Gingerbread energy balls

29 January 2019

With no cooking required, these gingerbread energy balls have all the flavour that other sweet treats do but are made with wholesome ingredients. They make a perfect treat or afternoon pick-me-up! 

 

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Nutritional highlights

Dates are high in fibre which is important for good digestive health and managing cholesterol levels. Pumpkin seeds are full of valuable nutrients including a wealth of antioxidants, magnesium and healthy unsaturated omega fats. Both magnesium and omega fats play important roles in blood pressure maintenance and improving heart health.

Ingredients list

(Makes 20 balls)
Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Freeze Time: 1 hour

  • 150g pumpkin seeds
  • 100g dates (stones removed)
  • 40g unsweetened desiccated coconut (+ 20g extra to roll the balls in)
  • 50g raisins
  • 1tbsp freshly grated ginger (or enough to taste)
  • 1tsp cinnamon

Method

Firstly, using a food processor, pulse the pumpkin seeds until finely chopped. 

Next, add the dates (ensuring you remove the stones), desiccated coconut, raisins, fresh ginger and cinnamon. 

Pulse again until the ingredients start to stick together but making sure the mixture is not too smooth. 

Remove from the processor, ready to roll into balls. The mixture will be sticky (if it is too sticky to handle, freeze for 10 minutes until firmer).

With slightly damp hands, roll the mixture into balls (great way to get the kids involved) and then roll in remaining desiccated coconut. 

Refrigerate for a minimum of 1 hour. 

Keep in an airtight container in the fridge for 3 days or freeze (thaw before eating).

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