Gingerbread Men

Here is a real Christmas classic! I love the smell of ginger! Just the smell of these in the oven is enough to make your mouth water. These are so simple to put together and they make great little gifts too, I already have some bagged up ready to hand out to my nearest and dearest. There is once again no need for any gluten here, as they stay together just fine with a little bit of flaxseed! As for using butter, forget that! Almond butter and coconut oil is what is needed! These little treats are full of magnesium from the almonds, which is great is you are feeling stressed from all of that Christmas planning. I hope you have great fun making these and even more fun eating them!

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Ingredients (Makes 10 – 12, depending on cutter size)

  • 85g of buckwheat flour (Plus extra for rolling)
  • 100g of ground almonds
  • 3 tablespoons of ground ginger (Use 2 tablespoons if you prefer it with less of a kick)
  • 1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons of almond butter
  • 6 tablespoons of maple syrup (Plus extra for glazing)
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil, melted (Plus extra for greasing)

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Start by preheating your oven at 160C (fan)/180C/ Gas Mark. Simple mix all of your ingredients in one big mixing bowl until everything has been combined, you may find it easier to work with your hands. Alternatively you can throw everything into a food processor. If the dough feels too dry, add a small amount of water until it holds together, and if the mix is too wet, add a small amount of buckwheat flour. Next take your baking tray and grease with a little coconut oil and put to one side.

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Now here is the fun part! Sprinkle a generous amount of flour over your counter, and using a rolling pin, roll out the dough until it is just under a centimeter thick. The dough can get quite sticky, so make sure you have plenty flour on your work surface and rolling pin. Once the dough has been rolled out, take your cutter and go crazy! Cut out as many shapes as you can, place on your baking tray and then gather the leftover dough and roll it out again. Keep doing this until you’ve used up all of the dough. Do not worry if you find the gingerbread men are sticking to the surface when trying to pick them up, just add a little flour and roll it out again. When you have cut your shapes, using a pastry brush or your fingers, glaze each gingerbread man with a little maple syrup. Place in the center of the oven to bake for 18-20 minutes. When they’re done, let them cool for about 25 minutes. Store in an airtight container for up to 4 weeks. Enjoy!

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