Healthy gingerbread men recipe - no processed sugar!

The Vitl Nutrition Team / 20 Dec 2018

Take the guilt out of festive feasting this Christmas


Ingredients: makes approximately 15 large gingerbread men!

  • 5 cups almond flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 4 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 free range eggs
  • 2/3 cup melted coconut oil 
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 4 tbsp blackstrap molasses - (can be found in standard supermarkets!)


  1. Pre heat your oven to 150°C and line a baking tray with baking paper
  2. Add all your dry ingredients to a bowl and mix
  3. Add all your wet ingredients in another bowl (add the coconut oil last!)
  4. Pour wet mix into dry mix and combine until a dough has formed - don’t be worried if it’s a little sticky compared to other cookie doughs
  5. Clear a surface, sprinkle some flour (if you’re gluten-free use almond or gluten free flour) then pour out your dough. Gather it into a even ball, then cover in clingfilm, and place in the fridge for around 15 minutes
  6. Now that it’s chilled, it’s time to roll! Grab a rolling pin and roll it out so its approximately ½ cm thick
  7. Then select your chosen cookie cutter
  8. Place your cookie cuts onto the baking tray, and bake for 15-20 minutes
  9. Place onto your baking tray and bake for 15-20 minutes - depending on whether you want a nice crunch or a chewy cookie

Now to decorate!

You'll need:

  • 100ml aquafaba (water from a can of chickpeas) - trust us
  • 500g icing sugar
  • ½ tsp lemon juice


  1. Whilst your gingerbread cools, whip up the aquafaba with an electric whisk until foamy
  2. Add ¾ of your icing sugar to the mix, and whisk until smooth and thick! 
  3. Then add the rest of the icing sugar and your lemon juice, and whisk again until your mixture starts to form stiff peaks
  4. You’re ready to decorate! Let your creative Christmas juices flow

Time to bake up a storm!

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