Holiday Series

If your anything like me, then you’ve been waiting for this time of year. It is my absolute favorite. All of the friends, family, feelings, and food. I live for the pumpkin, peppermint, pecans, spices, and….GINGERBREAD!!! I especially like the Starbucks twist on this classic holiday flavor. But with all that comes with the holiday season it can get a little pricey to indulge. I have found that making my own gingerbread creations are just as satisfying. Try some of my favorite gingerbread recipes this holiday season:

Homemade Old-Fashioned Gingerbread

Gingerbread mixes are a great option when your short on time. As a grad student, I need all the quick fixes I can get without compromising the quality taste I desire.

Using the Betty Crocker gingerbread cake and cookie mix is a great starting point. Substitute the oil for real butter*, water for milk**, add an extra egg***. I recommend adding an additional tablespoon of cinnamon, a pinch of nutmeg, a splash of molasses for your taste is optional, and about a cup of sugar.

*Butter substitutes: applesauce is one of my favorite butter substitutes, especially for cake-like recipes. It creates a denser moister bread.

**Milk substitutes: I typically use coconut milk, but any non-dairy milk alternative will do just the same.

***Egg substitutes: I like to use bananas in place of eggs (¼ of a banana = 1 egg). However, this can cause a slight banana taste in whatever your making so account for that if not desired when adding flavoring.

Homemade Gingerbread Coffee Creamer

1 can of coconut milk

1 tablespoon molasses

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 pinch of nutmeg

¼ teaspoon ground clove

1 pinch ground allspice

Mix all ingredients and heat in a saucepan over medium heat, slowly whisking to allow all spices to combine. Store left-over creamer in refrigerator for about a week.  Add sugar to taste for each cup of coffee.

 

–          Enjoy these gingerbread treats to kick off the holiday season!

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