Healthy Gingerbread Men

Healthy Gingerbread Men

I am especially excited to share this recipe with you today!  These cookies are an adorable, memory making activity, and they taste great!  My little ones loved helping with these!!  We had a whole afternoon of excited little guys, while they learned about liquid and solid measurement.  They got to roll out the dough, and use the fun Christmas cookie cutters.  These cookies aren’t loaded with sugar, in fact they have a few herbal goodies thrown in, so that you and your family get the benefits of their immune boosting and adaptogenic properties!!  I’m going to list the herbs used in these cookies and a few of their benefits!

I like to use dried herbs in recipes in the wintertime.  The ground, dried ginger, ashwaganda, and cloves I buy in bulk, and then use my coffee grinder to powder them for recipes.

Maca-Maca root is a powerhouse herb!  It is an adaptogenic, meaning it gives your body systems an extra boost while under physical, emotional, or mental stress.  Adaptogenic herbs help promote balance in the body-including in our immune systems, energy metabolism, endocrine systems and more.  All the adaptogens have such a high nutrient profile that I give them to my whole family year round-but especially in the winter months when we are getting less fresh air and sunshine due to the cold temperatures.  Learn more about maca HERE.

Ginger-Ginger is a warming herb which makes it great for wintertime!  It can help ease indigestion from those large holiday meals, it can help ease nausea (even with motion sickness-so keep these cookies in mind if you have holiday plans that involve traveling with a little one who tends to get motion sick! :)) It can help reduce muscle pain and soreness, it is anti-inflammatory, and packed with antioxidants.

Cinnamon-is another warming herb-also great for the wintertime!  Cinnamon is also loaded with antioxidants-which means it protects your body against oxidative stress.  It is also anti-inflammatory.  Cinnamon is helpful for the circulatory, and neurological systems-it has some very powerful benefits in these two areas!  It is highly anti-bacterial, and anti-viral…..and who couldn’t use those two properties during the winter months?!

Ashwaganda-This is an herb that I love to throw in everything come fall.  It can help reduce feelings of stress and anxiety, and help lower the stress hormone cortisol.  It is considered another adaptogenic like Maca root.  Ashwaganda may help improve brain health and memory.  You can toss this herb in soups and stews too because it tolerates a bit higher temperatures without degrading the properties of the herb!

Cloves-Cloves are also highly antioxidant, and anti-bacterial.  They help to improve digestion, fight inflammation, support oral health, help relieve stressful feelings, among a host of other benefits!

I LOVE eating cookies that are healthy, and guilt free!!

For this recipe you will need some Christmas cookie cutters, a chopstick, some twine, or raffia (for hanging these cute cookies on the tree-or giving as a gift to family and friends!).  An off-set spatula also is helpful but not necessary-you can use a regular spatula/flipper.

Dry ingredients in a bowl for gingerbread cookies

Rolling out the Gingerbread cookies

Healthy Gingerbread Men

December 2, 2018
: Approx 50 cookies-depends on size of cookie cutters
: 15 min
: 20 min
: 35 min
: Moderate

Delicious, healthy gingerbread cookies! Perfect for eating, or hanging on your Christmas tree!

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Ingredients
  • Dry Ingredients:
  • 4 c. Almond Flour
  • 1/4 c. Coconut Flour
  • 1 c. Swerve (2 c. if you like a sweeter cookie. I really enjoy a cookie that isn't as sweet-it's a perfect coffee or tea dunking cookie. You may also choose to use another form of sweetner. 1 cup of coconut sugar, or 1/2 cup of honey would also work).
  • 2 TBSP ground ginger
  • 2 TBSP Maca root powder
  • 1 tsp Ashwaganda (optional)
  • 1 TBSP ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp pink himalayan salt
  • 1 tsp xanthan gum
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • Wet Ingredients:
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp valencia orange or regular stevia glycerite
  • 1/4 c. melted coconut oil
  • 2 TBSP Molasses
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
Directions
  • Step 1 Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper
  • Step 2 Preheat your oven to 275 F.
  • Step 3 You will need 2 large sheets of parchment to roll the dough out between.
  • Step 4 Mix all the dry ingredients together.
  • Step 5 Stir in the wet ingredients.
  • Step 6 Divide the dough in 1/2 and roll out to 1/4 inch thickness between the two sheets of parchment. It’s important to get these a bit on the thicker side so they don’t burn.
  • Step 7 Use the cookie cutters to cut out shapes.
  • Step 8 Gently lift the cookies from the parchment with an offset spatula and transfer to the parchment lined baking sheets.
  • Step 9 Keep repeating the process with the leftover dough scraps and repeat with second half of the dough. Poke holes in the tops of cookies (to put raffia or twine through for hanging on your Christmas tree) with chop stick/wooden skewer.
  • Step 10 Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Step 11 Allow these to cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet then transfer them to a cooling rack, and allow them to cool completely. String the raffia or twine through the holes you made to hang on the tree!
  • Step 12 ENJOY!

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