Christmassy Gingerbread Balls

The combination of sweet dates and gingerbread spices works amazingly well together! This spicy goodness is one of my top two favorite delicacies for christmas (the other one is moist date cake) and as I always like it, there are also health benefits as it contains healthy sunflower seeds or almonds, dates and raw cacao. Not forgetting the spices that have surprising health benefits such as anti-inflammatory effects. You can also use different set of spices for finishing touch to add a variety of flavors. I’ve used coconut sugar and raw chocolate powder here. Works well!

Because there’s no baking or waiting, these bites are super easy to make (see the video below)! Just make sure you have put the dates soaking into a small amount of water a bit earlier. This kind of healthy christmassy snack is also a great gift idea for a friend or family. Just pack the gingerbread balls into a cellophane paper and finish with a beautiful string and a christmas card. Self-made present is always the best!

Serves 16-18 balls

Christmassy Gingerbread Balls

15 min

15 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 30g Cacao Butter OR Virgin Coconut oil
  • 150g Organic Dates OR Figs (pitted and soaked for at least 30 minutes)
  • 2 tablespoon Coconut Nectar
  • 2dl=0.8c Sunflower seeds OR Almonds
  • 2dl=0.8c Oatmeal, gluten-free
  • 1 tablespoon Gingerbread Spice Mix (bitter orange, cinnamon, carnation, ginger)
  • Pinch of Himalayan Salt
  • Coconut Sugar and Raw Cacao Powder for topping

Instructions

  1. Place cacao butter in a water in a small, heat-safe cup or bowl (grate if needed). Then place the cup or bowl in a shallow pan containing a small amount of warm (not boiling, but nearly) water. Stir the butter occasionally until it’s melted.
  2. Chop the dry ingredients in a food processor as smooth as possible. The bigger the lumps the more you need seeds/almonds and oatmeal to keep the dough processable.
  3. If you have a quality food processor, you can add the soaked dates (not the soaking water) and the melted cacao butter at once and mix. I usually mix the dry ingredients and dates separately and then mix it all together with a spoon or hand. This can all be done without an appliance but then you need a traditional mortar to crush the seeds (or almonds) and oatmeal.
  4. Coat the gingerbread balls with cacao powder and coconut sugar.
  5. Store in the fridge or in the freezer for later use.
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You can also try these ingredients for coating the gingerbread balls:

  • Freeze-dried strawberry powder
  • Blueberry powder
  • Cacao nibs
  • Peeled hemp seeds or other seeds
  • Raw cacao powder
  • Coconut sugar
  • etc…

Some health benefits of the ingredients:

Dates

Dates can improve digestive health and treat and prevent anemia. It’s helpful for bone, blood and immune system health, energy boost and heart health.

Nuts and Seeds

Nut and seeds have essential fatty acids and are high in protein, they are also chock-full of antioxidants and high in fiber which helps boost your metabolism.

Raw Cacao

Raw cacao is claimed to have loads of heath benefits! For example it can improve your memory, increase your bliss, reduce heart disease, shed fat, boost immunity, and create loads of energy.

Spices

Bitter orange peel is used for weight control, upset stomach, nasal congestion and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). The antioxidants in cinnamon have anti-inflammatory effects, which may help lower the risk of disease. Carnations, also known as Dianthus caryophyllus, may help alleviate stress and nervousness. Ginger contains very potent anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols.

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