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Healthy vegan gingerbread men

These healthy vegan gingerbread men are a delicious festive treat that kids and adults alike will love. Packed full of nutritious ingredients and easy enough for children to make and decorate.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine British, Vegan
Servings 30


For the gingerbread men

  • 2 tbsp  ground flax seeds linseed
  • 4 tbsp cold water
  • 325 wholemeal or spelt flour
  • 75  ground almonds
  • 100  coconut oil or dairy free spread melted
  • 75  maple syrup
  • tsp  ground ginger 
  • 4-6 tbsp non-dairy milk

For the icing

  • 100  icing sugar sifted
  • 1-2  tbsp  water


To make the gingerbread men

  • First make your flax egg. Place 2 tbsp ground flax seeds in a small bowl and mix with 4 tbsp cold water. Stir and set aside.
  • Place 325g spelt flour, 75g ground almonds, 100g melted coconut oil or dairy free spread, 75g maple syrup, 1 tsp ground ginger and your flax eggs into a large mixing bowl and mix with a wooden spoon.
  • Slowly add your non-dairy milk, a tablespoon at a time, until you have a soft dough that isn’t too sticky. You may not need it all.
  • Turn out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead for a few seconds.
  • Wrap in cling film or place in an airtight container in the fridge for 30 minutes. This will make the dough easier to work with.
  • Pre-heat the oven to 180°C (fan)/200°C/gas mark 6. Line three baking trays with greaseproof paper.
  • Lightly flour your work surface and roll out the dough until it’s around 5mm thick. Cut into gingerbread men using cookie cutters.
  • Place on the baking tray and bake for 10-12 minutes until golden brown.
  • Cool completely on a wire rack before decorating.

To make the icing

  • Sift 100g icing sugar into a mixing bowl and mix with 1 -2 tbsp water. Be careful not to add too much water or it’ll be too runny.
  • Spoon or pipe the icing onto the gingerbread men or decorate with one of the other ideas in the post above.
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