This afternoon I was cooking up a batch of my Paleo gingerbread men, and I was just thinking how lonely they looked as they came out of the oven. Then I had this BRILLIANT idea...
A house. I needed to make a house. Duh. (I'm so smart aren't I?)
And THEN I thought how fun it would be if I challenged you all to ALSO make Gluten Free Gingerbread Houses.
So that's just what I'm doing.
I hereby Challenge you ALL to make a gluten free gingerbread house, using my recipe or another recipe of your choice. Take a photo of your creation, and tag it as #GingerbreadChallenge on instigram AND Tag me in the description (Brittany_Angell).
I'll announce the Winner January 1st on Instigram.
The Winner will get the opportunity to request a custom created recipe- free of any allergens that you wish. I'll develop it just for you!
Back to my house.. I didn't use any candy to decorate it!
None. Unless you count chocolate chips, and natural colored sprinkles as candy. But still, I kept my little house pretty darn healthy by using coconut flakes for the snow, and freeze dried bananas and raspberries to decorate the house.
Other decorative healthy things to try: Silvered Almonds (make for adorable shingles). Pumpkin Seeds, Sunflower Seeds, Dried Fruit, my homemade Dairy Free Hershey Kisses and Gluten Free Pretzels.
Ps. My Gingerbread men recipe is a softer, more chewy textured cookie. This cookie recipe makes for sturdy hard walls to build a house! Be sure to select the appropriate recipe.
- 2 1/4 Packed Cups Blanched Almond Flour
- 1/2 Cup Powdered Palm Sugar
- 1 1/4 tsp Baking Powder
- 2 1/4 tsp Ground Ginger
- 1 1/4 tsp Cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp Nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp Salt
- 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
- 1 1/2 Tablespoon Molasses
- 2 Tablespoon Water
- 5 Tablespoon Starch (Tapioca, Arrowroot or Potato)
- Preheat Oven to 325 degrees.
- In a stand mixer combine all ingredients and mix until it forms a thick dough.
- Roll out dough thin between two sheets of parchment and cut into the pattern of your choice.
- Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Put in the oven and cook for 10 minutes.
There are tons of Gingerbread House Printouts available online! I drew my own simple pattern on a sheet of graph paper. I then placed a sheet of parchment paper over my drawing on the graph paper and traced the shapes onto the parchment. I cut the parchment into the shapes. And finally I placed the cut out shapes of parchment paper and used them as my guide to cut the dough. The parchment will stick really nicely to the dough, and then you just use a knife to trace around it to get your cookie shape!
- 2 1/4 Cup of Powdered Sugar.
- 1 Tsp. Vanilla Extract (optional. You can also use Peppermint Extract, Almond or Lemon Juice!)
- 1/8-1/4 Tsp. Xanthan or Guar Gum
- 1/2 TBSP of starch (Tapioca, Arrowroot or Potato)
- Pinch of Salt
- 1/4-1/3 cup of water (or more)
- Mix all the ingredients together using a blender or hand mixer. The frosting will be thick and gluey! If using to make a gingerbread house, frost and put together in sections and then put the house in your fridge or freezer briefly to allow the royal icing to get firm. Once its firm, your house will hold together like a dream!
The xanthan/ guar gum are the glue to this recipe! Start with the 1/8 tsp and work your way up to the 1/4 tsp. depending on how sticky you want the frosting.
The amount of water you use can be flexible. Add more or less depending how thick you want the frosting!
If you aren't a fan of using white powdered sugar, you have other options! If you are looking to make a sugar free frosting use some powdered xyiltol or Erythritol instead. ( The Brand Swerve sells it). OR You can make your own by placing a few cups of the granulated sugar of your choice into a high powdered blender and process until it becomes light and powdery! This will work with literally ANY granulated sugar variety.