My favourite time of the year is the holiday’s and one of the hallmarks is the smell of freshly baked gingerbread men coming out of my oven! When you make these the aroma wafting out of your kitchen will be sure to get you excited about the holidays! This recipe took some time in developing because most gingerbread men and royal icing contain sugar that spikes blood sugar and if store bought often a bunch of other nasty ingredients. During the holidays the kiddos love to punch holes into them before they are baked to later hang on our tree with string.
These gingerbread men use zero glycemic, Erythritol. Your gut bacteria have a difficult time breaking down this sugar, which is good news for you because it is less likely to cause bloating and gas like maltitol, xylitol and other sugar alcohols (neither sugars nor alcohols.) If consumed in large amounts for most people it can promote a laxative effect and possibly gas. I always purchase organic erythritol, which also ensures it’s non-GMO,, so no glyphosate as it’s made from corn. Look for one ingredient on the label, simply erythritol without added inulin (fibre) is best, as when mixed with erythritol often causes bloating. Whilst studies show this zero glycemic sweetener does not spike blood sugar, it may cause a rise in insulin levels. In other words, just because these are made with erythritol it’s still not a good idea to sit down, go crazy and eat a handful at once with your cuppa!