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These healthy Gingerbread Cookies are just as delicious as the traditional version, only they are made with gluten-free almond flour. They are so fun to decorate!

almond flour gingerbread cookies on a baking sheet.

Why You’ll Love Them

They taste amazing. These cookies have the perfect balance of sweet and spicy gingerbread flavors. You can top them with any icing you love, or just roll them in a little coconut sugar for an easy holiday cookie. 

They’re allergy friendly. These cookies are naturally gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, and vegan. If you have friends or family members following a grain-free or Paleo diet, they will love them, too!

They’re easy to make. All you need is 1 bowl and a few minutes to stir the dough together. For drop cookies, you can cook them right away, or let the dough chill for easier cut-out cookies. 

They’re nourishing. Made with almond flour (which is simply ground almonds), these healthy cookies will leave you feeling more satisfied than the kind made with white flour and sugar.

Ingredients You’ll Need

healthy gingerbread cookie ingredients labeled in glass bowls.

What’s in healthy gingerbread cookies? 

  • Blanched almond flour
  • Arrowroot starch 
  • Ground ginger
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Ground cloves (optional)
  • Molasses
  • Maple syrup
  • Coconut oil

The arrowroot starch in this recipe acts as an egg substitute, and it also lends a more flour-like texture to the cookies. If you don’t keep arrowroot on hand, you could probably also use corn starch or tapioca starch with similar results. 

The most important thing to know about this recipe is that you can tweak the ratios slightly. I’ve been playing with this one for years, and if you prefer less molasses flavor, you can reduce that to just 1 teaspoon, and add an extra 2 teaspoons of maple syrup for a slightly sweeter flavor. (My kids love it this way now that they are getting older and are exposed to more sugar at school.)

How to Make Vegan Gingerbread Cookies

1. Mix the dough. 

In a large bowl, combine the almond flour, starch, spices, molasses, maple syrup, coconut oil, baking powder, and salt. 

Once the dough has been stirred together, it’s important to chill the mixture so it’s easier to work with for cut-out cookies. You’ll need to chill it in the freezer for at least 30 minutes, or in the fridge for at least 1 hour. 

almond flour gingerbread cookie dough mixed in glass bowl.

2. Make the cut-outs. 

Place a large piece of parchment paper on your work surface, and then set the chilled cookie dough down in the center of the paper. 

Cover it with another piece of parchment paper, to help prevent sticking, then use a rolling pin to roll the dough evenly into a flat layer, about a 1/4-inch thick. Use your favorite cookie cutters to cut out fun shapes, then carefully remove the excess dough and transfer the cut-outs to a large parchment lined baking sheet. 

Repeat with the remaining dough, rolling out the scraps again to cut-out more cookie shapes. You should get at least 12 cookies from this batch, but it will vary based on the size and shape of your cookie cutters.

gingerbread dough rolled and cut with cookie cutters.

3. Bake. 

Bake the cookies in an oven preheated to 350ºF for 10 to 12 minutes, depending on how crispy you like them. The longer you cook them, the crispier they will be. For a soft center, remove the cookies after just 10 minutes of baking. 

Let the cookies cool for at least 10 minutes on the pan, as they will be fragile when they are warm. Once they have firmed up, you can transfer them to a wire rack to finish cooling, if you need to use the pan to bake more cookies.

almond flour gingerbread cookies before and after baking on pan.

4. Decorate. 

Once the cookies are cool, you can add any decorations you like! Frost them with a simple powdered sugar frosting (recipe below) or try coconut sugar frosting, for a naturally sweetened option.

Serve the cookies at room temperature, or transfer them to an airtight container and store them in the fridge for up to a week. You can also freeze these cookies for up to 3 months.

gingerbread cookies frosted on the baking sheet.
almond flour gingerbread cookies on a baking sheet.

Healthy Gingerbread Cookies (Almond Flour)

4.81 from 67 votes
These healthy Gingerbread Cookies are just as delicious as the traditional version, only they are made with gluten-free almond flour. They are vegan, dairy-free, and so fun to decorate!
prep40 mins cook10 mins total50 mins
Servings:12

Ingredients
 
 

  • 1 ½ cups almond flour (almond meal works, too)
  • ¼ cup arrowroot or tapioca starch
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • teaspoon ground cloves (optional)
  • teaspoon fine sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 Tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon blackstrap molasses

