Healthy Gingerbread Men Recipe

There is something so special about Christmas baking, especially with the kids. Just because you are on a healthy eating diet plan, doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the baking and the eating.

These gingerbread men have NO ADDED SUGAR. I kid you not. The sweetness comes from the applesauce and also from a wee amount of stevia (a natural sweetener).

So go on, get into the kitchen with the kids and make up a batch. You too can munch on a healthy treat post bake!

Healthy Gingerbread People

Makes 6 (depending on size)

Prep time: 10 minutes

Rest time: 1 hour

Cook time: 8 minutes


  • 1 cup plain wholemeal flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp of ground ginger
  • The grated rind of 1 orange and 1 lemon
  • 5 tbsp applesauce
  • 1tsp of stevia (if you like)
  • 2 tbsp reduced fat butter
  • Sultanas and goji berries for the eyes and nose, if desired


1. Mix the dry ingredients and rind together in bowl. Over some heat melt the butter and apple sauce together and slowly mix this together into the dry ingredients.

2. Make a ball and wrap in cling film and let it rest in the fridge of an hour.

3. Once ready, roll it out into ½ cm in thickness, cut them out and bake on a lined baking tray for 8-10 minutes at 180 degrees celcius.

4. Out of the oven, place the sultanas and goji berries in place (for Rudolph gingerbread) and let them cool and firm up.

170 calories per gingerbread man

written by:

Amanda Dos Santos

Mandy is an experienced Nutritionist, food scientist and writer with over 10 years experience in the Heath industry. She has been part of the Healthy Mummy team of experts since 2012, writing informative and current blog posts and contributing to our recipe books. She has played an integral part in creating the recipes on our 28 Day Weight Loss Challenges since they first started in July 2014. Mandy is a mum of three and loves working for The Healthy Mummy, ”Especially on the challenges as I can create recipes which empower women to create nourishing food for themselves and their families’."