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Healthy gingerbread muffins

Mandy Mazliah
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. 
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Freezing time 30 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Cake
Cuisine British
Servings 15
Calories 289 kcal


  • 175  coconut sugar or use light brown sugar if preferred
  • 250  plain wholemeal flour or plain white flour if preferred
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½  teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • ½  teaspoon mixed spice
  • teaspoon ground ginger
  • 100  cold 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 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger

To top

  • 50 g Organix mini gingerbread men 2 packs


To make the frosting

  • Put the cashew nuts in a bowl and cover with hot water for 30 minutes.
  • Drain the cashews then place into a high speed blender with the remaining ingredients.
  • Blend until completely smooth.
  • 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

  • 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)
  • Sift the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and spices together into a large mixing bowl.
  • Stir in the sugar
  • In a jug mix the oil, water and mashed banana and beat together.
  • Fold into the flour.
  • Stir in the sultanas.
  • 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.
  • Allow to cool on a wire rack.
  • Spread or pipe the icing on top and decorate with mini gingerbread men.
  • Store in the fridge.


Nutritional information is approximate and is intended as a guide only.


Calories: 289kcalCarbohydrates: 36gProtein: 5gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gSodium: 109mgPotassium: 235mgFiber: 3gSugar: 15gVitamin A: 7IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 36mgIron: 2mg
Keyword healthy gingerbread muffins
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