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Vegan Chocolate Gingerbread Men + Almond Milk Hot Chocolate

Happy almost Christmas day, my friends! I can happily say that I’m finally done with the rest of the exams of the year (they’re coming back on early january but let’s talk pretty stuff and forget about exams, deal?) so that calls for celebration.

Sweet, aromatic gingerbread with a healthy twist! Plus a recipe for the best vegan hot chololate you'll ever try. So velvety and smooth!

And, if you read often, you will know that by “celebration” I mean “cookies”. Lots of cookies, TONS of them. Awh yeah – that’s the way I’d like to leave this world: buried under a mile high mountain of cookies of all kinds.

Too bad it’s homework I’m snowed under instead.


Sweet, aromatic gingerbread with a healthy twist! Plus a recipe for the best vegan hot chololate you'll ever try. So velvety and smooth!

Let’s not complain though. Homework might be “sucky” (and yes, by “sucky” I mean things you should not say on the internet so let’s pretend I do mean “sucky” because we all know mum reads my blog) but luckily cookies and warm beverages exist to counteract its “sucky-ness”.

(((Not sure if that’s a word. Actually not sure where this post is going to. All I want is cookies)))

Sweet, aromatic gingerbread with a healthy twist! Plus a recipe for the best vegan hot chololate you'll ever try. So velvety and smooth!

*Proceeds to spend the next seven minutes singing the “all I want for Christmas is you” using “you” instead of “cookies”*

Sweet, aromatic gingerbread with a healthy twist! Plus a recipe for the best vegan hot chololate you'll ever try. So velvety and smooth!

I think we all know by now that I have the concentration span of a 80-year-old fish oh waIT IS THAT A COOKIE but I will try my best not to deviate too much from this post and actually tell you about cookies.

Sweet, aromatic gingerbread with a healthy twist! Plus a recipe for the best vegan hot chololate you'll ever try. So velvety and smooth!

These cookies. OHMYGOSH GUYS I CANNOT BREATH. Never in my life could I have imagined them to turn out this delicious. They’re warmly spiced with tones of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and vanilla, and the addition of cacao powder makes them even more delicious, if possible. They’re sweetened with both brown sugar and molasses, which give them a sweet, caramelesque flavour that will make you want to reach for yet another cookie, even if you’ve already eaten seven.

Sweet, aromatic gingerbread with a healthy twist! Plus a recipe for the best vegan hot chololate you'll ever try. So velvety and smooth!

I wish I couldn’t say “been there, done that”, but c’mon we all know me.

Sweet, aromatic gingerbread with a healthy twist! Plus a recipe for the best vegan hot chololate you'll ever try. So velvety and smooth!

And bonus points these are actually healthy and vegan too. Let’s face it, these cookies are what a version of Jon Snow in cookie form would be. In other words, “sweet perfection from heavenly heaven of all heavens”.

Yep.

Sweet, aromatic gingerbread with a healthy twist! Plus a recipe for the best vegan hot chololate you'll ever try. So velvety and smooth!

Plussssssssss if you’re a novice baker and cookies intimidate you (hey we’ve alllll been there), these are super easy to work with. The dough is super elastic, not-difficult to handle and you don’t even need to chill it prior to baking.

Sweet, aromatic gingerbread with a healthy twist! Plus a recipe for the best vegan hot chololate you'll ever try. So velvety and smooth!

I think we have a winner. Can I get a drumroll please?

Sweet, aromatic gingerbread with a healthy twist! Plus a recipe for the best vegan hot chololate you'll ever try. So velvety and smooth!

But what can make a cookie even better, I ask? “NOTHING”, you scream. I nod. “You’re on my team, mate” I mutter.

Sweet, aromatic gingerbread with a healthy twist! Plus a recipe for the best vegan hot chololate you'll ever try. So velvety and smooth!

THOUGH HOT CHOCOLATE MY FRIENDS, LET’S NOT FORGET ABOUT THAT.

*Another drum roll* Or should I call them “dumb rolls” instead because I tell you I don’t know where this post is going to.

Sweet, aromatic gingerbread with a healthy twist! Plus a recipe for the best vegan hot chololate you'll ever try. So velvety and smooth!

