How To Make A Gingerbread Man – The Mindful & Conscious Way!
The holiday season is the perfect time to pamper yourself from the inside out. Make sure you take care of your skin, hair, and body with conscious beauty care and nutrition. There is no doubt that the holidays are filled with food and fun with the family, but the food and treats do not have to be processed and unhealthy. It is important to be conscious about what you put into your body, just as much as what you put on your skin.
A Gingerbread man is one of the classic holiday treats that evoke the spirit of Christmas... These cookies have been around for centuries, and for good reason - they taste absolutely delicious. Baking a gingerbread man is not just a holiday tradition, it’s an emotion of love shared with your family and friends. Most often they are baked with highly processed ingredients that are harmful to the body. But, imagine baking the same festive treat with absolutely mindful ingredients, while achieving the same delightful taste. Now that’s called baking with love!
If you are looking for some super healthy treats this holiday season then this simple Gingerbread man - the mindful and conscious way, is a must-try recipe for you!
The mindful & conscious Gingerbread man
Classic gingerbread cookies made of cozy spices and irresistible natural sweetness-but without all the guilt and absolutely no sacrifice in taste! At room temperature, these cookies can be stored in an airtight container for up to 5 days to a week!
Prep Time: 40 mins
Serving size - 32 Cookies
The main substitutes in our mindful gingerbread cookie include coconut oil for butter, coconut sugar instead of brown sugar, along with whole wheat pastry flour instead of all-purpose flour. These ingredients are becoming common in mainstream desserts as people become more aware of their health benefits.
Ingredients for the cookies:
- 3 cups (310 grams) whole wheat pastry flour
- 2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon ground cloves
- ½ teaspoon finely ground black pepper
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ cup melted coconut oil
- ½ cup unsulphured molasses
- ½ cup packed coconut sugar
- 1 large egg (Vegan alternative-Apple sauce)
Ingredients for the icing:
- ½ cup powdered sugar
- ¼ teaspoon lemon zest (optional, for intense lemon flavor)
- 2 ¼ teaspoons lemon juice
Instructions for the cookies:
- After you've gathered your ingredients, you are ready to begin the dough-making process. Whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, spices (ginger, cinnamon, cloves, pepper), and kosher salt in a large bowl and set aside.
- In a mixing bowl, whisk together the coconut oil and molasses. Add the coconut sugar and whisk until completely blended. If your coconut sugar is clumpy, warm the mixture over low heat until it becomes smooth. Whisk in the egg until the mixture is thoroughly blended and completely smooth.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit with racks in the middle and upper third of the oven. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper. Lightly flour your working surface and roll out one of your discs until it is ¼ inch thick. If the dough is very hard or crumbly you can add a bit of water and just roll it as best you can, then let it rest for a few minutes to warm up. Repeat until you’ve successfully rolled all four discs to ¼ inch thickness.
- Using gingerbread cookie cutters or other adorable holiday-themed cookie cutters, cut out cookie shapes from the disc of dough and place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet, leaving about ½ inch of space around each one. Repeat with the remaining disk. If you’d like to decorate the cookies with granulated sugar like turbinado or extra coconut sugar, sprinkle it onto the cookies now.
- Place two baking sheets in the oven, one on the middle rack and one on the upper. Bake for 8 to 11 minutes; for softer cookies, pull them out around 8 minutes and for more crisp cookies, bake for up to 11 minutes. The cookies will further crisp as they cool. Remove the baking sheets from the oven and place them on cooling racks to cool. Voila, your gingerbread man is all set to relish!
Instructions for the icing (optional):
If you’d like to ice the cookies, wait until they have completely cooled to do so. To make the icing, combine powdered sugar, optional lemon zest, and lemon juice in a bowl. Whisk until thoroughly blended. Transfer the icing into a Ziploc bag and squeeze out any excess air before sealing the bag. Cut off a tiny piece of one of the lower corners and squeeze it onto cooled cookies as desired.
The final icing on the mindfulness
You now know how to make a healthy yet scrumptious gingerbread man. As you can see, being mindful and conscious is no obstacle when it comes to having fun in the kitchen and enjoying the delectable taste. Ultimately, sticking with mindful ingredients for your self-care and your festive bakes will keep you looking and feeling your best during the holiday season!
Now a quick jump back into skincare from the kitchen:
Hands and feet are the most used and exposed parts of our body over the course of a day, especially during the holiday season when shopping and baking take up majority of our time. We tend to over wash and under-moisturize our hands and feet, which can make them very dry while the holiday weather adds to it. If not properly cared for, dry skin can cause itchiness, irritation, and eventually wrinkles. In light of this, it is important to moisturize your hands and feet frequently throughout the day, especially before and after a baking session. After all, we don’t want a good holiday mani-pedi to go to waste!
You can pamper your body after a long day with these nature-loving goodies!
Bodycare A hydrating hand and foot cream that heals and nourishes dry, cracked skin. Infused with kokum butter and other organic oils, this formula also promotes cell regeneration. Your hands and feet would be longing for this after your baking and shopping sessions!
A coffee bean, walnut shell powder, and oil scrub that gently exfoliates the skin and leaves it looking healthy and glowing. Your body would love this after a long day at the mall!