Friday, December 20, 2013

Gingerbread House Idea: Healthy Gingerbread House!

I know, I know, you are thinking, "a healthy gingerbread house? What kind of weirdo are you?"
Well, I think it is adorable and I must say, I needed a sugar break. :) 
I first saw an idea similar to this when my oldest was just a toddler and have liked the idea ever since.

I don't really know why, but I truly LOVE making gingerbread houses and do it several times a year if I can get away with it. I also love all the Christmas baking: cookies, cookies and more cookies, candies, chocolates, etc. But we certainly shouldn't eat that much sugar and there really is only so much a person can handle without getting a belly ache.  So, this year, for one of the times we did gingerbread houses, we went a little bit healthier. My 6-year-old was on board with it and said several times, in a cute little awed voice, "ooo, it looks like a little cottage!"

So, it's great for all ages, all taste buds, and all styles, but I think it is particularly great for parents of young kids who have not yet been inundated with sugar mania that you get around the holidays. 
Yes, I was one of those parents: my oldest got berries in her Easter eggs and freeze-dried fruit in her Christmas stocking. There comes a time when that isn't fun for them anymore though, so we've moved past that, but clearly I still harbor a little spot for it in my heart. 

You can see from the picture what we used.
strawberry frosted mini wheats (not the healthiest, I realize, but whatever)
dried cranberries
dried apricots
sliced almonds
frosting (I toyed with the idea of using peanut butter to make everything stick, but in the end decided that it wouldn't harden and everything would slowly melt off of the gingerbread house)

 Have fun with your gingerbread house making!

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