Gingerbread Energy Balls

Keep healthy alternatives around for snacks and you’ll never miss the pre-packaged varieties of who knows what with an entire list of ingredients you can’t pronounce. These energy balls are sure to be that sweet snack you reach for when you need something sweet without the damaging effects of processed sugars. And since there is no sugar added (the sweetness comes from the dates) there will be no crash later. The natural sugars from dates give your cells all the whole-nutrition energy they need.

Dates are jam packed with fiber which alleviates digestion issues. The potassium in dates can treat upset stomachs and diarrhea. It can also help “move things along” when you are constipated. Dates are also rich in magnesium, manganese, and selenium. These minerals are needed for keeping bones and blood strong and healthy. What is really amazing about dates is that the potassium in them reduces your risk of stroke and can lower cholesterol.

Can’t say all that about bags of chips and cookies! You get a snack AND a health boost at the same time.

This recipe also has buckwheat groats. If you have never used them before you’re in for a treat. They add such great taste and texture. Buckwheat is actually gluten free despite the name. They are a relative of rhubarb. Buckwheat contains all eight essential amino acids, low glycemic and high in fiber. Studies have also shown buckwheat can be beneficial in the management of blood sugar levels, this is especially important if you are dealing with diabetes.

1 1/2 cups pitted dates

1/4 cup almond flour

1/4 cup buckwheat groats

3/4 cups quick oats

1 tbsp cinnamon

1 tsp ginger

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/4 tsp vanilla

1/4 tsp ground cloves

  1. Blend all the dry ingredients in a food processor until a fine flour forms.
  2. Add in the dates and process until combined. It will seem loose, but you will be able to squeeze it together and form balls. (If not, add more dates)
  3. Roll the dough out into balls about an inch thick. You could also flatten them after rolling and make them cookies if you chose to.

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