining sugarcane or sugar beets into sugar. While also high in sugar, it does contain more nutrients and antioxidants than refined sugar.
Use your favorite milk in this recipe. I like using homemade nut milk! You can also use a pre-made protein shake for a little extra protein.
This natural sweetener adds a touch of maple flavor. I love using maple syrup in place of sugar, honey, or agave in recipes.
Spices — Ginger, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Cloves, and Salt
Don’t forget to spice it up! These warming spices bring it all together for that classic gingerbread flavor.
Looking for more healthy snack ideas? Try these Sweet Potato Coconut Mini Candy Bars!
Gingerbread Energy Bites
- 1 cup Medjool dates pitted
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 3/4 cup pecans
- 1/4 cup flaxseed meal
- 2 tablespoons molasses
- 1-2 tablespoons dairy-free milk
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon ginger
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 pinch salt
- Process dates in blender or food processor until a paste is formed.
- Add rolled oats, pecans, flaxseed meal, molasses, milk, maple syrup, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, and salt. Process until mostly smooth.
- Roll mixture into bite-sized balls. Enjoy as is or roll in extra nuts, cocoa powder, or crystallized ginger.