Raw Ginger Bites (Vegan and GF)

stack of four raw ginger bites biscuits with stack of four more biscuits in background

Ginger is one of my kitchen staples and I appreciate its versatility as a kitchen spice for both savoury and sweet dishes. Although I have heard many words to describe the flavour of ginger such as “hot, zesty, biting, sweet, warm”, it can generally be relied on to add a spiciness, juiciness and pungency to cooking. Ginger is available in several forms including fresh, dried, pickled, preserved, crystallized, and powdered and can be used in many different ways.

Not only is ginger valued for the bite it adds in the kitchen but, historically, ginger has also been used as a natural preservative, a tonic to treat common ailments and is renowned in both Eastern and Western medicine as a digestive aid. After the holiday season, which can involves eating more rich foods than normal or, in general day-to-day eating, ginger can serve as a natural remedy to assist with the digestive process.

close up of raw ginger bite biscuit with stacks of one or two raw ginger bite biscuits in background

Ginger and digestion

Alia Dalal  refers to Aryurveda medicine in which ginger is considered a tool to increase “digestive fire” which helps to better break down and assimilate food.  Scientific research indicates that ginger seems to aid digestion and speed the movement of food from the stomach to the small intestine by stimulating the flow of saliva, bile, and gastric enzymes. In addition, Dalal explains that “ginger is a carminative, which means that it relaxes the smooth muscle of the intestines and helps both prevent and eliminate gas”.

close up of stack of two raw ginger bite biscuits with stacks of raw ginger bite biscuits in background as well as pieced of candied ginger and medjool dates

Origins of Ginger

Today, India is considered the greatest producer of ginger in the world but according to Ginger History, ginger first appeared in the southern parts of ancient China and from there spread to India and the rest of the Asia and West Africa. When the ancient Romans traded with India in the 1st century, Europe saw ginger for the first time.

It seems that ginger has been traded throughout history longer than most other spices and although readily available in supermarkets today, in the Middle Ages ginger was so highly prized that the value of a pound of ginger was the same as that of a live sheep. That would certainly add a complexity to grocery shopping if we still needed to barter with livestock for a piece of this knobbly root.

plate of three raw ginger bite biscuits with biscuits and mug in background

Recipe for Raw Ginger Bites

With respect to digestion, there are several ways to incorporate ginger, during or after a meal, such as ginger tea, ginger tonic or candied ginger.  This recipe was inspired by Deliciously Ella and these no bake raw ginger bites are packed with grated ginger, are quick and easy to make and freeze well. The dates and date syrup provide a touch of sweetness making them a perfect post-meal treat to satisfy a sweet tooth as well as contribute to digestion.

Ingredients

  • 90 g rolled oats
  • 10 pitted and chopped medjool dates
  • 60 g hazlenuts
  • 5 tbsps freshly grated ginger
  • 3 tbsps date syrup

Instructions

  1. Blend all ingredients in a food processor until well combined
  2. Use tablespoon to scoop out mixture and use hands to roll into a ball and then place on baking tray
  3. Use any flat surface to squish each ball down to form a biscuit shape
  4. Add a piece of crystallized ginger for decoration if desired and leave in fridge to firm up for at least an hour
Arial view of tray of raw ginger bite biscuits garnished with candied ginger and medjool dates

Notes

  • If you find the mixture too soft and overly sticky, add more ground oats or oat flour until it reaches a texture that doesn’t stick too much to your hands when rolling.
  • The finished product will be softer in texture compared with a baked cookie (biscuit).
stack of four raw ginger bites biscuits with stacks of one or two more biscuits in background

Closing Thoughts

Along with its prowess as a digestive aid, ginger also has a long “folkloric” reputation as a motion-sickness antidote and there are stories of commercial fishermen chewing on ginger root when at sea to ward off bouts of seasickness. To get a sense of what this practice was like, I tried chewing on raw ginger. What can I say – it certainly evoked a “fire” of sorts!  

If stranded out at sea and feeling ill, more power to the sailors if this method worked. Fortunately, today there are usually a few more palatable options to reap the benefits of ginger. As it naturally pairs well with honey, lemon, and many fruits, it can easily be made into a tasty tea or tonic if needed to combat nausea on dry land. I don’t know how effective these raw ginger bites would be for sailors to curb their sea sickness but they definitely make an appealing after dinner treat to satisfying the sweet craving and, at the same time, assist with digestion. 

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36 Comments

  1. My, but those look good! And such an informative read. Well done!

  2. michaelroyames

    Dear Joanne,

    Great content in your blog.

    Keep going 🙂

    Michael

  3. This is a very imaginative biscuit, it must taste wonderful.

    Thank you.

    Joanna;

    • Thanks, it definitely has a distinctive ginger “bite” with the amount of fresh ginger in it and combined with the sweet caramel taste of the medjool dates makes for an interesting combination.

  4. Very informative article. I enjoy ginger tea and use ginger in my cooking.

  5. Hi Delicious ?&
    Delicious post??

  6. Sounds like a great digestive biscuit, and no baking, wow!

  7. My goodness! what a treat!

  8. Great, thanks for sharing ?

  9. I absolutely love ginger and it’s definitely really great for your digestion- I usually eat something with ginger when I’m nauseous. I will definitely try this recipe out when I get some time!

  10. snowangel22

    Yum, I am going to try these!

    • Hope you enjoy, let me know how they turn out 🙂

      • snowangel22

        Tried the Raw Ginger Bites today. I substituted hazelnuts for peanuts and date syrup for maple syrup because that is what I had in the house. They are absolutely delicious! Would you store them in the fridge?

        • That sounds like great substitutes and I am glad they worked out well for you. Because of their consistency, the bites will tend to get quite soft at room temperature so I would recommend storing them in the fridge but take them out for a few minutes in advance of eating. They freeze really well too and I actually keep mine in the freezer and then when I take them out I either leave them at room temperature for about 15-30 minutes or warm them up for a few minutes in the toaster oven. 🙂

  11. snowangel22

    Thanks for the tip. The freezer is a good idea!

  12. These look delicious ? Love ginger as a flavour in sweet & savoury food

  13. Ah I love ginger! These look delicious

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