Thursday, 24 December 2015
Wishing You A Very Merry Christmas + Healthy Gingerbread Men Recipe
Just a quick little post from me today! I wanted to wish all of you lovely readers a very Merry Christmas, however you're celebrating. Thank you ever so much for being such wonderful, intelligent, kind and all around awesome readers! Also a quick thank you for some of the lovely messages you have sent me over the past few weeks, following the passing away of my Grandma. I'm having a few issues with replying to the comments you leave on my posts so they are NOT ignored at all!
As a little gift from me to you, I wanted to share with you a super simple but of course, delicious and nutritious gingerbread men recipe that you may wish to rustle up at some point today! I'm going to spend my day wrapping gifts, watching all the Christmas TV and Vlogmas videos possible (I'm SO behind!) and most likely munching on these! I swapped some ingredients from this recipe to make a slightly more nutritious version and they've turned out so well! Cover them in icing, gum drop buttons (name that reference) - whatever you fancy.
125g unsalted butter
100g coconut sugar
4 tbsp maple syrup
325g buckwheat flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
1. Pre heat the oven to 170 degrees celsius. Melt the butter, sugar and maple syrup in a saucepan on a low heat, stirring to combine. Once melted, set aside.
2. Sift into a bowl the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ground ginger and cinnamon and mix together.
3. Add in your wet ingredients and with a wooden spoon, mix it all together until a dough forms.
4. On a lightly floured surface, roll out your dough, to roughly half a centimetre. With gingerbread men cutters, or whatever cutters you have to hand, make shapes out of the dough and re-roll the scraps of dough to make more.
5. Place the men onto a lined baking tray and bake for ten minutes. Once cooked, leave to cool on a wire rack.
6. Once cooled, decorate however you fancy. These would make a fantastic last minute gift if wrapped in cellophane, or even as tree decorations - simply pierce a hole into the top of the gingerbread mens head's before baking and thread through a little ribbon once cooked and cooled to hang to the tree.
What are your plans for Christmas Eve? Have you ever tried a healthier gingerbread men recipe? What's your favourite sweet festive treat?
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