It’s been a tumultuous week, full of highs and lows, victories and defeats. But one thing is clear: to move forward, we must unite.
My modest proposal: make (and share) some gingerbread.
I am 100% serious. I have yet to meet someone who is averse to gingerbread, so what better way to make nice, as well as make civilized conversation, than with a batch (or two) of moist, tender gingerbread cakes. Don’t forget to brew a pot of strong tea, for good measure.
These particular cakes can be savored by almost everyone on your list. Specifically, they are:
- Vegan (no eggs, no dairy)
- Fast & easy to make
Ingredients for Grain-Free Vegan Gingerbread
- Chickpea flour (it can also be labeled as garbanzo bean flour, besan, or gram flour)
- Flaxseed meal (finely ground flax seeds)
- Coconut Sugar
- Baking soda
- Ground spices (ginger, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg)
- Molasses (you can sub maple syrup)
- Vinegar (apple cider vinegar, or any other light colored vinegar; or lemon juice)
- Non-dairy milk
The combination of chickpea flour and flaxseed meal produces min cakes that are tender and moist with a delicate crumb. The flaxseed provides natural, healthy fats, without adding oil, keeping the gingerbread moist and tender.
Additionally, I’ve kept the sweetener–coconut sugar and molasses– to a minimum, just enough to taste indulgent while keeping these in the dual categories of snack and dessert.
Be Generous with the Spices
A timidly-spiced gingerbread is a teatime tragedy, so I’ve erred on the side of robust flavor for these cakes (warning: you may swoon as these bake). Talk about healing powers, too: while the cakes work by soothing strained relationships and conversations, the spices have notable palliative properties for whatever else is ailing you this November. For example:
Ginger: Contains the powerful antioxidant gingerol, which, among many functions, eases nausea (umm, yes please, need that…), boosts immunity, and reduces inflammation.
Cinnamon: Contains powerful antioxidants that improve dental health, boost brain function, and may alsoprotect against cancer, diabetes and inflammation
Cloves: Cloves can aid in digestion, boost immune system and liver functions, and may protect the body against cancer, diabetes, headaches and oral diseases.
Nutmeg: another antioxidant powerhouse, nutmeg can help to soothe indigestion, releive pain, strengthen cognitive function, detoxify the body, boost skin health, reduce insomnia, and much more.
Here’s to good health and harmony, in ways big and small.