Hellllooooo! Hope you enjoyed your last full weekend before CHRISTMAS! Well, technically we still have next weekend too. But most of us will already be with family, which means we better have our Christmas shopping DONE. I still have a long way to go. I really thought I’d find some cool gifts in NYC, but I just couldn’t lock it down and buy anything…except for some magnets. 

Speaking of NYC…It was even better, more exciting, cooler, colder, louder, and more magical than I thought it would be at Christmas time. It was just perfect. I’ll write about it one of these days. Because when you go to NYC, you have to have a PLAN! So, shoutout to everyone who gave us tips, told us where to go, and what to eat. 

Enough of that though. For now, at least! Let’s talk about these cookies. I made them last Sunday evening. Daniel and I wanted to watch a Christmas movie. We attempted to watch one we had never seen before (that was the plan). BUTTTTTT none of those looked good. We’ve already seen both Home Alones this year, and Elf. So, it came down to The Holiday (I’ve seen it 7627266 times, but I’m not mad about it) or Four Christmases with Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn. Classic. We picked Four Christmases. 

Anyway, if you’ve got 10 minutes of free time and you want to bake some Christmas cookies for the fun of it, try these! It’s hard to find gluten free cookies these days. I was just at Trader Joe’s looking (just to see if I could find any) and all I found was gluten free peppermint jo jo’s. So, take advantage of these!

They’d also be great for a party. Don’t forget the gingerbread man cookie cutter. 

Gluten Free, Paleo Gingerbread Cookies

Makes 12 cookies

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients: 

  • 1/4 cup melter coconut oil – (cooled if possible:)

  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar

  • 2 tbsp maple syrup 

  • 1 egg

  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract

  • 3/4 cup almond flour

  • 3/4 cup coconut flour

  • 1/3 tsp baking soda

  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon 

  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg

  • 1 tsp ginger 

Instructions: 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheet with wax paper. 

  • Melt coconut oil. Allow to sit in fridge for 5 min to cool off just a little.  

  • Mix together coconut oil, coconut sugar, maple syrup, egg, and vanilla extract. 

  • Add in almond flour, coconut flour, and baking soda gradually.

  • Add in spice. Mix well!

  • Spread dough on additional wax paper (no flour needed, as it should spread easily). Use gingerbread man cookie cutter to shape cookies (optional, but fun:) 

  • Top with cinnamon (also optional, but fun:)

Notes: If dough doesn’t spread thickly to shape cookies, try letting dough sit for 5 minutes. 

 Not perfect :) But they'll look better after they make it out of the oven. Don't you worry. 

Not perfect 🙂 But they’ll look better after they make it out of the oven. Don’t you worry. 

 

 

That’s it for today! We’re halfway there. I’ve got a few more giveaways, recipes, workouts, and other little tidbits for ya, so hang tight. The purpose is to keep your mind somewhat focused on your health, fitness, and goals in the midst of this fun Christmas season we are in right now! Because you can celebrate Christmas, have a great time with the people around ya, AND keep fitness on your mind too!