Healthy Gingerbread People
Usually, when we think about ‘biscuits’ we immediately move them straight to the ‘not to be eaten’ list.
When you are trying to follow a healthy eating plan, treats that are traditionally packed with sugar and butter are definitely off the menu. They don’t have to be though.
This delicious Gingerbread Cookie recipe is a great example of how you can have your biccie and still stay on track to lose weight.
It all comes down to choosing the right recipes. Arming yourself with plenty of healthy, nutritious alternatives to standard recipes with help you make the best choices.
If you’re part of the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge or just trying to choose better sweet treats then this festive recipe is for you.
Gingerbread Cookie recipe
These delicious Gingerbread Cookie recipes are made using wholemeal flour (instead of the processed, white version) and are refined sugar-free.
They use a combination of juicy, in-season dates and a little bit of honey for sweetness, along with all those delicious spices that give gingerbread its distinctive taste.
- 2 cups plain wholemeal flour
- 1 cup almond meal
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter cubed (for a dairy free alternative, you could use olive or coconut oil)
- 1/4 cup honey
- 5 large dates pitted (Medjool are a great choice as they are naturally sweet and delicious)
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp allspice or nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, almond meal, baking powder and the spices
- In a second bowl, combine the butter cubes (or oil), honey, dates, vanilla and egg. Using a hand blender, blend ingredients until well combined. Alternatively, use a food processor or blender.
- Add the butter mixture to the flour mixture and mix well to combine.
- Turn the dough out onto a clean surface and roll out till it's around an 1/8 inch or 3mm thick.
- Line a baking tray with baking paper and place dough onto tray.
- Cover with another piece of baking paper and place in the fridge to firm up.
- Just before removing from the fridge, pre-heat the oven to 150C
- After an hour, remove from the fridge and use your gingerbread cutter to cut the dough into shape.
- Return to the lined baking tray and place into the oven
- Bake for 15-20 minutes, checking regularly.
- When starting to turn golden brown, remove from the oven and set aside to cool.
Recipe makes 25-30 biscuits with 82 calories per biscuit
For more delicious Christmas recipes, check out the Healthy Mummy Christmas Cookbook.
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