The holidays are fast approaching, and a big part of the fun is…you guessed it—treats!!! Some of our all time favourite Christmas treats are things like Nanaimo bars, homemade chocolate truffles and gingerbread cookies, YUM.
But when the season of treat-eating starts at the beginning of December—because you know it does—that means a lot of extra sugar, saturated fat and empty calories filling our bellies (and our little ones’ bellies), which can displace other nutrient dense choices.
Hey—I’m all about celebrating with yummy food, trust me! But sometimes the sugarfest that is Christmas can get a little out of control.
So this year, along with our traditional favourite family treats, we’re making some
healthy holiday gingerbread men that are perfect for snacks, treats, and even holiday gifts. And the best part is that the whole family can enjoy them—even your little ones—because they pack in a lot of nutrition, and minimal added sugar.
We’re using our favourite mix—the Real Food Bar Mix by Made with Local—that
contains nutrient-dense oats, dried fruit and seeds, and then adding some a few
nutritious ingredients and then maybe doing a little bit of decorating afterwards for fun.
Make sure you watch until the end to learn how to win your own case of Real Food Bar Mix to make these delicious and nutritious cookies.
1 bag Original Goodness Real Food Bar Mix
1/2 cup almond butter
1/4 cup honey (scant)
1/4 cup molasses
1 tbsp freshly grated ginger
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp ground ginger
Mix together all ingredients until well combined. Spread dough out on a cookie sheet covered with wax paper until about 1/2" thick. Freeze for 10 minutes to firm up. Remove from freezer, cut our gingerbread shapes and then bake in an oven at 300F for 10-12 minutes until slightly browned. Remove from oven and cool before decorating with your favourite treats!