Gingerbread Energy Bites

Is there anything that reminds you more of Christmas than gingerbread? With the first snowfall of the season I found myself craving the warming spices of gingerbread and I became inspired to capture these flavours in a nutritious bite!

You may know by now that I (almost) always strive to minimize added sugars in my recipes. These gingerbread energy bites could not go without the signature flavour of molasses, but I’ve managed to get by with adding only one tablespoon, and no other sources of sugar (e.g. dates, maple syrup, etc.). This results in only 0.8g of sugar per ball which I think is pretty great. Even better, though, is that they taste amazing!

Pop 1-2 of these guys into your lunch for a snack- they’re a healthy, whole food alternative to granola bars or other snack foods!

Hope you like them!

1 cup walnuts
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup coconut oil
1 tbsp. molasses
1 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp. ground flaxseed
1 tbsp. cinnamon
2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cloves
Pinch of salt

1) Put the oats and walnuts into a food processor and buzz it up for about 20 seconds – until the nuts have broken up into small-ish pieces, and the oats are broken down a little too.

2) Add the remaining ingredients, and mix until well blended.

3) Roll mixture into balls, whatever size you’d like. I made mine a bit smaller than a golf ball, which made 25 balls.

4) The balls will be a little soft, so place them in the fridge to firm up. Store the balls in the fridge as well, or pop a few into the freezer for later!