Healthy Holiday Gingerbread Men

It’s Christmas!! (well almost).

Since Christmas it is literally a week from today (I know it’s hard to believe!), I thought I’d provide you with a healthier gingerbread recipe to whip up for friends and family over the holidays… They are so easy to make and are full of wholesome and natural ingredients- which is key if you are trying to stay a bit healthier over the holidays.

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I have made a similar recipe in the past for my friends and they went down so well, however this time it took a few tries to get them down pat again… Rewind to the past stormy Saturday when I rolled up my sleeves and got stuck in on my Christmas baking… My sister and her friend were by our kitchen island making a Starbucks Gingerbread Café where they decorated and stuck the pieces together with the materials provided in the box… I was seriously envious of the ease of creating something when I was trying to master a delectable but healthy gingerbread recipe.

I have to admit cooking is not easier, but baking all comes down to science and I have had my fair share of major failures in the kitchen; if I am being completely honest… From the double chocolate cookies that tasted like cardboard and the flourless chocolate cake that fell apart when I tried to allow it cool, you could say that I most often do not hit the nail on the head when it comes to baking.

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The first batch of my gingerbread cookies were super oily and when I allowed the dough to chill you could see the oil harden around the dough ball, but me being me I decided to take out my wooden rolling pin and beat it down until I could get eight gingerbread men out of it- I don’t like to waste anything!

Despite my best efforts and failure, I knew that I could create something much better and recreate the old gingerbread cookies I have made in the past with my grandmother but with my cupboard full of healthy ingredients.

I changed the flour from spelt to rye and wholewheat and reduced the oil to make 16 gingerbread cookies that are perfectly sweet and snappy like the classic ones that you get at family parties, but packed full of good ingredients like blackstrap molasses (packed full of minerals), rye flour, and sweetened with coconut sugar.

So here it is through my gingerbread adventure and failures, I have created a highly addictive, easy, and nutritious version of my favourite holiday gingerbread men which are perfect to curl up with on the sofa while watching Christmas movies and they are the perfect last minute gift idea.

I am wishing you and your family the best Christmas this year, and I hope that you have the best year to come.

Emma

xx

Healthy Holiday Gingerbread Men

Servings 16 Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Wholewheat Flour
  • 1 Cup Rye Flour
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Cup Coconut Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp Ginger
  • 1/4 tsp Cloves
  • 1/4 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1/3 Cup Almond Milk
  • 1/3 Cup Melted Coconut Oil
  • 1/4 Cup Blackstrap Molasses

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. 

    2. In a medium sized mixing bowl, mix the dry ingredients together until well combined. 

    3. In an electric mixer using the dough paddle mix the wet ingredients together using the medium speed setting. 

    4. Slowly fold the dry ingredients into the wet and mix until a sticky dough forms. 

    5. Roll the dough into a ball and cover with cling film. 

    6. Allow to chill for 30 minutes. 

    7. Roll the dough out on a floured surface and cut out shapes. 

    8. Bake for 10 minutes. 

    9. Allow to cool for at least 30 minutes. 

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