So, what’s a holiday junkie to do when one of their favorite winter sweets is based around sugar? Let’s take a look at a work-around with this family classic: the gingerbread house.
Sugar Swap Out!
Gingerbread decorating is a holiday staple—fun for kids and, let’s be real, fun for adults too! Here are some healthy substitutes to consider once you’ve baked (or bought) your edible holiday house. And remember, it’s all about moderation!
- Dried cranberries, oranges, raspberries, blueberries
- Pecans, walnuts and almonds
- Dark chocolate chips (in moderation!)
- Sunflower or pumpkin seeds
- Banana chips
- Coconut flakes
- Dried strawberry strips
- Steel-cut oats
- Fresh thyme
Bonus: From Scratch Substitutes
If you’re making your gingerbread from scratch, remember: organic, unrefined coconut oil makes an excellent substitute for butter, and almond flour can work instead of regular flour (as long as you up your binding agent, like your eggs!)