VEGAN & GRAIN-FREE GINGER MOLASSES SOFTIES

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Fun times ahead! I’m kicking off December with a cookie week! I’ll be posting 3 vegan recipes for your holiday cookie tin over the next few days. All are gluten-free, naturally sweetened, super festive, and just so delicious. I believe in whole food indulgence that is unquestionably celebratory. Treats for all!

I’ve stated this before, but I’ll tell ya again. I’m not the most patient baker. Having said that, I AM quite enthusiastic when it comes to holiday baking. All of these recipes will be super simple, promise :)

Starting with these grain-free ginger molasses softies! This cookie is a festive twist on my date-sweetened WONDER COOKIES. They are lightly sweetened with Medjool dates and molasses exclusively. Almond and coconut flours make up the bulk of the dough, along with warm spices, vanilla, almond butter, coconut oil, and a bit of flax for binding. This sticky, spiced dough is made entirely in a food processor!

The soft-baked vibe of these cookies is so nice. Like little comfy spiced pillows. I would lay down in a bed of these, no question. I drizzled mine with melted vegan white chocolate for some extra holiday drama and indulgence. I buy this one, but there are lots of recipes online (like this one) for making your own as well. Hope you give them a try! Catch ya back here soon for more treats ;)

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VEGAN & GRAIN-FREE GINGER MOLASSES SOFTIES RECIPE

Print the recipe here!
SERVES: Makes 18-20 cookies
NOTES: This cookie dough will seem impossibly sticky/too wet when you’re trying to shape it. I recommend lightly oiling your hands to roll and flatten the portions of dough.
-I list coconut oil, but versions that I’ve tried with grapeseed and avocado oil are just as good.
-I used Ground Up PDX’s cinnamon snickerdoodle almond-cashew butter here, which really enhanced the overall spice of the cookie.

½ cup pitted Medjool dates, lightly packed
1 tablespoon ground flaxseed + 3 tablespoons of water
¼ cup + 1 teaspoon MELTED AND COOLED coconut oil (measured in its liquid state)
¼ cup roasted, smooth almond butter
3 tablespoons molasses
2  teaspoons vanilla extract
½ teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1 cup almond flour
¼ cup coconut flour
½ teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
pinch of ground nutmeg
¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
Melted vegan white chocolate, for drizzling on top (optional)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

Place the dates in a small bowl and cover them with boiling water. Let the dates soak and soften for 5 whole minutes.

In a small bowl, vigorously stir together the ground flaxseed and water. Set mixture aside for 5 minutes to thicken/gel slightly.

Once the dates are softened, drain thoroughly and transfer them  to the bowl of a food processor, fitted with the “S” blade. Add the flaxseed mixture, coconut oil, almond butter, molasses, vanilla, and apple cider vinegar. Run the food processor on high until you have a smooth paste, stopping at one point to scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula.

Add the almond flour, coconut flour, ground ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and baking soda to the food processor. Run the motor on high until you have a sticky and unified dough, stopping at one point to scrape down the sides of the bowl.

Drop heaped tablespoons of the cookie dough out onto the baking sheet. Once you’ve scooped all of the dough, lightly oil your hands. Roll and flatten each portion of dough and arrange on the baking sheet. These cookies will not spread as they bake, so they won’t need much space.

Bake cookies until deep golden on the undersides and lightly cracked on top, about 10-11 minutes. Cool cookies on the baking sheet. Drizzle cookies with melted chocolate once cool (if using).

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  • Natalie03/12/2019 - 7:14 am

    Hi! These look amazing! I love gingery baked goods. Do you have a recommendation for vegan white chocolate? I have yet to taste a good one haha.ReplyCancel

    • Laura03/12/2019 - 8:38 am

      Hey Natalie!
      I link to one that I use in the blog post, as well as a recipe for doing a DIY version at home ;)
      -LReplyCancel

  • Heather03/12/2019 - 10:53 am

    These look just divine. I live in Playa del Carmen back the Starbucks back home in Canada always had these lovely ginger molasses cookies and they were my favorite.

    Question, here it is almost impossible to find almost flour and when you do it’s the price of gold. If I am not picky for it being gluten-free would I just substitute the same amount of flour for almond flour? Or what would your recommendation be?

    Thanks so much in advance and thanks for always posting such lovely & inspiring posts.ReplyCancel

    • Laura03/12/2019 - 11:48 am

      Hi Heather,
      Thanks so much for this comment! I tested this recipe dozens of times with the specific aim to make it grain-free and low on refined sugar, so I cannot really speak to substitutes here. I think the nature of this cookie might be fussy to make substitutions with. My honest recommendation would be to find a vegan ginger molasses recipe from another site that was developed in a more traditional style (with all purpose flour, possibly sugar etc)! Minimalist Baker and Oh She Glows are always safe bets :)
      -LReplyCancel

  • Sonya03/12/2019 - 11:29 am

    What if you can’t have nuts is it ok to use sunflower seed butter and a different flour then almond?ReplyCancel

    • Laura03/12/2019 - 11:43 am

      Hi Sonya,
      For a nut-free version, I will make up a sunflower seed “flour” in my food processor and use sunflower seed butter in these cookies. One precaution: when sunflower seeds and baking soda combine, it will turn your baked goods green. I have not tried these with brown rice flour or any other gluten-free (but grain-containing) flour unfortunately so cannot speak to effective substitutes.
      -LReplyCancel

  • Ann Lotwin04/12/2019 - 12:01 am

    I think I can taste these just reading the ingredients. Definitely making this this weekend. Thanks for another fab recipe Laura. And, btw, your book has become a great go to for gifts! :)ReplyCancel

    • Laura04/12/2019 - 8:17 am

      Thanks so much, Ann! Really appreciate your support of my book :)
      -LReplyCancel

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