We all know the reason for the season is the birth of our Savior. No argument there, right?
But a secondary reason for this joyous season is the treats. From the candy canes hanging on the tree to Aunt Edith’s homemade fudge to the oreo balls sitting in the break room to the white chocolate peppermint mochas at the airport Starbucks, we all love the little extra indulgences that come with the season.
One treat I’ve always enjoyed is gingerbread. Whether it’s the Pepperidge Farm packaged cookies to homemade ginger crinkles to gingerbread Clif bars (yes Virginia, they do exist), December=Gingerbread.
Now I love the traditional gingerbread loaf that occasionally makes the brunch table this time of year. The richness of the molasses keeps gingerbread from getting too cloyingly sweet, which is always a welcomed break from the sugar overload of other Christmas confections.
While you could use my recipe to make that nostalgic loaf of gingery goodness, my creative little culinary brain wanted to take my beloved gingerbread to a whole new level today…inspired by one of my favorite modern treats- cake pops. I set out to invent Paleo-friendly gingerbread cake pops.
Mission accomplished, y’all. Let's get this party poppin'.
So cake pops…those were the cupcake of 2013 …when I was living in Dallas working in Highland Park ISD I feel like these little beauties were popping (yes, pun 100% intended) up in bakeries and even entire storefronts dedicated to them all over the place. Now, like purple ketchup, Jellies, and beanie babies (they WILL be worth millions one day), all great fads seem to fade into yesteryear.
But ever since that fateful day back in the downtown Fort Worth’s Starbucks in downtown when my husband and I decided to try a chocolate peppermint cake pop, I’ve been sold on these bite-sized indulgences.
I vivdly remember biting through the layer of icing and being pleasantly surprised by how rich and decadent the cakey filling was..no crumbly dry mess to be found! The secret, I later discovered, was to fold icing into the cake balls before covering them with MORE icing.
As someone who enjoys a hearty slice of cake with a favorable cream cheese icing to cake ratio, the cake pop is the perfect compromise. An appropriate bite or two of cake with frosting already mixed in and covered in more frosting...that's all we really need.
Sure, cupcakes are a way to moderate cake eating, but I really don’t care for cupcakes. I can’t put my finger on exactly what I don’t enjoy about them; all I know is I’d rather eat almost anything else from the dessert spread. No offense cupcakes. We're not meant for each other. It's not you, it's me.
Cake pops= two bites of icing+cake. Let’s be real, gang, no one really needs more than two bites of cake in one day. I’m all about treating myself, but I know sister and her growing baby do NOT need an entire piece of cake.
If you wanted to cheat and save even more time on this, you could always buy and whip up a gluten-free boxed spice cake mix to turn into truffles. Though honestly, making and baking the cake from scratch was super easy.
On the flipside, you could easily just bake the paleo gingerbread loaf and not turn them into truffles.
Not only would these make a super cute gift, perhaps on a unique appetizer plate or in a festive bowl, these would be perfect to bring to a good ol’ fashion cookie swap! Do people still have those? I remember attending them growing up and even in high school, but since moving to Texas I haven’t heard of anyone around me going to one.
Whether you’ve got a cookie swap to go to this weekend or just a family gathering, there’s always room on the dessert tray for a few gingerbread truffles. No one has to know that they are Paleo. If you don’t tell your guests, they will never know.
Healthy Happy Texan
I'm a Foodie, Fitness Instructor, and Follower of Christ. Add a passion for teaching others, dark chocolate, bacon, and dogs -- and that's me in a box.
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