Gingerbread Men

✓ Nut-Free

As many of you know, most commercial Gingerbread Men are full of refined sugar, white flour, vegetable oil and other nasty ingredients. They often also have so-called ‘natural’ flavouring, as well as coloured icing for the buttons and faces. This recipe is a somewhat healthier alternative, so you can enjoy these classic childhood treats with your family as well.


125g butter
½ cup honey
1 egg
3 cups organic wholemeal spelt flour
1 tsp bicarb of soda
3 tsp ground ginger

Currants and sultanas can be used for eyes, noses and buttons, if desired.

  1. Preheat oven to 190° Celsius.
  2. Using an electric mixer, cream the butter and honey until light and fluffy. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix to form a dough.
  3. Roll dough out on a lightly floured board (to approximately 3-5 mm thick). Cut out gingerbread men shapes.
  4. Place on greased baking tray. Bake for 10 minutes, or until golden.

This can be a fun family recipe for the kids to get involved in, decorating the Gingerbread Men with currents and sultanas for eyes, noses and buttons. You can also cut them into other shapes, such as stars, hearts or whatever cookie cutters you have on hand. I haven’t tried this recipe with gluten-free flour or almond meal yet, but would be interested to hear the results if you decide to give it a go!