Easy Gingerbread Energy Balls

gingerbread energy balls

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I created this recipe when I was pregnant with my son and my love need for ginger hit an all-time high. I was nauseous until the day he arrived and creating these gave me a break from the ginger chews and ginger tea. With that in mind, as well as my need for small bites of food all day, these delicious vegan gingerbread energy balls were born! While pregnancy number two doesn’t have me craving ginger all day everyday, these have been a welcome snack this season to get some energy in between my meals and before exercise. Even better, now my son gets to make them with me!

Fueling Workouts with Gingerbread Energy Balls

My perfectly moist and flavorful gingerbread muffins are great for breakfast or if you have 60-90 minutes before a workout, but this new gingerbread energy bite recipe is a bit better on the go (or if you’re pregnant, when nausea starts to get worse between meals!).

If you’re the type to exercise at the crack of dawn these are perfect as you’re running out the door. They’re also great during endurance events! I had an ultra-endurance client eat them (among other things) during a trail race last year and while it was a perfect energy boost, the spices were also great for his GI tract. {endurance races can be rough on the gut, especially with the amount of carbs you need to take in while moving.}

healthy gingerbread energy bites

An Easy 15-Minute Snack

What most of you will love about this recipe, is it really tastes like a treat, but is filled with nourishing ingredients and can be made in minutes. After dumping ingredients into a food processor and pulsing for under a minute, they’re ready to be rolled into balls or pressed into bars.

I just scoop a bit more than a tablespoon of the mixture right out of the food processor at a time and put them directly into a storage container where they’ll hang out in the fridge til we pack them with our work lunches or snack on them pre-workout.

Gingerbread Energy Ball Variations

Raw Gingerbread bites

These gingerbread energy balls are vegan and gluten-free so that everyone can enjoy them! Tree nut allergies in your household? If that is the case, you can replace the almond flour with peanuts or sunflower seeds, too, but the texture will be a bit more oily to the touch. In the case that you choose to substitute with one of those ingredients, use oat flour, or pulse oats into a flour before adding the peanuts or seeds.

Looking for more festive snack ideas? Check out these holiday recipes that work to fuel your body and mind before or after a workout!

gingerbread energy balls

Gingerbread Energy Balls

These gingerbread energy balls give you the taste and nutrient density your body craves along with the energy it needs to power through the holidays!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine American

Ingredients
  

  • 3/4 cups rolled oats or 60 g oat flour
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 - 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 heaping tsp heaping tsp cloves
  • 1 1/3 cups pitted medjool dates packed
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions
 

  • Add all ingredients except dates and vanilla to a food processor and pulse until you have a fine flour.
  • Add dates and vanilla and pulse until the texture is that of wet sand.
  • Scoop roughly one tablespoon at a time and roll into a ball in your hands.
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 10 days.
Keyword gingerbread energy balls, holiday recipes, pre-workout snacks
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  1. Great recs for making them nut-allergy-friendly too! I find so many recipes include nuts and clients with allergies are left guessing about what would make a good substitute. These look very festive and great for this time of year!

    1. Thanks Cara! My brother has a nut allergy so I am reminded more often than not to make those modifications. Between dairy for me and nuts for him, we get creative at the holidays ????

  2. I have been so excited to be in charge of dessert this Christmas and I knew bliss balls were the direction I was going in. Now I am so happy to have seen this post, a Christmassy flavour is such a brilliant idea! I’ll definitely be giving your recipe a try and I’ll be sure to let you know how it goes! Xx

  3. So sorry you aren’t feeling better!! Way to take the positive road and make a recipe to help you feel a little better. These look tasty and super simple! Love having energy bites around for quick snacks 🙂