When you’re craving gingerbread cookies but need a healthier version, this recipe for Healthy No Bake Gingerbread Cookie Energy balls is perfect. With dates, almonds, and blackstrap molasses, this is a nourishing treat!
Heads up! This post was originally published in December 2013. I’ve left most of the text the same, but added more details and how to make my original “no bake cookies” into energy balls with white chocolate! New photos have been added as well. Enjoy this recipe!
The holiday baking season is in full swing and I’ve totally caught the baking bug. It’s so easy to get swept up in the season and put our healthy lifestyles on hold until the New Year. Let’s work together so we don’t do that, okay?
Now I’m not saying you shouldn’t indulge at all during the holidays. My sister-in-law makes some of the best Christmas cookies and treats ever and I fully intend on eating some when we get to my husband’s hometown to celebrate Christmas. Not to mention the orange chocolate chunk cake my father-in-law makes. I’m getting excited just thinking about it.
I think allowing yourself to indulge during the holidays, even if it’s just a little, is part of having a healthy relationship with food. Too much restriction or deprivation isn’t good for your soul.
But. That doesn’t mean you should allow yourself to indulge all. December. long. Right?!
If you are craving some holiday flavors, but want something without any guilt, this is your recipe! Gingerbread “cookies” in the form of wholesome almonds and dates mixed with molasses and all the flavors of the season!
I find these just as satisfying (and addicting!) as the real thing. Meghan and Luke both love these and had so much fun eating the little gingerbread men. The great part is they can be a snack or a dessert! You have to love a treat that’s healthy enough to serve for a snack.
I used blackstrap molasses in these. It’s much stronger than refined molasses, so if you don’t like that flavor, you can use regular molasses rather than blackstrap. Just know that with that strong flavor, blackstrap molasses delivers a hefty serving of minerals and is one of the greatest plant sources of iron.
Edited, 2020, to add:
You can certainly make these into cookies, but they also work so well as energy balls! I decided to make them as Gingerbread Cookie Energy Balls this year, so thought I’d update this post and show you how it’s done! I added some white chocolate to mine and it was a delicious addition.
Recipe Ingredients-What You Need
- 2 cups dates
- 1 1/2 cup almonds (I use dry roasted, salted almonds)
- 1 tablespoon blackstrap molasses
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup or raw honey
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/8 teaspoon allspice
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
- Optional: 1/4 cup white chocolate chips
How to Make Healthy No Bake Gingerbread Cookie Energy Balls
Let’s turn those cookies into energy balls!
- Put all ingredients in a food processor (or high-powered blender, just be careful not to over process them) and process until the dates and almonds are completely broken down and the mixture hold together when you press it between your thumb and finger.
- Using your hands, roll the mixture into approximately 1-inch balls.
- If you’d like to add white chocolate, melt your white chocolate chips. You can do this by using a double boiler on your stove or microwaving them in 30 second increments, stirring each time, until melted.
- Use a spoon to drizzle a small amount of white chocolate on the balls. It’s okay if it’s not perfect. Clearly mine are messy. 😉 Keep them on the tray until the chocolate is set.
Which do you think you’d rather have? My original recipe or the new No Bake Gingerbread Cookie Energy Balls?
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