Secret-Ingredient Gingerbread Cookie Bites – grain-free and vegan

Looking for a healthy cookie recipe? This Secret Ingredients Gingerbread Cookie Recipe is Grain Free, Sugar Free, and Dairy and Egg Free too (vegan). They are made with a special kind of flour that might be new to you. #paleo

I love making healthy treats for my family like our “Almond Joy®” Bars, Homemade Gummy Snacks, “Dorito®” Popcorn, and Healthy Chocolate Truffles. More and more we’re going grain free so I’m thrilled to add these gingerbread cookies from Kate’s Healthy Cupboard to our recipe box. It’s a great takeoff from traditional gingerbread cookies or gingerbread men, plus they’re grain free and vegan. I am going to make these for sure. My husband LOVES spiced cookies!}

Molasses style cookies are a favorite around here anytime of the year!

Gingerbread men cookies are festive, cute and have a lot of character, but they are also a lot of work!! I decided to take that flavor and do a simple cookie ball with all the flavor and half of the work (and none of the traditional grain)!

This gingerbread recipe calls for a unique flour…

Chestnut flour.

What is Chestnut Flour and How to Use It

1.  Chestnut flour is a gluten free alternative to regular flour made from ground chestnuts.  Chestnuts are dried and made into sweet flavored flour in Italy for centuries.

2.  In Tuscany, chestnut flour is considered a staple food, and it is commonly called for in recipes such as:

– chestnut flour bread
– pie crust
– crepes, and
– other baked goods.

3.  Its sweet flavor makes it the perfect fit for recipes involving almonds, chocolate, honey and hazelnuts.  I’ve found it to be awesome in fall recipes that incorporate pumpkin and spice.

4.  Chestnut flour and Baking.  Chestnut Flour has
– less carbohydrates than regular white flour but has many of the same baking properties as flour. Chestnuts do not contain the fat content regular nuts have, and are instead largely composed of carbohydrates.
– it creates a fluffier baked good
– has a distinct taste that has a bit of spiciness to it and
– pairs really well with warm fall flavors, especially ginger!

I love using almond flour and am not afraid of fat by any means. I’m just enjoying how much fun this flour is to work with, and not to mention how good it is!

5. Is it a nut or a fruit? According to Wikipedia, it’s a fruit. If you have tree nut allergies, please look into this more, but my understanding is that it’s not a nut!!!

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Where can you buy chestnut flour?

Check with your local natural grocery stores.  You can also order it from Amazon or from I realize it’s a unique ingredient, but I promise you will enjoy it.
I have some other recipes using it like these crunchy Ginger Snaps or this Pumpkin Bread that you could also try.


* You can sub arrowroot flour, for the chestnut flour if nut allergic, but only use 2 tbsp of arrowroot, NOT 1/4 cup!  For THM or other lower carb diets, use more almond flour or other nut or seed flour.

The cookies may spread a tiny bit more, but are still delicious!!!

** For a low glycemic substitute, try 1/4 tsp molasses added to 1/3 cup of xylitol, erythritol, or this Truvia® Substitute and use that in place of the straight molasses.

Have you ever heard of or used Chestnut Flour before?

Kate's Healthy Cupboard - a healthy cooking blogKate Criswell is a Fitness Trainer and Nutrition Coach who loves spending time in the kitchen tweaking recipes to make them healthier yet still satisfying and delicious.  For more of her grain-free recipes and tips, visit Kate’s Healthy Cupboard at

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  1. this recipe sounds great, but what can i use instead of almond flour? i can eat almonds 🙁

    • Hi Karen,
      You can use any nut flour! sells hazelnut, brazil, cashew and pecan flour. I don’t suggest peanuts, but peanut flour is available too.

  2. If I were to buy chestnut flour, you’d probably find me eating the ground flour with a spoon from the can, LOL! I am so obsessed with chestnuts! I couldn’t have this flour in my house for that reason, lol !

  3. These look delicious! I’m tempted to try them, but would have to look into the “nut or fruit” thing first lol! If I eat nuts my skin protests 🙂

  4. These are too cute! Can’t wait to be able to have molasses again!

  5. Yum! I’ll have to look for some chesnut flour. I’d like to try these.

  6. Melissa says:

    “grass fed” butter is still butter. And butter isn’t vegan, because it’s actually the cow that produces the milk that’s used to make the butter that’s grass-fed, not the butter.
    Ghee is made of butter, and so it isn’t vegan either.

    Now, coconut oil IS vegan. So perhaps test the recipe with coconut oil to make sure it works and then list that as the ingredient with butter/ghee as the alternatives?

  7. I live in Mexico City and there is not such flour , is it possible to use regular flour?

    • I think you can – I don’t have much experience with substituting it, but from what I am reading it should work. So sorry for the delay – I missed your comment.

  8. So there is no baking soda or eggs needed in this recipe?

  9. Hi Kate, I am wondering the ground ginger is grounded fresh ginger, or can use ginger powder instead? thanks!

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