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It’s Time for Gingerbread

This is the year of ginger. Or at least that’s what we’re calling it!

Most people think only of gingerbread houses and gingerbread men at this time of year, but we’ve gathered a few other ginger-infused snacks and dishes that can be enjoyed all day long:

Gingerbread Oatmeal. This recipe on Food52 combines crystallized ginger with Irish oats, pumpkin pie spice and medjool dates. We suggest replacing the chopped pecans on top with wheat germ, or maybe one tablespoon of each.

Gingerbread Party Mix. A great snack using four cups of bite-sized shredded wheat cereal, chopped nuts, mini pretzels, a cup of dried cranberries or raisins, a tablespoon of ground ginger, salt and a mix of brown sugar and wheat germ to taste. Melt butter, drizzle it into the bowl and mix everything together. Toast for about 10 minutes in the oven on low heat (about 250° F).

Gingerbread Stuffing. Just because Thanksgiving is over doesn’t mean stuffing can’t be on the table. We found this amazing recipe for Pumpkin Gingerbread Stuffing on Healthy Green Kitchen’s blog. We would only change the following: Add 1/2 cup of wheat germ to the gingerbread recipe (using 1/2 cup less flour) and maybe sprinkle some wheat germ on top of the stuffing before baking.

Your own gingerbread inspiration. The most important components in gingerbread are the spices—ginger, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg—and a bit of molasses. Create a brownie recipe or a dessert bread recipe of your own, replacing about 20 to 25 percent of the flour with Kretschmer Wheat Germ (Original or Honey Crunch flavor).

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