vegan and gluten free molasses cookies on plate

Vegan & Gluten-Free Molasses Cookies

  • Author: Carrie Forrest, MPH in Nutrition
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 16 minutes
  • Total Time: 31 minutes
  • Yield: 16 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: gluten-free, vegan, paleo, grain-free


A healthy holiday cookie that is vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, and paleo!


  • 1 chia egg (1 tablespoon chia seeds + 3 tablespoons of water)
  • 1 cup cassava flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter or almond butter (unsweetened)
  • ¼ cup applesauce
  • ½ cup blackstrap molasses
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar (optional, for topping)


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper for easy clean up.
  2. Make the chia egg by combining the chia seeds and water in a small glass bowl. Stir and set aside for 10 minutes to thicken.
  3. Next, combine the cassava flour, baking powder, and ground cinnamon in a medium mixing bowl.
  4. Add the nut butter, applesauce, molasses, vanilla, and the chia egg to the mixing bowl and stir to combine.
  5. Use a spoon to drop the batter onto the cookie sheet. You’ll have enough for about 15-16 cookies.
  6. Bake for 16-18 minutes, or until the cookies start to brown. Be careful not to let them burn.
  7. Enjoy warm or at room temperature.