As the holidays arrive, it is hard to resist our favorite dishes and desserts. However, there are many healthy recipes that are still flavorful and delicious. Baking and decorating gingerbread cookies is a fun way to get into the holiday spirit. These no-bake gingerbread cookie dough bites provide a healthy version of the sweet dough that we love.
Not only are these a healthier alternative to one of our favorite desserts, they are also great for anyone with specific dietary requirements or restrictions. They are gluten, dairy, egg, and refined sugar free, as well as vegan and paleo friendly. Even without the use of butter, refined sugar, or flour, these tasty treats are full of rich, aromatic, spicy, sweet and buttery flavors.
With only 15 minutes to prepare and no need of an oven, these are an easy, healthy addition to your holiday celebrations!
- 2 cups ground almonds
- 1/3 cup ground walnuts
- 1/2 cup gluten free oats, ground
- 3/8 – 1/ 2 cup maple syrup (or honey)
- 1 1/2 tbsp molasses
- 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- pinch of ground nutmeg
- pinch of ground cloves
- pinch of salt
- drizzle of choice (you can use icing, white chocolate – anything you prefer)
- Add the ground almonds and ground walnuts to the food processor and blend for 5 – 7 minutes. Blend until the mixture starts to clump together. At this point, it will be half-way to a nut butter, but we’ll stop at this stage.
- Add the ground oats and blend for a further 1 – 2 minutes, until the oats are evenly distributed and absorbed by the nut mixture.
- In a small bowl, mix together the sweetener of choice, molasses, spices and salt. Add the sweet mixture to the food processor and blend until the “cookie dough” becomes smooth and clumps together into a single ball.
- Roll about 1 1/2 tbsp worth of the “cookie dough” into balls and place them onto a lined baking sheet. Refrigerate the balls while you prepare the icing of choice.
- Drizzle the slightly chilled balls with your icing of choice!