If you're looking for a delectable and nutritious treat to satisfy your sweet cravings while keeping your energy levels high, look no further than our Gingerbread Energy Bites recipe!
Packed with wholesome ingredients and gingerbread's warm, comforting flavors, these little bites are a delightful snack and a source of plant-based protein and essential nutrients. Whether you need a pick-me-up during a busy day, a pre-workout snack, or a healthy indulgence, these Gingerbread Energy Bites are the perfect choice.
With a hint of pumpkin spice from Amla Green and the goodness of oats, almond butter, and molasses, you won't believe how easy it is to whip up a batch of these delicious, energizing bites. And to top it off, a few scoops of Amla Green Pumpkin Spice makes it as healthy as it is delicious.
Flax Seeds: The Tiny Nutritional Powerhouses that Pack a Punch!
Flax seeds are tiny powerhouses of nutrition, offering a wealth of essential nutrients in every tablespoon. In just one tablespoon of ground flax seeds, you'll find approximately 37 calories. These versatile seeds are relatively low in carbohydrates, providing only 2 grams per serving.
However, their standout feature is their healthy fat content, with 3 grams of total fat per tablespoon. This fat includes 0.3 grams of saturated fat, 0.5 grams of monounsaturated fat, and a generous 2 grams of polyunsaturated fat, primarily in the form of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.
Health Benefits and Considerations:
Flax seeds offer numerous potential health benefits, making them a valuable addition to various dietary plans. For individuals with diabetes, flax seeds' soluble fiber content may help stabilize blood sugar levels by slowing glucose absorption. Additionally, the omega-3 fatty acids in flax seeds could have anti-inflammatory effects that benefit people with diabetes.
For those aiming to manage cholesterol levels, the soluble fiber in flax seeds may help reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol, lowering the risk of heart disease. Similarly, the fiber and potassium content can contribute to better heart health, potentially aiding those with high blood pressure.
Flax seeds' substantial dietary fiber content is a boon for digestive health, promoting regularity and preventing constipation. Furthermore, the anti-inflammatory properties of omega-3 fatty acids may assist in managing conditions characterized by chronic inflammation, such as arthritis.
In the realm of weight management, combining fiber and healthy fats in flax seeds can create a feeling of fullness, which may support weight control efforts.
Rolled Oats: the Wholesome Breakfast Hero for a Nutrient-Packed Start to Your Day!
When you enjoy a cup of cooked rolled oats, you're indulging in a bowl of delicious and healthful nutrition. With 166 calories per serving, rolled oats are a satisfying option for breakfast or as an ingredient in various recipes.
These oats offer a balanced nutrient profile, with 3.6 grams of total fat, including 0.7 grams of saturated fat, 1.1 grams of monounsaturated fat, and an equal amount of polyunsaturated fat.
Carbohydrates make up a substantial portion, with 28 grams in a cup, but here's where the magic happens: they also provide an impressive 4 grams of dietary fiber, which supports digestive health. Plus, there's only 0.4 grams of sugar, making them a low-sugar choice.
In the protein department, a cup of cooked rolled oats supplies 6 grams, which can help keep you feeling full and provide sustained energy. Beyond macronutrients, rolled oats are rich in essential vitamins and minerals.
In addition to being a satisfying food, there are several benefits to eating rolled oats:
Diabetes: Rolled oats have a low glycemic index, meaning they gradually and steadily impact blood sugar levels. The fiber in oats, particularly beta-glucans, can help improve insulin sensitivity and regulate blood sugar. Consuming oats as part of a balanced diet can benefit individuals with diabetes.
High Cholesterol: Oats are renowned for their cholesterol-lowering properties. The soluble fiber in oats, specifically beta-glucans, can help reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol levels, lowering the risk of heart disease. Including oats in your diet can be an effective strategy for managing high cholesterol.
High Blood Pressure: Oats contain magnesium and potassium, essential minerals for blood pressure regulation. These minerals can help relax blood vessels and maintain healthy blood pressure levels.
Oats are a heart-healthy choice for individuals with high blood pressure.
Digestive Health: The fiber in oats promotes regular bowel movements and aids in digestive health. It can alleviate constipation and contribute to a healthy gut.
Weight Management: Oats are filling and can help control appetite due to their fiber and protein content. They provide sustained energy, reducing the likelihood of overeating and aiding in weight management.
Heart Health: Oats' combination of fiber, antioxidants, and other heart-healthy nutrients makes them an excellent choice for cardiovascular health. They can reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering cholesterol and blood pressure.
Antioxidants: Oats also contain antioxidants, which have anti-inflammatory and potentially protective effects on the heart.
Gingerbread Energy Bites
Yields: Around 45 energy bites
- 1 tbsp ground flax seed
- 3 tbsp water
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup oat flour
- 1/4 cup almond flour
- 1/4 cup vanilla plant-based protein powder
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp ground cloves
- 4 scoops Amla Green Pumpkin Spice
- 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 2 tbsp almond butter
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tbsp molasses
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the ground flax and water. Set aside.
- In a mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients. Stir well, then make a well in the center.
- Add the wet ingredients, including the flax mixture, to the dry. Gradually incorporate the wet ingredients until a thick dough is formed.
- Using a melon baller, scoop the batter onto the baking sheet in mounds about 1 tbsp each.
- Bake for 28 to 30 minutes or until the gingerbread bites are golden and browning around the edges.
- Allow to cool, then serve and enjoy!