These healthy No Bake Gingerbread Bites are the closest thing to gingerbread cookies that my kids have been asking for. I’ve attempted gingerbread cookie making with the boys for the last two weeks. However, there always seems to be a uncooperative ingredient that throws a wrench in our plans…like the brown sugar that transformed into a brick. I guess it worked out in the end because we created a delicious “version” of gingerbread with a healthier twist.
A Healthier Sweet Treat Option
Not only do these no bake gingerbread bites taste like a gingerbread house, but they have a fraction of the added sugars of holiday cookies and include healthy nuts and fruit. I’m 100% on board with holiday cookies, but at this time of year, sweets and treats are at every turn. You know how it goes with kids and the holidays. Aunt so and so brings over cookies, the bank teller gives out candy canes, and the dinner guests bear peppermint oreos. That’s just what happened yesterday.
Add Some Seasonal Sparkle…
My sweet son was home “sick” from school to help me with these, so when I asked him if we should add some frosting, there was a resounding, “yes.” We pressed the easy button with a simple frosting that included mixing: 1 cup powdered sugar, 1-2 Tbsp milk & a dash of vanilla + green food coloring. It’s amazing what a shower of sprinkles + frosting will to do a child’s enthusiasm. Frosting or not, the almonds, pecans, dried dates, and spices are the stars of this recipe and make these energy bites an ideal healthy grab and go snack. While I’m pretty sure these bites will fly out of the fridge, they will last up to two week. Or, maybe Santa would enjoy these no bake gingerbread bites on his cookie plate for a sweet treat that doesn’t spike and then drop his blood sugars over the course of Christmas eve?
Add the almonds and pecans to the food processor and blend for 3-5 minutes, until the mixture starts starts to clump together.
Add the dates and blend for a further 1 – 2 minutes. Add the oats and blend for another 1-2 minutes, until the oats are evenly distributed and absorbed by the nut mixture.
Add the molasses, spices and salt to the food processor and blend until the “cookie dough” becomes smooth and clumps together into a single ball.
Using your hands, roll the mixture into desired “bite” size. Store in the refrigerator.
These healthy no bake gingerbread bites may be served with icing as you wish. A quick and easy icing includes powdered sugar, some vanilla and milk to mix.
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Jennifer McDaniel is a Registered Dietitian, Media Spokesperson, and co-author of Prevention's Mediterranean Table Cookbook. She and her team of Registered Dietitians aim to help their clients go further, make change last, and unlock their potential. She lives in St. Louis, MO with her husband, and three young sons.
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