This simple recipe for Paleo Soft Baked Gingersnaps produces soft, moist, and delicious healthy paleo gingersnap cookies. They’re completely gluten and dairy free, are sweetened with natural sugar, and are ready in less than one hour.
Healthier paleo soft baked gingersnaps
‘Tis the season for all of the cookie eating, all of the spiced wine drinking, and all of the indulgent treats! If I can help out a little by showing that there can be indulgent cookies with a healthier twist, I have done my job! I swear to you that no one will even know that these aren’t made with your typical butter, flour, and white sugar.
So, that’s part of the reason why I decided to make this week Cookie Week, and share a new healthier holiday cookie each day (see Chocolate Mint Cookies and Peanut Butter Blossoms here!). My family has grown to love my treats so much that they will often request a certain treat for me to make ‘healthier,’ and I absolutely love that challenge.
My family typically asks for healthy cookies, so I started collecting a list of flavors that I wanted to make a little bit healthier for the holidays. And yes, I still enjoy the “normal,” less healthy options too, because hey – that’s the best part of the holidays! But, I love bringing healthy options along to create a balance between the two.
Name a more nostalgic cookie than the good old gingersnap… I seriously can’t! Every year around fall, my family picks up a box of our beloved Ivin’s gingersnap cookies, and I swear I could seriously go through an entire sleeve in one sitting.
They’re crunchy, thin, and sooo gingery – which I love. I’m obsessed with dipping them in my coffee and then letting them get slightly soft before eating… bonus points if a few pieces fall off into the actual coffee and there is some left over at the end!
How to make gingersnaps video
Ingredients required to prepare this recipe
Making this recipe is actually quite easy. From start to finish, it requires less than an hour. Ingredient-wise, you’re probably already stocked with many of these items! Here’s what you’ll need to bring these cookies to life:
- Almond Butter (or a nut butter of your choice)
- Coconut oil
- Coconut sugar
- Almond flour
- Coconut flour
- Baking soda
- Ground ginger
Kitchen tools required to make paleo treats
To make your tasty ginger treats, you’ll need the following kitchen tools:
Perfectly soft and chewy cookies
As much as I love crunchy and chewy gingersnaps, I realized that I love them even more when they’re soft and chewy, hence my dipping into coffee. I decided that I wanted to make a version that would be just melt-in-your-mouth delicious!
And, since it’s cookie week over here at Erin Lives Whole headquarters, I figured now would be a perfect time to share these healthier gingersnap cookies.
What makes these cookies healthy?
These cookies are completely grain, gluten, and dairy free, and they’re sweetened with natural sugar! I love using natural sugar in place of other artificial options.
To make things even better, they come together in less than an hour! It always amazes me how I can go from nothing to a full tray of deliciously warm cookies in under an hour.
How to prepare healthy paleo gingersnaps
First, preheat the oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a small bowl, whisk together the almond butter, coconut oil, coconut sugar, and molasses. Add the egg and vanilla, and whisk.
Next, in a medium bowl, mix together the almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda, salt, and spices. Add the wet ingredients to the dry, and stir until completely combined. Place the mixture in the refrigerator to chill for 30 minutes.
While chilling, mix the coconut sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl.
Bake for 9-11 minutes. Tada!
How to make vegan gingersnaps
It’s quite simple to make a vegan version of this healthy cookie recipe. To do so, you won’t even need an extra ingredient! To make this recipe vegan-friendly, simply omit the egg, and add an extra 3 tablespoons of your preferred nut butter. Your treats will be vegan and extra delicious!
How to store these healthy cookies
Store extra treats in an airtight container. Feel free to leave them on the counter, as they will stay fresh at room temperature.
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- 1/4 cup almond butter (any nut butter would work)
- 1/4 cup coconut oil melted
- 1/4 cup coconut sugar
- 1/4 cup molasses
- 1 egg – room temperature
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup almond flour
- 1/3 cup coconut flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 1/4 tsp allspice
- 1/4 cup coconut sugar
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper
- In a small bowl, whisk together the almond butter, coconut oil, coconut sugar, and molasses.
- Add in the egg and vanilla and whisk.
- In a medium bowl, mix together the almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda, salt, and spices.
- Add wet ingredients to dry and stir until completely combined.
- Place in refrigerator for 30 minutes to chill.
- While chilling pour coconut sugar and cinnamon in small bowl.
- Once chilled, roll dough into balls and then into the cinnamon sugar mixture.
- Place on baking sheet and flatten with hand.
- Bake for 9-11 minutes.
- Let cool completely before eating.
- Store at room temperature in airtight container.
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