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Gingerbread Energy Balls {paleo & vegan}


As I suspected on Friday, my radiant glow was not attributable to the carrots but rather to the beginning of a cold with fever. It was coming on stronger yesterday while I was baking, but it slammed full force at bedtime last night. (On a side note: yes, the sitter came as scheduled, so the birthday dinner outing went off without a hitch–hurrah

Rather than cooking, I am spending the day between bed and computer, reading a book, napping, and catching up on some editing. But I did want to post one recipe: my gingerbread energy balls.

These are healthy bites of goodness, perfect when you need to keep your energy up, but do not feel like eating a full granola bar, let alone a meal. For example, when you are home in bed with a cold. But they are also perfect for a quick snack in between meals (instant energy boost!) or right before a workout.

The dates in the recipe, along with the spices, makes these humble bites taste like gingerbread, one of my favorite foods, ever.

Cheers–hope to be back at the stove tomorrow.

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Gingerbread Energy Balls

  • Author: Camilla
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 15 mins
  • Yield: 32 balls 1x


Quick, easy, no-bake energy balls made with fresh ginger–they taste like gingerbread! Perfect for snacks and hits of quick energy. Paleo & vegan.


  • 2 cups pecan halves (or other nut/seed of choice)
  • 2 cups soft pitted dates (e.g., Medjool)
  • 1 cup unsweetened flake coconut
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger root OR 1 teaspoon dried ginger
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • Optional: 1/2 cup unsweetened flake coconut, chopped


  1. In a food processor, very finely chop the pecans.
  2. Add the dates, coconut, ginger, pie spice and salt; process, using on/off pulses, until chopped and blended into a cohesive “dough” (stop and scrape down sides of processor a few times).
  3. Shape into 1 inch balls. If desired, roll in additional coconut.
  4. Eat!


Storage: Store in an airtight container at room temperature for 5 days, refrigerator for 2 weeks or freezer for 6 months.

  • Category: Snack, Energy Balls


  • Serving Size: 1 ball
  • Calories: 84
  • Sugar: 6.6 g
  • Sodium: 30 mg
  • Fat: 5.8 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 8.8 g
  • Fiber: 1.7 g
  • Protein: 1 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg



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Monday 21st of January 2008

Feel better soon! These sound yummy!

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