The most delicious Christmas Gingerbread men!

The most delicious Christmas Gingerbread men!

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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas... Because we've got the most delicious Gingerbread men to bake just in time for the festive season! Or, all year round at  that, because why not?
Get the family involved and make the most scrumptious healthy treats this season. Have fun decorating your designs and don't forget to share your creations with us by tagging @Herbalplan on your Instagram! We love sharing your festive treats with others!
YOU WILL NEED:
275g sifted wholemeal flour

2 teaspoons ground ginger

2 teaspoons cinnamon
 
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 serving (40g) Tri-Blend Select Coffee Caramel

1 serving (7.5g) Beta Heart

½ teaspoon (1.7g) Lemon Instant Herbal Beverage Tea

100g butter (unsalted)

100g maple syrup or honey

40g brown sugar

1 large egg
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FOR THE ICING:
 
75g icing sugar

Few drops of water or lemon juice
 
TOP TIP:

Let the kids choose their favourite selection of mini sweets and chocolates to top the ginger bread men with. Think smarties for buttons, choc drops for eyes and Nutella for Christmas boots.
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METHOD:
 
Preheat the oven to 180 °C/ 160 °C Fan/ 350 °F/ Gas mark 4. 

Place the sifted flour in a bowl with the ginger, cinnamon, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder, Tri-Blend Select, Beta Heart, and the Herbalife Instant Beverage. Mix well with a whisk. 

Place the butter in a saucepan with the maple syrup and the brown sugar over a medium heat and allow it to melt. 

Whisk the egg in a separate bowl and then mix in the butter and maple syrup mixture. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients, pour in the liquid and mix to bring the dough together. 

Now flour a worktop and roll the dough out until it is just 1/2cm thick, dusting flour on top and also using a palette knife to slide underneath will stop it sticking. Use a template to cut the dough into gingerbread men; bring the scraps together and re-roll these for more. Place on parchment paper on a lined baking tray and bake for about 18-20 minutes, or until they feel just dry to the touch in the centre, leave to cool on a cooling tray. 

FOR THE ICING:

Finally mix the icing sugar and enough water or lemon juice until a drizzly icing consistency forms. Pipe onto the gingerbread men to create your design, finish with a dusting of icing sugar and your choice of toppings and ta-da, festive gingerbread cookies at your finger tips, to enjoy by the fire!
 
NUTRITIONAL VALUES:

Calories 164 | Protein 4g | Fibre 3g | Fat 6g | Carbs 25g | Sugar 12g
P.s. want to know the difference in you calorie choices from having a cheeky Christmas mince pie or a home baked gingerbread man?
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Well, check out our blog below to compare everything from Christmas treats, that famous cheese board, Mulled Wine Vs Prosecco and even what's going onto your Christmas dinner!
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