Yam Gingerbread Men



    • 1/2 cup yacon powder (yacon is a South American root vegetable; powder is available at natural foods and Latino grocery stores and online)
    • 1/2 cup organic vegetable shortening (or butter)
    • 1 organic Omega-3 egg
    • 2 teaspoons stevia
    • 1/2 cup pureed yam
    • 3 1/4 cups gluten-free flour mixture, plus extra for flouring
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum (available in natural foods stores and online)
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
    • 1 teaspoon ginger powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
    • 1/4 cup water
    • 1/2 cup dark agave nectar (available in natural foods and Mexican grocery stores and online)
    • oil spray for greasing pan


    1. In a large stand-up mixer bowl combine yacon and shortening, blend until creamy. Add egg, stevia and yam to the mixture and blend until smooth.
    2. Sift together 3 1/4 cups flour, baking soda, xanthan gum, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves. Slowly add sifted ingredients to mixer and blend. Slowly add water and agave, blend for 2 minutes.
    3. Place mixture in clean bowl, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours.
    4. When dough is thoroughly chilled, preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    5. Cover a clean surface with wax paper sprinkled with gluten-free flour. Make softball-size balls of dough and place onto floured wax paper. Cover dough with another sheet of wax paper and roll out to a thickness of 1/8 inch.
    6. Dip cookie cutters into flour to aid against sticking. Cut out cookies and place on a greased cookie sheet. Decorate with raisins. Bake in preheated oven for 11 minutes.
    7. Don’t overbake. Cool on a wire rack.

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    After years of battling her weight, sugar addiction and tremendous stress, Kelly Keough had lost more than a third of her hair, causing a living nightmare to become her reality. How was she going to stick to a no-sugar, no-flour way of eating and heal her nervous system, hormonal system, digestive system, metabolism, and never eat sugar or flour again? In her show The Sweet Truth on Z Living, Kelly talks about using sweet fruits and vegetables, and gluten-free whole grains like quinoa and buckwheat, to make cakes, cookies and brownies. Using non-allergenic food to heal the body, along with herbs and supplements, this sugar-free, wheat-free practice saved Kelly’s life and her vanity. But most of all, it put the sweet back into her life. For more information about Kelly, check out her website.