As the holidays approach, so do cookie exchanges, extra visitors, and festive gatherings. And as much as I love creating healthy, nourishing meals and treats for my loved ones I also want to maximize the amount of quality time I actually spend with them both in and out of the kitchen.
That’s why I tend towards creating recipes that are extremely forgiving so little hands can help out measuring, mixing and making and so we both can enjoy the satisfaction of making sweet treats that everyone, of all ages, can savor together.
The smell of gingerbread and eggnog make me feel nostalgic for the holidays of my childhood. Gingerbread is one of my favorite wintry flavors, but I prefer not to spend hours fussing over and rolling out the more traditional dough.
Instead these raw gingerbread bites whip up in less than 10 minutes, require no baking and easily store in the fridge or freezer to pull out when expected (or unexpected!) guests arrive. They’re gluten, dairy, and refined sugar-free and packed full of protein and healthy fats. My young children love them and I love that although we still consider them treats they don’t result in the sugar highs and lows of the more processed, sugary cookies that tend to be served at this time of year. The ginger will even help soothe upset tummies of all ages.
Gluten-free, Raw Gingerbread Bites
- 1/2 cup almond meal
- 3/4 cup rolled oats
- 1 1/4 cups pitted medjool dates
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon cloves
- Blend the oats in a high speed blender or food processor until it forms a floury meal (resembling the almond meal).
- Add all remaining ingredients, except for the dates and vanilla, to the oat meal and process until fully combined.
- Add half of the dates and process until well combined, then add the remaining dates until you have dough that sticks together.
- Roll approximately 1 tablespoon of dough at a time in between the palms of your hands to create your raw gingerbread bites. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days or in the fridge for up to two weeks. These also freeze well.
And – here’s the clincher – you can even enjoy this sinfully rich egg nog smoothie for breakfast! It’s that good for. It’s chock full of potassium from the bananas, the turmeric adds amazing anti-inflammatory healing properties, and anti-microbrial cinnamon strengthens the immune system on chilly winter days.
This homemade eggnog takes a short 2 minutes to blend up and has become a huge hit in our home with family and friends.
Raw “Eggnog” Milkshake
- 1 frozen banana
- 1-2 medjool dates or 1 tbs maple syrup
- 1 cup milk of choice
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon fresh or ground ginger
- pinch of nutmeg
- pinch of turmeric
- little squeeze of lemon
- Add 1 tablespoons of tahini or almond butter
- Place all ingredients in a blender and blend on high until completely smooth.