HEALTHY NO-BAKE GINGERBREAD COOKIE DOUGH BITES {gluten, dairy, egg, peanut, soy & ref. sugar free, vegan, paleo}

These no-bake gingerbread cookie dough bites are the perfect healthy Christmas dessert or snack. Easy and quick to make, they take only 15 minutes to prepare. And while they may be gluten, dairy, egg and refined sugar free, as well as vegan and paleo – they are also super rich, buttery, sweet, aromatic and utterly decadent! (Plus, they make the most amazing edible Christmas gift!)

Healthy No-Bake Gingerbread Cookie Dough Bites {gluten, dairy, egg, peanut, soy & refined sugar free, vegan, paleo} - These no-bake gingerbread cookie dough bites are the perfect healthy Christmas dessert or snack. Easy and quick to make, they take only 15 minutes to prepare. And while they may be healthy – they are also super rich, buttery, sweet, aromatic and utterly decadent! (Plus, they make the most amazing edible DIY Christmas gift!)

Today marks precisely one year since I’ve pressed the Publish button on my very first post on The Loopy Whisk. It feels like 5 minutes… and 10 years have passed since then. Time’s a funny thing. I am now a 2nd year PhD student, still making a mess in the lab and an even greater mess in the kitchen. I have tried my hand at more new, exciting recipes than ever before, and I’ve loved every minute of it.

There have been many recipes that made me go WHOATHISISAMAZING, and many that went straight into the trash. I’ve bounced round the kitchen like an over-excited puppy, and I’ve had my share of mini meltdowns when something just wouldn’t work.

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EASY HOMEMADE GINGERBREAD MARSHMALLOWS {gluten, dairy, egg, nut & soy free}

These homemade gingerbread marshmallows are a revelation. Easy to make, they truly (truly) taste just like gingerbread – there’s the molasses, the cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves. So… the taste is there, and the texture – pure marshmallowy goodness! Perfect with some hot chocolate, they also make a tasty DIY Christmas gift.

Two pieced of homemade gingerbread marshmallows, one on top of the other. A bit has been taken out of the top gingerbread marshmallow, exposing its golden brown, fluffy middle. Bunches of holly and a pretty white and blue antique stand are in the background.

You know how I said I don’t trust marshmallows? Well, I’m a marshmallow convert.

Now, let me clarify. I’m a homemade marshmallow convert. The store-bought ones still give me the heebie-jeebies… but the homemade version. HOLY. COW. They’re amazing.

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QUICK GINGERBREAD COOKIES {nut & soy free}

Satisfyingly dense and chewy, but at the same time somehow also airy and crumbly, these quick gingerbread cookies combine all the best cookie characteristics. Incredibly flavourful from the warming spices and molasses, they taste like the very essence of Christmas. On top of that, they are very easy and quick to prepare, which makes them the ideal sweet treat during this busy (but oh-so-wonderful) Christmas time.

This is the third recipe in the series ‘The Loopy Christmas 2016’ (all recipes in this series can be found in the recipe index under ‘Christmas’) – watch this space for more Christmas yumminess. Missed the previous recipes? Check out these adorable Rudolph Mexican hot chocolate and Christmas tree cinnamon cupcakes!

Quick Gingerbread Cookies - Satisfyingly dense and chewy, but at the same time somehow also airy and crumbly, these quick gingerbread cookies combine all the best cookie characteristics. Incredibly flavourful from the warming spices and molasses, they taste like the very essence of Christmas. Very easy and quick to prepare, they are the ideal sweet treat this Christmas.

Only one week ’til Christmas, you guys! Are we ridiculously excited about this or are we ridiculously excited about this? It’s like every December we revert to five-year-olds (okay, I revert to a five-year-old), but because it’s Christmas (or rather almost-there-not-long-now-basically-Christmas-already) it’s totally permissible and we (okay okay: I) can pass it off as quirky excitement rather than… you know… behaviour that kind of deserves a raised eyebrow and the shouldn’t-you-start-acting-your-age look. But it’s Christmas time. So awkwardly dancing (shuffling) to ‘Jingle Bells’ and singing along to ‘Winter Wonderland’ a tad too loudly and a tad (completely) out of tune is OK. Unfortunately, it also means that people have an excuse for some downright terrible music choices, but if they tolerate our questionable (nonexistent) singing talent, we can somehow bear to listen to the same awful sappy song. Ten. Times. In. A. Row. (And we can be comforted by the knowledge that we can pay them back by blaring out our own favourite poor song choice. Eleven times in a row. Because, you know, Christmas cheer and all that.)

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