Keto Gingerbread cookies are easy healthy almond flour gingerbread cookies without sugar. A healthy gingerbread cookie recipe that kids love with or without frosting!
You know how much I love keto Christmas cookies. It’s a big family tradition to make plenty of homemade cookies to share on Christmas night. This year, I chose to fill the cookie box with keto vegan Christmas cookies to share with my vegan husband. There are many diets in the family, and I want to make sure we can enjoy cookies from the same jar.
Keto gingerbread cookies – vegan + gluten-free
Finally, a healthy gingerbread cookies recipe that you can share with everyone. Yes, those tick all dietary requirements: keto, gluten-free, vegan, and dairy-free. Let’s see all you need to make those keto gingerbread cookies this Christmas.
Almond flour or almond meal – both work very well. Read my Keto Flour guide for help on choosing and using Keto flour.
Egg or chia seed egg – if you eat egg, use 1 egg. The color of these gluten-free gingerbread cookies will be even more beautiful. Otherwise, use 1 tablespoon of chia seed soaked in 3 tablespoons of water as an egg replacement!
Sugar-free sweetener – I love to use a combo of Monk fruit and erythritol, golden or classic, both work. Use my Sweetener converter to convert from one sweetener to another.
Spices – I used a good amount of cinnamon, cloves, and ginger.
Blackstrap molasses – I usually make the cookies without it, but I provide an option with molasses for vegan as it is an amazing way to add iron to your cookies. My husband is vegan, and I do the molasses recipe for him.
Extra virgin coconut oil – you can probably use a different oil, but I like the flavor of coconut in this recipe. If you are not a big fan of coconut flavor, use refined coconut oil.
How to decorate healthy gingerbread cookies?
The healthiest way to decorate your keto gingerbread cookies recipe is to use 3 simple natural ingredients:
Sugar-free powdered monk fruit
Guar gum – optional, but hold the keto royal icing better.
You can prepare those gingerbread cookies up to 2 weeks before Christmas and store them in my cookie jar. This recipe has a strong gingerbread flavor, so store them separable, or they will pass their flavor to the other cookies.
More keto Christmas cookies
If you love keto Christmas cookies I recommend you also try:
These keto snowball cookies are melt-in-your-mouth buttery, flakey cookies with small pieces of pecans and covered with sugar-free powdered sweetener. Bonus, they are gluten-free and only contain 1.2 grams of net carbs per serving!
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Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F) and line two cookie baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
If you are vegan and don't want to use an egg, add chia seed and water in a small bowl. Stir. Set aside 10 minutes until it forms a gel.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients: almond flour, erythritol, and spices.
Add the beaten egg (or chia seed gel if keto vegan), melted coconut oil, molasses (optional!), and vanilla extract.
Combine with a spatula first, then use your hands and knead the dough until it comes together.
Divide the dough into two balls of the same size. Wrap each ball tightly into plastic wrap, roughly flatten into a thick disc and refrigerate both discs for 1 hour.
Remove the dough discs from the fridge, unwrap one disc and place it in the center of two parchment paper pieces.
Roll out the dough into a 1/2 inch thickness (for thicker cookies) or 1/4 inch thick (for thinner cookies).
Use a gingerbread man cookie cutter shape to cut out cookies - I made 6 cookies in each half-disc of dough, so 12 in total. My tip: use a small knife or spatula to lift the shaped cookie and transfer it onto the prepared baking cookie sheets.
Gather up the leftover dough into a ball and re-roll to form more cookies. You should be able to shape 12 large gingerbread cookies with the entire recipe, depending on your cookie cutter size.
Bake your cookies for 12-14 minutes max or until the border are golden brown.
Remove from the oven, cool down 5 minutes on the baking sheet, then gently transfer into a cooling rack. I recommend using a spatula that you slide under each cookie to transfer them gently. They will look soft, and that is ok! They will firm up with time. Cool them down for at least 20 minutes. Be patient; the cookies will get very crunchy with time! Trust me, after a few hours. You won't believe how crunchy and flavorsome they get! The gingerbread flavor will also enhance after 24 hours.
Store up to 2 weeks in a cookie jar, in the pantry.
Keto royal icing
Combine sugar-free icing powder with almond milk and guar gum until it forms a white paste.
Use a piping bag to pipe shapes on the cookies.
Dry at room temperature. It can take up to 48 hours for the decorations to harden.
Golden Monk fruit sweetener blend: you can replace it with a sugar-free crystal sweetener of your choice, like erythritol blend.Paleo/vegan: healthy low GI sweetener alternatives are coconut sugar if you don't want to use a sugar-free sweetener blend.Nutrition panel is for the recipe with 1 egg and no molasse. Net carbs per cookie: 2.4 g per cookie. If you use molasse, the carb count per cookie is 3.7 g and kcal 144 kcal per cookie.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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