One Bowl Gingerbread Men

A very last minute holiday-season recipe for you all!

About This Recipe

It’s only 2 sleeps until Christmas and in true festive spirit, this morning I woke up craving gingerbread. 

After a few experiments in the kitchen I was left with perfectly crunchy, gingery, gluten free cookies! (And a very full stomach from so much recipe testing!)

Leaving this Christmas idea to the last minute, my local shops were all out of gingerbread men cookie cutters but I managed to get my hands on some candy cane and snowman shapes (gingersnowmen...?). 

These cookies would be so much fun to decorate if you do happen to have some large gingerbread men shapes around. 

If I had planned ahead I would have had raisins for buttons and eyes.

This super simple one bowl recipe is the ideal last minute Christmas treat to throw together and munch on while you organise the last of your festivities - wrapping presents is hard work am I right?

 If you want to save time, these also work really well simply rolled into flat balls and baked as regular cookies.

If you've ever had key lime pie you will understand the title choice for these protein balls: tart and zesty balanced out by sweet, creamy filling and crunchy crust. 

These protein balls honestly taste just like one of these pies, rolled up into a perfect bite-sized, coconut-crusted ball of happiness.

You’ll Love These One Bowl Gingerbread Men Because They’re:

  • Crunchy
  • Soft-centred
  • Perfectly sweet
  • And packed with a spicy ginger punch!

How To Make This Recipe

One Bowl Gingerbread Men (GF, Vg)


  • 1/2 cup tahini
  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
  • 1 Tbsp. ground ginger (I like it spicy but use less if you prefer subtle ginger)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup boiling water
  • 1 egg or 1 Tbsp ground flax mixed with 2 Tbsp warm water
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 1/2 cup tapioca starch
  • 1.5 cups brown rice flour (buckwheat or white rice would also work well)

Takes ,serves 8.


  1. Preheat oven to 160°C (320°F) and line two baking trays with baking paper
  2. Add tahini and coconut sugar to a large mixing bowl. Pour boiling water over the top and mix well until sugar is dissolved
  3. Add spices, egg or flax egg and salt and mix well
  4. Slowly add in the 3 flours and mix until just coming together. The dough should be holding together well, not dry or crumby. Add a tiny dash of water or more flour if the consistency isn't right. You will be rolling the dough out so it's crucial to have it right at this stage
  5. Break the ball of dough in two and lay out a sheet of baking paper on the kitchen bench. Place one ball of dough on the paper and flatten slightly with your palm. Sprinkle lightly with flour and cover dough with a second sheet of baking paper.
  6. Roll dough out to around 1cm thick, then use your cookie cutters to make shapes
  7. Carefully place shapes onto prepared baking tray and repeat with all the remaining dough
  8. Place trays in the oven and bake for around 20 minutes until just golden all over and starting to get crunchy
  9. Remove gingerbread from the oven and transfer to a wire rack and allow to cool completely.
  10. Once cool, ice/decorate if you wish and then store in an airtight container for up to a week

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