These gingerbread energy balls are the perfect way to celebrate the holiday season - post work out!

These gingerbread energy balls are the perfect way to celebrate the holiday season - post work out!

I guess it’s gingerbread week?  First I shared my Paleo Gingerbread Banana Bread and now my favorite quick treat… Gingerbread Energy Balls!  Real talk I made these about 2 months ago and barely talked about them on instagram because I felt bad that I wouldn’t be sharing the recipe until now!  These were surprisingly SO DELICIOUS.  They are basically healthy balls of molasses gingerbread cookie dough.  You wouldn’t believe they are mostly nuts and dates!  As I do with all of my energy balls, I love keeping these in the freezer and eating them for a snack, post workout or for a dessert at night!  I think Santa would even love these instead of cookies.. or maybe alongside them??

I am so excited about this holiday season.  Not only because of the usual MAGIC of the lights, decor and music, but also because we are having our first ever annual Christmas party!  We decided we wanted to do a yearly party to get all of our friends and family together.  Once you have a wedding and realize how fun it is too have everyone you love together, it makes you want to have a million more weddings! But since I think we will just have the one… Christmas party it is!  We are doing appetizers and desserts and hoping I can make most of the stuff ahead and not stress too much.  It also was the push to get a lot of house work done before the party – win win win!  Okay back to this crazy good recipe!

These gingerbread energy balls are the perfect way to celebrate the holiday season - post work out!

Seriously – like cookie dough balls!

These gingerbread energy balls are the perfect way to celebrate the holiday season - post work out!

Bet ya can’t eat just one!!

These gingerbread energy balls are the perfect way to celebrate the holiday season - post work out!

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These gingerbread energy balls are the perfect way to celebrate the holiday season - post work out!

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Gingerbread Energy Balls

  • Author: Kelsey
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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups almond flour
  • 8 pitted dates
  • 2 tablespoons blackstrap molasses
  • 1/4 cup vanilla protein powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoons of water

Coating:

  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients (except for coating ingredients) in a food processor and blend on high until it forms into a ball and is smooth throughout.
  • In a small bowl combine coating ingredients.
  • Scoop dough into balls about 2 tablespoons big (or however large or small you like them).
  • Roll them in the coating mixture and shake off excess. Place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet or plate and place in the refrigerator or freezer to harden. Enjoy!

 

14 replies
  1. Rachel K says:

    These look wonderful and similar to an indulgent Gingerbread Cookie i like to make during the holidays. Thanks for posting i was looking for a way to healthify a fave. 🙂 Question – do you think that coconut flour would work as a sub for the almond flour?

    Thanks again!

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    • Kelsey says:

      Unfortunately it would not! You could try it but you would have to add more water as coconut flour is much more dry and dense than almond flour!

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  2. Marisa says:

    I had to add a little more water and some honey to get them to a roll-able consistency, but that’s maybe because my dates were kinda small. Loved these!

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  3. Jami says:

    Kelsey! Seriously made these today. Followed the recipe exact and it was perfect. I am in love. They definitely help my cookie craving AND I can see how they’d get my butt out of bed before spin class.
    My husband’s exact words were “you need to make more.”
    Thank you so much!

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  4. Cynthia says:

    I made these today for my daughter who is on a very limited diet due to intestinal issues. I have been looking for ways for her to get protein and calories while staying away from her food allergies and sensitivities. She can’t have dates, so I substituted them for 2 Tablespoons real maple syrup. I also added 1 Tablespoon melted coconut oil to the mix for extra fat and calories. They came out fantastic! I was searching for something like a ginger cookie since she loves the dairy-free ice cream made by Coconut Bliss, called Ginger Cookie, but asked me not to buy it any more because she eats it up so quickly, and it does have a lot of sugar in it. This is the perfect substitute for when she wants a treat.

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