Gingerbread Energy Bites

 

Move over beloved Coconut Orange Energy Balls, we have a new seasonal favorite – Gingerbread Energy Bites.

These gingerbread bites are easy and delicious and give you that cozy wintery feeling that molasses, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg so easily do.  They can be eaten plain (my favorite way) or coated with cocoa or coconut to dress them up a bit.  I like them with just fruit and nuts as written below but you could also add a scoop of protein powder, you may need to add a tablespoon or two of water if you do.

The perfect post workout snack for fuel repletion or a perfect nibble mid afternoon when you need a little added energy.

Please note that if your dates are not soft, you may need to soak them in warm water to soften them up again.

Why Healthy

  • Dates are rich in fiber and are a source of antioxidants, vitamin A, iron, potassium, calcium, manganese and copper.
  • Oats contain a good amount of protein, are high in fiber, and rich in thiamine, folate, B5, iron, magnesium, zinc, copper, and manganese.>/li>
  • Almonds are also a good source of heart-healthy, or monounsaturated, fats. They are rich in magnesium, high in vitamin E and loaded with B vitamins.
  • Molasses is high in calcium, iron and magnesium. Molasses also offers vitamin B6, selenium and copper.

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Gingerbread Energy Bites

Yield: Mkes 25-30 Balls

Prep Time: 20 mins

Ingredients:

1 Cup Whole Pitted Dates
1 Cup Quick Oats
3/4 Cup Almonds
1/4 Cup Flaxmeal (Ground Flax or Ground Hemp)
3 Tablespoons Molasses
1 Tablespoon Maple Syrup
1 Teaspoon Vanilla
1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
1 Teaspoon Ground Ginger
1/4 Teaspoon Cloves
Pinch of Nutmeg and Salt

Directions:

Put the dates into the bowl of a food processor and process until broken up.

Add the nuts and oats and continue to process.
Add the remaining ingredients until the mixture begins to come together in a sticky ball and the nuts are finely processed.

Add protein powder here as well if you are using it.
You can test the mixture at this point to see if the mixture will easily form a ball.

You should not need any additional liquid but if you feel you do, add a little additional water.
Store in the fridge in an air-tight container.

 

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