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!
Flourless chewy ginger molasses cookies are delicious gluten free holiday cookies, made with real food ingredients! Easy to make, no oils, dairy free, healthy, and delicious!
- 1/3 cup dark molasses
- 2 tbsp coconut palm sugar or brown sugar divided) – see notes for substitutes
- 1 cup no stir creamy almond or peanut butter
- 1 large egg (at room temperature works best) – see notes for vegan flax egg option.
- 1 tbsp arrowroot starch or tapioca starch
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger powder
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 2/3 cup candied ginger chips (or chopped crystalized ginger)
- Preheat your oven to 350ºF (176ºC) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. You can also use aa non-stick baking mat. See notes.
- In a large bowl, combine your molasses and almond butter, mix together. Add your egg and coconut sugar and beat with hand mixer or stand mixer until smooth.
- Add the arrowroot starch, spices, and baking soda, mixing until well combined.
- Fold in your ginger chips.
- You can either place the dough in the fridge to harden a bit or immediately Scoop out a large tablespoon of dough, roll into a ball, and then place on a cookie sheet. Continue to roll dough into balls until dough is used up, spacing 2 inches a part. The oils from the nut butter might start to drip from the dough, but that shouldn’t be a problem when baking.
- Sprinkle extra sugar on top or roll each ball in a little bit of extra sugar. .
- Bake for 9-11 minutes on silicon mat or 8-10 minutes on regular parchment. Check at 7 minutes in case your oven cooks fast. If you want more chewy, remove cookies at 7-9 minutes.
- Remove and let cool 10 minutes before place on cookie plate or storing. Store in ziplock bag or airtight container.
- See for vegan option.
- These molasses cookies can be cooked for flat and crispy texture as well. I’ve made them both chewy and crispy . If you want the cookies to be crispy, simply use your hand or flat-bottomed jar to flatten each cookie before baking. Be sure to place the flat cookie dough evenly on cookie sheet with extra space. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove and let cool 10 minutes before storing.
- For VEGAN ginger molasses cookies, replace the egg with flax egg (1 tbsp ground flaxseed mixed with 2-3 tbsp water. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes to gel). Add the flax egg where it calls fo egg, just do not over beat. Stir in remaining ingredients. Let it chill in freezer for 5- 10 minutes before rolling into balls. Baking times will vary for vegan option. Closer to 12-14 minutes. Do not touch them until cooled.
- Category: dessert
- Method: baked
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size: 1 cookie
- Calories: 120
- Sugar: 8g
- Fat: 7g
- Saturated Fat: 2g
- Carbohydrates: 11g
- Fiber: 2g
- Protein: 3g
Keywords: cookies, molasses cookies, flourless, gluten free, dairy free, holiday desserts
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!