These healthy no bake gingerbread energy balls and a quick and easy snack which taste like a gingerbread latte! Naturally paleo and vegan, these keto gingerbread protein balls are packed with protein and completely sugar-free!
Healthy No Bake Gingerbread Balls
“Oh, it’s my seasonal drink bandit! Which one have you come for today?”
Sorry, Barista Nick.
Here I was thinking my temporary hang out in Columbus would result in me being known as the ‘Aussie’ and not the goose who orders seasonal Starbucks beverages before their scheduled release dates.
Barista Nick is actually one of my favorite people I’ve met in Columbus. He’s taught me which Starbucks drinks have the most caffeine, he’s told me which pastries to buy on which days and he informed me that ‘whip’ did not involve anything over PG13.
Anyway, like the Pumpkin Spice Latte, Peppermint Mocha and the salted caramel mocha, I obviously had to sample the Gingerbread latte (again) for recipe development purposes….and to get a healthy seasonal sugar fix. Barista Nick recommended half the syrup (2 pumps instead of 4?) and knowing the caffeine fiend I am, added an extra shot of espresso.
If it wasn’t for the upcoming seasonal recipe I have to share (you guys, it’s probably my favorite one yet!), I’d say the gingerbread takes the seasonal crown. Anyway, it’s also the inspiration for today’s no bake bite recipe- Healthy No Bake Gingerbread Energy Balls!
Raw Gingerbread Balls
These healthy No Bake Gingerbread Energy Bites are doughy, soft and chewy and taste like dessert but are actually healthy for you! They take less than ten minutes to whip up and are the perfect snack to have between meals, pre or post workout or a healthy after dinner sweet treat!
This quick and easy recipe has all the flavors of a gingerbread latte minus the usual sugar bomb associated with it. These are also suitable for those following a paleo, vegan, gluten free and dairy free lifestyle.
Bonus? They are also completely keto, sugar-free and packed with protein!
Texture wise, these no bake gingerbread balls are chewy, soft and almost fudge-like. They are loaded with ginger and sweetened with both monk fruit granulated sweetener, and a sticky sweetener of choice.
In terms of the sticky sweetener, I used monk fruit sweetened maple syrup, which is keto-friendly and 100% sugar-free.
For a refined sugar free option (and one to enhance the gingerbread flavor), feel free to use molasses– This is suitable for those following a paleo and vegan diet.
These protein balls also make the perfect snack, as they are low carb and protein-rich. They are the perfect filling and satisfying snack between meals or a quick post-workout snack.
Healthy No Bake Gingerbread Energy Balls (Keto, Vegan, Paleo)
- 1 cup almond butter Can use any nut or seed butter
- 2 tablespoon liquid sweetener of choice * See notes
- 1 tablespoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ` teaspoon mixed spice
- 1/4 cup granulated sweetener of choice ** See notes
- 2-3 tablespoon coconut flour *** See notes
- 1 tablespoon liquid of choice
- In a large mixing bowl, add your almond butter, liquid sweetener of choice and mix well.
- In a small separate mixing bowl, add your dry ingredients and mix very well.
- Combine your dry and wet ingredients and mix very well. If your batter is too thin, add extra coconut flour. If your batter is too thick, add extra liquid (syrup or milk) until a thick dough remains.
- Using your hands, form into small balls. If desired, roll each ball in extra granulated sweetener of choice. Place balls on a lined plate or tray and refrigerate until firm.
Do you know your Barista by their name?
Do you ask for extra whip on your latte? kekekekekeke.
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Anyone who directs you to the most caffeinated drinks is a good friend! These look so yummy, I’m in a gingerbread mood now 🙂
Thanks so much Michele!
I giggled, I laughed out loud and I wanna whip up those balls immediately 😉
I had a really really bad fling with Gingerbread Latte when we lived in London. Don’t ask me what I did to get one. Sadly the ones in Germany didn’t live up to the ones in London. Besides the inevitable craving for really salty fries after having one. You just need something salty to compensate all the suger, don’t you?
YESSSSS. I hope you liked them- I completely redid the recipe to include a new version I made using a dash of molasses!
I do not know my barista, but I do know the wine guy at Trader Joe’s. Still haven’t tried the gingerbread latte at Starbucks. If I ever get those drinks I usually get the sugar-free syrup. I know I know, artificial sweeteners and all that, but if I have to pick my poison I’ll take the one that doesn’t make me feel physically ill.
LOL. Priorities right there, huh 😉
I wonder if the skinny vanilla latte uses sugar free syrup. I’m intrigued!
I am the barista people know by name. Usually people order what’s on the board and don’t customize. Holy crap four pumps of syrup?!?! That would make the drink about 1/3 syrup! I’m more of a cafe au lait person myself. No espresso for me, I don’t drink caffeine until race morning haha
Whattt!!! I’ll need to come order a coffee and a sandwich on the side 🙂
I hardly go to Starbucks…maybe once a month. As you know, I’d rather take a spoon to the pint of ice cream rather than grab a sugary drink. Coffee at home is a must, though…even though it’s not as good as the Bux.
That’s the thing- I can never get to taste like Starbucks- Even when I use two K cups at a time!
OMG, I think might live off of these babies for the next several months! I’m going to hoard them and sneak them after the kids go to bed so I don’t have to share!! GINGERBREAD!!!
😀 YES! Can we hashtag mother of the year 😉
How many does this make?
Hi Judy! You can make as many or as little as you like- I like smaller bites so got around 15-20 🙂
I love gingerbread and how easy these are to make! I rarely go to Starbucks and prefer making my coffee at home.
YES! Thanks so much Joanne!
Sssh … I just heard that Starbucks Gold card members are actually invited to try the new seasonal drinks a week before their official release. You’re not a Gold card member yet??? Well, you have Nick as your friend so that likely makes up for it.
Does your next recipe involve egg nog?? Because a little birdy told me that was a new seasonal flavour at Starbucks.
YES! Coming very soon 🙂
I miss espresso.
Don’t you DARE start decaf.
These look amazing and I love the combination of flavors. Perfect for the upcoming holidays too!
Thanks so much, Linda- I just saw a montage of FOUR desserts which I cannot wait to check out later 😀
My baristas basically start making my drink as soon as I walk through the door. We tight.
Haha nice one!
Just made these. YUM!! The only issue is that the batch didn’t make many so I will be forced to make another batch soon! Next time I will double it it. 🙂
YAY Michelle! 😀 Haha they are addictive!
Are you thinking about sampling the peppermint Starbucks latte to make some no bake peppermint latte bites? That would be a great idea! I have to try making this yummy batch and….eating the entire batch afterwards XD
Hi. I am going to make the gingerbread spice and need to know the quantity of the 4 spices. Are they all the same measurements, except the cloves?
Hi Sara! That’s correct- I tend to go a little heavy on the cinnamon because I love it 🙂 Definitely play the cloves by ear- They can be a little bit strong 🙂