Happy 1st Advent Sunday! I hope it is ok to talk Christmas now?! Today we will be making and baking my clean gingerbread men.
Well I made a few gingerbread men but also used some Christmas Tree cutters which I was kindly sent by the lovely people at Provamel.
I think Christmas is truly special and joyful. Let’s forget about the mad shopping hysteria, I am talking about family time and the joy that you can do something together being it decorating the Christmas tree, watching Christmas movies, mixing the dough, baking and the joy of having a sweet scent lingering through your house while you have my Christmas gingerbread granola in the oven.
Gingerbread men recipe
As with most of my recipes, the ingredients are pretty flexible. Swap maple syrup for brown rice syrup or date syrup, buckwheat flour could be replaced with spelt flour and groundnut oil should work well instead of coconut oil. To make it more Christmassy I have used coconut powder to create the frosty effect, however you can drizzle over the biscuits coconut syrup, melted dark chocolate or dip them in my homemade chocolate sauce. There are no boundaries, so go big!
- 2 cups buckwheat flour (250 gr)
- 1/4 cup honey (75 gr)
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 2 tsps ginger powder
- 2 tsps cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
- Coconut flour for dusting
- Start by preheating the oven to 170 degrees and line your baking tray with baking paper
- In a big bowl mix together all dry ingredients including all spices
- On a hob gently melt the honey with coconut oil and add to the bowl with dry ingredients.
- Whisk in the egg and combine well. The dough should be nice and easy to roll out, if not add a bit of milk or melted coconut oil.
- Next roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface.
- Using cutters, cut out the gingerbread men shapes or any other shapes and place on the baking tray.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until lightly brown. Leave on the tray for 10 minutes and then move to a wire rack to finish cooling.
- When cooled decorate with a dusting of coconut flour.
If you are after more festive recipes check out my clean mince pies, Christmas Rocky Road pudding, or Christmas Chai granola!