I love making healthy treats for my family like our “Almond Joy®” Bars, Homemade Gummy Snacks, “Dorito®” Popcorn, and Healthy Chocolate Truffles. More and more we’re going grain free so I’m thrilled to add these gingerbread cookies from Kate’s Healthy Cupboard to our recipe box. It’s a great takeoff from traditional gingerbread cookies or gingerbread men, plus they’re grain free and vegan. I am going to make these for sure. My husband LOVES spiced cookies!}
Molasses style cookies are a favorite around here anytime of the year!
Gingerbread men cookies are festive, cute and have a lot of character, but they are also a lot of work!! I decided to take that flavor and do a simple cookie ball with all the flavor and half of the work (and none of the traditional grain)!
This gingerbread recipe calls for a unique flour…
What is Chestnut Flour and How to Use It
1. Chestnut flour is a gluten free alternative to regular flour made from ground chestnuts. Chestnuts are dried and made into sweet flavored flour in Italy for centuries.
2. In Tuscany, chestnut flour is considered a staple food, and it is commonly called for in recipes such as:
– chestnut flour bread
– pie crust
– crepes, and
– other baked goods.
3. Its sweet flavor makes it the perfect fit for recipes involving almonds, chocolate, honey and hazelnuts. I’ve found it to be awesome in fall recipes that incorporate pumpkin and spice.
4. Chestnut flour and Baking. Chestnut Flour has
– less carbohydrates than regular white flour but has many of the same baking properties as flour. Chestnuts do not contain the fat content regular nuts have, and are instead largely composed of carbohydrates.
– it creates a fluffier baked good
– has a distinct taste that has a bit of spiciness to it and
– pairs really well with warm fall flavors, especially ginger!
I love using almond flour and am not afraid of fat by any means. I’m just enjoying how much fun this flour is to work with, and not to mention how good it is!
5. Is it a nut or a fruit? According to Wikipedia, it’s a fruit. If you have tree nut allergies, please look into this more, but my understanding is that it’s not a nut!!!
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Where can you buy chestnut flour?
Check with your local natural grocery stores. You can also order it from Amazon or from nuts.com. I realize it’s a unique ingredient, but I promise you will enjoy it.
I have some other recipes using it like these crunchy Ginger Snaps or this Pumpkin Bread that you could also try.
Gingerbread Cookie Bites – Grain-Free and Vegan
Makes approximately 1 dozen cookies
1 1/2 cups finely ground almond flour (I prefer Honeyville)
1/4 cup chestnut flour* (see substitutions below)
3-4 tbsp granulated sweetener such as coconut palm sugar (I used Swerve for a no sugar option. From Adrienne: You could try 2 scoops stevia extract as well.)
3 tbsp coconut oil, softened (ghee or butter should work as well)
1 1/2 tbsp molasses (use appropriate sweetener sub as needed. See below.**)
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp cloves
1/4 tsp sea salt
- Place the almond flour, chestnut flour (or arrowroot), sweetener, butter and spices and salt in a food processor and combine
- Add in the molasses and vanilla and pulse until dough forms into a big ball
- Place the dough in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to keep the cookies from spreading as they cook
- Roll the dough into one inch balls and place on a parchment lined cookie sheet
- Bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes. Let cool for a few minutes on the cookie sheet before moving to a cooling rack. Cookies will get crisp as they cool
- Store in an airtight container. Place in the refrigerator if you prefer a hard cookie
* You can sub arrowroot flour, for the chestnut flour if nut allergic, but only use 2 tbsp of arrowroot, NOT 1/4 cup! For THM or other lower carb diets, use more almond flour or other nut or seed flour.
The cookies may spread a tiny bit more, but are still delicious!!!
** For a low glycemic substitute, try 1/4 tsp molasses added to 1/3 cup of xylitol, erythritol, or this Truvia® Substitute and use that in place of the straight molasses.
Have you ever heard of or used Chestnut Flour before?
Kate Criswell is a Fitness Trainer and Nutrition Coach who loves spending time in the kitchen tweaking recipes to make them healthier yet still satisfying and delicious. For more of her grain-free recipes and tips, visit Kate’s Healthy Cupboard at www.kateshealthycupboard.com