Gingerbread Protein Snowballs

In December, it can be tough to eat healthy. Co-workers bring cookies to the office, holiday parties offer up a buffet of rich hors d'oeuvres, and peppermint mocha frappuccinos are appealing even to the non-coffee drinker in the cold.

Here's a gingerbread recipe for healthy, protein and fiber-packed Gingerbread Protein Snowballs. You can bring this gingerbread recipe to a party or snack on them at home snuggled up to a good Christmas movie. This no-sugar treat has spices that contribute to additional health benefits like lowering blood sugar and boosting your energy.


1 cup pitted medjool dates

1/8 tsp cloves

1/2 cup nuts (pecans or walnuts work best)

3 Tbsp hemp seeds

1.5 tsp vanilla extract

1 Tbsp cinnamon

2 tsp ground ginger

1 cup coconut flakes


  1. Food process dates and cloves.

  2. Add nuts and process again.

  3. Scrape into a bowl and add remaining ingredients.

  4. Mix with a rubber spatula. Using your hands, roll into small bite-sized balls.

  5. Roll balls in coconut flakes to cover.

  6. Refrigerate at least an hour. (Stays good in the refrigerator about 10 days.)

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