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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
    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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    [email protected]
    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 11:07 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    [email protected], 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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