Gingerbread with Whipped coconut cream

It’s that time of year! Where we eat ourselves silly, and fat. Except you don’t have to do it that way now. Nor is it a good idea to gain a bunch of unhealthy weight and then yo-yo diet it off! Take a holiday favorite and clean it up!

So I got some gingerbread mix at Trader Joes. It’s not organic, but they have a non-GMO, or pesticide use policy, so I feel ok about their non-organic items. I was tiring of pumpkin, and needed a new flavor to enjoy during tea time. The instructions on this box of bread/cake mix say to add 1 egg, 3/4 cup oil, and 3/4 cup water.

NO THANK YOU.

Eggs? Full of cholesterol, fat, and torture. I’ve decided that eating the unfertilized ova of some poor chicken isn’t really my thing. I do have eggs on a very rare occasion, but I’ve not cooked one for myself in almost a year. And oil? Well… even if you’re using unrefined organic coconut oil… it’s still unwanted calories when you’re already eating gingerbread. 😉 So why not clean it up?!

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looks yummy, right?

So What did was add one mashed/liquified banana, and 1 cup water. The batter was nice and thick. Follow baking directions on the side of the box. I did about 40 minutes at 350 degrees. I checked at 30 and the toothpick was still gooey. I came out perfectly! This was the easy part. Next comes the topping!

I chilled a can of organic coconut milk until it was well… chilled. I mean mine had been in there since October because I had intended to use it for my daughter’s second birthday but… I sort of forgot.

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anyways. I opened the can, and scooped all the gooey coconut cream off the top and plopped it into my immersion blender cup, and poured maybe 1/4 of the liquid left in the can into the cup as well. 3-4 drops of stevia, and a few shakes of cinnamon, *whirr whirr* and voila! coconut whipped cream. I really wish I had a whisk to attach to my immersion blender for true whipping. I mean… this wasn’t thick peaked peaks or anything professional like that! but MAN did it taste good.

So the coconut cream is obviously really high in calories, but compare it to whipped cream. It’s either dairy and sugar, or some dairy, more sugar, and chemicals. I’d rather have straight coconut, and some healthy additives! Minus the cow torture, and lactose….

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enjoy. you deserve a treat now and then! 🙂

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