Halloween is over, which means… Christmas is coming! And what better way to celebrate the joy of Christmas (sorry Thanksgiving), then by doing a festive run? The Gingerbread Run, hosted by Give Kids the World, is one of my favorite fun runs that goes to support an incredible organization.
I love themed races, but as I scoured Target to find anything festive to sport for the race, I was disappointed when all that was on the shelves was discounted Halloween merchandise. [disappointed, but not surprised]. So instead of rocking some sweet Christmas gear, I decided to make my own gingerbread creation.
Ninjabread Men and Gingerbread Cakes
(gluten free, vegan)
- 1/2c arrowroot starch
- 1/2c coconut flour
- 1c almond pulp
- 3/4c brown rice
- 1t baking soda
- 1t baking powder
- pinch of salt
- 1t cinnamon
- 1/2t nutmeg
- 1/2t ginger
- 1/4t cloves
- 1/4t allspice
- 2T maple syrup
- 2T molasses
- 4T coconut oil
- 1/4t uncut stevia (or four packets)
- 2T water
Preheat oven to 350F and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and/or lightly oil a mini bundt cake pan (mine makes a dozen). In a large mixing bowl, mix together all of your dry ingredients. The almond pulp can make it difficult to combine thoroughly, but just keep mixing! [I think using a fork while sifting the dry ingredients is helpful]. Next begin to incorporate your wet ingredients until mixture is well incorporated.
Be forewarned, this is not your typical batter. It will appear to be almost crumbly and seems to only want to hold together when you press it together. On a dry, clean surface, begin to press your dough together and flatten out evenly about a 1/4″ in thickness. Use ninja bread men cutters (or whatever cookie cutters you wish) to carefully cut out your fun shapes. Once again carefully place cookies on your baking sheet and place in over to bake 10 min.
Alternatively, you could just gently scoop the batter into your bundt cake pan and bake 10-12 min.
I am a huge fan of these cookies. They’re like Christmas cookies that will kick your butt with goodness (that’s why they’re ninja bread men). While the cookies should be handled more carefully than your run of the mill chocolate chip cookies, they are so much more delicious. And bonus, you can use some of that almond pulp you might be storing the in the fridge after having made your own almond milk! [You might also try almond meal].
Ninja bread and gingerbread cookies make for a great snack both before and after a race… or all the time! Let the Christmas season begin!