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

    These look amazing! I definitely need to try soon!

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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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    [email protected]
    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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