It’s Christmas, spiced food is a must and these free from gingerbread stars are sweet, chewy and perfectly spiced.
Made with nutrient-rich buckwheat and molasses, sweetened with coconut sugar and spiced with cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg, they are a healthier alternative to gluten laden, buttery recipes.
Buckwheat is a good source of phytonutrients that protect against disease, is high is soluble fibre that supports the digestive system and rich in magnesium that enables proper blood flow as well as containing flavonoid compounds that lower LDL cholesterol. Unsulphured blackstrap molasses is made from raw cane sugar. It does not have sulphur added to preserve it and retains all of its nutrients, offering high amounts of calcium, iron, chromium, magnesium and selenium, amongst other vitamins and minerals. Ginger contains gingerol which fights nausea, aids digestion and fights bad bacteria. It has anti inflammatory properties that treat muscle pain and soreness and has been shown to help balance blood sugar levels.
A Christmas treat that helps us feel well! What more could we want?
Makes 68 stars
- ½ tsp ground nutmeg
- ½ cup apple sauce (1 large apple blended with 2 tbsp oat milk)
- ½ cup oat milk (oat milk = ¼ cup oats blended with ¾ cups water and strained)
- 1 pinch Himalayan salt
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground mixed spice
- 1 tbsp ground ginger
- 1 ½ tsp baking powder
- 1 cup coconut sugar
- 4 tbsp unsulphured blackstrap molasses
- 4 cups buckwheat flour
Combine dry ingredients by sieving into a bowl and mixing well with a whisk.
Make the oat milk by blending ¼ cup oats with ¾ cup water and sieving into a jug.
Chop the apple and blend with 2 tbsp oat milk. Mix the apple sauce with the molasses and ½ cup oat milk and whisk into the dry mix.
Allow dough to rest for at least 1 hour.
Flour a surface and roll out dough to 1 cm thickness and cut into stars. Bake for 8-10 minutes on 180°C in a fan oven (200°C in a conventional oven and 400 Fahrenheit).
Eat immediately – these are best served warm. Enjoy!