Healthier gingerbread cookies coming at you!
These are gingerbread cookies but not as you know it, they’re higher in fiber with a bit of vegan protein in there too meaning they’ll keep you fuller longer and won’t crash your energy levels. Plus, the spices are a great anti-inflammatory for the body so these little bites are better for you than store bought ones.
Free from gingerbread
You also have the option to make these sugar free to make them a bit more tooth friendly and a better afternoon pick me up especially leading up to Christmas when you may want to keep your sugar intake low, saving it for the big day instead.
By using buckwheat flour, these are also gluten free so suitable for most diets, but if you don’t have allergies then you can also use spelt flour, don’t use brown rice as it’s more absorbent.
125g wholemeal flour (I used buckwheat)
25g vegan pea protein powder
5 Tbsp of coconut sugar/xylitol/Natvia
1 & 1/2 to 2 tsp ginger powder (use higher amount if you like ginger)
1/3 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp baking powder
45g coconut oil/dairy free spread, room temp
1/4 cup (60ml) + 3 Tbsp water
Notes: You can sub the protein for more flour but you’ll need to add about 1 tsp extra of sweetness.
If your ginger powder is quite old, you may want to use the higher amount as it loses potency and flavour when it’s older
Optional toppings: Frosting (see below), dark choc buttons, goji berries etc
Mix together all the dry ingredients then rub the coconut oil into the dry mix with your fingers until it’s crumbly looking. Add in the water and stir to combine, it should hold together when pressed.
Chill the dough for 25mins in the fridge, meanwhile, pre-heat the oven to 160c
Roll out the dough then cut out your shapes, I used a mix of medium and small cookie cutters
Bake at 160c for 18-20mins then leave to cool. If using choc buttons then add these on when the cookies are fresh out of the oven because they’ll melt slightly then cool and this will stick them onto the cookies.
If you want to make a healthier frosting/topping use the recipe I did or melt some dark choc and use it to stick on some goji berries
2 tsp baobab powder
1 Tbsp water
Mix together the water and baobab then spread on how you like