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Healthy Gingerbread Cupcakes

DF/NF
Prep Time 7 mins
Cook Time 15-20
Makes 12 cupcakes
Right gingerbread fans this one is for you!!! A gingerbread cupcake which could also second as a muffin.....topped with a gingerbread person of course! 
The cupcake itself is a healthy version with only a small amount of coconut sugar. I use wholemeal spelt flour which many of you know is my flour of choice. Spelt flour is an ancient grain and wholemeal just packs in that little bit of extra nutrients. You can see the substitutes at the bottom of the recipe but as this flour contains gluten you can easily switch to what you have on hand. Gingerbread people easily made with our DJK Gingerbread People Mix of course!

Ingredients:
Dry:
2 cups wholemeal spelt flour
1/3 cup coconut sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
3 tsp ground ginger
½ tsp nutmeg
¼ tsp cloves
¼ tsp salt
Wet:
2 Eggs, whisked with a fork
1 cup milk of choice
½ cup melted coconut oil
1/3 cup golden syrup or molasses
To Decorate:
Butter Cream Icing (230g butter, 4 cups icing sugar, 2 tb milk, 1 tsp vanilla)
Cinnamon

 

Method:

Preheat the oven to 180 degree and line a muffin tin with paper liners (I used red and green for Xmas theme).

Add the dry ingredients into a bowl and the wet ingredients into a separate bowl (if short on time just bang all in one).

Pour the wet ingredients into dry and whisk well to remove any clumps.

Spoon the cupcake mixture into the paper liners evenly – these do rise a little so allow some room at the top.

Bake for about 15-20mins until cooked through.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool before decorating with butter cream icing (see below for instructions), cinnamon, and small gingerbread people.

Butter Cream Instructions:
Beat the butter until light and fluffy in a cake mixer or with a hand beater. Add in the icing sugar and beat well to combine. Mix in the vanilla and milk. Adjust texture with a little milk if need be to help with piping.
 

Substitutes:

Wholemeal spelt flour - can be easily swapped for white spelt flour or all purpose flour. You can use gluten-free flour as well just add a teaspoon of xanthan gum.

Golden Syrup - can also be substituted with molasses - I just used golden syrup as this is one of the wet ingredients in our Gingerbread People Mixes so saves buying something extra

Milk - you can use any milk of choice in this - almond, oat, normal - it all works. Just note that the butter cream icing is not dairy-free. 

Coconut sugar - can use normal sugar, just might see little bits as it is a different colour.

Our DJK Gingerbread People Mix is limited edition only until Christmas! So one more week - if you are a gingerbread fan you can stock up - these will keep as a mix for a good year :)

xx Dr Julie

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