The thing with eating a specific type of diet, be it vegan, gluten free, paleo or anything else, is that it means it is harder to be spontaneous in moments such as a co-workedrbringing in a packet of biscuits and you really wanting to have one but can’t because it contains wheat, for example. This happened this week when a collegue very kindly brought in some snacks for us all, including a packet of gingernuts. I love gingernuts and most sweet (or savoury) items containing ginger and longing for a gingernut or 10 at work inspired me to look online for a paleo gingernut recipe, and I thankfully found one. I decided to make half the recipe, as to not have too much temptation in the house, and figured 12 cookies was enough for any one person. They were delicious and an absolute gem of a substitute for the original. I even tested them out on family and friends, without mentioning they were paleo and they went down a storm; they were delicious and so easy to make!
- 0.5 cup of coconut oil
- 0.5 cup of honey
- 2-4 tsp of ground ginger (depending on how fiery you like your gingernuts)
- 1 tsp of cinnamon
- 0.25 tsp of nutmeg
- 0.25 tsp of ground cloves
- 0.25 tsp of allspice
- 0.5 tsp of baking soda
- 2 cups of almond flour
- 0.25 cup of coconut flour
- Preheat the oven to 160°C and line two baking trays with baking paper.
- In a small bowl, combine the coconut oil and honey and then warm slowly in the microwave, stirring every 15 seconds, until the coconut oil has melted.
- In a large bowl, add all the dry ingredients and stir them until well combined.
- Stir the coconut oil and honey mix into the large bowl with the dry ingredients and stir well.
- Scoop large teaspoonfuls of the mixture onto the lined baking trays and flatten them down into biscuit shapes. Make sure there is plenty of room between then, so that they can spread out whilst baking.
- Bake for 8-12 minutes, the longer the crunchier, then remove from the oven and transfer to a cooling rack.
- Try to wait until they have cooled before you eat them. (Not always possible, I know.) They might seem soggy when you take them out of the oven, this is normal, just leave them to cool and they’ll harden up.