17 Dec Low-Carb Gingerbread House
written by, Christine Chanel
This easy gingerbread house will be sure to keep the kid’s hands busy while satisfying your low-carb lifestyle.
It’s a tradition as old as time. One in which the whole family can gather ’round, putting their minds together, sharing, caring, and basking in the ultimate glow of holiday cheer.
Gingerbread houses are the perfect activity to get your family’s hands messy, also, the payoff is deliciously worth it. This year the holidays may not feel as familiar to us, no thanks to COVID-19. However, it’s not too late to put a fun spin on things and try to get that holiday cheer pumping.
Brunch it up
When we think of making a gingerbread house, it may feel like a cozy nighttime activity. Holiday morning BRUNCH—In fact, think of a ginger-brunch house, if you will. Roll right out of bed in your flannel PJs, presents galore has come and gone and now it’s time for some yummy food to fill those happy bellies. Why not make it fun?
Ditch the sugar
Of course, we know that brunch staples are full of all the good stuff, and by good stuff, we mean not-so-good-stuff. On the other hand, it’s the holidays—we’re allowed to indulge and cheat a little bit. We’ve been doing it for a while now and it’s okay. But, sometimes all of those artificial sweeteners will have you feeling dull. Everyone with a sweet-tooth knows deep down inside that reducing sugar intake is a big way to avoid certain health issues, lose weight, and overall feel better. After all, sugar is delicious! It’s that moment of sweetness we all look forward to especially in the holiday season.
- High-Fructose Corn Syrup
- Cane Sugar
- Table Sugar
- White Sugar
Unfortunately, most of our favorite brunch meals are high in high-fructose corn syrup and cane sugar. Think about all of those chocolate pancakes topped with apple glaze and whipped cream. Refined sugar may increase your risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, liver, and heart disease. It can also be linked to psychological disorders such as depression, anxiety, and dementia. High-sugar diets have been linked to an increased risk of dying from heart disease. In other words—it’s just not good.
However, if you’re looking to add a bit of chocolate to your holiday morning brunch—RED is crafted with all-natural sweeteners derived from melons all while delivering buttery, creamy flavor without the added refined sugar. 40% less fat, and 35% fewer calories than other leading chocolates. RED is low carb, reduced calorie, reduced fat, gluten-free, and Kosher certified. It’s vegetarian while our dark chocolate assortments are vegan friendly. RED is also Weight Watchers, Whole30, Keto, and Atkins friendly.
Using a low-carb waffle batter paired with keto-friendly cream cheese icing, we can achieve a family-friendly recipe without the sugar crash.
- 8 oz cream cheese (1 block) softened
- 1 stick of unsalted butter, softened
- 2/3 cup erythritol
- 1/2 tsp no-sugar vanilla extract
- a piping bag or use a ziplock bag and cut a hole at the bottom corner
GINGERBREAD WAFFLE INGREDIENTS
- 8 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
- 6 tsp ginger
- 2 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground cloves
- 4 tsp no-sugar vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp sugar-free maple syrup
- 4 tsp xanthan gum
- 1/2 cup erythritol
- 1/2 cup almond flour
- 4 eggs
- 7 ounces RED milk chocolate (or chocolate of choice)
- Marshmallows, gumdrops, fruit pieces, nuts, pretzels. Be creative! These are your decorations.
- For the frosting, in a medium bowl, mix the butter and cream cheese with a hand mixer until combined smoothly.
- Add the sweetener and vanilla, mix slowly until everything is combined.
- Once everything is in, beat on high for 3 minutes or until fluffy.
- Put mixture into your piping bag.
- Preheat a large waffle iron
- Melt 8 tablespoons of butter in a microwave-safe bowl until melted
- Add remaining batter ingredients and mix until combined
- Allow the batter to sit for 3 minutes. The xanthan gum needs time to thicken up.
- Divide the batter into two parts if you using a 4 count waffle maker to make 8 total waffles.
- Press the waffles for 4-6 minutes or until they are crispy on the outside and done in the middle.
- Let them cool.
- Find a structure you want to build it on. A cookie sheet or cake plate would do the trick.
- Once the waffles have cooled, you will use 7 of them to assemble your house! (This is where you will need some helping hands)
- You will want someone to hold the waffle wall up straight while you can pipe the frosting onto the sides until you have connected 4 total walls, creating the structure of your house.
- For the roof, depending on the shape of your waffles, you may want to cut them in halves.
- Toothpick the walls together can also help hold if you’re tackling this project alone.
- Pipe a line of icing on the inside before working on the roof.
- It’s your construction! Get creative!
- With the extra icing—blot some dots along the roof or walls of your house. Carefully break apart RED bars (Since we just so happen to have the perfect ceiling tile shaped chocolate!!)
- Lightly, place each square on your ceiling (or wall, or walkway)
- Using your leftover icing, feel free to paint your house and decorate with any other toppings you please.
- Admire your house, take pictures…no demolish and enjoy!
Are you going to attempt to make a GingerBrunch house? Tag us in your photos on Instagram @RedChocolette