A healthier, great tasting gingerbread recipe
Ok so we’ve been a bit liberal with the truth here – this healthy gingerbread recipe isn’t healthy in the same way as for instance a plate of kale – but it’s certainly healthier than a lot of recipes as well as shop bought gingerbread!
We make gingerbread every year at home and we seem to alter the recipe slightly each time. But of all the recipes we’ve tried, this is the one we’re going to come back to year after year. No more fiddling around with ingredients to make a ‘better’ version – this one just works, and we’re sticking with it.
We use lower-gluten spelt flour in the recipe, and we’ve opted for coconut sugar as one of the three sweeteners but you could also use xylitol instead if you don’t have an issue with high FODMAP foods. Coconut sugar is now readily available in most supermarkets and has come down considerably in price – so we keep a bag of it in the cupboard to use as a brown sugar substitute. The other sweeteners are maple syrup and blackstrap molasses which we love for it’s rich mineral and vitamin content as well as depth of colour and flavour. We used liquid blackstrap molasses which you can buy in supermarkets and health shops – but you could also use molasses sugar instead.
You could use coconut oil instead of butter in the recipe but butter keeps the cost down. Saturated fat is no longer the demon that it once was, and in fact butter and ghee (or clarified butter – click here for recipe) are amongst our top cooking oils along with olive oil and coconut oil.
Since discovering that on a personal basis, genetically I have an issue converting the plant form of Vitamin A (beta-carotene) into the Vitamin A my body needs, I now am much more liberal with my use of butter than I was before (the Vitamin A in butter needs no conversion). Organic butter also has a better fatty acid profile than non-organic – being higher in the Essential Omega 3 fats.
The recipe is easy to make, the dough doesn’t break up – and more importantly the kids and I have loads of fun decorating the shapes together. Enjoy!
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