My most favorite Christmas cookie of all! These vegan gingerbread cookies are sweet, spiced, and SO fun to decorate and eat. Healthy, gluten free and fruit sweetened!
Welcome back to gingerbread week! Monday was all about chocolate with these rich, gooey chocolate chip gingerbread bars. Today, we’re talking about my FAVORITE Christmas cookie of all (these just barely beat these peanut butter gems).
I feel like gingerbread cookies are the face of Christmas, aside from like, Santa and the Grinch. A few years back when I experienced my first Christmas as a blogger, I made a gingerbread recipe but the method was kinda high maintenance and some of the ingredients are more difficult for you guys to find. So, I wanted to revamp my most favorite holiday cookie recipe with simple, healthy ingredients, easy techniques, and obviously delicious, powerful, spiced gingerbread flavor.
Let’s talk vegan gingerbread cookies!
Okay so to start, you’ll mix some almond flour, oat flour, date sugar, and spices. Make sure to break up any clumps in the almond flour and date sugar before measuring, so that everything is nice and smooth in the dough. I love to use pumpkin pie spice plus a bit of extra ginger, it really gives that powerful gingerbread spice flavor to these cookies.
To the dry ingredients, you’ll add some unsweetened applesauce for moisture, as well as some dark, unsulphured molasses. Molasses plus those warm spices are the key to all the gingerbread vibes in these cookies. Mix everything together into a thick dough, using your hands to get everything evenly incorporated.
Press out the dough onto a piece of parchment paper, and cut out your sweet little gingerbread people. Bake the cookies for 25 minutes, let them cool completely, and it’s time to dress them up!
Decorating vegan gingerbread cookies is of course, one of the best reasons to bake them. I just used a bit of vegan yogurt for that bright white color, but you could also use melted vegan chocolate, vegan frosting, sprinkles, chopped nuts, shredded coconut, whatever your little heart desires! Just have fun with it, that’s what these cuties are all about.
These vegan gingerbread cookies are without a doubt, 100% going to be a yearly tradition for Christmas time at my house. We’re making these again on Christmas eve, and I cannot wait. Do you guys bite the heads off first, or a limb? Sounds so savage, but I bite off that cute little face first, every time.
It’s a good thing we don’t have any little ones yet, because I’d have a hard time saving any of these for Santa.
Hope you guys love these as much as I do!
Have a happy, healthy week!
If you try this recipe, let me know how it goes/what you think! Take a picture and tag me @beamingbanana on Instagram. Happy baking!