Gingerbread Energy Bites (gluten free)

Gluten-Free, Snacks, Vegan

Gingerbread Energy Bites by Tori Wesszer, Registered Dietitian made with Genuine Health protein powder and loaded with nutrition!

It’s that time of year when we trade in the pumpkin for gingerbread, and I personally couldn’t be happier! I mean, I love pumpkin, but I’ve seriously tested the limits of how many pumpkin dishes a person can consume this season.  Time to move on.

I wanted to create something that tasted like a cookie but is super healthy.  I have nothing against cookies, but tricking your tastebuds while making your body happy isn’t a bad thing either!  Ok, these actually take like gingerbread cookie dough.  Not that I’ve tasted it of course…;).  The whole family loved these and they take mere moments to make, which is just enough time for Max to find his way into the fridge for the 80th time and start pulling everything out.  Good thing he’s cute!

Already loaded with fibre and healthy fats, I also added Genuine Health fermented proteins+ powder to give them an extra kick of high-quality protein to sustain you through the holidays because let’s face it, you’re going to need it!  You can easily make these vegan by using the vegan protein powder as per below.

Gingerbread Energy Bites by Tori Wesszer, Registered Dietitian made with Genuine Health protein powder and loaded with nutrition!

Gingerbread Energy Bites by Tori Wesszer, Registered Dietitian made with Genuine Health protein powder and loaded with nutrition!

 

Makes approximately 20-24 energy bites

 

Gingerbread Energy Bites

These Gingerbread Energy Bites are totally satisfying and super healthy with a kick of protein powder for those who want a higher protein snack that's loaded in fibre!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole raw almonds
  • 1 cup large flake oats
  • 1/4 cup hemp seeds
  • 2 scoops vanilla Genuine Health proteins+ powder (optional) (either vegan or Greek yogurt versions)
  • 5 tablespoons molasses (recommend fancy or cooking molasses)
  • 2 tablespoons almond or cashew butter
  • 12 pitted dates
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves
  • pinch sea salt
  • 2-4 tablespoons plain unsweetened almond milk
  • ground and/or finely chopped almonds for rolling the bites in
  • hemp seeds for rolling the bites in

Instructions

  1. Place the almonds and oats in a food processor and process until the mixture resembles a very fine crumb.  Add the hemp seeds, protein powder, molasses, almond or cashew butter, dates, vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and sea salt.  Process until the mixture is well combined, smooth and sticks together, scraping down the sides with a rubber spatula half way through.

  2. Add the almond milk one tablespoon at a time until the mixture just sticks together and easily rolls into a ball: you may not need all of the milk.

  3. Roll 2 teaspoons of the mixture into a ball using the palms of your hands and roll each ball in either the ground almonds, chopped almonds or the hemp seeds. Set aside and repeat with the remaining mixture.

  4. Store in a covered container the refrigerator for 1 week or freezer for up to 2 months.

Gingerbread Energy Bites by Tori Wesszer, Registered Dietitian made with Genuine Health protein powder and loaded with nutrition!

Thank you Genuine Health for sponsoring this healthy post!

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38 Comments on “Gingerbread Energy Bites (gluten free)”

  1. Francesca

    These would be a perfect snack! That protein powder looks genius! Do you think its safe while pregnant?

  2. Laura Stevenson

    Hi Tori…these sound amazing! Going to make them tonight. Do you think agave syrup will work instead of the molasses? Thanks!

  3. Kimberley

    Looks delicious! Cannot wait to try these!
    I’m a teacher and schools are nut free…would LOVE a nut free energy ball recipe!

  4. Steph

    I have the unsweetened unflavored genuine health protein powder. Can I use that? Would I need to add vanilla extract to add a vanilla flavor? Thanks!

    1. Tori Wesszer

      Hi Steph! You could do that for sure! Maybe a half to 1 tsp. of vanilla? The powder adds a bit of sweetness so see the above comment on adding maple syrup if you think it needs it…

  5. Stephanie Munroe

    Hi Tori!
    You stated above to leave the protein powder out as contains stevia. I am pregnant but would love to make these.. what could I use as a substitute?

    1. Tori Wesszer

      I would just leave it out Stephanie and modify the amount of liquid you put in it! Taste the ‘dough’ before you add any almond milk and if it isn’t sweet enough just add some maple syrup. The almond milk is just to get it to the right consistency so you may not need to add as much.

  6. Carole

    Hi Tori,
    Great post! Do these freeze well, so that they can be made ahead for a cookie exchange?
    They look delicious and would be much appreciated by my gluten free friends.

  7. Amy

    I used chocolate protein powder and they were sooooo delish. I also didn’t have enough almonds so I subbed in some cashews. SO. GOOD.

  8. Rene

    I was so happy to have all the ingredients in my kitchen. I always have the Geniune Health Protein Powder thanks to you. I absolutely love this recipe. Thank you. I can’t wait for your Recipe Book.

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  10. Todd S.

    I’d love to use these as pre- or during-workout fuel. Do you have a sense of the rough nutritional breakdown (calories, protein, etc.) of each ball?

    1. Tori Wesszer

      Hi Todd,

      Thanks for the note: I haven’t done the nutritional breakdown for the recipes but it’s a good question. My hope is to get to it at some point! Thanks very much, Tori

  11. Michelle

    I made these day. I really wanted gingerbread cookies, but my body is already sick of dealing with white flour and white sugar! I recalled this post and made them today- and oh my, am I glad I did. My 3 kids under 4 love them (which is suprising because I doubled the spices because I like spice!). Thank you!

  12. Mackenzie Campbell

    Hi, I am wondering what food processor you use? I bought the ninja processor less than a year ago and it worked well but the gears are already wrecked ( I use my food processor a lot) I’m debating on buying a cuisinart or just replacing the ninja and not putting it through the dishwasher.
    I look forward to your response

  13. Jennifer

    I know you have mentioned about the lower protein requirements of children before in your stories. I have 22 month old twin boys and was wondering if the protein in this recipe, when spread amount the quantity of bites made, puts the protein target in range for their age group. Thanks!

    1. Tori Wesszer

      Hi Hopi, great question. These make about 24 energy bites and I haven’t done the nutritional values of the recipes yet! I will add it to the list. Also, I would recommend making them with Fancy or cooking molasses; I found them too strong with Blackstrap!

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