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Raw Gingerbread Cookies

November 29, 2013

A simple and delicious recipe for Raw Gingerbread Cookies made with wholesome ingredients like dates and nuts. Better yet, there’s no oven required!

Merry Christmas! It’s appropriate for me to say that now right? Actually in Canada it’s Christmas as of November 1st, and I’m kind of okay with it. As a Jew I have a weird affinity with Christmas. That’s a story for another day.

A simple and delicious recipe for Raw Gingerbread Cookies made with wholesome ingredients like dates and nuts. Better yet, there's no oven required!

Now that it’s officially Christmas in America, it’s time for me to go full-force with traditional Christmas flavours. The fact that I’ve only published 2 gingerbread and 1 peppermint flavoured recipe so far this season has required more will-power than you’ll ever know. But now I’m free to assault you with everything Christmas flavoured! Bring on the gingerbread.

A simple and delicious recipe for Raw Gingerbread Cookies made with wholesome ingredients like dates and nuts. Better yet, there's no oven required!

Gingerbread cookies will forever remind me of the orthodontist. Yes, you read that correctly. I don’t know about you, but I was born with a less than stellar set of teeth. My “awkward phase” i.e. braces phase was extended for longer than the average tween, and it wasn’t pretty. But finally the day came to get my braces off and I was outfitted with those wonderful permanent retainers behind my teeth.

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These come with a warning to not bite into hard things like apples but the list did not include anything about raw frozen gingerbread dough. I managed to snap off both wires in my attempts to fulfill my gingerbread fix. Explaining that to the orthodontist was by far one of the strangest conversations I’ve ever had. And one that you likely will never forget hence why gingerbread reminds of the orthodontist.

Fortunately these raw gingerbread cookies are much softer than frozen gingerbread dough so if you are unfortunate enough to be in your braces phase (don’t worry the end will come!) you can still eat these. No awkward orthodontist conversations necessary.


Raw Gingerbread Cookies

  • Author: The Healthy Maven
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: Inactive Time:
  • Total Time: 20
  • Yield: 20 cookies 1x


  • 1 cup dates, packed
  • 1 cup nuts (I used 1/2 cup almonds and 1/2 cup cashews)
  • 2 cups oats (instant or rolled)
  • 2 T fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 1 T blackstrap molasses
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • sprinkling of sea salt
  • 1/4 cup candied ginger, chopped (optional but highly recommended!)


  1. Add in nuts and process until well combined
  2. Add oats and continue to process until “dough” comes together to form a ball.
  3. Break up the ball and add in fresh ginger, molasses and spices.
  4. Continue processing until everything is well combined. Dough will be somewhat sticky but should still hold a shape.
  5. Process dates in a food processor or powerful blender until pea sized consistency is reached.
  6. Stir in candied ginger if desired.
  7.  On a parchment or saran wrapped baking sheet align cookies in a single layer. Alternatively use a baking pan and stack in layers with a sheet of parchment or saran wrap between.
  8. Wet hands and form dough into balls. Flatten balls with palms to make cookie shape.
  9. Keep in refrigerator for several weeks or in the freezer for months.
  10. Freeze for 15 minutes.

A simple and delicious recipe for Raw Gingerbread Cookies made with wholesome ingredients like dates and nuts. Better yet, there's no oven required! #raw #gingerbread #christmasrecipe

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What’s your favourite Christmas flavour? Did you or do you have braces?


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  • Reply
    Ksenija @ With An Open Mind
    November 29, 2013 at 3:06 am

    Gingerbread spice is actually a flavor I kind of use year round, just as molasses and cinnamon. So I don’t know if I still do have flavors that are exclusively saved for Christmas… mulled wine probably. But your cookies are definitely something I am going to make – Christmas or not!

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      December 4, 2013 at 2:08 pm

      I have it year round too! I’ve never tried mulled wine but I feel like it’s something I would love!

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        November 30, 2018 at 7:45 am

        It is not Christmas in Canada as of November 1st! We respect and honour Remebrance Day November 11th. Please respect it also by editing your error.

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    Shawn @ Fruity 'N' Nutty
    November 29, 2013 at 3:47 am

    Well, a belated Merry Christmas to you! 😀

    I’ve literally been counting down till the time of year when gingerbread products are in abundance. Gingerbread cookies are definitely one of my fave type of cookies. 😀 I’ve never had raw gingerbread cookies before but I can’t wait to try them.

