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Paleo Gingerbread Cookies

Grain free paleo gingerbread cookies are so easy to make and are even healthy for you! Only a few ingredients are needed for these refined sugar-free, vegan, and gluten-free holiday treats!

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The major benefit to writing a cookbook on kale during the holidays is yinning the Christmas cookie yang. Kale salad affords you things like cookies and booze.

Between detoxing and re-toxing, we’ve got to end up somewhere, and that somewhere is right where we should be: smack dab in the middle of an equation that is reconciled by kale and cookies.

But hold the phone.

We can do this holiday thing without kale, detoxing, OR New Years Resolutions if we want to.

We can find healthful alternatives to the bane of our ass’s existence (in this context, the bane of our ass’s existence is sugar and wheat. Just to be clear).

Paleo Gingerbread Cookies - grain-free, refined sugar-free, dairy-free and vegan! |

A couple of weeks ago, I showed you 50 Gluten Free Christmas Cookie Recipes and figured it would be wise to actually test a couple of the recipes I told you to make. Call it my civic duty. I was intrigued by the idea of gluten free gingerbread cookies. So I poked around my own post.

One of the recipes I settled on was for these Paleo Gingerbread Cookies from The Iron You < – – – cool blog! – – – > and I was amazed by how they turned out. The recipe is not only paleo (no grains, dairy or sugar), but it’s also vegan. So I was skeptical. I figured the cookies would crumble or turn out rock solid.

Neither one of those things happened. These are perfect.  They have a nice little crunch on the outside and are soft on the inside. And they’re PACKED with gingerbread flavor. There’s nothing toxifying about them, which means you can save your re-toxing cookies in your cookie bank to be redeemed later following a high-octane kale dish.

Paleo Gingerbread Cookies |grain-free and refined sugar-free #glutenfree #paleo #recipe

Between these cookies, vegan eggnog, and eggnog bread with boozy maple glaze, we’re set to have a decadent Christmas without the need for post-holiday psychosis. We can eat amazing things without having to compensate with kale. But we should still eat kale. Because that’s how kale cookbooks sell.

Note: this recipe was updated 12/11/14. This was the original photo:

Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies (#paleo and naturally sweetened) |

Eat them healthy cookies!

Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies (#paleo and naturally sweetened) |
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Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies

Grain-Free Gingerbread Cookies are a fun and festive healthier holiday treat! Dairy-free, paleo, and delicious!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Desserts & Treats
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 Cookies
Calories: 163kcal
Author: Julia



  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Add the first eight ingredients (dry) to a bowl and mix together.
  • Pour in the molasses and oil and mix well.
  • Use a spoon to scoop out mounds of cookie dough. Form the dough into cookie shapes (they will bake to the same size and shape you form them into) and place them on a baking sheet.
  • Bake for 9 to 14 minutes or until browned around the edges (bake 9 for chewier soft cookies and 12-14 for snappy cookies).
  • Allow cookies to cool at least 10 minutes before removing from the cookie sheet and enjoying


If you don't have nutmeg and cloves on hand, you can omit them and use 1/2 teaspoon of allspice


Serving: 1of 10 | Calories: 163kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 13g | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g
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Patricia Rubanoff

Monday 25th of April 2022

For the ginger cookies, could you use millet flour?


Monday 25th of April 2022

Hi Patricia! I'm not sure, as I don't have any experience with millet flour. It may be worth googling a recipe for gingerbread cookies using millet flour just to be sure all of the measurements are accurate. :) xoxo

Brandy shannon

Friday 2nd of July 2021

Can powdered ginger be used instead of fresh and if so how much?


Tuesday 6th of July 2021

Hi Brandy! I've never tried the recipe with ground ginger, but I would start with a little less than 1 teaspoon (about 3/4 teaspoon) and go from there. When I google it, I'm getting mixed results of fresh to ground replacement amounts - I've seen anywhere between 1/8 teaspoon to 1 1/2 teaspoons for replacing 1 tablespoon of fresh ginger. I'm sorry this isn't more helpful! The next time I make the cookies, I'll use ground ginger so I can leave a note in the recipe card for that replacement. xoxoxo


Sunday 6th of December 2015

Hello, can you use brown rice flour in place of almond flour/meal?



Wednesday 21st of October 2015

I just made these cookies this morning. They were very easy to make and delicious! The smell coming out of the oven was divine.

After mixing them up, the batter was crumbly and didn't stick together, so I added one egg, which did the trick. I also added about 1/4 teaspoon of salt to bring out all the wonderful fall flavors. I pinched off very small balls of dough and rolled them in my hands and then gently pressed the backs of them with my palm to make a bunch of mini cookies instead of 6 large ones. YUM!


Tuesday 13th of October 2015

Can I swap out the almond flour for coconut flour?


Wednesday 14th of October 2015

Hi Betse, coconut flour absorbs much more liquid than almond flour, so you'd need to adjust the liquid portions in the recipe as well. Probably the easiest thing to do would be to find a gingersnap/gingerbread cookie that calls for coconut flour :) Hope that helps!

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