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My daughter, Elle, is now 5, and Christmas is such a magical time for her this year! She loves the lights, enjoys talking about Santa Clause and she likes fun activities, such as caroling and building gingerbread houses. This weekend, we decided to make a gingerbread house together, but instead of buying a kit, we wanted to make them from easy ingredients we had at home. It was also a great idea to use ingredients we are familiar with, because Elle has severe nut allergies, and I am extremely cautious with everything that she eats or even handles.
These nut free gingerbread houses are made with Honey Maid Graham Crackers instead of traditional gingerbread. Elle loves graham crackers, and we trust the Honey Maid brand given her food allergies. They are also easy to handle and build a house with, which was an extra bonus for us! Additionally, Honey Maid graham crackers do not contain high fructose corn syrup, so we enjoyed snacking on them as we were constructing the nut free gingerbread house!
Nut Free Gingerbread House
I started our house by cutting off a piece of cardboard box, and covering it with foil. I added cream cheese and yogurt gingerbread frosting (recipe below), and then created the four walls of the house. I let this dry for about half an hour, to make sure it was sturdy before adding on the roof.
The roof is easy to apply, just attaching two Honey Maid graham crackers with frosting, to keep it up.
Then Elle and I decorated! We used o-shaped cereal to line the seams of the house, and put up Christmas-shaped pretzels to decorate the sides. I spread more of the icing on the foil, and the texture of the cream cheese frosting made it look like it was actually snow! It worked out beautifully. We then put some cheddar bunnies in the area in front of the house to protect it from Christmas elves (haha).
The whole house was assembled and decorated in about 45 minutes, and it turned out great! It was a wonderful time to spend with my daughter, and we have a tasty nut free gingerbread house to keep on display!
There are many variations of frosting you can use, but I wanted to keep this nut free gingerbread house low on sugar, so I made a cream cheese and Greek yogurt frosting that held up quite well. As they are made from dairy, this wouldn’t be a mix you could keep out and eat, so it will need to be refrigerated if you plan on consuming it.
Yogurt Gingerbread Frosting
- 1 cup cream cheese
- 3/4 cup Greek yogurt
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
Mix ingredients together in a small bowl until combined. You can leave a few cream cheese chunks to give the frosting and “snow” some texture! Transfer frosting to a baggie, snip the end, and you’re ready to frost a nut free gingerbread house!
Where to Buy
I was able to get all of the ingredients for my nut free gingerbread house from Walmart! I found they had a Honey Maid display by the food isles, which was convenient to grab. Shopping at Walmart also ensured I got the cheapest price for my goodies, so I can save more of my money for stockings and Christmas presents 🙂
Do you or someone in your family have nut allergies? What nut free food items would you include on your nut free gingerbread house?
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