Fall is upon us and Halloween is right around the corner so is it okay to start indulging in our gingerbread obsessions? As soon as anyone utters gingerbread, thoughts of the holiday season come to mind and I want to head on over to the kitchen and start baking. Instead I’m going to have to “run” on over to our home gym first and work off the calories that I know I’m going to become victim to in the coming months.
So it was Thanksgiving weekend and I needed to find a recipe that was completely on the healthy side. From all the research I’ve been doing lately I’m starting to become more comfortable in knowing what alternative ingredients to combine to create something raw or vegan. I decided to make these gingerbread cookie balls and they turned out not too bad. I love the results you get from Medjool dates. They are a fantastic substitute for sugar, caramel and everything sweet so I decided to make them the main ingredient. I think they would be great little energy bites to grab on the go too. They’re small but they pack a lot of punch. I found after 2 or 3 my urge to snack on something was satisfied. I guess that’s what happens when you grab something so very “un”processed and natural.
Sadly, this morning as I’m writing this post there are no energy bites to be found and I resort to a toasted bagel with peanut butter. Indulgently satisfying at first but not so great afterwards.
1 1/4 pitted dates, packed
1/4 cup almond meal
3/4 cups rolled oats (use gluten-free if needed)
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon cloves
Blend all of the ingredients except for the dates in a high-speed blender or food processor until you get a fine consistency like flour.
Add in the dates a 1/4 at a time and process until well combined and you have a dough like consistency.
Scoop the dough out about 1 tablespoon in size, roll into balls.
Roll balls in the shredded coconut.
Once the balls are placed on your serving dish you can sprinkle more coconut flakes on top for presentation. You can also add edible flowers or mint leaves.
Buon Appetito everyone!