If you love ginger snaps…or if you think you hate them, I dare you to try one of these and try to believe that ginger snaps don’t have soul!
While these are great all year long, they are a favorite Christmas cookie. And even though they’re still a cookie and no health food, the ingredients stand strong alone, especially ginger.
Some well known benefits of consuming ginger as a regular part of your diet include:
Aids in Weight Loss
Reduces Arthritis Pain (1)
Obviously your main source of ginger shouldn’t be in a cookie, but it’s always nice to get some healing food benefits whatever you’re eating. Even cookies shouldn’t be considered junk food, actually “junk” by nature is not something we should consider eating..but that’s none of my business. 😉
Arrowroot, almonds, pastured butter and rapadura make up the rest of the ingredients.
Arrowroot is a nutritious food obtained from the fleshy root stock of a tropical American plant. It is an easily digested food well fitted for infants and convalescents. It was once widely used in baby formulas having shown it agreed with babies better than any other starch or sugar. The reason being that it is the only starch with a calcium ash. In this regard, the calcium chloride, in the form of calcium found in arrowroot starch, is very important for the maintenance of proper acid and alkali balances in the human body. Royal Lee, DDS Journal of the National Academy of Research Biochemists
I use arrowroot for gravies, custards, any recipe that calls for corn starch, and even when I make puppy chow! I love knowing the health benefits and considering that I have three little kids that benefit greatly from arrowroot instead of gut damaging corn starch, it’s such a great and easy switch! I’ve also noticed that many small town grocers usually have it in stock these days. The more we demand healthy food and vote with our dollar the more the grocers will supply it! 😀
But on to the recipe! You can get all the ingredients from the list below as well.
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Almond Flour (For maximum health benefits it is best to buy raw almonds and soak to neutralize the phytic acid. However I dont have a food processor to make said almonds into a flour, and since I don’t make these often I just buy almond flour. If you consume almond flour regularly that would be a worthy investment for sure! Best of the best and my personal recommendation is this vitamix, but this ninja pro has great reviews and is a more affordable option.
Ginger Snaps~Nourishing Traditions Recipe
- 1 1/2 cups Almond Flour
- 1 cup Arrowroot
- 1/2 cup Butter or Coconut Oil softened
- 1/2 cup rapadura organic cane juice sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp ginger
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp cloves
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
Mix all ingredients until well blended. Form into walnut-sized balls and place on buttered cookie sheets. press down lightly with spoon or fork. Bake at 300 degrees for about 20 minutes.
Let cool completely before removing to an airtight container. Store in refrigerator. These also freeze well.
What is your one must have Christmas cookie? Want a real food version of it? Let me know and I’ll see what I can do!