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healthy gingerbread muffins by Sneaky Veg

Healthy gingerbread muffins

These healthy gingerbread muffins are intended for kids but they're too good not to share! Vegan, low in sugar and topped with adorable mini gingerbread men these are a great healthy Christmas treat. 

Course Cake
Cuisine British
Keyword healthy gingerbread muffins
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Freezing time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 15
Author Mandy Mazliah


  • 175  coconut sugar or use light brown sugar if preferred
  • 250  plain wholemeal flour or plain white flour if preferred
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2  tsp  bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2  tsp  mixed spice
  • tsp  ground ginger
  • 100  water
  • 100  sunflower oil
  • 1 large ripe banana mashed
  • 100 g sultanas

For the cashew frosting

  • 140 g cashew nuts
  • 100 ml coconut milk
  • 40 ml melted coconut oil
  • 30 ml maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger

To top

  • 2 packs of Organix mini gingerbread men


To make the frosting

  1. Put the cashew nuts in a bowl and cover with hot water for 30 minutes.
  2. Drain the cashews then place into a high speed blender with the remaining ingredients.
  3. Blend until completely smooth.
  4. Remove from the blender, place in a plastic tub, allow to cool then place in the freezer for 30 minutes to firm up. You could skip this stage but the icing will be quite runny.

To make the cakes

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C (fan)/200°C/gas mark 6. Place 15 fairy cake cases in a bun tin (the size you’d use for fairy cakes)
  2. Sift the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and spices together into a large mixing bowl.
  3. Stir in the sugar
  4. In a jug mix the oil, water and mashed banana and beat together.
  5. Fold into the flour.
  6. Stir in the sultanas.
  7. Spoon the mixture into the fairy cake cases and bake in the oven for 18-20 minutes until well risen and firm to the touch.
  8. Allow to cool on a wire rack.
  9. Spread or pipe the icing on top and decorate with mini gingerbread men.
  10. Store in the fridge.