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 this 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:
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
Recipe From happytummies.com.au - Copyright 2015 Happy Tummies
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!
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 :-)