Back to hot chocolate – LET’S FOCUS.

This drink is what warm velvety chocolate dreams are made of. Fo’ real. So sweet, smooth and rich you’ll truly forget that it’s also good for you!

Sweet, aromatic gingerbread with a healthy twist! Plus a recipe for the best vegan hot chololate you'll ever try. So velvety and smooth!

I mean, Christmas is certainly the time to indulge on not-so-healthy for you stuff without a guilt BUUUUT I’m always up for healthy treats which doesn’t taste like it.

Sweet, aromatic gingerbread with a healthy twist! Plus a recipe for the best vegan hot chololate you'll ever try. So velvety and smooth!

Like, I can overdose on this delicious Estonian Kringle as well.

Duh.

Sweet, aromatic gingerbread with a healthy twist! Plus a recipe for the best vegan hot chololate you'll ever try. So velvety and smooth!

One last piece of advice before I leave, folks. Curl up with an ugly sweater, fuzzy socks, your favourite blanket, a cup of warm almond milk chocolate and a couple of these cookies – there’s no better way to do winter I tell you that!

Sweet, aromatic gingerbread with a healthy twist! Plus a recipe for the best vegan hot chololate you'll ever try. So velvety and smooth!

If you need me you know where you’ll find me!

Sweet, aromatic gingerbread with a healthy twist! Plus a recipe for the best vegan hot chololate you'll ever try. So velvety and smooth!

Vegan Chocolate Gingerbread Men + Almond Milk Hot Chocolate
Sweet, aromatic gingerbread with a healthy twist! Plus a recipe for the best vegan hot chololate you'll ever try. So velvety and smooth!
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For the cookies
  1. 200 grams strong white flour
  2. 200 grams wholewheat flour
  3. 180 grams brown sugar
  4. 35 grams cacao powder
  5. 2 flax eggs
  6. 110 grams extra virgin olive oil
  7. 90 grams molasses
  8. 1 tbsp. pure vanilla extract
  9. 1 tbsp. ground ginger
  10. 1 tbsp. cinnamon
  11. 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
  12. 1/8 tsp. ground cloves
  13. 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  14. 1/4 tsp. salt
For the frosting
  1. 1 + 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  2. 2-3 tbsp. mylk of choice (I went for coconut milk)
  3. optional vegan food coloring
For the hot chocolate
  1. 25 grams cacao powder
  2. 180 grams brown sugar
  3. 15 grams cornstarch
  4. 500 grams almond milk
  5. 2 tbsp. vanilla extract
  6. 70 grams dark chocolate
  7. whipped coconut cream, optional
Instructions
  1. Cream the flax eggs, olive oil molasses and sugar.
  2. Add in both flours, salt, baking powder, cacao powder and spices and whisk until a dough is formed.
  3. Roll out dough into a rectangle.
  4. You don't want it to be too thick, but it doesn't have to be too thin either. If you cannot transfer your gingerbread men to the baking tray, it's too thin.
  5. Don't worry, you can start over as much as you need to. This dough can handle it all. Just try to find what it works best for you!
  6. Cut out the cookies with a gingerbread men cookie cuter and transfer to a baking tray lined with baking paper.
  7. Bake at 200ºC for 12-15 minutes.
  8. Let them cool before frosting them!
  9. For the hot chocolate, whisk cornstarch, cacao powder and brown sugar in a saucepan. Add in milk and vanilla extract and whisk again to combine.
  10. Bring mixture to a boil - don't stop stirring so it doesn't burn!
  11. Lower the heat and keep stirring for 2-3 minutes more until it thickens.
  12. Add in chopped chocolate and whisk until melted.
  13. Chocolate should be smooth and glossy by now. Remove pan from heat.
  14. Top with optional coconut whipped cream if desired!
Notes
  1. You can buy vegan food coloring online, but spirulina (for green/blue), beet juice (for red) and turmeric (for yellow) work in a pinch. Just be careful not to overdo it and you'll be fine!
  2. If you don't care to make flax vegan eggs, normal eggs work well too!
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Sweet, aromatic gingerbread with a healthy twist! Plus a recipe for the best vegan hot chololate you'll ever try. So velvety and smooth!

