Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread Cookies

This recipe makes the most delicious soft and chewy spiced cookies, the perfect treat to share with family and friends over Christmas. We've added some dark chocolate for some extra indulgence and because that is what this time of year is for!


Ingredients:

  • 275g almond flour
  • 50g coconut sugar
  • 2 TBSP honey/maple syrup
  • 70g room temperature butter/coconut oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt

Optional Toppings:

  • Dark chocolate
  • Dessicated coconut
  • 20g cranberries

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 180°C
  • Line a baking tray with parchment paper
  • Mix all the dry ingredients together
  • In a separate bowl, mix all of the wet ingredients together using a whisk
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until it forms a dough-like texture
  • Use a rolling pin to flatten the dough into a sheet before using your cookie-cutter. If you don't have a cookie-cutter then you can roll dough into balls slightly flatten them with a spoon.
  • Bake for 8-10 mins, they should be a nice golden colour with the edges starting to brown.
  • Leave on wire rack to cool.

Toppings:

  • Once the cookies have cooled melt the dark chocolate over a bain-marie.
  • Using a spoon drizzle the melted chocolate over half of the cookie or alternatively dip the front side in the chocolate.
  • Sprinkle the cookies with desiccated coconut or chopped cranberries.
  • Let the chocolate set and enjoy!

Nutritional Information:

Almonds

  • Great source of calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, zinc, copper and manganese.
  • Great source of a number of B vitamins;
  • Rich in folate which is vital for a healthy pregnancy.
  • Rich in riboflavin which helps with red blood cell production, body growth and to process carbohydrates.
  • Rich in niacin which is often used to improve cholesterol levels and lower cardiovascular risk.
  • Rich in thiamin which helps the body to process carbohydrates and protein.
  • Great source of unsaturated fats
  • The high levels of unsaturated fats are great to help ease inflammation (great post exercise) and may also improve cholesterol levels.
  • It might be an energy dense food but there is no need to avoid it.
  • A review of 20 clinical trials showed no weight gain or even weight loss individuals consuming 1 -2 cups of nuts a day
  • Possibly due to the amino acid arginine which may boost fat burning.
  • Consuming nuts considerably reduces the risk of developing diabetes and pancreatic cancer.

Ginger

  • Relieves gastrointestinal distress and has been shown to prevent motion sickness. Also helps relieve the symptoms of morning sickness experienced during pregnancy.
  • Contains anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols.
  • Helps reduce pain in those suffering with arthritis.
  • May protect against colorectal cancer and induce cell death in cancerous ovarian cells.
  • Promotes healthy sweating which is helpful when suffering from a cold or flu.

Cinnamon

  • The essential oils found in the bark have many unique healing abilities that include anti-clotting, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties.
  • Cinnamon also slows the rate at which the stomach empties after a meal, which reduces the rise in blood sugar levels and may also improve type 2 diabetics response to insulin.

Coconut Sugar

  • It has the same amount of calories per gram as regular sugar but it contains nutrients such as iron, zinc, calcium and potassium.
  • It also has a lower glycemic index which makes it a healthier alternative to regular sugar. Still, it should only be used once every so often as reducing sugar intake is vital to improving your health.