Clean Gingerbread Christmas Cookies

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My absolute favourite Christmas cookie has always been gingerbread cookies!  After many experimental batches, I’ve finally come up with a recipe that tastes like the ones my grandmother makes! These are so delicious! These cookies are gluten free, dairy free and sugar free!  I hope these will help you stay away from the usual Christmas treats without  feeling like you are missing out! Enjoy!

Ingredients:

1 Cup millet flour (I buy millet at bulk barn and then grind it into flour in my vitamix blender) 

1 Cup Gluten free flour of your choice (you can also use whole grain or whole wheat flour)

1/4 Cup molasses

1 Tsp baking powder

1/2 Cup date butter (you can find my recipe for this by typing it in the search bar at the top of the page) 

1 Tbsp ginger

1 Tsp cinnamon

1 Tsp nutmeg

1 Tsp ground cloves

1 Tsp vanilla

1 Egg (beaten)

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 350F.

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.  If the dough seems too sticky, add a little more flour one TBSP at a time until it is easy to handle.  Flour your counter top and roll out dough.  Cut out with cookie cutters and place on cookie sheet. Bake for 8-12 minutes (depending on the size of your cookies)

Tip: I use the tiny 2 inch cookie cutters.  Because these cookies are packed with millet, whole grains and dates, they are really filling!  A “normal” size cookie could be too much.    

Clean Christmas Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

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 I have been struggling to find Clean Christmas cookies that don’t taste clean…ya know what I mean?  I have searched on pinterest and other clean eating sites, and I have to say, it’s been disappointing.  Clean Christmas cookie recipes are hard to find, and the ones I did find weren’t very good.  I tried one recipe for Christmas cut out cookies and my five year old took one bite and said “Mommy these taste like grass”…..and they kinda did.  I have been tinkering around in the kitchen trying to come up with something that is clean AND delicious.  These are the final product!  I love Chocolate and I wanted a cookie with some type of “frosting”.  These taste like a York peppermint patty. Mmmmmmm  I hope you enjoy these as much as we do! If you have a great Clean Christmas Cookie recipe, please share! 

Ingredients:

1/2 Cup Millet flour (I bought mine at Wegmans, I think Bulk Barn has this as well) 

1/2 Cup Whole Grain pastry flour (I bought this at Wegmans too.  This is very hard to find in Canada.  Health food stores may have it.  I suggest getting it in the States if you can, it is worth it!  You can substitute this with whole wheat flour it just has a bit more of a harsh taste) 

1/4 Cup chocolate chips(chopped or blended in a food processor)

3 Tbsp Coconut oil (melted)

1/4 cup Honey 

1 Tsp Baking powder

1 Tsp Peppermint Extract

1 Egg (beaten)

1/4 Cup Cocoa Powder 

Directions:

Preheat Oven to 350F.  Mix all ingredients in a bowl.  If the dough is sticky, add more flour (1 TBSP at a time) Roll the dough into balls and press down slightly to flatten them.  Cook for approx 8-12 minutes.  

Icing:

1 Cup Almond butter

1 Cup Plain greek yogurt

1/2 Cup Honey

1/4 Cup Cocoa powder

2 Tsp Vanilla extract 

Mix all ingredients together.  If the icing is too “wet” add a little more cocoa powder until you get your desired thickness.

Christmas Chocolate Cranberry Oat Bars

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These bars are CRAZY good!  My husband’s direct quote while eating them- “These are the best thing you’ve ever made”.  These are easy and quick to make because they are no bake.  These are a MUST try this Christmas! They are gluten free, sugar free, and dairy free.  I promise that you and everyone in your house will love them! 

Ingredients:

1/2 Cup unsweetened natural peanut butter

1/2 Cup almond butter

1/2 Cup honey

1/2 Cup coconut oil 

2 Cups oats

1 Cup shredded coconut

1/2 Cup chopped nuts.  (I like walnuts for these)

1 Cup dark high cocoa chocolate chips ( I use Camino 71% cocoa chocolate chips.  You can buy them in the organic section at Zehrs)

1 Tbsp vanilla

1/4 Cup chopped cranberries 

Directions:

Melt peanut butter, almond butter , honey and coconut oil over medium heat in a saucepan.  Remove from heat once it is melted together and add in the rest of the ingredients.  Stir together until chocolate chips are completely melted.  

Pour into a greased 9×13 pan and cool in the fridge.  Sprinkle the chopped cranberries on top.  Put in the fridge until bars harden. Cut and serve.

Watermelon Cube Clean Christmas Hors D’Oeuvres

photo-1This is one of my favourite hors d’oeuvres recipes and is PERFECT for Christmas!  You cannot imagine how delicious these are until you taste them! I brought these to a party this week and they were a huge hit!  They are easy, and really yummy!  The best part- they are something different.  You may want to print out the recipe, because all of your friends will be asking for them! 🙂  

 

Ingredients:

Watermelon cut into cubes

1/2 Cup chopped nuts. Pistachio, Pine nuts or Pecans are my favourite.

1/2 Cup goat cheese.  (I use feta, but soft goat cheese work well too)

1 Tbsp coconut oil

1 Red onion

Sea Salt 

Directions:

Cut watermelon into cubes.  Warm the goat cheese on stove top or in the microwave to soften to make spreading easy.  Put coconut oil and onion in a frying pan on stovetop and sauté until onions are soft.  Spread the cheese on top of the watermelon cubes, sprinkle with chopped nuts and top with red onion.  Lightly salt.  Try not to eat them all before you arrive at your Christmas party!! 

Chocolate Coconut Snow Balls

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These delicious little treats are the perfect healthy option this Christmas!  The best part- they are super easy and no bake! 

Ingredients:

2 1/2 Cups walnuts or almonds

3/4 Cup packed, pitted dates

1/4 Cup cocoa powder

1/4 Cup unsweetened coconut, finely shredded

Directions:

Place nuts and dates in food processor, pulse just until crumbly.  Add cocoa powder and coconut and continue to pulse, just until crumbled. 

Roll into small balls, and let them set in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.  

Decadent Brownie Recipe

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This recipe is amazing considering these brownies are sugar free and gluten free and as I mentioned in my previous blog “Black bean brownie betrayal”- they are BEAN free! Ha ha If you are missing chocolate in your endeavour to eat clean, then you need to try these!  The best part- they are EASY!!!  I just made these tonight.  I hope you enjoy these brownies! 

Ingredients:

1 (16 oz) Container almond butter

4 Egg whites 

1 Cup honey

1/2 Tbsp vanilla

1/2 Cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 Tsp Baking soda

1 Cup high cocoa chocolate chips (first ingredient must be cocoa)

1/2 Cup chopped walnuts 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350F.  Add each ingredient and mix well.  Pour into baking dish and bake for 35-40 minutes.  

Try not to eat the whole pan in one sitting! 😉