Healthy Gingerbread Cookies

Healthy Gingerbread Cookies — lightly sweet, rich, and robust cookies full of molasses, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.  Unlike typical Gingerbread Cookie recipes, this version is refined sugar free, gluten free, dairy free and vegan!

Gingerbread Cookies were never the kind of treat I craved all year around (that’s what Sugar Cookies and Peanut Butter Cookies are for).  It’s the kind of cookie that only used to cross by mind during the winter holidays.  And not even as a snack, more as the structural pieces in a Gingerbread house…  nothing more.  But, I received a few requests to make Healthy Gingerbread Cookies and thought I’d give it a go.  And my oh my, these are deeeeelicious!

I’ve been missing out, man.  My thoughts on Gingerbread have totally changed.  They’re not cardboard-colored and cardboard-flavored, no siree.  These are some damn good Gingerbread Cookies.

These Healthy Gingerbread Cookies are treats that your friends and family (and you!) will love during the holidays.

Made with almond meal, oat flour, ground spices, molasses, and coconut oil, these are guilt-free treats that you can enjoy snacking on.

Healthy Gingerbread Cookies recipe (refined sugar free, gluten free, dairy free, vegan) - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

38 cookies

Healthy Gingerbread Cookies

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Fat per serving: 8

Calories per serving: 130

Ingredients:

  • 140g (1¼ cups) Almond Meal
  • 120g (1 cup) Oat Flour
  • 96g (½ cup) Granulated Erythritol (or dry sweetener of choice)
  • 1 tbs Ground Ginger
  • 2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • ⅛ tsp Ground Nutmeg
  • ⅛ tsp Ground Cloves
  • 1 tsp Double-Acting Baking Powder
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 168g (½ cup) Molasses
  • 75g (⅓ cup) Coconut Oil, melted
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tsp Stevia Extract

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the almond flour, oat flour, erythritol, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, baking powder and salt.
  3. In a stand mixer bowl with beater attachment, add the molasses, coconut oil, vanilla and stevia.  Mix on low speed until completely mixed.
  4. Dump the dry ingredients in the stand mixer and mix until completely mixed.  Dough should be dark, sticky, and sweet.
  5. Roll ⅓ of the dough in between two silicone baking sheets until ~⅛” thick.
  6. Sprinkle some extra oat flour on a small plate or shallow dish and dip your gingerbread man cookie cutter instead.  Dust off the excess flour and punch cookie shapes into the dough.  Peel away the dough surrounding the gingerbread man cookies and transfer the silicone sheet onto a cookie tray.
  7. Bake for 12 minutes, then carefully transfer the silicone sheet onto your counter or a wire cooling rack to cool completely.  Keep re-rolling the dough and baking until all the dough is used up.  These cookies are best served the day they are made, but will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for ~3 days.

Notes:

  • Decided to document the baking/rolling-the-dough process for ya (these cookies are so much fun to make!):

Baking Healthy Gingerbread Cookies recipe (refined sugar free, gluten free, dairy free, vegan) - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

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Here is the recipe’s nutrition label:

Healthy Gingerbread Cookies recipe (refined sugar free, gluten free, dairy free, vegan) - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

Healthy Gingerbread Cookies recipe (refined sugar free, gluten free, dairy free, vegan) - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

These little guys will bring joy and holiday cheer — 100% guaranteed!  Hope y’all enjoy them as much as we did  🙂

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– Jess

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21 comments on “Healthy Gingerbread Cookies”

  1. I LOVEEEE gingerbread cookies!!! These look fantastic Jess! I’ll take the whole batch k thanks bye.

  2. I love baking with molasses. These look so delicious. Great idea with the almond meal and oat flour too.

  3. Do you think it would work if I swapped the Almond meal for buckwheat flour Almond meal here in NZ is $65.00 a Kilo just cant afford to use it.

  4. This is the kind of recipe I will certainly love! Is it possible to replace molasse by agave or Maple Syrup?

    • You can replace the molasses with agave and/or maple syrup, but they won’t have that classic gingerbread cookie flavor. Also, since agave/maple syrup is much sweetener than molasses, I would recommend reducing the stevia extract to 1/2 tsp. Hope you like the recipe! 🙂

  5. What on earth is double acting baking powder??! I’m not sure we have it here in Australia. Otherwise this is a recipe I’d like to try. 😃

    • Hi Marion! I googled it and found a good explanation from the Taste of Home:
      There are “two different types of acids that react at different times. The first acid will react by creating gases when mixed with the liquid in the recipe. The second type will react by creating gases when the batter is exposed to oven heat.” Almost every kind of baking powder you can buy today is double-acting (or at least it is in the US) 🙂

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  7. Is there a trick to getting these on the pan? They are so sticky that they turn to mush after we cut them and try to transfer them on the cookies sheet. Ive even tried using flour. Help!

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  12. Can I sub half of the coconut oil for applesauce or yogurt? I love these cookies. Made them last year!

  13. Hey I wanted to make these for my brother who can’t have gluten but I was wondering about the baking powder. The great value version has wheat in it. I was wondering if you used a different brand?

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