Healthy Gingerbread Cookies

2014-12-10
Healthy Gingerbread CookiesHealthy Gingerbread Cookies
  • Servings : 6
  • Prep Time : 5m
  • Cook Time : 30m
  • Ready In : 60m

If you’re after a healthy christmas snack or dessert idea then look no further than these AMAZINGLY tasty & healthy gingerbread cookies!

 

I’ve made these healthy gingerbread cookies a few times now and I love them – you can make them really thin and crispy or a little thicker which makes them more crunchy. The recipe below makes six decent sized cookies so feel free to double the mixture if you want to make more. They are super simple to make and I guarantee that they will be a hit with friends and family!

 

For everyone who has been asking, below the ingredients list is a protein version of the cookies which seemed to work really well, as well as a nut-free version. These cookies seriously taste amazing and I actually prefer them to the ‘real thing’ – and there’s certainly no bucket load of golden syrup or treacle in this recipe (!).

 

 

Ingredients

  • 140g ground almonds*
  • 60g dates (3 fresh or 10 dried)
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 25ml melted coconut oil or vegetable oil
  • 20g honey or maple syrup
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tsp vanilla (optional)

 

*For a protein version (as pictured below) simply swap half of the ground almonds (70g) for protein powder. I also skipped the baking powder when I made the protein version (mainly because I forgot to add it but they turned out great!) and coated the outside really thinly in oil – which made them have a much more golden glow! The protein version nutrition stats are: 198Kcal, 12g fat, 10g carbs and 11g protein.

*For a nut-free version swap the ground almonds for spelt flour and use 50ml more oil, 50g more dates and 40g more honey to form a soft dough – please note that I haven’t tried this version yet however it is what chef Teresa Cutter recommends who inspired this recipe and a few of you have asked me for a nut-free version!

 

Healthy Gingerbread Protein Cookies

 

Healthy Protein Gingerbread cookies

 

Method

Step 1

Pre-heat your oven to 150 degrees C & add the ground almonds, dates, spices & baking powder in to a food processor until combined.

Step 2

Add the oil, honey, vanilla and egg white and mix until a soft dough forms.

Step 3

Remove the dough from the food processor and flatten between two sheets of grease proof paper - roll out to be 3-7mm thick (the thinner the biscuit the crispier they are or the thicker the biscuit the crunchier and chunkier they are).

Step 4

Place in the freezer for 20 minutes to firm up (don't skip this step!).

Step 5

Cut out your cookie shapes and pop onto a baking tray lined with baking paper before baking for 20-30 minutes until golden.

Step 6

Allow them to cool and enjoy! - I also added a couple of raisins to my gingerbread men before baking but feel free to ice them after if you're feeling adventurous!

 

Healthy Gingerbread Cookies

 

Healthy Gingerbread Cookies

 

 

Do let me know what you think to this recipe! Thanks for reading :)

 

UPDATE: Thank you to everyone who sends me pictures of my recipes on Twitter & Facebook - here are a selection!!

Healthy Gingerbread Men

Healthy Gingerbread MenAbove: Made with spelt flour instead of almonds!

Healthy Gingerbread Recipe

Healthy Gingerbread Recipe

Healthy Gingerbread

Healthy Gingerbread

Healthy Gingerbread Recipe

Healthy Gingerbread cookies

Healthy gingerbread men

 

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Nutritional Info

This information is per serving.

  • Calories

    230Kcal
  • Carbs

    9g
  • Protein

    7g
  • Fat

    17g

Recipe Comments

Comments (12)

  1. posted by Besma on December 15, 2014

    Hi Nic!

    These look great and the recipe is healthy too – bonus! I’ll have to give these a go with my younger siblings over Christmas.

    Thanks,

    Besma

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  2. posted by Chloe @ The Loveliest Food on December 18, 2014

    Who doesn’t love a gingerbread man at Christmas?! Thanks for sharing the healthy way to make them… I’m really conscious of trying to maintain our healthy eating over Christmas when we can. Of course it’s nice to indulge every now and then but if a classic treat can be made healthier why not do it!

    Thanks for linking this up to Recipe Swap Club too x

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    • posted by Nics Nutrition on December 18, 2014

      Aw thank you for your lovely comment Chloe!! xxx

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  3. posted by laura on December 22, 2014

    These are absolutely amazing, and so easy to make too. Love them, thanks for the recipe

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  4. posted by Karis on January 11, 2015

    This recipe was SO good. Really helped me out with my sweet craving, with out resulting to the bad sugar stuff. Definitely going to make more of these. KBxx

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  5. posted by Nichola on April 1, 2015

    Can you freeze these once cooked?

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    • posted by Nics Nutrition on April 2, 2015

      I haven’t tried it but don’t see why not! Do let me know! xx

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  6. posted by Nichola on April 1, 2015

    I put these on 150 for 20 mins and they burnt! Take it that wasn’t fan :-(
    Mixture tasted amazing though!

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    • posted by Nics Nutrition on April 2, 2015

      Hello! Aw no! All ovens are different.. Mine was a fan so maybe try 15 mins? x

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