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Gluten Free Gingerbread Men

A friend of mine asked me for a nut free gingerbread man recipe for a Halloween party and I didn't have one! I used to make an awesome recipe by Brittany Angell. Actually my hubby normally makes them - he's really good at gingerbread men! Now that recipe despite being great is no good for nut allergies so I've had several attempts at my own recipe and I've come up with a recipe that's free of the top 8 allergens (and rice for my boy :-) ).

Now gingerbread men can be a bit tricky (I've made my share of gingerbread sumo's!) and these are my tips for making sure they work:

  • Don't roll them too thin - they need to be thick!
  • The coconut oil needs to be solid for them to work - pop it the fridge or freezer to solidify if it's liquid
  • Use a hot oven so they set quickly and don't spread
  • Don't pop them on a hot oven tray if you are cooking a couple of batches - the tray needs to be cool or they might spread

Gluten Free Gingerbread Men Recipe - Happy Tummies

Gingerbread Men

Gluten free, wheat free, dairy free, soy free, nut free, egg free


½ cup (45g) desiccated coconut
¾ cup (105g) sorghum flour
½ cup (60g) arrowroot starch
1 tspxanthan gum (orguar gum)
100grapadura sugar (or sweetener of choice)
1 tsp mixed spice
1 tsp ground ginger

¼ cup (55g) coconut oil, solid (place in freezer for a few minutes if not solid)
2 tbsp maple syrup (or liquid sweetener of choice)

2 tbsps (40mls) cold water


  • Pre-heat oven to 190° C
  • Line a tray with baking paper
  • Grind together all dry ingredients in a food processor (if using a Thermomix grind on speed 9 for 10 secs)
  • Add solid coconut oil and blitz for a few seconds until it resembles breadcrumbs (if using a Thermomix mix on speed 5 for 5 secs)
  • Add cold water and maple syrup and mix again until thoroughly combined and nice and smooth (if using a Thermomix combine on speed 5 for 5 secs, scrape down and repeat if necessary)
  • Pop in the fridge wrapped in cling wrap for approx 20 - 30 minutes
  • Roll between two sheets on baking paper and cut with cookie cutters
  • Carefully place on over tray - use an egg slide to carefully lift if you need to
  • Bake for approximately 15 minutes until cooked
  • Leave to cool on the tray for 5 minutes and move to a wire rack to finish cooling off

I decorated mine with a tiny bit of icing sugar mixed with water. You could use any dairy free chocolate to do this or any ingredients you choose!

Recipe From - Copyright 2015 Happy Tummies


Enjoy! Lisa x

PS. Feel free to swap out ingredients to suit your dietary requirements. You could use any starch to replace the arrowroot starch. You could also swap sorghum for a similar weight flour like brown rice flour or millet, although I choose sorghum because my son is rice free and I like to use a blend of lighter flavoured flours to produce a more 'normal' taste.

PPS. It's getting close to Christmas! Why not turn the gingerbread men into gingerbread reindeers :-)

Gluten Free Gingerbread Men Recipe - Happy Tummies