Every fall my body whispers “Gingerbread…I want gingerbread…” This obsession is probably my great grandmother’s fault. Every year, late fall/early winter I would go to MeeMaws home to make Gingerbread men. I can still remember the wonderful fragrance of ginger, cinnamon and molasses filling her small home and the taste of the dough…which was my favorite.
These Raw Gingerbread Cookies answer my need for the flavors AND my love for gingerbread cookie dough, without tons of extra sugar and flour. Bonus! These Raw Gingerbread Cookies are mostly beneficial fats; almond butter and coconut oil. The cookie’s sweetness comes from raw dates and a splash of unsulphured, blackstrap molasses.
SCREEECH SOUND….what? You may say…don’t you know Molasses is a by-product of sugar? Aren’t we supposed to avoid sugar? Well, technically, yes. BUT…Molassess…you can’t have gingerbread without Molasses, it just ain’t happening! Did you know Molasses actually has health benefits? Get this…one of the benefits of Molasses is STRESS RELIEF! No WONDER we love it over the holiday season.
Mix all together. Put all ingredients in at once and mix until it comes together. The more you mix almond butter the drier it becomes. The perfect consistency is when you are able to make it into a ball. If you over mix it will become crumbly.
You can use a stand mixer with a paddle (easier) or mix by hand (muscles).
Use a small cookie scoop or a Tablespoon and roll into balls.
Roll the entire batch into a log, cover with plastic and refrigerate until firm. Then slice log into 8 slices.
You can roll the balls in unsweetened shredded Coconut or finely chopped nuts.
You can push the slices into coconut or finely chopped nuts.
You could also add the coconut to the cookies rather than on the outside. If you don’t like coconut eliminate it!
Make up a plate of slices and balls for your next holiday event. Make sure they are well chilled or frozen (better) because as they thaw they become soft. If it's an event where they will sit out you will have better results with the balls. Be sure and mark them as containing nut butter and coconut oil for anyone who may be allergic.
Raw Gingerbread Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 59Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.1g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.3g
Total Carbohydrates 2g1%
Dietary Fiber 1g4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.