Gingerbread Energy Balls

These Gingerbread Energy Balls are just delicious. Nutritious, sweet, flavorful and beyond amazing. They are loaded with NATURAL proteins from nuts and seeds, and with amazing SUPER SPICES. These little powerballs are the perfect HEALTHY snack to fuel your day.

Gingerbread Energy Balls

Yeah, I know. It’s kinda weird to post gingerbread recipe that early in November. But listen up. I have a good story.

Ok, so since we moved to the city last year, I stopped running for exercise. Yeah, sad… I know. The plain reason is, not my laziness but the fact I never got used to city running. In the countryside, where we lived, running was really great. No people on the street, beautiful nature. It was a great experience, not just exercise. But here in the city, I just hated the noise, the crowd. I tried a few times but finally, I gave up.

During this no-running time, yoga was my ONLY exercise. But as months passed by, I started missing more and more a fast heart beating and a good old sweating. To be completely honest, I fell out of shape terribly.

Gingerbread Energy Balls

So a few weeks ago my hubby suggested we give a gym a visit. I was like what the…?! I’m NO GYM person. I feel intimidated by all that gym equipment. I can’t DO gym – I hated the very thought although I never step foot in one. Silly me. BUT my lack of condition seriously started to bother me, so I said YES. Just out of curiosity. And It was the BEST decision I made. I fell in love going to the gym almost instantly. Right after the first workout. But I really fell in love in ALL the muscle activity… and the sweat and the PAIN.

Finally, those energy balls I always recommend to other working-out people started to make a lot of sense to us. After 2 hours in the gym, we both need energy – like asap. Since it’s pumpkin season, I first made Pumpkin Pie Energy Balls and then our favorite Peanut Butter Energy Balls. Last week my hubby wished for this incredible Gingerbread Loaf Cake so I thought, hey why not make Gingerbread Energy Balls as a post-workout snack. It was a WIN!

These little protein balls are just delicious. Highly nutritious, sweet, flavorful and beyond amazing. They are like reminiscent of Christmas to come.

These ginger flavored powerballs are loaded with proteins and healthy fats for energy. They are perfect as pre-workout fuel or after workout recovery snack. I usually pack them in my gym bag so I have them in hand just after my workout. They are really filling and you quickly regain energy after having just one ball.

To make these healthy protein balls I used ALL NATURAL stuff – energy-dense nuts and seeds packed with natural proteins and fats, and powerful SUPER SPICES that gave not only great flavor but some immune boosting powers too.

I used a combination of nuts: almonds and walnuts. Almonds are a great source of high-quality proteins as well as vitamin E, copper and important mineral – magnesium. They also contain high levels of healthy monounsaturated fats – omega-3 along with high levels of fiber and antioxidants. Walnuts also contain impressive amounts of antioxidants and vitamin E, but are also rich in omega-3 fats too.

I also tossed in a combination of powerful seeds: flax seeds and pumpkin seeds – both loaded with FIBERS, proteins, and heart-healthy omega-3s. There’s so much POWER in these little protein bites.

Gingerbread Energy Balls

Gingerbread Energy Balls are naturally sweetened with Medjool dates. To make them taste just like Christmas I added some Blackstrap molasses that gave a really distinctive rich flavor but added up some nutrition and benefits too.

Blackstrap molasses contains many vital vitamins and minerals – such as iron, calcium, magnesium, vitamin B6, and selenium. + It’s a diabetes-friendly sweetener meaning it helps stabilize blood sugar. Although you may think it’s sweet, actually it isn’t. The taste is somewhat sweet but more sour, and sharp. It gave the Gingerbread Energy Balls a tang.

If you want to make these protein balls completely REFINED SUGAR-FREE, you can skip adding Blackstrap molasses.

Gingerbread Energy Balls

Gingerbread Energy Balls are chewy, soft and so addictive. These mini delights are super flavorful. You can really taste the nuts and seeds and gingerbread spice mix that is whoa amazing. If you’re a gingerbread fan, you’re going to go nuts for these!

I can honestly say that this energy balls recipe is one of my favorites so far. I can’t wait to make these healthy gingerbread balls over and over again until Christmas.

Enjoy!

Gingerbread Energy Balls
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Gingerbread Energy Balls

Chewy and sweet, these Gingerbread Energy Balls are perfect little powerballs loaded with NATURAL proteins. The perfect healthy snack to fuel your day.

Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American, International
Keyword energy balls, Gingerbread, Protein Balls, Protein Bites
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 16 balls
Calories 114 kcal
Author Natalie

Ingredients

  • 10 Medjool dates soaked in warm water
  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1/4 cup flax seeds
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon Blackstrap molasses optional
  • 1 teaspoon Ceylon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger grated or ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • Pinch of cloves

For coating:

  • 1/4 cup ground chia seeds

Instructions

  1. Remove the pits from dates and soak them in warm water for several minutes. Drain but keep the water.
  2. Combine all ingredients (except for coating ingredients) in a food processor and blend on high until it forms into a ball and is smooth throughout.
  3. Check texture by pinching the dough between your fingers. It should be sticky and able to keep its shape. If the mixture is too dry, add more water in which you have soaked the dates.
  4. Using a tablespoon, scoop out dough and roll between your palms to form your balls.
  5. Roll them in the coating and shake off excess. Place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet or plate and place in the refrigerator to harden.