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large mixing bowl combined the almond flour, starch, ginger, cinnamon, salt, and baking powder and stir to combine. Add in the coconut oil, maple syrup and molasses and stir again until a sticky dough is formed.
  • To make cut-out cookies, place the dough in the freezer for 30 minutes to help it firm up, or in the fridge for up to 2 hours. (Alternatively, you can skip the cut-out cookies and just roll the dough into tablespoon-sized balls, roll them in a bit of coconut sugar, and flatten them on the baking sheet with your hand.)
  • Once the dough has been chilled, place the dough in the center of a large piece of parchment paper, then place another piece of parchment paper on top. Use a rolling pin to roll the dough into a flat layer, about 1/4-inch thick. Pull away the excess dough to reveal each shape, and re-roll the dough to create more shapes. You should end up with 12 to 15 cookies, if use use cookie cutters about the size of the palm of your hand.
  • Bake the cookies at 350ºF for about 10 minutes for cookies with a soft center, or 12 to 14 minutes for a more crisp cookie. (The edges should brown for a crispier cookie.) Allow them to cool completely on the pan before icing and serving. They will firm up as they cool.
  • Leftover cookies can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week in the fridge, or you can freeze them for up to 3 months.

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Notes

Nutrition information is for 1 of 12 large cookies. You may get more cookies from this batch, and in that case, they will have fewer calories.
Simple Powdered Sugar Frosting: Combine 1 cup of powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, and 1 tablespoon of water in a medium bowl. Stir well, and add another teaspoon of water, if needed to thin the texture even more. Spread the frosting on cooled cookies, then let them dry on a cooling rack.
For a sweeter cookie, reduce the molasses to only 1 teaspoon, and increase the maple syrup by adding 2 extra teaspoons.
Update Note: This recipe was updated in December 2022. I swapped the baking soda for baking powder (since this recipe doesn’t call for eggs or an acid, like lemon juice or vinegar, the baking powder makes more sense) and I added a pinch of ground cloves for extra spice. Feel free to stick to the original recipe, if you prefer!

Nutrition

Calories: 103kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 38mg | Potassium: 16mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: healthy gingerbread cookies

Recipe Notes:

  • I’ve made these cookies with almond meal and almond flour, both with good results. If you need a recipe that doesn’t use starch, try my original ginger cookies.
  • Melted butter can replace the coconut oil, if you don’t need a dairy-free or vegan cookie.

If you try this recipe, please leave a comment below letting me know how you like it! And if you make a modification, I’d love to hear how that works out for you, too. We can all benefit from your experience!

Reader Feedback: What’s your favorite holiday cookie? These are definitely the winners for me, but my husband’s favorite are these Peanut Butter Balls (or “Buckeyes”).

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Hi, I’m Megan. A former fast food junkie turned best-selling cookbook author. I create healthy recipes made with simple ingredients to make your life easier.

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  1. Thanks so much for posting these in time for Christmas! Ever since our children were little, we’ve had a Christmas tradition of decorating gingerbread together as a family. Now that some of us our gluten free, it’s great to have a recipe we all can enjoy! We enjoyed your https://detoxinista.com/2012/10/grain-free-ginger-cookies/ the last couple of Christmases, so I was really excited when you said you were creating a version that could be cutout and decorated. We like to decorate with m&m’s & chocolate chips using a touch of royal icing – chocolate and gingerbread are the perfect combination! Thanks so much for this awesome recipe and making our Christmas a little sweeter 🙂 Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

  2. Made these wonderful cookies last night. They were good last night and after sitting on the counter overnight, delicious!! I save up almond meal after making almond milk never knowing what to use the meal for besides smoothies. Now I have cookies to dip in our almond milk.
    Merry Christmas Megan!!!

  3. I have actually never liked gingerbread cookies but had to try these because everything you make is so great! My 4 year old son (the pickiest eater I know) said, “Mommy, these cookies are WAY too good!!” Awesome job, we are loving our gingerbread cookies this year!

  4. These are very good! My husband ate four of them while they were cooling and has proclaimed them his favorite cookies now (I still have a weakness for the cashew butter). Thank you for another great recipe!

  5. Just made them! Love them! I love the texture of them! I will make the frosting for next batch! Theses were just balls!

    1. Thank you so much for letting me know, Ricki! I just contacted her– hopefully she’ll remove all of them!

  6. These are so goooooood!!! I also used more maple syrup instead of molasses. I made these for a friend who cannot have gluten, dairy products and eggs. Turns out, I’m going to have to make another batch, I had no idea how amazing ‘healthy’ cookies could be!