HEALTHY HOLIDAY GINGERBREAD COOKIES

by Sarah Carter on December 17, 2014

10359515_774620295943934_3646490183262277621_nMy favorite place to pick up new healthy recipes is a website called My New Roots. Sarah Britton has a bachelor of fine arts and is a certified nurse practitioner. She has beautiful pictures of the food she makes and lots of commentary about her ingredients as well as healthy substitutions.

For the holidays she made gingerbread cookies with a cashew-cacao butter icing.  If you feel inspired to make these cookies definitely follow this link so that you can get all the extra details… its worth it!!!

Healthy Holiday Gingerbread
Makes at least 2 dozen medium-sized cookies

Ingredients:
2 ½ / 350g whole spelt flour
¼ tsp. fine grain sea salt
½ tsp. baking powder
1 Tbsp. ground ginger (or less if you prefer more mild gingerbread)
1 ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground cloves
½ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
5 Tbsp. coconut oil, melted
½ cup / 70g coconut sugar
½ cup / 125ml unsulfured blackstrap molasses
3 Tbsp. unsweetened applesauce
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Directions:
1. Sift the dry ingredients together.
2. In a small saucepan, melt the coconut oil, then whisk in the molasses, applesauce, and vanilla.
3. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry, and fold to combine – you may need to use your hands to mix this, but don’t overwork the dough. Fold just until the ingredients come together evenly. Turn dough out onto a piece of plastic wrap, make a ball, then flatten into a large disc. Wrap and place in the fridge for at least 1 hour.
4. Preheat oven to 350°F / 175°C. Remove dough from the fridge, unwrap and cut in half. Wrap one half and return it to the fridge. Place the other half of the dough between two pieces of baking paper and roll out (if it is very stiff, you may need to let it warm up just slightly). Remove top half of the paper and cut out desired shapes with a cookie cutter or a knife. Slide a knife or thin egg lifter under each shape and place on a lined baking sheet. Ball up the scraps of dough, roll it out between the parchment and start again. Once the dough becomes too warm, return it to the fridge and repeat the entire process with the other half of the chilled dough.
5. Place cookie sheet in the oven and bake for 7-10 minutes (7 minutes produces a softer, chewier cookie, while 10 minutes produces a crispier one). Remove from oven and let cool on pan. Decorate with the Cashew Cacao Icing if desired (recipe follows).

Cashew-Cacao Butter Icing
Makes about ¾ cup

Ingredients:
½ cup / 65g cashews
a few pinches of sea salt
3 Tbsp. / 40g cacao butter, melted
1 ½ Tbsp. raw honey (or liquid sweetener of your choice)
½ vanilla bean, seeds scraped
3 Tbsp. hot water

Directions:
1. Soak cashews with sea salt for four hours, or overnight.
2. Drain, rinse and place cashews in the most powerful blender you have along with all other ingredients. Blend on high until as smooth as possible.
3. Pour into a piping bag and store in the fridge until it firms up, about 2 hours, then use. Store leftovers in the fridge or freezer. If you do not have a piping bag, you can also use sandwich bag with a teeny corner snipped off, which is what I did!

Picture credit: http://www.mynewroots.org/site/

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IMG_1541These healthy treats are Sarah’s favorite snack. After you eat one, you will say “these are so good” about 4 times, just like Sarah did the first time she bit into one. They are healthy and so simple! No cooking…There is 1-2 minutes of mixing ingredients, 2 hours in the freezer and bam you are popping one into your mouth!

    Highlights:

They contain no sugar and promote stable blood sugar via healthy fats with a touch of carbohydrates. This recipe came from the book Keto Clarity by Jimmy Moore and Eric C. Westman.

    Ingredients:

1 cup almond butter
3/4 cup unrefined coconut oil
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 – 3 teaspoons stevia powder extract

    Directions:

1) Place everything in a microwave safe bowl
2) Microwave for 45 seconds
3) Mix everything together
4) Pour mixture into ice cube trays
5) Freeze for 2 hours
6) Enjoy!

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