Healthy Gingerbread Cookies

Give the dessert table a healthy twist this festive season with these melt in your mouth gingerbread cookies. This recipe created by our Naturopath Amanda Harasym makes the perfect batch of guilt-free cookies to enjoy with family and friends. They contain the perfect amount of spice, flavour and sweetness and are guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser!

Meet ginger, the star ingredient.


Ginger is a very therapeutic spice. It’s benefits include:

  • Ginger promotes anti-blood clotting properties, offering protection against stroke and other cardiovascular conditions.
  • Ginger is a natural anti-nausea remedy; it also helps to relax the stomach lining and help move food through your digestive system, helping those who suffer from constipation.
  • Ginger helps to promote digestion and metabolism of food.
  • Ayurvedic medicine believes ginger helps to break down the accumulation of toxins in organs and cleanses the lymphatic system, which is a vital part of our immune system.
  • Ginger possess anti-bacterial properties.
  • Ginger contains gingerol, a strong anti-inflammatory compound.
  • Ginger may help to reduce muscle pain and soreness.
  • Ginger helps to regulate blood sugar levels.

Christmas recipe – hazelnut gingerbread cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup hazelnut meal
  • ¼ cup coconut flour
  • 2 tablespoons arrowroot flour
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 + ¼ ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 whole eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon butter (melted); option to use coconut oil or ghee

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Cover a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the dry ingredients.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together wet ingredients.
  4. Combine wet and dry ingredients and stir thoroughly to ensure ingredients are well combined.
  5. Set aside for 5 minutes to allow coconut flour to absorb the liquid.
  6. Use a spoon or cookie scoop to make 1 tablespoon balls and place approximately 2 inches apart on the lined cookie sheet.
  7. Bake for 13-15 minutes, and allow to cool on sheet before transferring to wire rack to cool completely.

For more festive recipes head to our blog. We hope you have a happy and healthy festive season!

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