    Ugh braces! I had them for about 4 years till I got them off in middle school. But during a check up last year, my dentist decided that I needed to wear them again so I’ve had them for a total of five years and have no idea when I can get them off.

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    Arman @ thebigmansworld
    November 29, 2013 at 4:07 am

    Haha, my post today could NOT have come at a more suitable time for this recipe! I love the addition of candied ginger- apparently Australia has some of the best (its the same as crystallised ginger..right?! )

    My favourite christmas flavour is prawns. No joke- they are such a summer thing here which means christmas thing which is on every table come christmas time. 😉

    PS Might be my computer but the side bar is covering abit of the post… :s

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    Christine @ Gotta Eat Green
    November 29, 2013 at 6:53 am

    My fav Christmas flavour is peppermint! I love it in everything. These cookies look delicious. I was looking for a healthy cookie recipe last night, ended up making some quinoa carrot cookies..delish!

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    Amanda @ .running with spoons.
    November 29, 2013 at 7:03 am

    I’m still holding out until December 1st to officially begin celebrating Christmas. Two.more.days. UGH! That being said, I already busted out the gingerbread, which just goes to show you how much self-control I actually have 😉 But I love everything about these cookies — especially the molasses 😆 I don’t know what it is, but I’ve been OBSESSED with that stuff lately. There are worse things, I suppose…

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    Amy @ The Little Honey Bee
    November 29, 2013 at 7:08 am

    I hardly use ginger in my cooking/baking but I have honestly been meaning to change that! I’m a Jew who loves Christmas too… fave flavor has got to be peppermint!

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    Kim @ Fit & Petite
    November 29, 2013 at 8:47 am

    I would love to try to make these raw gingerbread cookies. Sounds delicious and super healthy!

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    Sam @ Better With Sprinkles
    November 29, 2013 at 9:21 am

    Sunday is December 1st, so I’m considering that my official foray into the Christmas season 😉 And as for Christmas flavours, mint and chocolate is always my absolute fave – there will definitely be some bars or other dessert featuring those flavours around here this year!

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    November 29, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Yum! I literally made gingerbread cookies for the first time last weekend, but I had to bake those suckers – will definitely be putting yours to the test! I love an excuse to use molasses and ginger 🙂

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    Ang @ Nutty for Life
    November 29, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Yummy! I love cookies made with dates, so I am sure these would be a hit with my family. It’d be a nice twist on the average gingerbread cookie, which are always fun to decorate but kind of a pain! I am ready for the onslaught of Christmas flavors 🙂

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    Danielle @ LabelsAreForTinCans
    November 29, 2013 at 10:13 am

    Haha that is so unfortunate! I actually got my braces off (I think in grade 7) on Halloween. Very conveniently timed! Wires haven’t snapped off yet… But I haven’t bitten into any raw gingerbread dough lately 😉

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    Mary Frances
    November 29, 2013 at 10:29 am

    Bless your heart! That is so funny and yet so awkward. I definitely had braces! although I never had any big issues like snapping wires. I have teeth that get cavities so easily and I’ve had my dentist ask if I even brush (hello, do I look like someone who doesn’t care about hygiene? 🙂 I just got a bag of dates and now I know exactly what I’m going to do with them. Mint and eggnog are my favorite Christmas flavors, but gingerbread is right up there! It’s how I cope with no pumpkin spice;)

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    Alex @ Kenzie Life
    November 29, 2013 at 11:19 am

    Sounds lovely! My favorite winter flavors are chocolate peppermint, hands down. Nothing in the world will beat that combination ever. Except maybe honey butter. For some reason that gets me too 🙂

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    November 29, 2013 at 11:36 am

    Okay. I’ll just trust you on the frozen gingerbread thing. These sound wonderful and I love that they are raw.

    I do love the new look but I’m a little sad that I can’t pin or share your recipes any more. Will you be bringing back share buttons?

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    Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health
    November 29, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    These look awesome! I would eat all of them in ten seconds and not feel bad about it. Can you send some to me please?

    I actually never had braces but I’m sure plenty of people broke their wires by eating frozen gingerbread dough. Seems logical. 😉

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      December 4, 2013 at 2:19 pm

      Probably not plenty but maybe a handful 😉

      And you know I wish I could just walk over and deliver you some of these!

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    Elise @
    November 29, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    love love love gingerbread! Can’t wait to try these out!

