A Gingerbread Cookie is always a special treat during the holidays. This recipe features cookies that are gluten-free, sugar-free, and vegan making them perfect for most anyone with dietary restrictions. The best part – they taste great. If you have little ones to entertain, put out some plain gingerbread cookies and let them do the icing!
Gingerbread Cookie Health Highlights
Buckwheat Flour, consumed abundantly in Asian countries, is now becoming increasingly popular in the US and Canada. It is not a whole grain, but a seed that is high in protein and fiber that supports heart health and may help prevent diabetes and digestive disorders. The seeds are packed with nutrients and antioxidants.
Tapioca Flour is a favorite gluten-free alternative to wheat and other grains. The flour is mostly pure starch with limited nutritional value; however, it is naturally gluten-free and is a good substitute for in cooking and baking for anyone on a gluten-free diet.
Sorghum Flour is a dietary option for people with celiac disease. It helps improve digestive health, builds bones and promotes red blood cell development. Sorghum is a powerhouse in terms of nutrients. Packed with vitamins like niacin, riboflavin, and thiamin, as well as high levels of magnesium, iron, copper, calcium, phosphorous, and potassium, as well as nearly half of the daily, required intake of protein and a very significant amount of dietary fiber. Sorghum makes up for what Tapioca is missing!
Chia Seeds are one of the healthiest foods available, loaded with nutrients and antioxidants. The seeds contain calcium, potassium, and magnesium as well as vitamins. And, unlike the commercial that pops up every year for the humorous ornamental plant, Chia Seeds are an excellent source of fiber.
Cinnamon helps support a healthy metabolic function and may help reduce some of the adverse effects of eating high-fat foods. Of course, cinnamon alone will not lead to weight loss but can help in an overall weight reduction program.
Ginger helps reduce bloating, gas, and occasional indigestion. It may also help support healthy digestion.
Clove Bud contains powerful antioxidant properties.
Gingerbread Cookie Ingredients
- 1 1/3 cup buckwheat flour
- 2/3 cup tapioca flour
- 2/3 cup sorghum flour
- 1 tablespoon chia seed meal
- 1 tablespoon flaxseed meal
- 1/3 cup of coconut palm sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 2 drops Cinnamon essential oil
- 2 drops Ginger essential oil
- 2 drops Clove essential oil
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 3 tablespoons water
- 3 tablespoons molasses
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 45 drops Liquid Stevia
Gingerbread Cookie Directions
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Combine dry ingredients in bowl and whisk.
- Combine wet ingredients in another bowl and mix until well combined.
- Add essential oils to wet ingredients.
- Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and beat at a slow speed until combined.
- Put a small handful of buckwheat flour onto a clean surface and place dough on top.
- Roll dough until it is 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick.
- Take a cookie cutter and cut out shapes.
- Place cutouts onto cookie sheet.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes or until done.
- Remove from oven and let cool.
- Top with icing if desired.
Save some cookies for the children to ice for you.