Soft Baked AIP Coconut Molasses Cookies

 AIP coconut molasses cookiesIn 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?
 AIP coconut molasses cookiesThese 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).  AIP coconut molasses cookiesThese 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.

 AIP coconut molasses cookies 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.  AIP coconut molasses cookiesAlso 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. AIP coconut molasses cookiesWith 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. AIP coconut molasses cookies

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Soft Baked AIP Molasses Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 c . whole pitted dried dates about 20 dates
  • 1/2 c . unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 Tbs . coconut oil solid at room temperature
  • 1/2 c . honey
  • 1/2 c . unsulfured molasses
  • 1 c . coconut flour
  • 1 c . tapioca starch
  • 1 Tbs . gelatin
  • 1/2 tsp . dried ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp . dried ground cloves
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp . sea salt
  • 1 1/2 c . and 1/2 c. shredded coconut divided

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a medium sized blender or food processor process the dates until a ball forms. It may seem like the dates will never form a ball, but they will. Be patient and keep processing.
  3. To the blender or processor add the applesauce, coconut oil, honey, and molasses. Process to combine.
  4. In a separate medium sized bowl mix to combine thoroughly the coconut flour, tapioca starch, gelatin, cloves, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda, and sea salt.
  5. Add 3/4 of the flour mixture to the blender along with 1 1/2 c. shredded coconut and process to combine. The coconut should now be in smaller pieces.
  6. Remove the blender blade if possible or transfer the dough to a different bowl.
  7. With a large spoon or spatula stir in the remaining flour and shredded coconut.
  8. Using a cookie scoop, scoop out balls of dough onto the cookie sheet.
  9. Using your hands press the cookie dough balls down until they are 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Keep a small bowl of water nearby to keep the hands wet while pressing down the cookie dough balls, which prevents the dough from sticking to them.
  10. Place in oven and bake 15-20 minutes or until the cookies are golden brown on the edges, are firm in the center, and look slightly dry.
  11. Remove from oven when they are finished baking. Allow to cool slightly before transferring to a cooling rack or allow to cool on the cookie sheet.
  12. Store in an airtight container. The cookies may be a little hard when they come out of the oven. Once they are put into a plastic bag together or airtight container they will soften up.

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