My favourite thing about Christmas? Gingerbread. No contest. These Raw Vegan Gingerbread Cookies have upped my Christmas gingerbread game! They take minutes to come together, then a couple more to cut out the shapes. Then a little time in the freezer, which isn’t even totally necessary if you don’t mind them being a little squooshy. Plus they’re only 10 ingredients, and that’s including spices and salt! It’s a Christmas miracle.
I’m not actually a very Christmassy person. I’ve always found it hard to balance my enjoyment of the holiday with my inability to ignore the overconsumption and waste that it produces. There are some staggering statistics on how much we use at Christmas, I encourage you to do some googling. I found a great article yesterday on the 1MillionWomen blog, Top Tips for a Low-Waste, Mindful Festive Season, and it’s got some great ideas on how to reduce our impact. I truly believe that minimising our waste and resisting the urge to have more, more, more not only helps our planet but enriches our lives.
During my adult life I have rarely celebrated Christmas. I became a bit of a grinch for awhile there, hating the consumerist nature of Christmas, the Coca Cola marketing of Santa. I still do, but I realised that by being angry about it, that only puts people offside. We become defensive if we feel as though our views are being attacked. I realised I was creating this pattern the other day when talking to my mum about Christmas. She loves Christmas and every time I go on about how much I hate what it’s come to represent she feels like I’m attacking her belief that Christmas is wonderful. Which I’m not, it brings me happiness that my mum finds joy in something. I guess I go on the defensive too, feeling unheard about the negative sides of Christmas and then nobody gets anywhere. This year I decided to let that shit go. I will focus on the positives and gently mention some of the not so nice stuff if it feels right at the time.
This Christmas I am embracing the parts of it that I’m excited about:
- Celebrating the solstice
- Creating a new tradition with my daughter
- Great food
- The opportunity to buy a large present from my wonderful child and see her face light up when she opens it
- Helping my daughter to learn gratitude
- Being with friends and family
- Teaching my daughter to be mindful and that we really have what we need already, a present at Christmas is just a little extra
- Spending time choosing presents for my closest few that they will really love and that will bring more joy/creativity/relaxation to their lives
- Did I mention food? Specifically, gingerbread! 🙊
What excites you the most about Christmas?
Back to these super easy and deliciously raw vegan Gingerbread Cookies. They are a cinch to make and look really cute. AND they’re only sweetened with natural sugars, so they’re great for the kiddies to snack on. When making them I did add a little maple syrup, but to be honest it was mainly because I’d added a few too many nuts and I needed the mixture to be a little stickier. So you can totally skip the syrup and stick with only dates if you like. Use any nuts you like, and skip the pats if you feel like it. Or reduce the bits and add some more oats. It’s all gravy baby.
As well as having these cookies my Christmas table is going to look a little Mexican this year. I chose everything based on simplicity, quick to make and NO oven use! If you’re after some VERY last minute inspo, here’s my planned menu (subject to change when we see what’s at the local farm this Saturday):
– Brekkie –
Oatmeal breakfast cookies
– Lunch – the big meal of the day
Nachos, bean mix & white corn chips plus
Pico del Gallo
Grilled corn & lettuce salad
Shredded cabbage salad
Vegan sour cream
– Dinner – if we have tummy space
Quesadilla’s filled with mushrooms, baby spinach, capsicum & sundries tomatoes sautéed in spices, topped with the leftover vegan sour cream and hot sauce
– Snacks & Sweets –
Raw Vegan Gingerbread Cookies
Lots of fruit! Cherries, lychee, mangoes, plums from our trees, watermelon, frozen grapes & moreeeee. Give me all the summer fruit!!
Tell me in the comments what you’re planning for Christmas dinners? I love to hear people talking about and celebrating food!
My Christmas wish for you is that you have enough, that you take care of yourself and be safe and that you are surrounded by nourishing food, joy and love.
Love from my family to yours,
Note: this recipe is inspired by many others around the interwebs, I take no creativity credit for the ingredients 😉
Raw Vegan Gingerbread Cookies
The easiest Christmas treat you'll make this year. 10 ingredients, 15 minutes, raw, vegan, paleo, gluten free (if you use gluten free oats)
- 10-12 medjool dates pitted
- 2/3 cup raw walnuts
- 1 cup raw almonds
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
- 2-3 tsp ground ginger to taste
- 3/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp ground cloves
- 1 tbsp molasses unsulfured & organic
- 1 tbsp maple syrup optional
- pinch sea salt flakes
Add all the ingredients, except the maple syrup, to the bowl of your food processor. If your dates have been in the fridge let them come to room temperature before blending.
Process mixture until it comes together to form a sticky ball and the nuts are chopped finely. If it's not sticky enough you can add the maple syrup and pulse it into the mixture. Alternatively, add a few more nuts or oats if it's too wet.
Place some baking paper on your bench and tip the cookie mixture onto the baking paper. Roll it out to about 2 cm thick. If you have trouble with the 'dough' sticking to the rolling pin you can put another layer of baking paper on the top, or just flatten it with your hands. We're not precious around here!
Once it's rolled out, cut out shapes with cookie cutters, or roll into balls and flatten with your hands to make cookie shapes. Place the cookies on baking trays and put them in the freezer to harden for 15-20 minutes.
I recommend serving these straight from the freezer when they are hardened, and keep in mind that they only take about 10 minutes to soften again. If they do soften, just pop them back in the freezer again for 10 minutes.