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For RVers who suffer from motion sickness, ginger can be your best friend on the road. That’s because this super spice has anti-queasiness properties, along with countless other health-boosting benefits. In fact, a study tested ginger against Dramamine. Guess who turned out to be superior? Yup. Ginger.
But the medicinal benefits of ginger don’t stop there. Suffering from joint pain? Ginger, with its anti-inflammatory agents, can bring relief. Extra gassy today? Ginger helps flatulence. Feeling congested? Ginger will alleviate that, too. Ginger’s like a whole medicine chest wrapped up in one!
Since I know all too well how miserable motion sickness can be, ginger is a popular RV snack for me on long driving days. Well, not straight ginger, yuck. I like to get creative with it. Which is why I’m sharing one of my favorite no-bake super easy ginger snack recipes great for days on the road.
These lemon ginger bites are the bomb. I’m a huge fan of traditional lemon bars, and they remind me of that same taste, without the guilt. Packed with protein and other healthful nutrients, they also burst with lemony goodness, with a very subtle hint of ginger in the background. I got excellent reviews from my taste testers yesterday. When James’ cycling buddies and their wives converged on our house after completing the Ultimate Challenge (AKA “America’s Toughest One Day Cycling Adventure”), I took advantage of all the extra bodies and forced them all into taste testing. Maybe you had to be there, but it was pretty hilarious seeing the condition of these guys post-ride. One lying on the kitchen floor, another with a TENS unit hooked up to his back, another moving as if in a slow-motion video, grunting and grimacing with every movement. Masochists, all of them. They’ll do it all over again next year.
Still, the opinions on my lemony ginger bites were unanimous. These are good. REALLY good.
Lemony Ginger Bites Recipe
- 1 cup raw almonds
- 18 medjool dates (or about 1 ½ cups)
- ½ cup oats
- ¾ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 3 TBS fresh lemon juice
- Zest of 2 lemons (or about 2 TBS)
- 1 TBS freshly grated ginger (double this for a more potent ginger effect)
Set aside ¼ cup of the coconut, and then pulse the rest of the ingredients in a food processor. I usually do the almonds alone, and then the dates alone, before combining everything together. Roll the mixture into balls using a round teaspoon.
Dip the top of the balls into the coconut you set aside.
That’s it! You’ll get about 40 teaspoon-sized balls from this recipe. While I prefer to eat these cold, out of the refrigerator and even frozen, they can also keep at room temperature.
Down with Motion Sickness!!! Up with Yumminess!!!
Loved the ginger balls! I made three of you recipes for our maiden voyage in our new class b roadtrek. Thank you for inspiring us to live our dream.
So glad to hear it, Roz! I’ve actually been craving them and plan to make a batch myself! Congrats on your maiden voyage, and hope it’s a great adventure. We’ll be taking ours in mid-July, can’t wait. If you’re in the Midwest around then, come join us!
Since we love lemon and ginger, I’m going to try these delicious sounding ‘bites’ tho I am not sure if I will try substituting pineapple or more oats, or perhaps a half batch of each 🙂 Thanks!
I am not a fan of coconut at all – ever since I insisted on eating an entire Mounds bar at the age of (probably) two despite my Mom telling me that it would be too much. So… any thoughts on what I might use instead of at the coconut?
Hmmm…Two ideas come to mind, Michelle, but I haven’t tried these yet! 1. Simply substitute the coconut with more oats, or 2. replace the coconut with unsweetened dried pineapple. The lemon and ginger are the prominent flavors here, so I bet either option would work and wouldn’t change the taste much at all. If you try it, let me know. Now that you’ve got me curious, I might just try, too!
James votes for Pineapple!!