Incredibly easy chewy Paleo ginger molasses cookies that are every bit as sweet and delicious as the traditional version! Dairy free and vegan, these molasses cookies are perfect for the holidays!

paleo ginger molasses cookies dipped in sugar

If you couldn’t tell by now, I love cookies.

My favorite thing as a kid was to leave cookies out for Santa on our special plate with a big ol’ glass of eggnog (because my dad only kept skim milk in there, and there was no way I was going to torture Santa with that watery guck- no offense, skim milk, you’re just not my thing haha!).

One of those cookies that always made its way to Santa’s plate was a recipe that my mom and grandma always made: ginger molasses cookies.

tray of chewy ginger molasses cookies

Now, this version is based off of that classic cookie, but with a few twists: it’s entirely Paleo, grain free, gluten free, dairy free, nut free, refined sugar free, and vegan (with an option to use eggs if you desire!).

But trust me on this one (have I ever steered you wrong?!), these cookies taste just like the classic I grew up with. You’re going to LOVE them.

When Sonya from Sonya’s Open Cupboard texted me that we should do a cookie collaboration during The Banana Diaries Cookie Week 2019, naturally I jumped at the idea.

I mean, who doesn’t love working with friends, making cookies, and then creating magic (well, Sonya’s the videography wizard, I just watch and ogle haha!)?!

bite of chewy ginger molasses cookie

So Sonya suggested that we make ginger molasses cookies, and I instantly knew what to do. My grandma and mom have been using the same recipe that’s been scribbled down on a 25-year-old piece of paper…yes I’m that old haha!…so I thought, why not just adapt the recipe from that?!

The result? Pure magic.

These Paleo vegan ginger molasses cookies have all of the ease and the flavor of the recipe my mom and grandma use, but are completely grain free, dairy free, refined sugar free, and nut free!

Now, we’ve tested this recipe both ways, a few times without eggs and once each with eggs, and the results are nearly identical, so that’s why we’re sharing both!

If you’re vegan, just use flaxseed “eggs” like how I did in the photos and recipe. If you’re not vegan and want to use regular eggs, follow along in the video, the recipes are nearly identical, save for the swap of eggs!

ginger molasses cookies on board

What is the different between molasses and blackstrap molasses?

So truth be told, there is actually a difference between molasses and blackstrap molasses!

According to Serious Eats, regular molasses contains about 70% sugar while blackstrap molasses contains only 45%. But hold your horses here!

I know what you’re thinking. Just because blackstrap molasses has lower sugar does not mean that you should use it. In fact, I actually have a slightly different recommendation for you, and here’s why:

Now when you bake your cookies, you’ll notice a difference not only in the taste (because blackstrap is less sweet than molasses), but you’ll also notice a difference in the actual cookie.

line of ginger molasses cookies

Molasses will yield a flatter, slightly crackled yet still puffy top when the cookies come out of the oven. Blackstrap molasses, on the other hand, tends to puff up the cookie more, yielding more of a doughy cake cookie rather than a soft, flattened chewy molasses cookie.

For these Paleo ginger molasses cookies, I recommend using regular molasses because I think the result will be better! Plus it’s the holidays, don’t sweat the teensy bit of extra sugar if you don’t need to!

How to make chewy ginger molasses cookies Paleo and vegan!

Now that we’ve gone over the basics, let’s make sure that you have all of your ingredients for making the best chewy ginger molasses cookies (in a Paleo vegan kinda way haha!).

ginger molasses cookie in sugar

For the ingredients, you’ll need:

  • Cassava flour and coconut flour
  • Coconut oil (or vegan butter)
  • Flaxseed with water (or eggs)
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Unsweetened applesauce
  • Baking soda
  • Molasses
  • Ginger
  • Maple or coconut sugar
stack of molasses cookies

Next, you can either follow along with the video or simply read through these! The steps are so easy 🙂

  1. First, you’ll “cream” the coconut oil and coconut or maple sugar together using a hand mixer.
  2. Then add in the applesauce and molasses, and continue beating.
  3. Add in the ginger, baking soda, and apple cider vinegar (it will fizz, you want that!).
  4. Fold in the flaxseed eggs or regular eggs into the batter using a spatula or spoon.
  5. Sift in the flours and mix until it’s a sticky dough. I recommend chilling the dough for 10 minutes, but it’s not 100% necessary. Just unless you feel your batter is actually warm.
  6. Scoop your cookies into 1 inch ginger molasses balls, and you can then roll them in some cane sugar and place them onto a baking sheet, or bake them plain.
  7. Bake for 10 minutes and enjoy!

See? Not that hard at all! In fact, making these Paleo vegan ginger molasses cookies is almost toooooo easy.

tray of molasses cookies

You’re going to absolutely love these grain free ginger molasses cookies! If you give them a go, let me know down below in the comments section.

As always, I love to see your beautiful creations, so make sure to tag me on Instagram and Pinterest!

Happy baking and dipping and chewing (get it?! Because they’re chewy!)!

More healthy Christmas cookies to bake!

Vegan Gluten Free Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Vegan Gluten Free Linzer Cookies

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Almost Paleo Peanut Butter Blossoms

Healthier Snickerdoodle Cookies

Paleo Vegan Oreo Cookies

Vegan Gingerbread Cookies

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molasses cookie

Chewy Paleo Ginger Molasses Cookies (Vegan)

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  • Author: thebananadiaries
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 30 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking


Incredibly easy chewy Paleo ginger molasses cookies that are every bit as sweet and delicious as the traditional version! Dairy free and vegan, these molasses cookies are perfect for the holidays!


  • 3/4 cup cassava flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/3 cup maple sugar or coconut sugar
  • 3 tbsp ground flaxseed with 6 tbsp water or 1 egg plus 1 egg white
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil or vegan butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup regular molasses
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tsp baking soda
  • Optional: 1/2 cup cane sugar for rolling


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Combine the baking soda and apple cider vinegar together in a small bowl and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream the coconut oil and maple sugar together using a hand mixer. 
  3. Add in the molasses and applesauce, and continue to beat until smooth. 
  4. Add in the apple cider vinegar/baking soda combo and ginger, and beat again.
  5. Next, fold in flaxseed eggs until well combined. 
  6. Then sift in cassava flour and coconut flour until it’s a sticky batter.
  7. Chill the dough for 10 minutes, then scoop 1” inch globs/balls I use a cookie scoop, but about 1 tbsp of batter) onto the cookie sheet and space out about 1-2 inches apart. If you want to roll yours in some cane sugar, do so now!
  8. Bake for 10-12 minutes and let cool.

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