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Saturday, 8 December 2018

Pecan Gingerbread Cookies


I'm a massive fan of anything Gingerbread  (especially at this time of the year!) so I'm super excited to be bringing you this delicious Pecan Gingerbread Cookie recipe.
The recipe is a total winner; the flavours are to die for, the texture is soft & buttery and they're super filling as well. I used a secret ingredient to give these cookies that bit of extra flavour, texture and added fibre and protein as well. That ingredient is Go Nutz Pecan Gingerbread Energy Balls.


I was approached by Muscle Food about these vegan energy balls and at first I was surprised....I mean, Muscle Food wanting to promote a vegan product? Sounded a little strange! Little did I realise just how fab the variety is on the Muscle Food website - if you're thinking it's all meat and protein powder you'd be very wrong! Not only do they stock these delish vegan & gluten free energy balls but there's vegan protein bars, vegan & gf pizza bases, quinoa packs, oats, noodles, bread and not to mention an array of superiors and baking ingredient such as cacao powder, coconut sugar and chia seeds. I really was so impressed to see how Muscle Food cater for every dietary requirement and couldn't be happier to be working with them to give you this warming cookie recipe.


I blended up a couple of the Go Nutz energy balls into a crumbly mixture to combine into the cookies, not really knowing how it would turn out but I'm pretty amazed. I adore the Pecan Gingerbread Energy Balls on their own but it's great they can be used in recipes like this too!
The balls are so full of flavour from ground ginger, cinnamon, dates and nutmeg, plus they're incredibly filling thanks to the high fibre and protein content. They mixed so well with the other ingredients I used in this recipe to create a cooke dough, which when shaped into cookies and baked in the oven turned into something magical!

I blended the energy balls with some flour, peanut butter, coconut oil, a little extra ginger and more natural & wholesome ingredients. The cookies are entirely gluten free, vegan and refined sugar free but my goodness you wouldn't know it! They're sweet, more-ish and you've just got to try them dunked into a cup of tea.


Yield: 6-8

Pecan Gingerbread Cookies

prep time: 10 minscook time: 10 minstotal time: 20 mins

ingredients


  • 3 Pecan Gingerbread Energy Balls by Go Nutz
  • 100g gluten free flour
  • 3 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 4 tbsp maple syrup 
  • 2 tbsp water or almond milk
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • pinch of salt 
  • Optional - pecans for topping 

instructions


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 160 degrees celsius. 
  2. Add the energy balls to your food processor and pulse into a crumbly mixture.
  3. Add the rest of the cookie ingredients to your food processor and blend into a cookie cookie mixture that easily sticks together and isn't crumbly. If the mixture is too dry simply add a touch more water or almond milk.
  4. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Using your hands shape the mixture into cookie shapes and place on the baking tray. Top each cookie with a pecan half - if you fancy!
  5. Bake in the oven for around 10 minutes until slightly golden brown!
  6. Allow the cookies to cool for 10 minutes before tucking in.
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