I know it can be hard to imagine a delicious, satisfying sweet that may not contain chocolate or fruit, but this no-bake ginger slice will certainly win you over, trust me!
After scrolling through Pinterest one day, I was looking for some inspiration for developing a dessert recipe that was quick to make and that didn’t require an oven. Because, you know, sometimes it’s nice to not have to turn it on. I also wasn’t really interested in a raw style dessert, even though I’ve got plenty of those!
The other great reason to not use an oven is when it’s boiling outside and you want something to treat yourself with. I don’t know about you, but the last thing I want to do is turn the oven on when it already feels like an oven inside!
Through my exploring, I quickly realised that a ginger crunch is a New Zealand traditional recipe. It has been passed down through generations and you can find it at most cafes. So if you want to transport yourself to a cafe in New Zealand, this no-bake ginger slice will definitely do the trick!
I’ve used ginger slice and ginger crunch interchangeably as they are pretty much the same thing. I didn’t call mine a ginger crunch, well, because there is no “crunch” to it. I don’t believe others have “the crunch” either based on the ingredients that they’re using, but I’ve chosen to stick to something that seemed a little more authentic.
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Even though I was inspired by their traditional ginger crunch recipe, I wanted to create a much healthier version. Mine is free from white flour, butter, icing sugar, golden syrup, and refined sugars. I instead picked to sweeten it with Medjool dates and pure maple syrup. They are much healthier alternatives, as well as full of added health benefits.
Speaking of health benefits…
The health benefits of ginger
This ginger slice has a decent amount of ginger powder in it. You might be wondering what the health benefits of ginger are?
Here is a nice list to get you feeling oh so excited for these!
- Can help with nausea and morning sickness
- It may reduce muscle pain and soreness
- Has been known to be a healthy anti-inflammatory
- Can assist in reducing blood sugars
- Has been known to reduce period cramps and pain
- It may help to reduce cholesterol
- The active ingredients in ginger can help to fight infections (great for when you feel like you’re coming down with something, try my immune-boosting herbal tea)
- Can improve brain function
- It can also stimulate digestion
Need I say more? You’ll be running to your cupboard to start making these in no time!
Can I use fresh ginger instead of ground ginger?
You can, the only thing to consider is that fresh ginger naturally has water in it, unlike dried ginger. This means that when you mix it in with the coconut butter (an oil) it will separate. If you don’t mind that, then go for it!
I would, however, still choose to use ground ginger to get that beautiful silky, caramelly consistency.
Since I haven’t tried it with fresh ginger, I would suggest you start off with 1:1 ratio to the dried ginger and go from there.
Can’t find coconut butter?
In a food processor, add in equal parts desiccated coconut and coconut oil and blend until you reach a nice creamy consistency. That’s it! How easy is that?
If you make more, you can use it in your morning smoothie, porridge or in your curry.
Even if you’re not head over heels for ginger, try this recipe. Trust me, you’ll love it. You can always reduce the intensity of it by adding a little less and experiment to see how strong you like it.