I am getting waaayyyy too excited about Halloween. So much so that I’ve gotten my months mixed up and posted September’s Recipe Redux theme here instead of October’s. Nice one Ali. Second time lucky! This month’s theme is (appropriately) Spooky Spices, makes sense I guess..
“As the first and only recipe challenge founded by registered dietitians,The Recipe ReDux is focused on taking delicious dishes, keeping them delicious, but making them better for you. Dietitians Regan Jones (ofReganMillerJones, Inc.), Serena Ball and Deanna Segrave-Daly (both of Teaspoon Communications) founded the group on the belief that healthier eating should always taste delicious. As the Latin term “redux” means to revisit or reinvent, we are reinventing the idea of healthy eating with a taste-first approach. We aim to inspire the food lover in every healthy eater and inspire the healthy eater in every food lover.”
This recipe is loosely based on one from Theresa Cutter @ The Healthy Chef (awesome blogger and nutritionist by the way), except these are not gluten free because i’m not gluten intolerant, hooray!
Wholemeal flour increases the fibre content, olive oil instead of butter means heart-healthy fats instead of saturated fats, and the addition of date paste means that the added sugar content is significantly reduced. In the spirit of Halloween, I had to decorate these little guys with icing, so that is the not-so-healthy part, but they are just as nice (if not more) without the icing too!
I actually forgot how much I liked gingerbread men. I think this recipe will be a keeper.
I made a half batch because this was a bit of a trial run for the Halloween party we are having next week, so this recipe will make 5 cookies, double it for 10, etc.
100g wholemeal plain flour
50g hazelnut or almond meal
1 tsp ground ginger and cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 egg white
1 TBS olive oil
1 TBS treacle
4-6 dried dates (soaked in boiling water until soft)
Preheat oven to 180C
Combine dry ingredients in one bowl
In a food processor, combine your wet ingredients and dates and blend until a smooth paste forms
Add the liquid mixture to the dry and combine until a soft dough forms (I needed to add about 2 TBS of warm water to bring my dough together)
Roll in a ball, cover in cling wrap and chill in the fridge for about half an hour, or until you get sick of waiting
Dust bench with flour and roll the dough out flat, about 1 cm thick
Use a cookie cutter, or improvise like me and make a stencil (because clearly I have nothing better to do on a Friday :/)
Carefully peel cookies off bench (a spatula helps) and place on baking paper lined tray
Bake for 15 mins and allow to cool completely
If, like me, you are also hosting the ultimate Halloween party, then here is how to do the icing side of things…
In a small bowl, combine
3 TBS icing sugar,
1/2 TBS lemon juice,
1/2 tsp vanilla essence,
1 tsp black food dye
and mix until smooth
Spread the icing over the gingerbread men and allow to dry
(and here is the part where i cheat and use the pre-made icing in a tube to draw the skeleton bones
–> which i actually really regret because it tastes horrible and chalky)
Happy Halloween everyone!
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