It’s Christmas week…And…Hanukkah is starting the night of Christmas Eve. I almost can’t believe the holidays are here, and it’s so rare when both holidays collide in the same week. What better way to celebrate then decorating Christmas Gingerbread houses with sugar free royal icing at a Hanukkah party. We bring Christmas and Hanukkah together every year in different ways since we celebrate both. It’s really more about being together with friends and family and just being Merry. In the ZenSweet family, we are a spiritual group, not so much religious, so it’s really about experiencing the energy of giving and receiving, being joyful and filling our days with gratitude.
Happy Holidays! We truly wish you all the joy and blessings in the world.
We feel very blessed and thankful to be able to share recipes with you. We have really tried to bring new, fresh recipe ideas this past year. We’ve focused on not only sugar free ZenSweetened recipes but also anti-inflammatory, grain free, and Paleo recipes as well. We hope you’ve found a few recipes that you like and found planning and cooking a little easier.
There is a lot in store in 2017 for ZenSweet as we plan to create a Kickstarter.com crowd-fundraising campaign to launch a new line of “Better Baking” mixes made with Zensweet. These mixes are Paleo, Grain and Gluten Free and best of all…super easy to make and delicious. We’ve baked a lot of cake and cookies to get these new mixes just right and can’t wait to share them with you this upcoming January through our Kickstarter campaign.
As you can see, the kids absolutely loved decorating these tiny gingerbread houses. The royal icing tasted amazing but we didn’t mind them eating so much because it’s ZenSweetened! You can just see how intensely they were all concentrating to make their houses just perfect…pretty cute.
We found an amazing gingerbread house cake mold by Nordic Ware that had six little houses and took batter for about a dozen cupcakes worth or a 6 cup recipe fill. So, if you don’t have a mold, you could use a 12 count cupcake tin or an 8 inch baking dish. There are other adorable Nordic Ware house molds, some take 9 cups of batter, so just know this recipe is for about 6 cups worth and you can 1 1/2 times it or adjust as needed.
Decorating these little houses is very fun and you can really get creative with toppings for decoration. As you can see in the houseI decorated, I used goji berries, raisins and pumpkin seeds (the healthier side). The kids got a rare treat…some real candies that were free of artificial colors and preservatives. We all bend a bit at the holidays with treats, right!