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Raw Gingerbread Bites

Take these little guys to your next holiday party, or just make them to have around the casa… because they’re good. Really, really good πŸ˜‰

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Raw Gingerbread Bites

Makes 8- recipe can easily be doubled (or quadrupled)

-1 C buckwheat four (buckwheat groats ground into a fine flour with the Vitamix)

– 1/2 C almond flour (ground from dehydrated almond pulp)

– 1/4 T cinnamon

– 1/4 t nutmeg

– 1/8 t ginger

– 1/8 t cloves

-pinch sea salt

-1/4 C maple syrup (can use raw agave instead, but the maple will give it a warmer taste)

-1/3 C ground flax seed

– 1.5 T date paste (soaked medjool dates, blended with a little lemon juice and water)

– 1 t vanilla

In a large mixing bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients (buckwheat flour through sea salt).

In a separated bowl, combine all of the remaining ingredients (including flax seed).

Introduce the wet mixture to the dry mixture, and mix well to fully combine all ingredients.

Roll into balls (or flatten into cookie shapes), and dehydrate at 115* for 18-24 hours, until desired consistency is achieved.

Feast. πŸ˜€

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Β© 2009 The Fitnessista

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57 Comments

  1. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on December 17, 2009 at 9:13 am

    Thanks for the recipe! They look so yummy … they almost look like gingerbread macaroons. πŸ™‚

  2. K on December 17, 2009 at 9:18 am

    Gingerbread = Holidays. Love the sounds of this recipe, G$!

  3. Pam on December 17, 2009 at 9:53 am

    Yumm!

    Enjoy!

  4. VeggieGirl on December 17, 2009 at 9:57 am

    **swoons and then faints**

  5. Kristen on December 17, 2009 at 10:04 am

    Holy yum!!

    Is there a way to make buckwheat flour from groats without a Vita? Food processor maybe?

    • Fitnessista on December 17, 2009 at 10:08 am

      of course! the vita just gives it a fluffier texture, but the processor will totally work

  6. Kristen on December 17, 2009 at 10:04 am

    **revives Veggie Girl with the smell of gingerbread bites**

  7. Haleigh on December 17, 2009 at 10:13 am

    I am making pepparkakor (swedish gingerbread cookies) with my husband’s young cousins next week. I wonder how they would like it if I made these for them instead πŸ˜‰ lol.. I think a raw food diet is basically unheard of in Sweden. However, those gingerbread bites look amazingly delicious!! I may have to make them anyway!

  8. lindsay on December 17, 2009 at 10:14 am

    yay! I am so glad this batch turns out, I def want to try making these little babies πŸ™‚

  9. Stepfanie on December 17, 2009 at 10:28 am

    Those look AMAZING! I can’t wait to try to make them. πŸ™‚

  10. Katie (Sweet Tater) on December 17, 2009 at 10:32 am

    oooh that sounds fantastic.

  11. Brigid on December 17, 2009 at 10:32 am

    I really want a Vitamix. My taller half needs to hurry up and propose so I can put one on the registry! Ha ha, I kid, mostly.

  12. Diana (Soap & Chocolate) on December 17, 2009 at 10:47 am

    Makes 8? But there are only 6 in the picture! WhereEVER could the other 2 have gone?!?! πŸ˜‰

    Major noms up in herre.

    • Fitnessista on December 17, 2009 at 10:51 am

      quality assurance, my friend πŸ™‚

  13. Stefania on December 17, 2009 at 10:57 am

    Do you soak the buckwheat first and I’m assuming that a food processor or coffee grinder will grind them enough for the job?

    They look delish by the way!

    • Fitnessista on December 17, 2009 at 11:06 am

      no, i grind them dry. ideally you’re supposed to soak the buckwheat, dehydrate them, and then grind.. this is the quickie way πŸ˜€

  14. Runningwriter on December 17, 2009 at 11:15 am

    I’m so excited that this recipe calls for buckwheat flour. I searched high and low for it to make onion bhajis, finally found it and only needed 6 tablespoons. I know where the rest of the bag is going now!!
    I’m guessing fresh ginger wouldn’t work so well in this? (Google tells me I’d need 8 times the amount of ground and that it would quite possibly suck).
    I’m prepared to drop the cash on ground ginger if it means I can eat, I mean make, these πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on December 17, 2009 at 11:58 am

      no, i used fresh ginger last time and it was WAY too strong! go with ground πŸ˜€

  15. Kathleen on December 17, 2009 at 11:21 am

    What is the difference (if there is any) to buckwheat groats and oat groats? I can’t wait to make these gingerbread cookies for a party in Jan. Raw desserts are the BEST.

    • Fitnessista on December 17, 2009 at 11:57 am

      i’m pretty sure they’re the same thing. i just stay away from saying “oat groats” as some people think that is the same as oatmeal

      • Stefania on December 17, 2009 at 4:13 pm

        There is a difference between buckwheat groats and oat groats. I have both. Oat groats look a bit like sunflower seeds in colour and shape.

        • Fitnessista on December 17, 2009 at 6:04 pm

          yep- they’re pretty much interchangeable in recipes though

  16. marla {Family Fresh Cooking} on December 17, 2009 at 11:26 am

    These raw gingerbread bites look so yummy. I love all the clean ingredients. Never knew how to make date paste. My kids and I will love this recipe!!