Recipe Notes

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator until serving. Keep the energy balls frozen up to 3 months in the freezer. As a measure, I used a US cup (240ml).

Nutrition Facts
Gingerbread Energy Balls
Amount Per Serving
Calories 114 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Sodium 1mg 0%
Potassium 199mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 11g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 0.4%
Calcium 3.4%
Iron 3.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Try these energy balls recipe too:
Turmeric Maca Energy Balls
Carrot Cake Energy Balls
Lemon Turmeric Energy Balls
Pumpkin Seeds Energy Balls

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36 Comments

  1. I’m all for gingerbread all year round! Can’t wait to give these bites a try!

  2. now this is the perfect bites for me especially when I am drinking my pumpkin latte I love that ginger flavor!

  3. We love making energy balls for a healthy snack and this is a great festive version!

  4. I love energy balls! These energy balls with a holiday twist sound so good.

  5. Tayler Ross

    I could snack on these all day! The perfect flavor for winter!

  6. We love gingerbread around here and my kids actually beg me for it all year long, so no judgement here! These look like such a healthy take on normally guilt-bearing gingerbread cookies. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  7. I am all about the Gingerbread this year and love a good energy ball! These will make a great after school snack for the kids and I!

  8. I think these would be delicious any time of the year. Love all of the ingredients!

  9. I love gingerbread and these are going to be the perfect afternoon snack. Can’t wait to make them!

  10. Karyl Henry

    I really need to make some energy balls to have after my workouts, so I don’t snack on junk. These look so good, and I love the gingerbread idea! I’ll also be checking out your other energy ball recipes

  11. Well, if these are energy balls…that means I can eat a few at a time. Awesome!! I LOVE gingerbread, and having the flavour in a healthy snack is a bonus. I could use these this weekend. The grandkids are sleeping over…and I need all the energy I can find.

  12. Once you’ve gotten out of routine, it can be so difficult to back into. Sounds like you’ve managed to start your exercise program back up. I suppose having these gingerbread energy balls as motivation helps!

  13. These truly are the best looking gingerbread energy balls i’ve ever seen. They are perfect. I know what i’m making this weekend for my post work out snack.

  14. These sound delicious, and packed with healthy ingredients! They sound like a great snack option!

  15. This is so perfect for the season. We love energy bites and gingerbread is my favorite fall flavors. I love how delicious this looks and how easy it sounds. Can’t wait to try Natalie.

  16. I always try to give my children a healthy meal. Your recipe is an ideal and natural appetizer for my children. Easy and tasty. Wonderful combination of ingredients. Thanks.

  17. Marisa Franca

    I totally understand your frustration with wanting to exercise and not liking what was available. I’m glad you enjoy the gym. I miss my cycling class. Loved the workout and I felt so good afterward. Now, I feel like I’m vegetating. Once we get situated in our new house I’ll make a commitment to something I enjoy doing. Now, these energy balls will be great after a workout or if I get the munchies. Can’t wait to make them.

  18. I really like light snacks. Your recipe looks super easy and full of ingredients my family loves. Looking forward to trying soon. THANK YOU!

  19. Energy balls are a super important part of my day! And I don’t usually try to have them sweet but this time I am going to change the approach because your recipe looks so good! Thank you for sharing it.

  20. Such a great idea for a healthy snack, and I mean, who doesn’t love the flavour of gingerbread?! Like you say, it reminds us of Christmas both past and future <3 Delish!

  21. These sound awesome! I love when there is a great gluten free treat that walks the line between breakfast and dessert.

  22. This is one reason to pick up some dates! I love the warm spices in these little energy bites…perfect holiday snack. It’s always a good idea to keep healthy treats around especially this time of year!

  23. I have never made energy balls before, but I created a Pinterest board for inspiration for when I do make them for the first time. Pinned!

  24. You have two of my favorite things in here. Gingerbread and dates.. I love!! This looks so good. I bring dates every week. I must make these.

  25. These energy balls sound delicious! You ALMOST made me want to go to the gym so that I can treat myself to some of these afterwards 😉

  26. YES! Molasses, dates and all my favorite Christmas spices turned into a healthy Christmas treat?! This is a must-try recipe.

  27. I love these! They are simple to make and they look so tasty, I can’t wait to give them a try.

  28. These look amazing—definitely a great post workout snack. We moved to a new city recently too, I agree by joining a gym makes getting into a routine much easier!

  29. Great to know that i can make a healthier version of sweet treat with gingerbread flavor!

  30. I love the holiday twist on these! I will say that I don’t know if I could do that many chia seeds, so I might not roll them in it and I might make them a little less healthy by rolling them in crushed gingerbread instead 🙂

  31. What a brilliant snack idea for this time of year! Gingerbread anything is so good – I love these yummy bites of goodness!

  32. I love how easy this is to bring together and how they are the perfect bite sized bit of extra energy we all need.. these look amazing!

  33. Jacque Hastert

    These sound fantastic! I love a delicious little pick me up in the afternoon.

  34. Love the powerful seeds you added into this. It really takes the flavor and energy packing ingredient up a level.

  35. These wouldn’t last long around my house! A great afternoon snack or the best way to start the morning.

  36. My toddler son loves energy balls! These are perfect, sweet, and healthy treat for the holidays! Thanks for sharing

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