Gingerbread date balls

It’s amazing how busy I am despite only taking one course at school this semester. I thought I’d be able to take it pretty easy for these next four months, but that’s not going to be the case at all. It looks like I may be taking on more responsibility at my job, plus I still have volunteering at my professor’s nutrition practice and my work as a Research Assistant on my plate. On the side I’m also doing a few nutrition-related projects for some family friends and former employers. I’ve got my hands full!

Since I tend to be all over the place on any given day, I need quick snacks that I can pack up easily and take with me wherever I go. And luckily I got a Christmas gift that has made that easier for me: a Cuisinart 12 cup food processor! I’ve been wanting one of these for ages because my mini 4-cup food processor just doesn’t cut it when it comes to grinding most foods. So far there’s nothing this baby can’t handle though.

On Wednesday I had a 45 minute break between physiotherapy and volunteering, so I used it to make a batch of homemade hummus. This has made a great packable snack with some cut up veggies and whole wheat crackers (although I should probably pack a toothbrush with me too – talk about garlic breath!).

I’ve also been snacking on my newest recipe creation: gingerbread date balls. Made with dates, oats, and almonds, as well as molasses and spices for gingerbread flavour, they’re like a healthier version of your favourite holiday cookie. I topped mine with a white chocolate drizzle for some extra decadence, but feel free to leave it off. Regardless, these are delicious!

Gingerbread date balls

Gingerbread date balls
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Healthy gingerbread snack balls made from dates, almonds, oats, molasses and spices. Gluten free and vegan options.
Yield: 12-18 balls
  • ¾ cup almonds
  • ¼ cup rolled oats*
  • 2 cups pitted dates
  • 3 tbsp molasses
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ⅛ tsp cloves
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • 1/16 tsp salt
  • ⅓ cup white chocolate wafers**
  1. In a food processor grind the almonds until they are chopped into small pebble-sized pieces.
  2. Then add the oats, dates, molasses, ginger, cloves, cinnamon and salt. Grind until it is mixed well and it is the consistency of a very thick paste.
  3. Use your hands to roll it into balls and place them in the fridge on a parchment-lined baking sheet for a few hours until firm.
  4. Then melt the white chocolate wafers in a double boiler on the stove and scoop it into a piping bag or a strong plastic bag with a small hole cut into one corner.
  5. Pipe the chocolate back and forth onto the balls, then place them back in the fridge to harden.
  6. Store your gingerbread date balls in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
*To make balls gluten free, use certified GF oats.
**To make vegan, omit the white chocolate drizzle.

Gingerbread date balls

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33 Responses to Gingerbread date balls

  1. Haha about needing to carry a toothbrush- that's why I'm always hesitant about eating recipes with garlic when I'm on the go! Get some garlic powder- tastes as delicious in hummus but doesn't leave garlicky breath which lasts for hours after ;)! When I'm out & about, almonds and/or snack bars (preferably with a minimal ingredient list & with protein) are my go-to snacks!

  2. I still need to get back on the hummus-making bandwagon! Unfortunately, I've only got a mini-processor, so it doesn't quite get it smooth enough for my liking. I guess I know what's going on the Christmas list next year!And oh my goodness, those balls look so, so good (don't you love how many TWSS jokes can come out of a recipe like this?:-D). I adore gingerbread…and white chocolate!Portable snacks for me are usually hummus and veggies, protein bars, or nuts and a cheese string.

  3. Omg these date balls look amazing! I am soooo making them…never tried to make them before but I can't say no to these…I like making almond butter in my food processor…and snacks for busy days include trail mixes and luna bars/larabars…easy to eat one handed while holding Peanut if I have to!

  4. Mmmmm those date balls look delicious! Gingerbread is one of my favorite flavors EVER.

  5. Wow you ARE busy!!! I'm taking 2 classes this semester, but still feels like a lot, since one actually counts as 2, and then with a baby…I feel like I'm slightly overdoing it, but nothing compared to what you're doing!Those date balls look amazing. And I love white chocolate…I miss it so much!!! I definitely need to try making these!!

  6. I love this recipe! Sounds amazing. I can't wait to try it!

  7. Woohoo thanks for the recipe dear girl, these look super tasty and not pretty simple too! And holy moly you are busy, I am about to get back into that mode soon too, boooo haha

  8. I got that same appliance for xmas but still haven't used it. I do love anything gingerbread flavored though

  9. Those gingerbread date balls look so cute & delish!! I have a Cuisinart Food Processor too & LOVE it!! My favorite thing to make in it is homemade nut butter & using it to mixup cheesecake. That thing is amazing.

  10. These sound and look killer! I've been craving molasses this past week so I'm going to have to make these. Just wrote down the recipe, thank you! For busy days I'm a huge fan of easy to eat fruit (berries, clementines, apples), almond butter, and coffee… not that it's even close to being a food!

  11. You did pack up what was looking like it could have been an easy semester! But I personally think that it is good, it sounds like everything you are doing is worthwhile and exciting and will help you in your future! OK anything gingerbread is amazing! These look epic! I love making pesto in our food processor! perfect topping for so many dishes!

  12. YESSSS a twss joke ahahah. love it. Those sound amazing, good thing we are going to whole foods this afternoon so I can pick up alllllllll the ingredients! Glad you're keeping busy – everything you've got going on sounds a TON more fun than school work for sure!

  13. I made humus in mine yesterday!

  14. I've been obsessed with molasses lately! These look perfect for those afternoon munchies! I swear everytime I feel like my schedule is dying down, it ends up not because I have so many appointments, things to do. It's weird how it works. At least being busy will make the days go by faster:)

  15. Have you ever tried making fresh nut butter? SO much better than store bought!

  16. I've never tried garlic powder in my hummus! I'll give that a try next time. Thanks!

  17. I had that same problem with my mini processor – it couldn't really handle much other than blending ingredients for homemade dressings and sauces. :P

  18. A baby is like 3 full time jobs – I don't know how you're balancing it all!

  19. You're welcome! I hope you like them. :)

  20. Ooh I haven't tried making homemade pesto yet – thanks for the idea!

  21. Not yet, but I plan on trying it sometime soon!

  22. Those balls look DELICIOUS!! I love the idea of adding ginger and molasses.

  23. I've yet to make my own hummus (or nut butter, for that matter), but I'm a huge fan of whipping up batches of energy balls :D I usually just make mine with chocolate chips, but I've been on a HUGE ginger/molasses kick lately so I really want to try these out. And the chocolate melted over top? Amaaaazing.

  24. the food processor is my saving grace!!

  25. Ah, the dreaded garlic breath, I get the same thing when I make my homemade pesto. I have to admit that I have never made my own hummus, I just might have to…

  26. MMmmmm, those look good! I didn't even come close to meeting my gingerbread quote over the holidays. I have catching up to do!

  27. Marghi19

    would the date balls still hold up if I skipped the oats in this recipe (paleo)?

    • Chelsea

      They’ll definitely still stick together, but they might end up too sticky. If so, you could try adding coconut or almond flour, or even just some extra almonds. Let me know what works for you, and I can add a note to the recipe for anyone who wants to make it paleo!

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