Gluten-Free, Keto Gingerbread Cookies

Gluten-Free, Keto Gingerbread Cookies

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This holiday season, don’t miss out on your favorite Christmas cookies just because you’re following a low-carb diet. 

These gingerbread keto cookies are sugar-free, gluten-free, and only have four net carbs per serving. 

Dress them up in keto-friendly frosting, or have them as-is if you just love that gingerbread flavor. You can even share them with the kids — they won’t know the difference!

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These low-carb gingerbread cookies are:

  • Sweet 
  • Comforting
  • Warming
  • Festive
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The main ingredients are: 

Optional additional ingredients:

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Health Benefits of Keto Gingerbread Cookies

Warming Spices To Heat Up Your Metabolism

Gingerbread cookies are packed with warming spices like cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. Warming spices not only give your food a warming flavor, but they actually impact your body on a metabolic level as well. 

In fact, systems of medicine like Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine have known about the effects of warming spices for thousands of years. 

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Research shows that cinnamon can turn fat tissue into “brown fat”, which is a type of fat that burns more calories. As a result, taking cinnamon may induce fat loss[*]. 

In addition, both ginger and cinnamon have been shown to reduce fat mass, blood glucose, and improve lipid profiles in animal models using these spices as metabolic enhancers[*]. 

And cloves, another warming spice in this recipe, increase the function of your mitochondria — which directly relates to metabolism[*].

Rich In Collagen To Support Your Connective Tissues

By cutting out the wheat flour that’s traditionally used for gingerbread and adding in nut-based flours, you get the obvious benefits of making this recipe gluten-free and lower in carbs.

However, this recipe takes the flour alternatives to the next level by adding in collagen powder. Collagen is an essential nutrient for your connective tissue, which affects your body in several ways, including skin health, joint health, and gut health[*][*][*].

Keto Gingerbread Cookies

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There’s no recipe out there that you can’t tweak to fit into your keto diet — gingerbread cookies included. These cookies are as festive as they come. You can enjoy them as is, or take an extra step and decorate them with frosting and sprinkles. 

To begin, line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. 

Gather your ingredients along with a medium bowl or large bowl (depending on your batch size). 

In your mixing bowl, combine all the dry ingredients (almond flour, coconut flour, collagen powder, sweetener, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, nutmeg, and salt).

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Sweetener note: You can use whatever sweetener you have, just make sure it comes from a natural source. Most sugar alcohols won’t spike your blood sugar, but they may give you digestive upset, so stick to erythritol if you’re going to sugar alcohol route. 

Whisk your dry ingredients together until they’re well-combined. 

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Next, add in your wet ingredients and using a whisk or hand mixer combine to form your cookie dough. Allow your dough to sit in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to chill. 

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Once the dough is chilled, preheat your oven and remove cookie dough from the fridge.

Roll out the dough onto a surface that’s been covered with either coconut or almond flour to avoid sticking. Roll to about 1/4 inch thickness. 

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Now for the fun part, using your cookie cutters cut out gingerbread men, Christmas trees, bells, or whatever else your heart desires. 

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Add the cookie cut-outs to your baking sheet, and bake for 12-15 minutes, or until desired doneness. Remove the cookies from the oven and let them cool on a wire rack before decorating. 

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Note: You can switch out the unsalted butter for coconut oil if you want to keep the recipe dairy-free and paleo. 

Frosting Tips:

If you’re going to decorate your gingerbread cookies, make sure they’re completely cooled down before adding any frosting. 

Also, use all-natural colorings instead of chemical-based dyes. Any natural food store will carry a variety of natural colorings made from fruits and vegetables. 

If you’re saving the decorating for later, store the cookies in an airtight container to preserve freshness.

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Gluten-Free, Keto Gingerbread Cookies

This holiday season, don’t miss out on your favorite Christmas cookies just because you’re following a low-carb diet. 

These gingerbread keto cookies are sugar-free, gluten-free, and only have four net carbs per serving. 

Dress them up in keto-friendly frosting, or have them as-is if you just love that gingerbread flavor. You can even share them with the kids — they won’t know the difference!

  • Author: Corina Nielsen
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes + 1 hour in fridge
  • Yield: 14 cookies 1x
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Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Combine dry ingredients in a mixing bowl (almond flour, coconut flour, collagen powder, sweetener, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, nutmeg, and salt). Whisk to combine.
  3. Add butter, milk, molasses, and extract. Mix well to form a dough. Chill for 30 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 350F and remove dough from the fridge. Roll dough onto a floured surface (use almond or coconut flour). Press to ¼” thickness. Using a cookie cutter, cut cookies into desired shapes. Add cookies to the baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 12-15 minutes until desired doneness. Remove from the oven and let cool in the pan for at least 15 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely.  Decorate if desired.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 cookie
  • Calories: 168
  • Fat: 15g
  • Carbohydrates: 6g (Net: 4g)
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 4g

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