These Chocolate Gingerbread Balls are decadent yet healthy cookies that just melt in your mouth.
It’s that time of the year again. The magical time that smells like cinnamon and orange peel and eggnog. But the best part? Christmas cookie making!
At least that has always been my favorite thing to do (snacking on raw cookie dough in particular). Too bad I would always feel guilty and sick afterwards because of all the unhealthy crap (let’s face it) that was in the dough.
But not anymore. And you shouldn’t either! This holiday season, I’d love to share with you my favorite healthy Christmas cookies that you won’t have to feel bad about eating.
Let me introduce to you my beloved Chocolate Gingerbread Balls. These no bake cookies are a clean eating treat with no butter, flour or refined sugar that even the least experienced cooks can master. They are also vegan so you don’t have to worry about raw eggs while you or your kids snack on the dough.
But most importantly, they don’t taste healthy at all. Their deep chocolate gingerbread flavor gives them a decadent richness that will leave you wanting more.
They also make a delicious Christmas present, just wrap them carefully – they get soft and sticky if you leave them at room for too long.
- 1 and ⅔ cups (250g) dried plums (prunes)
- 2 oz (55g) dark chocolate, melted
- 1 cup (130g) sunflower seeds
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ cup almond milk (or other milk of choice)
- ½ teaspoon gingerbread spice
- optional: coconut sugar mixed with gingerbread spice for rolling (or roll in cocoa powder, coconut, sunflower seeds or even dip in chocolate!)
- Combine prunes, melted chocolate, sunflower seeds, vanilla, milk and spices in a food processor.
- If you like to leave a bit of texture, pulse only until compact. If you prefer a smoother result, process until completely mixed.
- Shape dough into balls.
- If you like, roll the cookies in a mixture of coconut sugar and gingerbread spices, coconut, dip in chocolate…sky is the limit.
- Refrigerate until ready to serve (they last for about a week) or freeze (for up to two months).
Make these healthy Christmas cookies even more special by using homemade vanilla extract.
Rolling away in the coconut sugar. Or would you rather have them dipped in chocolate?