Vegan Cranberry Almond Molasses Cookies! These tasty molasses cookies are gluten free and dairy free! Great for the holidays, for snacking, parties, or even breakfast on the go. Yes, you’re allowed to eat molasses cookies for breakfast when they taste this good and are made with simple real food ingredients. ENJOY!
Sweet Molasses it’s Thanksgiving week! Are you ready? Don’t worry, I got you covered with sides dishes and dessert if not. Mmm k?
But really, I can’t believe how fast this season is starting. That being said, once Thursday is done, Christmas is in FULL bloom. Which means CHRISTMAS Cookies!! Am I too early? Nah. I guess, one can never be too early for holiday cookies.
That being said. I made you Cranberry Almond Molasses Cookies. Yes, these are cookies you can make for the holidays but also, they are healthy for ANYTIME of year. Vegan and grain free. So if you have friends with food allergies or dietary restrictions to bake for this season, THESE WILL BE A LIFESAVER.
I’m not gonna lie. These cranberry almond molasses cookies would also make for some pretty amazing for fuel too. You could take them with you for post workout refueling (natural sugars/carb source) or even on long rides. Yes, I just said that. You have my permission to eat cookies for breakfast or for snacking and feel good about it.
BUT …. my main ingredient focus here for these cookies is sweet old Molasses! Turns out your grandma was pretty smart using this ROCK STAR SUPER FOOD ingredient all the time.
Let me explain a little more about this wonderful real food ingredient.
MOLASSES Health Perks:
- 5 tablespoons of molasses (preferably blackstrap) 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. Too little or too much of iron can make you feel tired or weak, so consider this a good ENERGY balance for sure!
- It’s packed with minerals! Magnesium and Potassium to exact. These minerals are needed for bone health and metabolism. Love my minerals! Oh, and magnesium and potassium are great electrolyte sources, which means molasses really can help refuel muscles and then some. 😉
- And lastly, molasses is a natural sugar that is digested more slowly. Which can help stabilize blood sugar. So you see, snacking on these between meals can keep insulin in check! Sounds like a plan to me!
I don’t really think you needed another excuse to eat holidays cookies, but just in case you did, I’ve supplied you with MANY above.
Vegan Cranberry Almond Molasses Cookies (gluten free)
- 1 cup gluten free rice flour or cassava flour if paleo (Gluten free 1:1 flour works too)
- 1/4 cup coconut flour
- 1 tbsp potato starch or arrowroot starch
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 cup coconut sugar or brown sugar
- 3/4 cup almond milk
- 1/4 cup applesauce
- 2 -3 tbsp molasses
- 1/3 cup almond butter (smooth and creamy)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg (optional)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup dried cranberries
- cinnamon sugar topping (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350F. Oil a baking sheet or line with baking paper. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, mix your first 5 dry ingredients together. In another glass bowl, heat your almond milk for about 90 seconds. Then add this to your dry ingredients.
- Mix well and then add in your applesauce and nut butter.
- Mix again.
- Finally add in your remaining extracts, spices, and fold in your cranberries.
- Let the batter cool in fridge for a few minutes.
- Remove then roll dough into 1-2 in balls and place on baking sheet about 2 inches apart.
- Press each ball down flat with fork or hand. Best to use with a little extra flour on the hand.
- Sprinkle cinnamon sugar on top.
- Bake for about 20 minutes or until cookies are golden brown and no longer soft on the outside.
- Sprinkle with extra cinnamon sugar before serving if desired.
Cooking outcomes based on flour used:
Cook longer if you want the cookies to be more crisp or less if more soft. Check cooking time at 15 minutes to make sure.
If you are using Gluten Free flour 1:1, the cookies will bake up to be more chewy and less crisp. Still delicious!
The cassava flour we use is from [Ottos Naturals.
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So much festive flavor (cranberry and molasses), add with a little healthy fats (almond butter), and all packed into one delicious Holiday cookie. Okay it’s a cookie you can make anytime, but you get my point.
My point being that you can make anything fuel if it has quality ingredients. Heck, I’d even say that homemade real food based cookies are better fuel than a lot of packaged energy bars. You know, the bars with like 30 different weird ingredients.
Gasp! Yes, I just spoke what’s on my mind. Although I bet you can agree, right?
But here’s the thing. Cookies also go well with a beverage. So today you can raise your milk, smoothie, coffee, hot toddy (okay maybe wait till 5pm for that) and cheers to enjoying holidays!
Phew! Okay, who’s ready to get your Christmas/Holiday baking on? Let’s do it!
Cheers to Meatless Monday!
Favorite holiday cookie? Molasses fan or not?