These no bake gingerbread bites are a quick, festive snack leading into the holidays. These take minutes to make with a food processor, and taste like gingerbread cookie dough.
No Bake Gingerbread Bites Ingredients
These bites make a balanced snack because of their mix of protein and fibre rich ingredients. I often get asked about the best granola bars, which can be a convenient snack. However, with a food processor you can make your own soft granola bar bites and vary up the flavour throughout the seasons.
- Dates: Dates are high in fibre which benefits digestive health, and helps to keep you full longer. They help to sweeten these treats naturally to reduce added sugars. Medjool dates are more moist and easier to use in this recipe; however if you are using regular dates then you would want to soak in hot water for a few minutes, then drain the dates from the water to soften them.
- Oats: Oats are also a high fibre addition. If you want to make this recipe gluten-free for celiac purposes, be sure to choose certified gluten free oats.
- Pecan pieces: Nuts add healthy fats, protein and other nutrients like magnesium.
- Molasses: Molasses is an added sugar, with distinct flavour so a little goes a long way.
- Spices: Spices help to give these bites the warm gingerbread flavour. Adjusting spices in your recipes will also help to add a sweet profile to reduce added sugars.
No Bake Gingerbread Bites
- 1 cup pitted dates about 6 large medjool dates
- 1 cup oats
- 1 cup pecan pieces
- 1 tbsp molasses
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp ginger
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
- Mix all of the ingredients in a food processor, stop to scrape down the bowl if necessary.
- Use moistened hands to combine the dough and roll into heaping 1 tbsp balls.
- Arrange in a single layer on a large plate and refrigerate.
It is important to choose a variety of foods year round that help to meet your nutrition needs, while also satisfying your cravings. These bites don’t necessarily need to replace your favourite baked goods over the holidays. Choose to enjoy all foods mindfully, by slowly savouring them.
To learn more about mindful and intuitive eating, check out this blog post.