The smell of gingerbread coming from the oven…

is pretty enticing.

gingerbread eliz

And if you’re baking my happy, healthy and hot gingerbread cookies, it’s fine to indulge.

Because not only are my cookies grain free and high in protein, they can give you better skin, nails and hair thanks to a secret ingredient.

Here’s what I used:

Cashew butter forms the base of the dough.  It’s full of healthy fats and protein, so these cookies are more like a meal.  Look for nut butters without any added sugar.  You could use a different variety if you like, but the natural sweetness of cashew butter works well here.  And peanut butter would be way too overpowering.  (Plus peanuts aren’t even nuts!)

Eggs help bind everything together and add more quality protein and fat.  I always use pastured eggs, which are higher in omega 3 fatty acids as well as vitamins A and D for gorgeous, glowing skin.  Plus the chickens are happier!

Coconut flour also helps bind everything together while keeping these cookies gluten and grain free.  A little bit goes a long way.  I completely avoid grains since they were one of the biggest culprits with my cystic acne.  I don’t make baked goods often, but when I do the coconut flour really comes in handy.

Coconut palm sugar is used as a sweetener.  It is lower on the glycemic index than regular cane sugar.  But it’s still sugar…don’t go crazy on these!

Gingerbread spices are what give the cookies their distinctive flavor.  I mixed up my own blend for the gingerbread latte that I recently made, and that’s what inspired me to create these cookies.  Spices in general are extremely high in antioxidants.  The cinnamon helps to regulate blood sugar and the ginger aids digestion.

Collagen peptides are the secret ingredient here.  They add additional protein which is always nice, but in this case it’s specific amino acids that can really benefit your skin, hair, nails and body.  For real!

I’m 51, and my skin is firmer and healthier now than it was ten years ago.

A few other benefits of including collagen peptides in your daily diet include:

Supports weight loss, because collagen is more satiating than other forms of protein.

Smoothes cellulite, stretch marks and acne scars, because it improves elasticity and thickness of skin.

Strengthens joints and ligaments and can speed recovery from injury.

I’ve been getting my collagen peptides from Further Food…love that I have a discount code to offer you.  Use HAPPYHEALTHYANDHOT for 10% off every time you order.

Because why not look gorgeous and save some cash, right?

gingerbread plate

So here’s how I made the cookies:

happy, healthy and hot gingerbread cookies

one cup cashew butter

two eggs

two tablespoons coconut flour

one half cup coconut palm sugar

one half teaspoon baking soda

five scoops Further Food collagen peptides

one tablespoon + one teaspoon gingerbread spice mix (scroll down for directions)

Throw everything in a bowl and stir well to combine.  A stand mixer is great here too, I just didn’t feel like having to clean mine.

Chill dough in fridge for at least an hour.  This gives the coconut flour time to absorb the moisture and firms the dough up.

When you’re ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Take dough out of fridge and roll into balls then gently flatten on cookie sheet.  I made 12 big cookies.

Bake for 10 minutes.  If you make 12 cookies, each one contains about three grams of collagen.

gingerbread spice mix

two tablespoons ground cinnamon

two tablespoons ground ginger

two tablespoons ground allspice

one tablespoon ground nutmeg

one tablespoon ground cloves

Combine and store in a small jar.

 

So, can these gingerbread cookies help you feel happy, healthy and hot?  Hell yes!

Cookies make everyone happy!  And these cookies are made with only healthy ingredients.  The collagen protein and healthy fats support firm, glowing skin, gorgeous hair and nails and a fit body.  And with that beautiful hair, skin and nails and sexy body you’ll be hot for sure!

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