Gingerbread Energy Bites

If you follow me on Instagram, it’s no secret that at 26+ weeks pregnant I’m still feeling nauseous. With this in mind, I’m not quite sure why I wasn’t more excited for post-Thanksgiving gingerbread everything for that calming effect ginger has on the stomach. I can only drink so much ginger tea, so I’m thrilled to have so many more ginger-filled recipes to include daily.

Raw Vegan Gingerbread Energy Bites

Last year I posted these perfectly moist and flavorful gingerbread muffins, and while they’re great for breakfast or if you have 60-90 minutes before a workout, this new recipe is a bit better on the go (or in my case, when my nausea starts to get worse between meals).

Gingerbread Energy Bites

If you’re the type to exercise at the crack of dawn (or before now that it’s dark most of the day) these are perfect as you’re running out the door. They’re also great during endurance events! I had an ultra client eat them (among other things) during an ultra trail run last year and while it was a perfect energy boost, the spices also were 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}

Vegan Gingerbread Bites

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.

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 one of those ingredients, use oat flour, or pulse oats into a flour before adding the peanuts or seeds.

Coming up later this week, holiday recipes that work to fuel your body and mind before or after a workout!

Gingerbread Energy Bites

Vegan, Raw, Gluten Free

Raw Gingerbread Balls

Ingredients

  • 3/4 Cup rolled oats or 60 g oat flour
  • 1/2 Cup almond meal
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 Tbsp – 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 heaping tsp clove
  • 1 1/3 packed cups pitted medjool dates
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Directions

  • 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

 

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20 thoughts on “Gingerbread Energy Bites

  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!

  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 πŸ™‚

  4. Pingback: Pre and Post Workout Holiday Recipes | Kelly Jones | Philadelphia Sports Nutrition

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