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.