Gingerbread Energy Bites

By Jessica Hylton -

These Gingerbread Energy Bites are made with only 8 ingredients, vegan and gluten-free and are a perfect quick healthy breakfast or snack!

gingerbread energy bites in a pyramid stack on a plate with festive decor around

This post is sponsored by Bob’s Red Mill! Thanks for supporting the brands that support Jessica in the Kitchen! All thoughts and opinions are my own!

These Gingerbread Energy Bites feel like the absolute perfect recipe to end 2020 with! If you’re like me, you’re looking for all the festive cheer you can, and these certainly bring it! 

I love how simple these energy bites are to make. Pour, blend, roll and that’s it! I wanted to make them a little bit fancier so I give you the option of rolling them in a coating or even chocolate (I used chocolate tahini) but they’re absolutely perfect by themselves too! 

Notes on the Ingredients

ingredients for energy bites

walnuts or nuts – you can also substitute almonds here or even cashews 

dates – I use regular pitted dates here! You can also sub medjool dates or even something like raisins or figs. Just ensure it’s up to 1 cup. 

oats – my go-to are Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Organic Old Fashioned Rolled Oats. I love these because they’re the perfect texture for these oats. I also love that they are certified gluten-free so you can share these incredible delights with your loved ones who may need allergy-friendly treats for the holidays!!

Molasses – adds that perfect gingerbread flavour! Don’t leave this out I use sugarcane molasses. 

Ground Ginger, Cinnamon, and Allspice – the spices that make it taste incredible! While it’s not the same but you can also sub ¼ teaspoon ground cloves, or ¼ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice.  

Sea Salt – you only need a pinch of this but it really brings out all the other flavours!

How to Make Gingerbread Energy Bites

I highly advise soaking your dates in hot water for about 5 minutes while you assemble the ingredients first. Do this before chopping them, then drain, then chop.

step by step showing grinding of oats

Add the oats to the food processor. Grind the oats for about 1 minute in a food processor, until they’re almost ground down.

step by step showing mixing all the ingredients for the energy bites together in food processor

Add in all the other ingredients and mix until incorporated and the mixture begins to turn into a dough. It should be slightly sticky and very thick.

an energy bite with a bite bitten out of it being held in a hand

Roll the mixture into round balls using a tablespoon measurer until the entire mixture is rolled out, into about 18-20 bites. Or 22. I ate some of the mixture before rolling because it was so good!!

Roll in toppings if desired or dip in chocolate!

Place in the fridge for at least an hour to set, then enjoy!

Expert Tips and FAQ

  • If you keep your dates in the fridge like me, you’re going to want to hydrate them again. So that they’re nice and soft and help the energy bites stick together so well. Soak them in hot or boiling water for about 5 minutes while you gather all your ingredients. They’ll be much more pliable that way.  
  • Feel free to add even more Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Organic Old Fashioned Rolled Oats! They’re so versatile here that even ½ cup (to your taste and texture) would work perfectly. It also helps if you’re trying to add even more carbs/fibre/protein to your bites. 
  • Allow your energy bites to rest in the fridge for a bit before serving. The consistency is even better! 
  • I rolled these in some crumbled cocoa cereal. Totally random, but the point is you can roll it in a fun festive crumb to add flavour. Other choices include crushed peppermint, sweetened cocoa powder, or even cinnamon sugar! 
  • On top of that, they are great for a quick breakfast, snacks in lunch kits, and freeze really well. They actually last really well outside of the fridge too, and in a pinch make a yummy quick and healthy dessert.
  • Enjoy so much friends! And cheers to the last new recipe of 2020! This may be my favourite energy bites recipe yet, to be honest. Let me know if you give it a try in the comments below!
gingerbread energy bites on a plate with a bag of Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Organic Old Fashioned Oats in the back

Enjoy friends! If you make this Gingerbread Energy Bites, please snap a photo and tag #jessicainthekitchen on Instagram! We’d also love it if you would leave a comment below, and give the recipe a rating! Thanks so much!

gingerbread energy bites in a pyramid stack on a plate with festive decor around

Gingerbread Energy Bites

These Gingerbread Energy Bites are made with only 8 ingredients, vegan and gluten-free and are a perfect quick healthy breakfast or snack!
by: Jessica in the Kitchen
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 20 energy bites
Course Breakfast, Snack, Snacks
Cuisine American, Universal
Ingredients
  • 1 cup walnuts or almonds or cashews
  • 1 cup dates pitted, you can also sub medjool dates or even something like raisins or figs
  • 1 cup Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Organic Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 3/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • pinch of sea salt
Instructions

Instructions

  • I highly advise soaking your dates in hot water for about 5 minutes while you assemble the ingredients first. Do this before chopping them, then drain, then chop.
  • Grind the oats for about 1 minute in a food processor, until they’re almost ground down.
  • Add in all the other ingredients and mix until incorporated and the mixture begins to turn into a dough. It should be slightly sticky and very thick, about 1 more minute on high or how long your food processor might take.
  • Roll the mixture into round balls using a tablespoon measurer until the entire mixture is rolled out, into about 18-20 bites. You may want to wet your fingers so it’s easier to roll!
  • Roll in toppings if desired or dip in chocolate!
  • Place in the fridge for at least an hour to set, then enjoy!
NOTES
Expert Tips and FAQ
If you keep your dates in the fridge like me, you’re going to want to hydrate them again. So that they’re nice and soft and help the energy bites stick together so well. Soak them in hot or boiling water for about 5 minutes while you gather all your ingredients. They’ll be much more pliable that way.  
Feel free to add even more oats! They’re so versatile here that even ½ cup (to your taste and texture) would work perfectly. It also helps if you’re trying to add even more carbs/fibre/protein to your bites. 
Allow your energy bites to rest in the fridge for a bit before serving. The consistency is even better! 
I rolled these in some crumbled cocoa cereal. Totally random, but the point is you can roll it in a fun festive crumb to add flavour. Other choices include crushed peppermint, sweetened cocoa powder, or even cinnamon sugar! 
On top of that, they are great for a quick breakfast, snacks in lunch kits, and freeze really well. They actually last really well outside of the fridge too, and in a pinch make a yummy quick and healthy dessert.
Enjoy so much friends! And cheers to the last new recipe of 2020! This may be my favourite energy bites recipe yet, to be honest. Let me know if you give it a try in the comments below!

Nutrition

Calories: 78kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 103mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg
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5 comments

  1. Susan Dubose says:

    5 stars
    What delicious looking energy balls! There aren’t enough ginger recipes out there!

  2. 5 stars
    These look amazing and I love the combination of flavors. Perfect for the upcoming holidays too!

  3. 5 stars
    Gingerbread is such a favorite of mine, thanks for sharing

  4. Maria says:

    5 stars
    Loved this recipe! Used nutmeg instead of allspice.

  5. SARAH HOGAN says:

    5 stars
    I tried these, and they completely surpassed my expectations. The flavor is delicious! Thank you so much. Happy new year to you and your family!

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