I keep going back to this base recipe because it is super simple and HEALTHY. These are probably some of the healthiest cookies you could make. I mean, there are always the banana + oats cookies, which have their place. But these cookies actually taste like real cookies. You'd never know they're actually really good for you.
Why I love these Vegan Molasses Ginger Cookies
Dietary needs — these vegan molasses cookies are plant-based, gluten-free, oil-free, and refined sugar-free
Whole foods ingredients — no refined sugar here! We use date sugar for sweetness. And no eggs or butter. Just ground flax and nut butter.
Perfect easy dessert — these cookies are pretty simple. Whip them up anytime for a dose of sweet cinnamon.
Delicious winter flavors — molasses is so sweet. But it's a lot darker than other sweeteners. Which means it's denser and has a deeper flavor. A little molasses goes a long way, and creates a rich flavor. And then there's ginger, it adds some zing to these cookies. You can always use dried or freeze dried if you must, but fresh ginger has an edge that the dried does not.
Date Sugar: For added sweetness, we'll be using date sugar. Date sugar is just dried, ground dates. I love using it in baked goods because it's so healthy! And it works perfectly in these cookies because it mimics brown sugar and complements the dark molasses.
Unsweetened Applesauce: Applesauce adds sweetness, moisture, and structure to the cookies. It's pretty neutral, so you don't have to worry about tasting it in the final product. Make sure to buy unsweetened applesauce to avoid added sugar.
Molasses: I used blackstrap molasses for these cookies, which I highly suggest using whenever possible. It has a high iron content and is more concentrated with nutrients than 'regular' molasses.
Grated Ginger: Like I mentioned earlier, fresh ginger is the way to go with these cookies. You won't regret it.
Oat Flour: Oat flour is great because it is easily gluten-free and easily homemade. I've made these cookies with homemade oat flour and store bought oat flour, and they turn out great both ways!
Ground Flaxseeds: While we won't be making flax eggs, ground flaxseeds help serve the purpose of eggs. They act as a binding agent and keep the cookies together.
How to make Soft-Baked Ginger Molasses Cookies
Step 1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Step 2. In a large bowl, mix the date sugar, applesauce, nut butter, molasses, ginger, and vanilla extract.
Step 3. Add the oat flour, flaxseeds, baking soda, and salt. Mix until a dough forms.
Step 4. Scoop into 2-tablespoon-sized balls and arrange on the prepared baking sheet. Use the palm of your hand to flatten each cookie.
Step 5. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Let cool completely. Enjoy!
FAQs & Expert Tips
Storage: These (and all) soft-baked cookies will do best in an air-tight container. This will help keep them moist and soft. If you leave them on a plate covered with foil, be prepared for them to get hard rather quickly. You can expect these cookies to last around a week or two in the air-tight container.
Substitute a different sugar. I recommend using sugar from fruits as much as possible, which is why there's date sugar in this recipe. But if you'd like to sub the date sugar for coconut sugar or even table sugar, decrease the amount of sugar to 1/3 cup.
Make it gluten-free. Oats are naturally gluten-free, but if you have an allergy, be sure to buy certified gluten-free oats or oat flour to avoid cross contamination during processing.
Thank you God for healthy, delicious cookies. Amen.
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