Merry Christmas to you all! May you have a lovely holiday filled with happiness and lots of good food!

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20 Comments

  • Reply Jess @ whatjessicabakednext December 23, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    These look super duper cute (and delicious!!) Consuelo! I just want to dig straight into that hot chocolate right now! So good. Wishing you a great Christmas holidays too! x 😀

  • Reply Victoriya @ Vegelicacy December 23, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    Yay, these gingery men look adorable! Thank you for these wonderful Christmas recipes Consuelo!

  • Reply shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com December 23, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    I would so love me a mug of your delicious looking dairy free hot chocolate – and that frowny faced gingerbread man in it is priceless!

  • Reply Alyssa December 24, 2014 at 5:00 am

    I would like to drink a big mug of this hot chocolate and many many many of these cookies!!! They look incredible Consuelo – love your pictures!! Wishing you a relaxing and enjoyable break!!!

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  • Reply Nutty Nutritionist December 24, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    Hi Consuelo, those gingerbreads are so cute! I like how you made the happy and sad faces, hehe.

  • Reply paleowithmrsp December 24, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    Just stunning! Beautiful photography! Merry Christmas!

  • Reply trialandeater1 December 24, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    Such a good drowning gingerbread man :) Beautifully decorated pictures!

  • Reply breakfastdramaqueen December 25, 2014 at 2:37 am

    Oh my gosh those gingerbread men are so adorable! And the one in the hot chocolate looks so sad (but in a cute way?). These are the greatest 😀

  • Reply Josefine December 25, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    These look amazing!!! Seriously, wow! Is it okay to make Christmas cookies even if it is the 25th? Please say yes, because these look so good. And the photos are gorgeous.
    Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

  • Reply whiskandshout December 26, 2014 at 12:18 am

    Love the veganized holiday treats! Saw these on insta and couldn’t wait for the recipe :) I’m dying at the cute faces on your cookie men and women! Merry Christmas!

  • Reply Monica December 28, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    Seeing this makes me smile and that drowning gingerbread man makes me laugh! Such fun. Happy Holidays to you and your family. Have a great New Year, Consuelo!

  • Reply Ashley December 29, 2014 at 2:39 am

    haha that sad gingerbread man in the hot chocolate is cracking me up!! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas friend!

  • Reply Nora (A Clean Bake) December 29, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    These look so delicious and I loved the sad gingerbread man! So cute!

  • Reply Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner December 30, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    Merry Christmas, Consuelo! I saw you post about this on instagram and I’ve been obsessed ever since! Love love love these photos! I feel like I’m right there with you making these. :) Wish we lived closer.
    Have a happy and healthy 2015, my friend! xoxo

  • Reply Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen December 31, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    These are so darn cute Consuelo! I LOL’d at the Gingerbread Man in the cup! What a riot! I wanted to stop by today to wish you a Happy New Year! Here’s looking forward to wonderful things for you and your family in 2015!

  • Reply Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen December 31, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    Great photo essay, Consuelo! It was fun seeing your poor gingerbread men being dunked in a steaming vat of hot cocoa! Also, I loved your rambling style of writing because I just didn’t know where your live in-the-moment stream of conscious thought was going to go next—even though you never strayed from your subject! 😉 I am elated to be back blogging after a family emergency last spring and my scary illness that followed. (I will be sharing my story on the blog to help others, soon.) I have missed everyone so much! Anyway, I just wanted to drop by to thank you again for the kind words you left on my blog last June. They meant more than you know. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas, my friend. Warmest wishes to you and yours for a happy and healthy New Year! xo

  • Reply Sugar and Cinnamon January 6, 2015 at 3:57 am

    OMG OMG these are actually too cute to look at > __ < hope you had a fabulous new years with lots of yummy food :)

  • Reply rubyredapron January 8, 2015 at 6:03 am

    I loooooove all the photos. Too much cuteness. And the cookies sound delicious! :)

  • Reply annie@ciaochowbambina January 9, 2015 at 10:33 pm

    How am I just finding you?? Actually discovered you on Instagram…today! I love your recipes and your photography, Consuelo!! Beautiful!

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