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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!

It seems like this year, we skipped right from Halloween to Christmas but I’m actually used to that in Canada! When November 1st rolls around, everyone is in the mood for Christmas which I’m not mad about!

I love Christmas flavours… gingerbread, peppermint, chocolate – I can’t get enough! These gingerbread cookies are made with simple ingredients and don’t require any baking. The perfect snack or dessert for the holiday season.

Here’s What You Need

  • dates – make sure your dates are nice and sticky! If they seem dry, you can rehydrate them in a bit of warm water before using.
  • nuts – I used almonds and cashews but you can use any nut you’d like!
  • oats – I recommend using instant or rolled oats.
  • fresh ginger – I recommend freshly grated ginger for the best flavour but you can use ground ginger as well.
  • blackstrap molasses – can’t have gingerbread flavour without molasses.
  • cinnamon and nutmeg – key spices in gingerbread cookies!
  • sea salt – to bring all of the flavors together.
  • candied ginger – optional but highly recommended!

How to Make No Bake Gingerbread Cookies

STEP 1: Add the dates to the food processor and process until a pea-sized consistency is reached. You can also use a high powered blender if needed!

STEP 2: Add in the nuts and process until well combined.

STEP 3: Add the oats and continue to process until the dough comes together to form a ball.

STEP 4: Carefully break up the ball and add in the fresh ginger, molasses and spices. Process until everything is well combined. The dough should be somewhat sticky but still hold it’s shape.

STEP 5: Stir in the candied ginger, if using.

STEP 6: Wet hands and form the dough into balls. Flatten balls with your palms to make a cookie shape. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or saran wrap and arrange in a single layer. Freeze for 15 minutes to set.

How to Store Raw Gingerbread Cookies

Keep any leftover cookies in an airtight container in the refrigerator for several weeks or in the freezer for up to 3 months.


Raw Gingerbread Cookies

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

  • Author: Davida Lederle
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 20
  • Yield: 20 cookies 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Raw
  • Diet: Vegan


  • 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 tbsp fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 1 tbsp 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. Process dates in a food processor or powerful blender until pea sized consistency is reached.
  2. Add in nuts and process until well combined
  3. Add oats and continue to process until “dough” comes together to form a ball.
  4. Break up the ball and add in fresh ginger, molasses and spices.
  5. Continue processing until everything is well combined. Dough will be somewhat sticky but should still hold a shape.
  6. Stir in candied ginger if desired.
  7. Wet hands and form dough into balls. Flatten balls with palms to make cookie shape.
  8.  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.
  9. Freeze for 15 minutes.
  10. Keep in refrigerator for several weeks or in the freezer for months.

Keywords: raw gingerbread cookies, no-bake gingerbread cookies, vegan gingerbread cookies

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  • Reply
    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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