Ah, the bliss of the holiday season. Is it more stress or more peace for you? Well, hopefully these Cranberry Gingerbread Energy Bites will bring at least some peace to your snack time.
I’m sitting here cuddled up on the couch underneath my favourite furry blanket (it’s so soft and heavy – perfect!), listening to my favouritest playlist, excited to share this recipe with you.
If you want to know the soundtrack I’m writing this post to right now, it’s Angels by Robbie Williams. My non-classic Christmas music.
There’s way more classic Christmas tastes in these energy bites: Gingerbread spice, cranberries, walnuts, dates, almonds… So good.
I’ve honestly been making energy bites for about a decade now. Only I had to chop everything with a knife for about 80% of that time.
I’ve never been one to trade tons of dollars for my time, so I never really had the budget to afford a food processor. We ended up investing some of the money we got for our wedding in a few kitchen appliances – and then let them gather dust.
I guess that’s what happens when you’re used to not having any. Like the one time I started working as an au-pair and did all the dishes by hand my first week until I realised they had a dishwasher.
But now that I’ve gone all rogue on this wellness journey, I decided I could maybe actually use my food processor, Vitamix and juicer a bit more often.
You know, instead of just stuffing dates with cashews because lazy (though it does taste dangerously good).
[Insert record switch: Adele’s Hello]
I’ve been whipping up lots of batches of these little cuties (and these!) this month, my kids go through them super fast. Or maybe it’s me at midnight, I won’t tell.
And this cranberry gingerbread version is one of my favourite ways to ease into the winter mood right now.
You get the holiday spirit without the sugar crash, so to speak.
If you make a batch of these, you have to promise me something: In an effort to SLOW DOWN this holiday season (no more go-go-go at Christmas, it’s supposed to be peaceful and enjoyable, you know? Crazy concept, right?), promise me you won’t just pop these mindlessly on the go.
Savour them. Enjoy them. Just because a food is a healthy snack doesn’t mean you have to gulp it down without even thinking about it.
[Ally – We the Kings. Those sounds ♡]
Here, let’s do a pinky promise: I solemnly swear that I’m up to no good. No, wait, that’s wrong. I solemnly swear that I will enjoy my Gingerbread Energy Bites as if they were High Tea with the Queen herself. Pinky promise!
Now, let me look for my recipe scribbles somewhere buried in this furry blanket of mine…
Cranberry Gingerbread Energy Bites
Cranberry Gingerbread Energy Bites are a tasty Christmas inspired snack made from healthy ingredients. Perfect for those on a vegan, gluten free diet!
- 3/4 cup dried dates
- 1/2 cup dried figs
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup rolled oats use certified gluten free if necessary!
- 1 cup almonds
- 1 tablespoon molasses
- 1 teaspoon gingerbread spice
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Chop: Add all ingredients to a powerful food processor and process until smooth (it will take 5 minutes! But don’t stop as long as it looks grainy). It has to look a little like chocolate cookie dough.
Tips: Give your food processor a break every minute or so and scrape the sides. If your processor can’t handle it, try pulsing a little at a time, adding more as you go until all the ingredients are incorporated.
Shape: Roll into balls (I keep them small because munchkins 🐭🐵) and store in the fridge or freezer.
If the processing takes too long and the consistency isn't changing to the smooth, cookie-dough like stage, try adding another diced fig or two. If your dried fruit is a little older or on the very dry side, it tends to need a bit more to work.
P.S: How Long Will I Love You by Ellie Goulding.
P.P.S: Post proof reading: A live version of Chasing Cars. And I’m crying a little. It’s good.