As I was making a staple in my household, Cookie Dough Protein Balls– I can’t live without them- I am so thankful that Mareya opened my eyes to them. She posted the invention and I’ve been in love ever since. I want to make the new version and send them to her growing family as a thank you gift! …Task at hand? Oh yes, I was making the cookie dough protein balls and *I had a revelation*. The revelation went a little something like this….
Christmas + Protein deliciousness = Gingerbread Protein Dough
I have to admit- I’m quite glad I stumbled into this great idea! It is adding so much holiday joy to my days when I can go grab one of these to give me an extra boost. Plus, they are uber healthy. Yes, I just said UBER healthy and I’m pretty sure I’ll say it again later. Watch for it.
What you need:
- 1/2 c. almonds (ground into fine crumbs- Do this FIRST)
- 1 can Garbanzo beans (rinsed + drained!)
- 1/8 ish c. milk (your choice- I used soy)
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 2 tsp ground ginger
- heaping 1/2 tsp ground cloves
- heaping 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/4 c heaping whole wheat flour
- 2 tbsp honey
- 2 tbsp molasses
First, grind 1/2 cup of almonds into fine crumbs. Add 1 can of rinsed + drained garbanzo beans. Pulse until combined and beans are broken up. Add milk, vanilla extract, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, and whole wheat flour. Mix together- it should be getting dough like. Add honey and molasses. Mix together until a dough forms- just like cookie dough, pretty thick. Taste the dough to make sure the spices and sweetness is to your liking! 🙂 That’s the best part.
(If it is too dry- add a splash of milk. Too wet- add more flour. This recipe is pretty forgiving!)
Dump onto a plate with saran wrap to chill in the freezer for about 15 minutes. Once chilled. Roll out and cut out your gingerbread men! Or turn them into dough balls if you are strapped for time. I did half gingerbread men and half dough balls 🙂
NOTE: This is not a cookie dough to cook. It is a dough that is to be eaten ‘raw’. No eggs- you’re safe. They keep perfectly in the freezer for weeks. Just set them out for a minute or two from the freezer. Finally- eat them!
As you can see from the ingredient list, these are insanely healthy. Yes, they are husband taste tested and approved. I am loving them for the season and am on the fence about sharing them with others at school. To share or not to share? That is the question.
Warning: the UBER healthy nature of this dough may cause you To o.d. on gingerbread dough