So.... I wanted to make gingerbread cookies, but a healthier version as I have indulged quite a bit this week. With a recipe on hand, and a good bit of determination, I discovered that I was lacking almost half of the ingredients, so I had to substitute and thus this definitely became my own recipe in the end!
In Norway we call gingerbread "pepperkaker", pepper cakes or biscuits in other words, so I usually toss in a bit of that, it gives it that little bit of an edge along with the ginger without being too overpowering - delicious!
Light & Soft Chocolate Gingerbread Bears
(Makes 6 + cut-offs for the lucky maker)
1 tbsp coconut oil, melted on low heat
1 tbsp agave syrup
3 tbsp flour of choice
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 scoop chocolate protein powder
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp cardamom
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
- Pre-heat the oven to 180°C.
- Mix the egg, melted oil and syrup in a bowl. Then, add the flour, protein powder, baking powder, and spices to the mix. You'll now have a sticky dough.
- Get a baking tray and place a piece of greased baking parchment on top of it. Have the stick gingerbread dough on top of it, and then place a piece of clingfilm on top, preventing the rolling pin/glass/wine bottle to stick to the dough when you roll it out, it should be about 5mm thick, remove the clingfilm.
- Place in the middle of the oven and bake it for 8 minutes. Now, carefully place it top-side down and slide off the baking paper. Cut out biscuits when the cake is still warm, whilst munching on off-cuts.
You can either serve these straight away, or wait until they have cooled a little and decorate with icing, or peanut butter, or anything else you can think of really!
Yesterday (or earlier today, sort of, as it's only past midnight), I was lucky enough to watch the last Hobbit movie, and wow - I thoroughly enjoyed it, but I was quite sad at the end, as it felt like an end of an era. 12 years of Tolkien goodness... The future cinema has a lot to live up to!
After having wondered around in town afterwards in the Winter evening, witnessing an old lady dancing in the middle of the street as someone in a monkey costume was playing drums (I am not making this up!), enjoying coffee, walking around at the christmas market, and caught up with a friend for delicious home made food and a jam session.. It is time to head to Bedfordshire, and get ready to face the beginning of a new week. I have two days off, and I cannot wait to embrace it, and try and make the most of it!
What are your plans for the week?
Recipe by yours truly,