Soft Grain Free Gingerbread Cookies made without sugar, gluten, flour or nuts!
Soft gingerbread cookies are the perfect addition to your holiday goodie table! Made without flour or grains or nuts or sugar was a difficult task, but I'm always up for a challenge, and these challenged me for sure!
When you see many low carb recipes almost always it contains almond flour. As a mom who wants to keep to a low carb lifestyle and reduce the grains for her children as well, when one child has a tree nut allergy as my youngest does, everything is just a little bit harder to make grain free.
My substitute of choice has been sunflower seeds as a replacement for almond flour. It tends to work somewhat the same, but because of the chlorophyll in the sunflower seeds, if you use baking soda, you will end up with a green tint to most anything you bake. I avoid the baking soda and use baking powder and have had great success.
I've been wanting to make gingerbread men cookies for a long time but just finally got around to them over the last week or so when I had some time to experiment.
I think the biggest reason I thought I couldn't make these sugar free was because to make them authentic I needed to use molasses and I was reluctant for years, but finally decided a little is necessary in order to get that nice brownish color. It's such a small amount and with the 24 cookies this recipes makes, my nutritional data came up with no trace of sugar in the cookies.
I let my kids add the eyes and buttons to the gingerbread men because: 1. I didn't feel like making sugar free buttercream frosting again and 2. We had all ready made frosted sugar cookies and needed something different for our cookie tray. 🙂
They are quite delicate so watch out if you do decide to frost them because the little legs may break easily. But with delicateness comes a tender and perfectly textured cookie. By far this is my families favorite cookie yet! Even the picky hubby was impressed!
- I've often just ground unsalted raw sunflower seeds in my food processor for many of the recipes I've made so far, but have found buying it all ready ground is better and I've purchased it on Amazon. I live in RI so I am not allowed to receive Amazon affiliate sales from mentioning it or if you purchase it. You can still just grind sunflower seeds but if you overground you can end up making it into sunbutter like the texture of peanut butter so try to just pulse the seeds until they are as fine as you can get them without over processing.
- If you had have the cinnamon stevia, you could use plain liquid stevia or toffee flavor or vanilla flavored stevia would work nicely too.
- Because of my youngest sons tree nut allergy I will not bring home almond flour nor have I made this recipe with almond flour, but I do believe it would work well as a substitute for the sunflower seed meal. Please let me know if you try it.
Sugar Free Grain Free Soft Gingerbread Cookies
- ½ cup butter softened
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon liquid stevia
- ¼ cup heavy cream
- 1 tablespoon molasses
- 2 cups sunflower seeds ground, or almond flour
- ½ cup coconut flour
- ¼ cup Swerve or erythritol
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- optional: chocolate chips for decoration
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Place the first 6 ingredients into a stand mixer and blend on high until incorporated.
- Whisk the rest of the ingredients together in a bowl.
- Slowly pour the dry ingredients into the wet in the stand mixer.
- Blend until combined. It will be sticky so place dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least and hour.
- Flour surface of counter with gluten free flour and your hands with flour then pat down dough or use a rolling pin until it's ½ inch in thickness.
- Use cookie cut outs for gingerbread men and place on a silpat lined baking sheet.
- Add chocolate chip eyes and buttons if desired.
- Bake for 12 minutes.
- Allow to cool for 10 minutes before removing gently from pan.
- Makes 2 dozen.
Looked cute, but all I can taste is sunflower seed flour. I added more gingerbread spices, more xylitol, and more stevia than written in the recipe. It was still wet and sticky even after two hours in the fridge, so I added more coconut flour and powdered Pyure, keeping the ratios equal. I dusted my baking mat with the powdered Pyure to make cut outs. After further chilling, the dough was still too sticky to roll out. I gave up and threw it away. I was really hoping to like this recipe to move away from expensive almond flour. Any advice as to what went wrong?
Could you tell me if I can use anything in place of the cinnamon liquid stevia? Like a tsp cinnamon and some stevia pwdr or blend? Thanks! They look fantastic!
Yes just use some additional ground cinnamon. If you have pure stevia extract I would only use a little maybe just 1/4 tsp, but if you have a blend that measures like sugar i would use 1/2 cup at least if not a little more.
Grain-free gingerbread cookies? How about head-free gingerbread cookies? They look cute!
Love sunflower seeds and I did not know baking soda turned them green. Sometimes you need a small amount of necessary evil. I'm glad your cookies showed no trace of sugar. They look adorable and soft!!
Nancy [email protected]
Gingerbread cookies are such a favorite of mine! So cute!
Could these be any cuter? I don't think so. I love gingerbread men. They just signify Christmas to me.
These are so super cute!
Oh these are so super cute. Love them!
No nut flours?! Oh my. You are amazing to have come up with nut-free subs for grain-free baking! These are super cute and I bet they taste great. 🙂
When you posted about these on facebook and all the things that *weren't* in them, I was wondering what ingredients were left! haha This is so creative!
Oh, I bet toffee flavored stevia would an some awesome flavor. These are so pretty, and I'm beyond intrigued by your use of sunflower seeds!
Coleen @ The Redhead Baker
I didn't know you could grind sunflower seeds and use them in place of flour! Thanks for the tip! Cute cookies 🙂
I love that these gingerbread men are soft. They look delicious!
These gingerbread men are adorable!
Sunflower seeds are my favorite! I've never cooked/baked with sunflower seed flour but moving into the new year, I'm going to make sure I do. I love the looks of your gingerbread cookies. They're the things that Christmas dreams are made of.
I learned something new today! I really had no idea about the sunflower seed flour, it's popping up everywhere now! These look great.
Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes
These are too cute!! I love these little gingerbread men!
Mmmm I love soft gingerbread! These are so cute!
Sunflower seed flour? Didn't know! I'm guilty of using almond flour in all the GF-things! HA! 🙂
So cute...I always want to bite the heads off first.
I never knew there was such a thing as sunflower seed flour. I learn something new every time I come to your blog! These cookies look perfect for decorating.