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    Kelly @ Kelly Runs for Food
    November 29, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    I love all things peppermint at Christmas, especially when it’s with chocolate! I was super lucky in that I never had to get braces. I’ve never even had a cavity!

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    Suzanne @ hello, veggy!
    November 29, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    These look fantastic, Davida! I’m with you on the orthodontist wagon; 4 year for this girl 🙁

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    November 29, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    These looks delicious davida! Happy to say I knew you with braces and you were thaaaaat awkward :).

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    Angela @ Happy Fit Mama
    November 29, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    Gingerbread is on my mind now! Yum!

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    Consuelo @ Honey & Figs
    November 29, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    So happy that we all can oficially start cookie baking now!!!! It’s been Christmas in my world since, like, July… yep I like this season so much. And peppermint, and gingerbread!!!! I’m so excited oh gosh. These cookies look lovely and I’m dying to try them ^^

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    Maria @ Little Miss Cornucopia
    November 29, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    mmm…gingerbread is soooo good! i love that these have molasses in them. WIN!

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    Karey @ Nutty About Health
    November 29, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    That’s quite the orthodontist story! 😉
    These cookies look & sound so good!! I love that they’re no bake.

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    Shashi @
    November 29, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    Ouch – snapping off those wires sounds like it might have been painful! I did have braces too – the best part was being able to eat unlimited amounts of ice cream when Ifirst got them and then after every tightening 🙂 Oh yeah!
    Christmas flavor has gotta be peppermint! But if a batch of these cookies made it to my mailbox- they might be my new favorite flavor! 😉

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    Tonya@Healthy, Fit, and Frugal
    November 29, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    Looks delicious! I have to say I carry my Thanksgiving “tastes” over to Christmas and I still love everything pumpkin!

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    Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli
    November 29, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    Oh my gosh, too funny! I’m actually the weird kid who always WANTED braces but never got them. I really don’t have crooked teeth, but I have one that sticks out a little and as a kid, that was ALL I saw. Nowadays I don’t even care and honestly, I’m really glad my parents couldn’t afford to make me a metal mouth back then…I had plenty of other things going for me at the time anyway…unruly curls WITH bangs, being a foot taller than every boy in school, and ohhh, let’s not forget the time I thought it would be a good idea to get a FREAKIN PERM!!! Omg, what was I thinking?!

    Favorite holiday flavor: Chocolate and mint orrrrrrrrrr PUMPKIN!!!

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    November 30, 2013 at 12:28 am

    Besides the fact that their gingerbread cookies, I love the fact that their raw. I made a raw crust for our pumpkin pie this year and am currently hooked on all raw baked goods.

    My favorite flavor during the holidays is peppermint. I’m always finding myself adding some into my morning coffee or smoothies 🙂

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    Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table
    November 30, 2013 at 8:47 am

    Ginger is my favorite spice… next to cinnamon. These sounds amazing. They’d make the perfect pre-workout snack!

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    Christina @ Pinch of Healthy
    November 30, 2013 at 9:03 am

    Gingerbread flavour is a staple around my house during the Christmas season. Probably one of my favourite cookies too, but I’ve never made a healthy version. This ones looks like the real deal so will be making them, perhaps tonight while I put up my Christmas tree? Yay 🙂

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    November 30, 2013 at 11:07 am

    When I was younger I wanted braces and glasses sooo bad. I was such an odd child. I got the braces, but only needed them for like a year. I LOVED them. I am so weird!! I LOVE YOUR new blog look, I know I am late to the party, but I’ve been crazy busy..please forgive me. AANNNDD I need these cookies. Your recipes are totally my favorite.

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      December 4, 2013 at 2:27 pm

      Forgiven! Life gets crazy, totally get it. And thank you! Also you’re a total weirdo for wanting braces and glasses. I have/had both and hated them!

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    November 30, 2013 at 11:14 am

    These look delicious Davida! I love molasses (it’s so underused!). I’m happy to be in the Christmas season as well. The music and the decorations are my favorite parts, and now that we have kids, it’s fun to watch them enjoy it as well! 🙂

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    November 30, 2013 at 11:52 am

    First let me say that I am LOVING the new blog design! 🙂 Secondly gingerbread is my favorite Christmas flavor so obviously I am obligated to make these! They look like a yummy gingerbread lara bar! 🙂 Definitely going to make to have as a snack on hand for the week!