  17. Jenn (eating bender) on December 17, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    Delish! You’re a genius in the kitchen, Gina. I want to eat everything up πŸ™‚

  18. Teresa on December 17, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    I love gingerbread and these totally fit the bill! You are my raw “baking” queen! Do these have to be dehydrated, or can they be eaten as is? I’m sadly without a dehydrator πŸ™

    • Fitnessista on December 17, 2009 at 12:33 pm

      oh, they can definitely be eaten as is πŸ˜‰ or you can put it on the lowest setting in the oven with the door ajar to get the outside crispy πŸ˜€

      • Teresa on December 17, 2009 at 3:52 pm

        WOOHOO! *Does happy dance*

  19. Kristen @ Change of Pace on December 17, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    YUM! Will definitely have to try those little buggers!

  20. Meaghan on December 17, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    awesome recipe! i don’t have a dehydrator, so could i do the same thing setting my oven on 115*? if so, do i leave the door all the way shut? thanks for your help– i’d love to try these!

    • Fitnessista on December 17, 2009 at 1:46 pm

      just crack the oven a little and put it on the lowest setting- you should be golden πŸ™‚

  21. Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather on December 17, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    I’m glad they can be made in the oven too. No dehydrator in my kitch πŸ™

  22. Katie on December 17, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    These look too good to be true!

  23. miriam on December 17, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    Good day!!

    Question : is there a reason why you dont eat soy nor gluten in your diet??

    • Fitnessista on December 17, 2009 at 2:52 pm

      hey miriam-
      i still eat gluten (just had some a little while ago) but since i try to eat 100% whole grains, the gluten thing just happens occasionally for me.
      a little on why i don’t eat soy:
      http://fitnessista.com/?p=359
      have a great day!

      • miriam on December 18, 2009 at 10:01 am

        Oh now I got your point. I was wondering if you were allergic to it. I -for my part- LOVE soya milk and I occasionnally buy tofu but that’s all about soya for me. I never buy “fake” meats because of the ingredients and the fact that it present high calories and fats : it always scare me off! I prefer fishs and the legumes + cereals combinaison. However I still eat chicken sometime. I am not vegetarian but just like you are doing I am trying to make more responsable choices that fits with my value and lifestyle. I guess that what it is all about! πŸ™‚ Have a good day miss!

  24. fittingbackin on December 17, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    oooh those are cute! As is your little plate. πŸ™‚

  25. Leah on December 17, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    this recipe looks awesome, and I’m totally whipping out the dehydrator for it…i have a few questions though. Do you think this would work with another gluten free flour, such as sorghum or millet? also, if I make almond flour out of plain raw almonds, instead of almond pulp will it affect the recipe?

  26. Krunsdogs on December 17, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    Love ginger cookies! Will add this to my must make for the holidays!

  27. GirlonRaw on December 17, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    Holy moly these look to die for. Been waiting for your recipe with baited breath. It looks like you don’t roll them though, do you use and ice-cream scoop? I hate rolling for two reasons: messy hands and also I don’t like the look of them, much prefer the more rustic look of these πŸ™‚

    Thanks for another great recipe.

  28. Nelly on December 17, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    Yum….just posted a delicious recipe for the holidays.
    I will try these this weekend πŸ™‚ GINGER is sooo yummy.

  29. homecookedem on December 17, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    Those looks so good! I love gingerbread anything!! I just my my first batch of homemade gingerbread cookies last Saturday. So much fun!! And my first grade class is having a gingerbread man cookie/decorating party tomorrow, woohoo! πŸ™‚

  30. Lisa on December 17, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    MMMMMMM that’s a cute little six pack!

  31. Naomi (onefitfoodie) on December 17, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this recipe! anything gingerbread and IM THERE πŸ™‚ would they be just as delicious if I didn’t have a dehydrator??

  32. Megan on December 17, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    ahHHH these look amazing!! I was super psyched to see you could make them w/o a dehydrator. I love gingersnaps and these look a lot healthier but still a treat!

  33. Heather @ The Joyful Kitchen on December 17, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    Ah gingerbread…be still my heart! Definitely trying this recipe in the next couple days!

  34. Errign on December 17, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    Hey Gina,

    Could these be made with regular oats & processed regular almonds? thanks πŸ™‚

    I don’t have either ingredient…

    • Fitnessista on December 18, 2009 at 9:04 am

      if you use regular oats, they won’t technically be raw, but i totally think it would work πŸ˜€ same for regular almonds, I’ve done that before when I didn’t have time to make pulp and it worked wonderfully πŸ˜€

      • Errign on December 18, 2009 at 5:21 pm

        OK – I’ll give it a try & letcha know how it works!

  35. Nicole on December 17, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    Thanks for the recipe = )))))))

  36. Janna (Just Flourishing) on December 17, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    Those look delicious!

  37. Stefania on December 18, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    The cookies are in the dehydrator along with chocolate maccaroons (Hubby calls them poo puffs). They smell so good.

    • Fitnessista on December 18, 2009 at 3:41 pm

      whoo hoo! let me know if you like them πŸ˜€

      • Stefania on December 19, 2009 at 5:13 pm

        The cookies taste good but I found them on the dry side. My fault. When I was making them I thought about adding more date paste but when I first make a recipe I like to follow it to the letter and then make changes after the first attempt. Next time, more date paste. They taste great though.

        • Fitnessista on December 19, 2009 at 6:52 pm

          glad they taste good! might be because my date paste is pretty thin… i’ve seen others make it thicker, so that could be the case

  38. Dana Marie on June 9, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    I’m considering changing out the date paste for pumpkin puree plus a little molasses…..looking forward to trying though

  39. Laura on December 19, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    I can’t wait to try this, but is it possible to do this recipe and bake it? Even just so the outside is a little crispy? Or would that ruin the flavor etc?

    • Fitnessista on December 19, 2011 at 11:06 pm

      it should be ok- as long as you turn the temp way down, it should be totally fine πŸ™‚

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