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White plate of Oil-Free Vegan Gingerbread cookies, cut into snowflake shapes. Fir branches and red and gold Christmas ornaments surround the plate.
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5 from 8 votes

Vegan Gingerbread Cookies (Oil Free!)

These amazing Gingerbread Cookies are a healthier version of this classic cookie. You won't believe there's no butter or oil! Made with whole grain flour, molasses, and the perfect amount of spices - you're going to love them!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time7 mins
Dough Chilling2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 27 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Christmas, Cookies, Oil Free, Vegan
Servings: 20
Calories: 125.3kcal
Author: Teresa Sklenicka


Wet Ingredients

  • 1 flax egg (1 Tablespoon flax seed meal with 3 tablspoons hot water)
  • ½ cup raw cashew butter
  • ½ cup organic brown sugar
  • ½ cup molasses
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Dry Ingredients

  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice


  • 1 cup organic powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon non-dairy milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Make a flax egg by mixing together one tablespoon of ground flax seed with 3 tablespoons of warm water. Let this sit for a few minutes, until the mixture becomes gelatinous.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices. Mix these ingredients together well.
  • In another medium bowl, with an electric mixer, mix together the cashew butter, molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, and flax egg.
  • Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. The mixture will be quite sticky, and will seem hard to mix. But keep stirring and the flour mixture will eventually mix in. Divide the cookie dough into two parts, wrap each in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for a couple of hours or overnight.
  • When you're ready to bake the cookies, roll the dough to about 1/3 inch thickness on a floured surface and cut with cookie cutters. Bake the cookies on cookie sheets lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking sheet for 7 minutes at 350° F.
  • Allow the cookies to cool on a cooling rack. Decorate as desired.


Calories: 125.3kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 2.4g | Fat: 1.3g | Sodium: 54.1mg | Fiber: 2.7g | Sugar: 10.8g | Vitamin A: 1.14IU | Vitamin C: 0.03mg | Calcium: 24.02mg | Iron: 0.91mg