The holiday season means signature spices like ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg, that are bound to tantalize the tastebuds. If it were possible, the flavor may even taste like Christmas and for this no-bake gingersnap recipe, there are anti-inflammatory health benefits included:
- Oats are an excellent soluble fiber, which with its lower energy density, a diet high in fiber has been linked to lower body weight, alleviating obesity-induced chronic inflammation evidenced by reduced amounts of inflammatory markers in human and animal studies.
- Healthy nuts are chock full of the polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats but contain very little unhealthy saturated fat. As a result, nuts have major anti-inflammatory effects. In particular, almonds, hazelnuts, pecans, and peanuts are excellent sources of vitamin E.
- Vitamin E can protect the body from effects of harmful free radicals and has been shown to reduce inflammation.
- With optional cacao and its dark chocolate flavor (bitter and fruity), its flavonoids help to decrease inflammation and improve the overall immune response.
Make to have at home or use this simple recipe to quickly make a batch to take to a holiday gathering or even a road trip to grandma’s house (or wherever you may be headed)!
No-bake Gingersnaps ingredients
1 cup oats
½ cup raw almonds
¼ cup pure maple syrup
3 pitted and chopped medjool dates
1 ½ teaspoons ginger
1 tablespoon honey
½ teaspoon vanilla
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
⅛ teaspoon nutmeg or ground cloves
⅛ teaspoon salt
Shredded coconut or cacao powder to roll snaps in
Blend oats and almonds in a food processor until you achieve a fine consistency.
Add remaining ingredients (except shredded coconut or cacao powder); blend until thoroughly combined.
Chill mixture in refrigerator for approx. 20 minutes
Use a tablespoon to divide dough into equal amounts, rolling dough into a ball. For a more finished look, or a touch of flavor, roll the balls in shredded coconut or cacao powder.