Gingerbread Men: Vegan & Gluten Free

I love making gingerbread men and I really love eating them! They smell so good while they’re cooking and when you get the balance of sugar and spice just right they can be incredibly moreish!

Since I know I have limited willpower when it comes to resisting gingerbread men I wanted to make a healthier recipe. I’m so excited to share it with you. Hopefully you will like it as much as I do. Although do remember, just because they’re healthier it doesn’t mean you can eat the whole batch yourself.

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This recipe contains no refined sugar, flour or animal products. Instead it uses coconut sugar, which although it contains fructose and sucrose, has a lower GI and more nutrients than regular sugar. It also uses chestnut flour, which is gluten free and lower in carbohydrates than plain white flour. Instead of egg it has a ‘flax egg‘ to bind it together. And instead of butter it has coconut oil and cashew butter, which adds some healthy fats and makes a biscuity texture.

Makes about 16
none of your 5-a-day 

Ingredients

  • 1  cup chestnut flour
  • 1/2- 3/4 cup brown rice flour or more chestnut flour
  • 3/4 tbsp gluten free baking powder
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp molasses (optional)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil (melted)
  • 2 heaped tbsp pip & nut honey cinnamon cashew butter
    (other brands of cashew butter, or almond butter should be fine)
  • 1 tbsp ground flax seed
  • 2.5 tbsp water
  • 3/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nut meg and 1/4 tsp all spice (optional)

Method

To make the dough:

  1. Make the ‘flax egg’ by combining the 1 tbsp of flax seeds with 2.5 tbsp of water.
    Leave it to gel for 10 mins.
  2. Cream together the sugar, molasses, coconut oil, nut butter and spices.
  3. Add the ‘flax egg’ and mix well.
  4. Sieve in the flour and baking powder then combine.
  5. Make into a ball, cover in cling film and leave in the fridge for at least 1 hour.

To make the men:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Roll out the dough between two sheets of baking paper dusted with rice flour. It should be about 1/2 cm thick.
  3. Cut out the gingerbread men and lay on a tray lined with baking paper and dusted with rice flour. Make sure they are at least 2cm apart and from the edge. Draw a little face on the men.
  4. Roll the remaining dough into a ball and repeat steps 2-3 until it has all been used up.
  5. Bake for about 10 minutes, then check them. If they are sticky or bendy when you try and get one off the paper put them back in for a few more minutes.
  6. When they have cooled down you can decorate them further if you wish.

Did you know….

The dough is safe to eat raw and could be made into little balls or bars to snack on! I ate the last little bit that wasn’t big enough to make into another gingerbread man and it was yummy!

Let me know if you try the recipe
I’d love to see how you decorate yours
#Healthyandpsyched