Healthy Gingerbread Cookies (SOFT and CHEWY – Gluten Free, No Butter)


Healthy Gingerbread Cookies

Today I’m going to show you how to make gingerbread cookies without molasses.

These healthier gingerbread cookies have no sugar, no white flour and no butter.

They’re more nutritious than regular Christmas cookies, and you can enjoy these without feeling guilty.

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This is why you’ll love these gingerbread man cookies:

They’re soft in the center, but crispy on the edges.
They’re packed with holiday spices.
They’re great recipe to make with your family.
They’re gluten free and almost vegan.

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(makes 12 cookies)

2 cups ground oats or oat flour (200g)
1/4 cup tapioca starch or cornstarch (30g)
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup maple syrup (60ml)
2 tbsp unsweetened applesauce
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg

NUTRITIONAL INFO (per cookie):
97 calories, fat 1.4g, carb 18.4g, protein 2.5g

Healthier icing:
2 tbsp coconut cream
2 tbsp extra virgin coconut oil
1/2 tbsp tapioca starch
1/2 tbsp powdered coconut sugar

In a medium sized bowl, mix the dry ingredients, oats, tapioca, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, salt and baking soda. Set aside.

In another bowl, add maple syrup, applesauce, vanilla extract and egg or flax egg. Whisk it up well.

Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, and using a wooden spoon mix until the dough starts to form.

Tranfer the dough to a working surface, and gently knead into a ball. Shape into a disc, wrap it up in foil and place in the fridge for 1 hour.

When chilled, place the dough between two pieces of parchment paper and roll into the 1/4 inch thick.

Cut with your favorite cookie cutter and line the cookies onto a lined baking tray.

Bake cookies at 350F (180C) for 8-10 minutes.

Let it cool in a tray for 5 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack.

When completely cool, decorate with melted dark chocolate or this healthier icing.



  1. How To Cook Smarter says

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  2. inspiredsite says

    My children have an allergy to coconut can I use any other substitute for the icing

  3. Hilda-Dalia Fulop says

    Actually the European version is made with honey 🙂

  4. Penny Flaherty says

    Yet again another great tasting low calorie recipe, i bake them as breakfast biscuits. Even my grandchildren love them😚

  5. Studio 32 says

    If any one wants to make a healthy frappuccino then here's a recipe I made
    Mix raw cacao powder maple syrup and vanilla together until it turns into a paste then add milk and cream until the mixture is completely liquid then pour that into a blender with cold coffee in it and ice, then blend and add whipped cream on top if you want

  6. Aseel Latif says

    Can I use honey instead of maple syrup?

  7. hala arkadan says

    Hi can I use carob molasses instead of maple syrup without changing the amount?

  8. Mathias Vibeto says

    Healthy Gingerbread dough for me. The Cookies are overrated.
    The dough is holy to me.

  9. MA2015 Amer says

    Can you please make no refined sugar flourless peanut butter cookies

  10. Pessimistic Cat says

    Amazing omg I’m definitely making these

  11. saturnight. says

    What if I don't mind using butter? Can I use it instead of applesauce in your recipes and in what amount?

  12. Meena P says

    I am so happy to have found your channel! 🙂 I was an avid baker, but did not consider it healthy, so I stopped. Your channel has inspired me to bake again, so for that I am very thankful to you 🙂 I will start with making my oat flour tomorrow! I cannot wait! Merry Christmas and God Bless!

  13. Luana Forti Bergamo says

    mine turned out too dry for me to work the dough properly… the taste was okay though. I will definitely try it again sometime, but instead I would add more ginger too. Thanks for the recipe!!

  14. eair says

    Thank you! Making these today!

  15. Casey Clark says

    Yay! Thanks!

  16. fatima caner says

    I've tried this recipe, it's amazing 👍👌

  17. Merri Jo Prusse says

    Thank you for this and all of the lovely videos you provide. Life changing…really! ❤️

  18. Meredith Sui says

    baking these tonight, thank you so much and happy holidays 🙂

  19. Omnia ali says

    Gorgeous 👌

  20. KDDMUSIC says

    I’m trying these on Christmas! So far I’ve only made your cinnamon rolls but they were amazing! Thank you so much for these often videos + all the information you give!

  21. Naime says

    WOW I was planning to make these cookies but this healthy recipe is amazing definitely gonna try it

  22. G says

    I love your voice – it sounds relaxing.

  23. luoxijia0110 says

    Looks really good! But for some reasons it was really hard for me to make a nice dough like you had, they kept falling apart into small pieces. What could be the reasons? I did followed all the measurements and steps 😢

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  25. Suzan Vasica says

    Cool I can’t wait to try these

  26. June Li says

    Just made a batch to test out, it was a little dry following the recipe exactly so I added an extra splash of maple syrup and a tsp of apple sauce to make the consistency on the video. I also subbed half of the maple syrup with fancy molasses instead, for a darker colour, but may have resulted in the dryer and less sweet cookie. Our family verdict was that it was a little bit dry and not sweet enough, nor did the spices really shine through overall, even after adding a bit more cinnamon. It is definitely a soft cookie tho! I appreciate how healthy all the ingredients are :))

  27. Leanne Long says

    I love your recipes. They are not difficult but they are tasty! I also like this recipe for gingerbread cookies because it only makes a dozen or so! Great for a single person (and one who doesn't like to make cookies because they take so long!!)!

  28. Brices Mice says

    Wow…sounds super good!

  29. Cooking with Afton says

    Nice I love ginger bread cookies

  30. Maria Kirina says

    Thank you for this recipe.

    My feedback is that the dough was difficult to manage. I was furious when I made my stars and humans from this dough because it stuck to everything. I had to add extra oat flour.
    But! The results were delicious. Very tasty. I am going to do it again:)

  31. Mary Allison says

    Look great but they came out so dry. I had to add so much water to even begin to roll them out.

  32. Lillian Chang says

    Thanks for the recipe, it looks great! If I use all purpose flour instead of oat flour (200g)& tapioca flour(30g), should I use 200g or 230g? Thanks!

  33. LoveKookie4ever says

    ISTG this is the best healthy recipe channel ever

  34. Kim Zastrow says

    I hope somebody made the kid cookies he can frost sprinkle and eat

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  36. Olivia says

    I've tried a your zucchini brownie and oatmeal cookie recipes and they're great! My next one to try is the cinnamon rolls, then this gingerbread one. Please formulate a healthy coffee cake recipe! Thanks for your work, we appreciate you.

  37. TMS Vlog says

    Yummy cookies. Thank you so much.

  38. joanna plisi says

    can i use honey instead of maple syrup?

  39. Gracie Coyne says

    Would maple sugar work well in place of maple syrup? Thanks so much for the recipe!

  40. H says

    Youtube suggested this to me, wow, this was great!

  41. V. Piras says

    Oats is not gluten free 😂

  42. Dima Angelova says

    Love your channel, I can tell it is the best for healthy recipes! Keep going, thank you!!!!

  43. Sulochana Ratnayaka says

    Nice recipe, will surely make it, however Oat do have Gluten proteins, so I’m not sure if this is a gluten free recipe.

  44. A cup of chats says

    Gluten is not bad for people who are not alergicic to it. But for the people who are he has took a big step. Keep it up !

  45. Evgeniya Sutyrina says

    Hello! Could you please tell me your ground flour was made from instant oats or rolled one? I've just made this recipe with rolled ground oats and cornstarch. I used a scale, so all ingredients were weighed correctly but the dough was crumbly and dry 🙁 I added one more egg and 3 tbsp of applesauce. Only after that I was satisfied with the texture but still was really hard to work with the dough. What could be wrong?

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