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Healthy No Bake Gingerbread Cookies / Energy Balls

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When you’re craving gingerbread cookies but need a healthier version, this recipe is perfect. With dates, almonds, and blackstrap molasses, this is a nourishing treat!

  • Author: Maryea Flaherty of Healthy Happy Mama
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 14 gingerbread cut outs 1x
  • Category: cookies
  • Method: no bake
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Ingredients

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  • 2 cups dates
  • 1 1/2 cup almonds (I used 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
  • 1/4 cup white chocolate chips, optional

Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. For No Bake Cookies:Using your hands, press the mixture together and transfer it to a sheet of wax or parchment paper.  Roll the mixture so it is approximately 1/4″ thick.  I used a slightly damp French rolling pin to do this.  You can also just press it out with your hands if you prefer.  If the mixture sticks to your hands, get them slightly wet.
  3. Use a gingerbread cookie cutter to cut the dough and transfer the cookies to the wax or parchment paper.  Roll out excess dough to make more cookies.  If you are short on time and the cuteness factor isn’t important to you, you can simply cut the cookies into squares.  A pizza cutter would work great for this, or just use a knife.
  4. For Energy Balls: Using your hands, roll the mixture into approximately 1-inch balls.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

Notes

These can be stored in the refrigerator or at room temperature in an air-tight container.

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