Sticky Date & Ginger Cookies + A Gingerbread Lip Scrub Recipe!

My deep and abiding love for ginger began at a very young age. Growing up, my grandma would make "ginger crunch," a kind of rice-krispy treat that my brother and I would devour in mere seconds. Then there were gingerbread men at Christmastime, and the incredibly sticky gingerbread loaf from our local deli that mum would treat us to after school...

Fast forward to now, and these dairy, refined sugar and white flour laden treats no longer fit in with my lifestyle. One afternoon recently when a gingerbread craving struck, I set myself the challenge of creating crispy-on-the-outside-chewy-on-the-inside cookies that rivalled those of my childhood - all without any of the crap. These are low in fat, high in nutrients and totally delicious. I think I have stumbled upon a goldmine with these ones, folks! These are insane with a glass of chilled almond milk too. 

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MOLASSES

So, what the heck is molasses? While I don't advocate the use of refined cane sugar, blackstrap molasses falls into a different category. It is a byproduct of sugar production, made when the sugarcane is boiled down to a syrup. The crystals (then made into refined white sugar) are extracted and a thick, sticky liquid is left behind. This liquid is blackstrap molasses, which contains all of the nutrition from the sugarcane. When choosing blackstrap molasses, look for an organic version that has not been treated with sulphur (as a preservative). There are a few different varieties of molasses, depending on which stage of boiling they were stopped at. Blackstrap molasses is made from the final stage of boiling the sugarcane and therefore has very little remaining sucrose. It's high in nutrients, particularly iron (could you tell by the colour?), making it a great addition to a vegan or vegetarian diet. Because it has quite a strong flavour, you only need a little. It pairs wonderfully with warming winter spices, as demonstrated in this recipe. 

These biscuits are... 

  • Deeply spiced,
  • Low in fat, 
  • High in fibre, 
  • ... and perfect for Christmastime. 

STICKY DATE & GINGER COOKIES

Make time: 10 minutes
Bake time: 18 minutes
Makes: 8 large cookies

THE GOODS

  • 1/4 cup buckwheat flour
  • 2/3 cup oat flour
  • 1/2 cup almond meal 
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp fine Himalayan salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon 
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground vanilla
  • Pinch freshly grated nutmeg 
  • 90g applesauce
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup 
  • 1 tbsp blackstrap molasses
  • 1/2 cup diced dates 
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans

THE HOW TO

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  2. Place the flours and almond meal in a mixing bowl along with the baking powder, salt, and spices. Whisk to combine. 
  3. Add in the applesauce, coconut sugar, maple syrup and molasses and stir again. 
  4. Mix through the dates, walnuts and pecans until evenly distributed, but do not overwork the dough. 
  5. Bake for 15-18 minutes, depending on your oven. The cookies will have a golden hue when they are ready. 
  6. Allow the cookies to cool on a baking rack, then devour! I love these with a glass of my homemade almond milk.

GINGERBREAD LIP SCRUB

Can't get enough gingerbread-y goodness? Try this super simple lip scrub - I personally use it every day to keep my lips soft and smooth and as a facial exfoliator. 

THE GOODS

  • 2 tbsp coconut sugar or organic raw sugar
  • 1 tsp blackstrap molasses
  • 1 tsp sweet almond or melted coconut oil*
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon 
  • 1/8 tsp vanilla powder
  • Pinch freshly grated nutmeg

THE HOW TO

1. Simply stir it all up in a small bowl and store in a small container!

* coconut oil will solidify when cold. I simply bring the lip scrub into the shower with me until it heats up and the oil melts again. 

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