Flourless chewy ginger molasses cookies are delicious gluten free holiday cookies, made with real food ingredients! These chewy molasses cookies are a healthier version of the childhood favorite molasses cookies your grandma made. With real molasses, candied ginger chips and no oils, this may be your new favorite molasses cookie recipe! Vegan option in recipe.
After last month’s Amaretto cake bites for breakfast confessions, I feel like I can tell you all just about anything. So it’s official, I’ve switched to eating flourless chewy ginger molasses cookies for breakfast. Just kidding. Kinda.
But let’s back this up and I’ll tell you how these flourless molasses cookies got to my breakfast plate in the first place.
Actually no, HELLO HOLIDAYS. And 2 months till 2018. Goodness gracious, I do not understand where time goes. But don’t we always say that? The fact is, these next 2 months are going to FLY and be filled with all kinds of holiday shenanigans. Including treats, boozy and all.
Which leads me back to my first confession and semi tangent start. Cookies for breakfast. Again…Oops.
But what if we could make November a littler healthier? If we’re going to enjoy holidays and holiday food, the least we could do is make it a wee bit healthier. Why? Because a little goes a long way.
Here’s my thinking in regards to my statement above: Maybe we have a theme for this month (and next really). We can call it Nurturing November or Nourishing November? We’re nurturing our mind and soul by enjoying the season’s best. AND… we are nurturing our body by making holiday recipes a little healthier.
Maybe that can justify my cookies for breakfast, yes? Haha! Mmmm Molasses Cookies. Be still, my chewy, flourless cookie-loving heart.
Alright, so let’s kick off Nurturing November!
Today I am all making flourless candied ginger molasses cookies and adding a little zing of nutrition and taste!
And here’s why:
These flourless cookies are… drum roll please…
Made with real food ingredients –> Almond butter, molasses, ginger, cinnamon, eggs, unrefined sugar, and a just a handful of candied (crystallized) ginger chips. Okay fine, the candied ginger chips are not the healthiest, but they are still real food, and mighty tasty!
Don’t have eggs? No prob! These molasses cookies are delicious with flax egg as well. Or you can make my cranberry molasses cookies.
Secondly, no oil or butter is needed. These lovely cookies are deliciously nutritious; grain free and dairy free folks!
And third, the health perks of molasses and ginger actually make these molasses cookies suitable for breakfast.
- Do you know that 5 tablespoons of molasses contains 95 percent of your daily allowance of iron? This is great for those with anemia or vegans/vegetarians who may not get enough iron in their diet already.
- Do you know that using ground ginger powder for baking is an excellent way to sneak in more immunity boosting nutrients into your diet?
All this to say that the key to making a good holiday cookie doesn’t have to include the traditional flours and sugars. In fact, sometimes I find the ones that taste the best are the flourless cookies that pack in a punch of spice and texture. I suggest you make these for your next holiday gathering and have others test out this cookie concept themselves. Report back with your findings. Mmmm k? Thanks.
A few notes before we start making the flourless chewy ginger molasses cookie recipe:
- If you don’t have arrowroot flour/starch, you can use tapioca flour, but the texture will be a little different.
- Brown sugar can replace the coconut sugar, but brown sugar is refined sugar. Just so you know.
- Lastly, I made these at altitude. Ugh, like 3 times. So I give suggestions on how to bake them on different sheets/parchment in the recipe notes.
- If you are looking for candied ginger chips or crystalized ginger, I buy these. SO GOOD!
- These cookies can also be made flat and crispy. I’ve made them both chewy and crispy, so be sure to check out notes in recipe for your preference.
- Lastly, if you are in need of flourless baking tips, you must check out Run with Spoons Flourless Baking Cookbook. It’s perfect for the holidays! This recipe is inspired by that book. Thank you AMANDA!
Ending confession. Every morning the kiwi rides to work. This wife (me) has been sending him off with a cookie in hand. Heck, it’s healthier than most of those dense energy bars anyway. Yep, that’s the way I nurture my husband’s need.
Favorite holiday cookie? Are you up for Nurture November? Haha, please say YES!!
Cookie consumption justified. BAM!