How to Make a Healthier Gingerbread House with Purecane™ Sugar Substitute
Yes, you read that right. A healthier gingerbread house without all the excess sugar. It’s totally possible! Get in the holiday spirit with all your favorite activities, just without all the negative side effects that sugar brings. With Purecane™ sugar substitutes, you can recreate your favorite gingerbread house recipe and still feel good about serving it to your family. Purecane™, also known as fermented sugarcane Reb M, is a zero calorie and diabetic-friendly sweetener that can be used as part of a healthy diet to reduce your intake of sugar, calories and carbohydrates. It is made through a patented fermenting process that starts with sugarcane and then converts it to a pure, no calorie sweetener without any artificial chemicals. The best part? NO bitter aftertaste. While your family decorates and enjoys your delicious gingerbread house, they won’t be able to taste the difference.
Begin with your favorite gingerbread recipe. Yes, the same one you’ve been using every year. Purecane™ Baking Sweetener has a 1:1 ratio with sugar, so no need for unnecessary math (that no one wants to do). Simply replace and enjoy!
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Print out your adorable gingerbread house patterns (roof, side and chimney, front and back) and then trace and cut them out on a few pieces of cardboard. Then, roll out your sugar-free dough to about ¼ inch thick and sprinkle in some flour to reduce stickiness. Using your cardboard pieces placed over the dough, use a small sharp knife to cut out each pattern. You can cut out the doors and windows either during this stage, or once they’re baked.
Whether your gingerbread house’s icing is functional or decorative (looking at you, hot glue gun-users...we don’t judge), you can absolutely make this sugar-free too! Simply replace the sugar in your favorite icing recipe with Purecane™ Confectioners Sweetener and voila! You’ll need about ⅓ cup of the canister to every cup of traditional sugar to get the same sweet taste, without any of the calories.
Building the Gingerbread House
Now that your icing is made and your gingerbread pieces have cooled, it’s time to assemble! First, choose a solid base for your house, like a flat cookie sheet or piece of cardboard. Then, line the sides of the two sides and front/back pieces with your sugar-free icing and press together quickly. If you don’t have the extra hands to hold the sides up while the icing dries, we find that canned goods from your pantry make wonderful helpers for propping up the sides. Then, add some extra icing to the insides and outsides of each seam for extra support. Now, this is the tricky part. We recommend waiting 30 mins to an hour before placing the roof on top to ensure the icing has fully hardened. Finally, rather than adding icing to the existing house, pipe the undersides of each roof piece and add on top to ensure the house (and your sanity) stays intact. Once the roof has had a few minutes to dry, you’re free to pipe the rest of the roof with as much icing as you’d like and decorate the rest of the house!
Looking to commit to a 100% sugar-free gingerbread house? There are some amazing sugar-free candies to add as decorations! Click here for a list of top 10 sugar-free candies, including peppermints, Reese’s, gummy rings, gummy worms, and more!