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.Print
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
- In a food processor, very finely chop the pecans.
- 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).
- Shape into 1 inch balls. If desired, roll in additional coconut.
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