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    Nicole @ FruitnFitness
    November 30, 2013 at 11:59 am

    I love gingerbread flavors, this sounds wonderful! I’m adding these to my list of foods to make before Christmas!

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    Melanie @ Happy Being Healthy
    November 30, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    Those cookies look so yummy! I love gingerbread! I also love cinnamon, hot cocoa and apple cider this time of year. Oh, and I had braces forever too! I had them for 4 1/2 years and it was so not fun.

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    November 30, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    I love the gingerbread recipes so keep them coming!! Merry Xmas to you and Happy Hanukkah !

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    Jan @ Sprouts n Squats
    November 30, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    Merry Belated Christmas!!

    These look so delicious!! I wish my stomach didn’t hate me so much when I eat a lot of dates as otherwise I would try these out but unfortunately I get the worst stabbing pains every time I eat more than 1 date at a time.

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      December 4, 2013 at 2:33 pm

      hahahaha this made me laugh. Christmas is done. Over. God forbid!

      I have weird reactions with too many dates too! Apparently it has something to do with the sulfur in dried fruit? Can’t eat too many but it certainly doesn’t stop me 🙂

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    GiGi Eats Celebrities
    November 30, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    My favorite XMAS flavor – totally this Sugar Cookie Sleigh ride tea I am drinking!!! I feel like I am in Santa’s Workshop! lol

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    Mary @ Fit and Fed
    December 1, 2013 at 3:06 am

    Love the raw cookies, definitely an upgrade from a Larabar, I’m sure the molasses plus two kinds of ginger gives them serious gingerbread flavor.

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    Jill @ Fitness, Health and Happiness
    December 1, 2013 at 3:21 am

    Pumpkin is my favorite seasonal flavor! Love gingerbread too.

    Yummy recipe. I love Larabar and this looks even better!

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    Gabby @ the veggie nook
    December 1, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    I adore the new design Davida! Did you do it yourself??

    These look wonderful and I LOVED the story about your orthodontist. I remember the day I broke my braces- I got so mad I clenched my teeth together and popped the front 2 off! It was strange going in to get my braces fixed and getting a recommendation to work on my anger problem. Psssh whatevs haha

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      December 4, 2013 at 2:40 pm

      I wish I had these kinds of design skills! No I had someone do it for me 🙂

      You popped them off?!?! That’s craziness! Remind me never to mess with you haha

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    December 1, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    I am unfortunate enough to be in my braces phases. For the second time. Yes, I am an adult woman with braces. Sigh. Let me be a lesson for you: wear your retainers.

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    Aimee / Wallflower Girl
    December 2, 2013 at 10:18 am

    I absolutely LOVE the sound of these! Such a great idea and they sound soooo good! I will gladly trade all my teeth for these…

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    Kim @ Racing Bananas
    December 2, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    These look amazing! I definitely need to try soon!

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    December 3, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    I never was interested in gingerbread until I started reading your blog… now I’m so INTRIGUED. I saw gingerbread granola at the grocery the other day and almost bought it (but I of course have two unfinished bags of Granola at my house already). I want to make these – maybe use them pre-workout as an energy bite?

    ALSO I LOVE PEPPERMINT. Chocolate + mint = my fave.

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      December 4, 2013 at 2:42 pm

      Buy the granola…make these…love me forever.

      Peppermint requests??!?! I’m looking for ideas!

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    Kierston @candyfit
    December 5, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    Holy FU! These look amazing! Thanks for linking up to the recipe on #RECIPEFRIDAY!

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    Kari @ bite-sized thoughts
    December 6, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    These look fantastic! Far more appealing than traditional gingerbread in fact 🙂

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    December 25, 2015 at 2:46 am

    Wow! The raw ginger cookies are soooo good! My neighbor brought one down in a batch of other cookies as a good neighbor treat for the Alone-at-Christmas person (me) and it was deelish! Thank you for what you are sharing.

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      The Healthy Maven
      December 30, 2015 at 8:10 am

      So happy you enjoyed them 🙂 They were a hit at parties around here too! Hope you had a lovely holiday!!

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    October 8, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    Oh, these are really delicious – thank you! I love that you can also just sit down and eat the dough! 🙂

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    September 10, 2017 at 8:07 am


    Is the recipe still available? The Ingredients and Instructions sections are blank.

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      September 10, 2017 at 1:17 pm

      should be fixed now! Sorry about that. I recently redid my website and some recipes had trouble transferring over!

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