Holiday Fuel On-the-Go: Gingerbread Energy Bites

In the second of our holiday-themed recipe series, we’ve got gingerbread energy bites—a fun way to fuel your next adventure.

gingerbread bites
Photos: Jess Case

With the race season feeling like it’s a long way off and structured training likely on the backburner, now is a great time of year to experiment with your fuel options and take a break from the typical bars and gels. In the second of three holiday on-the-go fuel recipes, we’ve got these gingerbread energy bites. As they’re no-bake they are quick and easy to make and they’re packed with energy-boosting ingredients—the perfect snack to grab when heading out for a long bike ride or trail run with all the healthy ingredients you want and need.

Gingerbread Energy Bites

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Chill Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Servings: makes 10 balls


1 cup medjool dates

½ cup oats

½ cup toasted pecans

2 TBSP chia seeds

1 TSP ground ginger

1 TSP cinnamon

½ TSP nutmeg

Pinch of nutmeg

¼ TSP salt

1 TBSP molasses

1 TSP vanilla extract

1-2 TSP sprinkles (if desired)


1. Add the dates, toasted pecans and oats into a food processor or blender. Blend until it’s combined; it should be a crumbly texture.

2.  Then add all the ingredients except the sprinkles until the mixture combines well and becomes sticky. If using the sprinkles, pulse a few times until they’re incorporated. 

3. Use a spoon to scoop out the mixture evenly, then roll into 10 balls. Set on a tray and let it chill for 30 minutes in the refrigerator to firm up. Enjoy!


  • Keep the gingerbread energy balls in an airtight container in the fridge for about a week. You can also keep them in your freezer for three to four months.
  • If you don’t like pecans, you can swap for cashew or almonds.
  • If you would like protein powder in these energy bites, add 1 TBSP of protein powder to the mixture.

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