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chewy vegan gingerbread bites

Pecan Crusted Chewy Gingersnap Bites

Andrea Toole
Low in added sugar and coated in roasted pecans, these Vegan Gingerbread Bites are the perfect snack or dessert for the holiday season!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 11 balls

Ingredients
  

  • 3/4 cup raw pecans
  • 1 cup rolled oats Certified gluten-free if needed
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 ½ tsp ground dried ginger
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup pitted dates
  • 2 tbsp molasses
  • Optional* turbinado sugar

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Place the pecans on a baking sheet and roast for 10-12 minutes until they are slightly browned and fragrant. Set aside to cool slightly.
  • While the pecans bake add the oats, spices, salt and vanilla to the bowl of a food processor or high powered blender. Blend for about 30 seconds to combine and break down the oats.
  • Next add the dates to the blender. If your dates are very dry, you can add them to a bowl of warm water to soften them for about 2 minutes. Drain off the water and add them to the food processor.
  • Next, add in the molasses and blend together until combined and the mixture clumps together in a ball while blending.
  • Set aside 1/4 cup of the pecans and add the remainder to the food processor. You'll want the pecans to still be slightly warm, the heat will help to "wake up" the flavour of the spices. Pulse the food processor a few times to combine the pecans. You may have to break apart the clump before blending in the pecans. Finely chop the reserved pecans, transfer to a small bowl and set aside.
  • Scoop a heaping tablespoon of the mixture and roll into a tight ball using your hands. Roll each through the chopped pecan mixture to coat, or alternately you can roll a few of then in turbinado sugar. You'll get about 11 balls total.

Notes

Makes 11 balls.
Store refrigerated in an airtight container for up to a week, or at room temperature for 3-4 days.
Enjoy!
Keyword festive food, gingerbead, gingerbead bites, gluten free, holiday treats, vegan chili, vegan gingerbread