In my opinion, nothing says Christmas better like freshly baked gingerbread cookies, especially gingerbread men or other gingerbread shapes (trees, stars, bells, candy canes etc.). Gingerbread cookies are one of my favorite Christmas cookies and I looked forward to making them every year. In fact, they were only made once a year because of the mess required to make them, their time consuming-ness, and the ginormous batch of cookies that resulted. So, in short…they were a lot of work, but they tasted delicious so that is all that matters. Right?
These AIP coconut molasses cookies are not your typical gingerbread cookie,but they are a close cousin….the molasses cookie, not to be confused with the other hard and crisp cousin….gingersnaps. I have never quite cared for gingersnaps, because I am always afraid I might break my teeth when I eat them and they are just too gingery. I would take a nice soft baked molasses or gingerbread cookie any day over gingersnaps (AIP or Paleo compliant cookies that is). These AIP coconut molasses cookies are a delicious and are not just a treat. Some (not all) of the good-for-you ingredients used include coconut oil and shredded coconut (loaded with medium chain triglycerides), dried dates (many vitamins and nutrients, also a natural sweetener), honey (unrefined sweetener), gelatin (protein and amino acids), and not to mention the star of they show…molasses.
Molasses has many different health benefits. The first, according healthline (link to article) is that it has the lowest sugar content of any sugar product with a low glycemic load. From Dr. Axe (link to article) Molasses also packs a powerful punch of nutrients and vitamins including (brace yourselves for this long list)…..vitamin B6, pantothenic acid, niacin, thiamine, manganese, magnesium, potassium, iron, selenium, copper, calcium, phosphorus, and sodium. The underlined vitamins/minerals in the previous list are present in high concentrations. Also from Dr. Axe, molasses has many other health benefits besides those already listed. Due to the high levels of iron PMS symptoms are relieved and mood/energy can be improved. Molasses can help combat stress, stabilize blood sugar levels, prevent cancer (high in antioxidants), promote skin health, improves bone health, treat arthritis, and lowers cholesterol. If time permits please see the link provided for a more detailed explanation. Also check out this link from Organic Facts for more history, types, and other health benefits of molasses.With that being said, you don’t have to think twice about reaching for a couple of these guys. All the health benefits of molasses gives you a reason to eat not only one, but two, three, four, five, or six. Okay, maybe not that many. Maybe about 2 or 3….everything in moderation, especially with the upcoming holiday season, which I hope is special, magical, and blessed in so many ways. May your days be merry and bright and filled with family, friends, delicious food, and these wonderful soft baked AIP coconut molasses cookies.