Gingerbread Ninja Men
Gingerbread Ninja MenServes: 20 Small Cookies or 10 Large Cookies Prep Time: 20 Minutes Cooking Time: 10 Minutes
Each household has its Christmas traditions, that one thing that makes Christmas special for them. And for us, Christmas just isn’t Christmas without baking gingerbread. While you can buy it in the store, here’s the reasons why we love making it at home:
1. It’s a great activity to do with the kids – even very little ones love choosing the shapes and doing the decorating
2. It makes a nice gift for classmates, teachers, friends and family
3. When you make it, you control the ingredients, especially the amount of sweetener, and can make sure there aren’t any hidden nasties
4. The smell of it cooking in the oven is one of the true pleasures of Christmas
It’s easy to see why making these delicious, spicy little men at home has become a Christmas tradition at Pureharvest. Keen to give it a go? Here’s our foolproof recipe that uses Rice Malt Syrup and Maple Syrup instead of sugar, and is also dairy and nut free, making it the perfect thing to share with everyone.
Preheat the oven to 180°C and spray a baking tray with oil. Sift together the flour, baking powder, ginger and cinnamon into a large bowl. Add the coconut oil and using your fingertips rub into the dry ingredients until it resembles fine breadcrumbs.
In a separate bowl mix together the maple syrup, rice malt syrup, vanilla and milk. Add this to the dry ingredients and bring it together until it forms a dough like consistency.
Using a rolling pin roll the dough until about 1cm thick. With a cookie cutter, cut the dough into the desired shapes and bake in the oven for 8-10 mins, or until brown.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool on a wire rack before decorating.