Makes enough for: 35–40 shapes
Put aside: 45 minutes for prep and ten minutes for baking
What you’ll need
For the gingerbread
400g plain flour gluten free, plus an extra sprinkle or two for rolling
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp all spice
1 tsp baking powder
150g coconut oil slightly softened
150g coconut sugar
50g maple syrup
1 tbsp chia seeds
5 tbsp water
For the icing
50g icing sugar
A splash of water
What to do
1 First up, fetch a small bowl to mix together the chia seeds with three tablespoons of cold water. Leave for ten minutes to form a gel-like consistency.
2 Next, this time in a large bowl, combine the flour with the spices and baking powder before getting hands-on by rubbing in the coconut oil using your fingertips. A breadcrumb consistency is the aim.
3 Back to your small bowl, add the coconut sugar and maple syrup to the chia seed mixture along with a further two tablespoons of water. Stir until it’s lump-free.
4 At this stage, preheat your oven to 180ºC fan or gas mark six, and line a few baking sheets.
5 Back to baking, introduce the wet ingredients to the dry, stirring to combine.
6 Dust your work surface with flour and turn out the contents of the bowl, kneading them by hand to form a smooth dough. Add a touch more floor if you need to – the consistency shouldn’t be sticky.
7 With rolling pin in hand, roll out the dough to 3mm thick and then use cookie cutters of whatever shape you fancy to make your gingerbread pieces. Re-roll any leftover dough and repeat, until all of your gingerbread is used up.
8 Pop them onto the baking sheets and bake for ten minutes – they should be just beginning to colour. Remember that biscuits continue to bake a little when they’re out of the oven so don’t worry if they seem a touch soft.
9 While they’re still warm, make a hole in the top of each biscuit to thread your ribbon through.
10 Leave them to cool completely before icing – if you want to ice them that is. To make them as neat as can be, use a piping bag with your icing mixture being a thick paste consistency. Then pipe away!