Healthy Gingerbread House – make your own gingerbread house this Christmas with dried fruit and nuts – allergy free options

Last year as I enjoyed making our first Gingerbread House with my two daughters, I came up with the idea of trying to make our own healthier version this year. Why the need for all the rubbish lollies? Sure, a dash of lollies and chocolate and magic this festive season is always fun. But my call is that most gingerbread houses are too large for a normal family and are decorated with far too many lollies filled with artificial everything.

Today I bought a variety of dried fruit and a pre-made gingerbread house (I just don’t have the energy to make my own gingerbread – but if you do, obviously this will taste better and be healthier for you!).

 

I chose currents, glace cherries, dried apricot, dates, dark chocolate bites, walnuts, roasted coconut chips (I thought these as I thought they looked like snowflakes!), goji berries, mango straps and banana chips.

Really, I don’t see why you can’t use whatever you like to decorate a gingerbread house. I’m advocating healthier choices here, but whatever takes your fancy.

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A nutritional note.

If you want to be picky, yes, dried fruit contains sugar and sulphites. It’s not the most perfect food to eat all the time. I think if you choose dried fruit without artificial flavours and colours and the lower sugar/sulphite options, you are miles ahead of rubbish lollies in the nutrition stakes.

If you don’t have a nut or dairy intolerance, you might prefer to go for a house decorated with a variety of nuts and chocolate. Dark chocolate has higher antioxidant levels thank milk chocolate and go for the nuts with higher nutrition qualities (like almonds, walnuts, brazils and cashews).

If you are looking to completely avoid sulphites and preservatives, consider freeze dried fruit , such as the Absolute Fruitz Freeze brand which are fat free, gluten free, preservative free, sulphur free, have no artificial colours or flavours. You can also buy dairy free and gluten free chocolate chips for those with intolerances.

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Anyhoo, off I went trying to stick the little gingerbread house together.

 

Some goji berries, dark chocolate bits and currents on the roof.

 

A dried apricot square chimney.

 

 

Happy beginning of the 2014 Christmas period everyone! I’m going to finish decorating this little gingerbread house…

Elisha x

Do you have any ideas to make Christmas a bit healthier this year? How do you deal with the Christmas excess?

P.S. Since writing this blog, I googled healthy gingerbread houses and was AMAZED to see what other people have made. The creativity and ideas! Incredible. Check these ones out (click on the photos to be taken to the webpage with the recipes):

 

 

My gingerbread house looks like the poor little cousin next to these amazing masterpieces. Hats off to the people who had the patience and skill to make these.

 

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