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Can you believe it’s already time for the holidays? I’m not sure if it is the crazy weather we have had here in New England, but I feel like we went right from summer to winter and completely missed out on fall. It’s chilly outside, Thanksgiving is only a few days away, and I’ve already got Christmas on the brain! (Does anyone else have such a hard time finding gifts for people?!) With the holidays right around the corner I also have another thing on the brain… dessert!
As much as I absolutely love spending time with my family during the holidays, I won’t lie… the desserts are kinda my favorite thing about it. Maybe it’s a combo between the two. There’s nothing better than sharing a meal with family, especially when you end it with delicious fall treats.
Baking and cooking has always been a big deal to my family. We are Italian, so naturally… we love to eat and feed people, especially during the holidays! Whether it be Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter… really any holiday, my family always goes all-out when it comes to the food. Even though I love to cook savory meals, I have a sweet spot (pun intended) in my heart for desserts.
I have always loved making baked goods, and if you ask anyone – from the age of about 8 on – if you asked me what I would do when I got older I would likely tell you that I wanted to open a bakery. While I don’t know that I’ll go the baker route.. I do still hope to some day open a coffee shop or cafe, where I will 100% serve these Healthy Vegan Pumpkin Spice Lattes alongside a bunch of delicious treats.
During the holidays, I spend a lot of time baking. Usually, I have 3 separate days dedicated to it! I help my grandma and cousin one day, my mom on another, and Tyler’s family on another day by making all kinds of desserts to enjoy. It’s something I look forward to every year! While I definitely will indulge in all of the traditional holiday treats – I do want to try to be mindful of the gluten that I’m eating. As much as I love all the cookies, cakes, and pies – I know how I eel when I eat gluten.. and it’s not fun.
I was SO excited to discover Bob’s Red Mill’s Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour this year. I am already a huge fan of all of their products (Remember those Paleo Pumpkin Snickerdoodles?! They’re made with their paleo flour blend!) You can sub it for regular wheat flour in pretty much any recipe! I definitely will be trying it in some of the classic holiday recipes I make this year, but I couldn’t wait that long to test it out – so I made a batch of these Healthy Gluten Free Gingersnaps to share a little early with friends.
The other day when we were having dinner I wrapped these up to share with everyone. With the dreary cold weather, I think we could all use a little pick-me-up… and what better way to do that than some delicious cookies! If you’d like to try this Gluten Free 1-to-1 Flour Blend (you know you do..) you can save $1 off any Bob’s Red Mill product here. Now tell me… what’s your favorite dessert to share with family and friends?!
Healthy Gluten Free Gingersnaps
- In a large bowl mix together coconut oil, coconut sugar, egg, and molasses until combined. Stir in baking soda, flour, and spices
- Allow dough to chill for at least 1 hour in the refrigerator.
- Preheat oven to 350. Roll dough into 1.5 inch balls. Roll the cookie dough balls in reserved coconut sugar until completely coated.
- Place on a greased cookie sheet, pressing down flat with the palm of your hand. Bake for 10-12 minutes until bottoms of cookies start to get slightly brown and edges are crispy.
You can get the nutrition facts for this recipe here.
There is never a bad time for dessert… Try these Paleo Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies!