My next festive themed recipe are these super simple raw gingerbread men. Alongside chocolate chip, baked gingerbread cookies are up there in my cookie favourites, so I thought it would be fun to make a raw version of these Christmas treats. They’re easy to prepare, don’t require baking (obvs, hence the title) and have that familiar spicy sweetness which evokes all those warm, nostalgic festive feelings and memories.
Raw Gingerbread Men
Makes 16-20 mini gingerbread men
1/2 cup (5-6) medjool dates
2/3 cup raw almonds
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
pinch of nutmeg
pinch of salt
1/2 – 1 tbsp blackstrap molasses (depending on how much molasses you like)
Cover the dates in a small bowl with water. Grind almonds in a food processor until it forms a crumbly flour. Now add in the remaining ingredients, including the soaked dates, and process until the mixture is well combined and sticky. Put the mixture between two sheets of baking paper and roll out the mixture so it’s about 1-2cm thick. Place in the fridge for about half an hour to help the mixture firm up and make it easier for cutting. Use mini gingerbread men cookie cutters (or regular cookie cutters – this will result in less gingerbread men) to cut out the gingerbread men. Store them in the fridge and enjoy!