Moreish little parcels of joy! I love love LOVE making gingerbread. So this year I tried putting a bit of a healthier twist on it by reducing the sugar and boosting the fibre!
Just because I have put the word healthy in front of these doesn’t mean that you can eat them all in one sitting. They still contain sugar, albite smaller amounts than classic gingerbread. They are still a treat and should be eaten and enjoyed in moderation!!
Remember Christmas, in the end, is all about sharing a delicious meal with the one you love. Food is always a highlight of Christmas, so why not making healthy gingerbread for your loved ones as a homemade gift!
This is a great recipe to make with your kids this Christmas, Get them to help you mix the dough and then cut out the shapes with their favourite Christmas cookie cutter!
Cooking with kids doesn’t need to be hard, and they don’t need to be involved in every single step of a recipe. It is more about giving them time in the kitchen to spend time with you and gain confidence around food!
A few notes on the recipe:
Molasses – Molasses is the liquid by product of refining sugar cane. While it is still a sweetener it is rich in minerals giving off a range of health benefits. I do recommend using a blackstap molasses as the mineral content is higher and it gives a delicious spicy flavour to the biscuits!
Flour – I opted for a whole meal flour in this recipe to boost the fibre content. If you can’t eat gluten try a mix of almond meal and buckwheat flour!
Egg – I used 1 egg to bind the dough. But to make these eggs vegan, simply substitute in a chia or flax egg!
Healthy Ginger Bread Cookies
- 1 ½ cups whole meal plain flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 2 tsp ginger
- 2 tsp mixed spice
- 2 Tbsp coconut oil
- ¼ cup molasses
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tbsp icing sugar
- 3 tsp boiling water
- Whisk the dry ingredients together in a bowl. Then add in the wet ingredients and mix together to form dough. Form the dough in a 1-inch thick disc and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 1hr.
- Preheat oven to 170C.
- Roll out on a silicon mat or a floured surface to 3mm thick. Then use your favorite Christmas cookie cutters to form shapes. Carefully lift the cookies onto a lined baking tray and then bake for 10mins.
- Make the glaze and brush over biscuits while they are still warm. Then allow to cool completely before you ice them or simply keep them plain!
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