Healthy Gingerbread Cookies

Thanksgiving is almost here, and now is the perfect time to start rolling out the gingerbread recipes!  Here’s a healthier version of an old favorite, the gingerbread cookie.  The gingerbread cookie is a great recipe to do with your kids.  My daughter, Meadow, helped me make and cut these gingerbread cookies out.  She also dumped flour all over my kitchen counter and spooned handfuls of dough in her mouth when she thought I wasn’t looking.  Gotta love kids.

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Gingerbread Cookies - My Whole Food Life

Most gingerbread cookies I have made in the past end up hard as rocks.  I love that these cookies are a bit on the softer side.  Probably due to the applesauce I put in them.  These cookies have very little fat and contain no processed sugar so feel free to have a few!

Healthy Gingerbread Cookies

Healthy Gingerbread Cookies

Prep Time 2 hr Cook Time 8 min Serves 18 Cookies     adjust servings



  1. Mix the dry ingredients in one bowl.
  2. Mix wet in another.
  3. Add dry to wet and mix only until combined.
  4. Remove the dough from the bowl and cut into two equal parts.
  5. Wrap the dough in plastic and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  6. Preheat oven to 350.
  7. After two hours, remove the dough from the fridge.
  8. Roll the dough onto a floured surface until it is about 1/4 inch thick. Please use additional flour if necessary.
  9. Cut dough into desired shapes and place them onto a lined baking sheet.
  10. Bake the cookies for about 8 minutes and then let them cool a bit before removing.
  11. Set them aside to completely cool before decorating. Enjoy!


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117 thoughts to “Healthy Gingerbread Cookies”

  1. I'm going to try your recipe because I also bake with spelt and it seems nice. I'm an ovo vegan. However, I will use real, organic grass fed eggs instead. You can not call these healthy if you bake with flax seed. To heat up PUFA oils, especially flax is very unhealthy. Just saying. I also consume flax seeds, but never heated up in anything.
    1. I have never heard that about flax seeds. The only other alternative to the vegan egg would be chia seeds. You think it's okay to heat chia seeds?
      1. All seeds including Chia has this kind of fat. If I had to use another binder instead off real egg I would use organic non GMO corn starch. (1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 2 tablespoons water = 1 egg)
          1. hello. I made these today but now I'm very concerned about what Casper wrote about flax eggs. I make a lot of your recipes and they are all great! But most of your baked recipes are with flax eggs... Did you get any additional information about it?
          2. this was written:I’m an ovo vegan. However, I will use real, organic grass fed eggs instead. You can not call these healthy if you bake with flax seed. To heat up PUFA oils, especially flax is very unhealthy. Just saying. I also consume flax seeds, but never heated up in anything.
  2. Hi Melissa! Could you please give me your input on which gf flour would work well with this recipe? My little brother really wants gingerbread men cookies! I'm trying to avoid any starch...
    1. I haven't tried GF flour in this recipe. If I was going to, I would try GF all purpose. I'm not 100% sure it will work though.
  3. I love your blog. my wife sends me a few recipes every day that we need to try! However, this recipe was not good. :( I used whole wheat flour. maybe if you doubled the molasses? The cookies had no flavor. I saved them to use as dog biscuits - the dog loves them. :)
    1. I'm sorry you didn't care for them. :( When I make them I add a full tablespoon of ginger. Did you add the full amount or just half tablespoon? I am happy to hear that they are not going to waste though.
  4. Put ingredients in as specified and have the driest dough ever :( it falls apart when I try to roll it out. Thought this might improve after being in the fridge but no luck. Any suggestions for next time?
      1. On 2nd thought, I did sub golden syrup for the molasses and also used wholemeal flour... probably my own fault? When you say add more milk, should there be milk already? I just had another look at the ingredients and it's not there. Sorry to be a pain, this whole foods journey is brand new to me, & I so desperately want to be able to make gingerbread men still! :) Thanks, Tina
        1. Oh sorry. I didn't check the recipe. For some reason I thought there was milk in it. However, I would add a bit of milk if it looks dry. I'm not sure what whole meal is? Maybe that is what happened?
  5. Hi, Can't wait to try these out; I've been looking for a low sugar version & this sounds great. Am new to using any flour other than standard white & whole wheat. Can you fill me in on Spelt flour? Assuming it bakes similar to reg flour & no tricky recipe adjusting like for Coconut flour. Any idea on where Spelt Flour is in comparison to other flours on the Glycemic Index? Thanks so much!!
    1. Hi Kathy! I am not sure of the glycemic index, but spelt is very easy to use. It is a 1:1 sub for wheat or white flour. I really like it because it lighter in texture compared to whole wheat.
  6. I made these this afternoon and they turned out perfectly, just like proper gingerbread, soft with a great texture, and the flavour was amazing! I subbed yoghurt for the applesauce and it worked great. Thank you so much, this will definitely be my go to festive gingerbread recipe from now on
  7. Hello, do you use regular spelt flour in this recipe?I usually don't use white flours..Or do you mean whole wheat spelt flour?

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