Oh Christmas time! you know its not quite Christmas without some good gingerbread men is it!
These are my partners fav treat at this time of the year, so I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to turn these naughty lil treats into something nourishing thats still tasty as! and I’ve done it! second time lucky, the first batch just wasn’t quite there, but this time I think they’re truly perfect!
Now I’ve had my executive team of taste testers (my Mum and Boyfriend) try this out for you all and they’ve given the big thumbs up! waahoo!
I’ve made them vegan (using coconut oil and a flax egg) and refined sugar free– sweetened with Black Strap Molasses and Coconut Blossom Nectar. Ive also used wholemeal Spelt flour– so they arnt technically gluten free (I tried buckwheat flour for my first batch and they were a bit frail and sad) however its said that gluten intolerant people have better ability to digest Spelt flour, but I’m sure if you are you will know what you can handle..
I hadn’t used Organic Blackstrap Molasses before, but I’ve heard so many wonderful things about it. Its the most nutritious and least processed type of Molasses that is made from the first extractions of Cane sugar. It contains good amounts of Iron, Copper, Calcium, Magnesium, Manganese, Potassium, and Vitamin B. Basically all these things are absorbed by the plant but are taken out in cane sugar processing. Sounds pretty awesome right!
Ive added some fresh ginger to these, which I think is what makes them so incredible!
Get together with your family and friends and start baking these up, I promise you won’t be disappointed!
So what will you need…
2 cups of Spelt flour
1 tsp of Bicarbonate powder
1/2 tsp of Baking soda
1/4 tsp Sea salt
2 tbsp Ground dried ginger
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp All spice or Mixed spice
1/4 cup + 1 tbsp of Organic cold pressed coconut oil
1/4 cup + 1 tbsp of Coconut Blossom Nectar
1/4 cup Organic Blackstrap Molasses
1/2 tsp Vanilla powder
2 tbsp fresh grated ginger
1 flax egg (1 tbsp flax meal + 3 tbsp water, mixed and set in fridge for 15 min)
plus extras for decorating:
I’ve used melted organic white and dark chocolate to give them cute smiley faces and buttons, you don’t need much! maybe a 1/4 of a cup at most.
How to bake these treats:
1. Make your flax egg by stirring together 1 tbsp of Flax meal with 3 tbsp of water and set in fridge for 15min.
2. Into a mixing bowl, sift the flour, baking soda, bicarbonate, spices, and sea salt.
3. In a pot over medium heat add the coconut oil, sweeteners, and vanilla powder. Using a fork give it a good whisk to combine, pour over the dry mix in the mixing bowl.
4. add the fresh ginger and flax egg and stir well, use your trusty hands to combine the mixture well so that it forms a dough, but don’t over knead it as it needs to rest.
5. wrap the dough in cling wrap or place in a zip lock bag in the fridge for 1 hour.
6. turn oven on to 180 degrees (non fan-forced) or 160 fan forced. remove your dough mixture from the fridge, unwrap and place it between 2 sheets of baking paper. using your rolling pin, or your make shift rolling pin such as a wine bottle, roll out the mixture to approximately 2-4mm thick and begin to cut out your ginger bread men using your cookie cutter (it doesn’t have to be a ginger bread men, a star, tree or heart is just as festive.)
7. place the cut out cookies on a lined baking tray leaving 1 cm between cookies and place in oven for approximately 6-8 minutes (check on them after 5 minutes just encase you have a super crazy hot oven 😉 )
8. keep rolling the dough back out and cutting out more cookies until all the dough is all used up while the others are baking, I had about 6 or 7 batches go in the oven as it made almost 40 cookies!
9. leave them to cool for an hour before transferring to a container (silly me put them straight in a pile on top of each other so then the next day they all decided they were inseparable besties and didn’t want to come apart!!) Ive stored mine in the fridge to keep them fresh until christmas, but since its basically christmas you may as well put them out for everyone to enjoy!
10. Now your never fully dressed without a smile or a top for that matter, so you can give him a face and some buttons by melting the chocolate in a bowl over boiling water and scooping into a piping bag (or if you are unequipped like me you can just use a zip lock bag and cut a tiny bit off the corner) and then pipe on his eyes, mouth and 3 buttons 🙂
Ahh yum, baked just how I like them, slightly soft in the inside and crispy on the edges!
I’m planning on dividing them up into boxes as great little christmas gifts for friends, and I might pop in some other treats like some white snow balls that I’m about to get creating in the morning (coconut bliss balls)
I hope you have time to whip these up and taste them for yourself,