Paleo molasses cookies that are also vegan, gluten-free and do not require any baking!  These no-bake cookies make a great healthy cookie recipe for your holiday season.

A stack of gluten-free molasses cookies on parchment paper for a holiday treat.

No-Bake Cookies for the Holidays!

The flavors of Christmas abound in these no-bake paleo molasses cookies!

Every year going into the holiday season I swear that I am going to watch how much sugar I eat.  Before I know it, batches of Super Soft Pumpkin Snickerdoodles and Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies have overtaken my kitchen… and my diet.

Let me make sure I clarify something here… By no means am I suggesting you deprive yourself of all things sweet during this cookie and candy-filled season.  Because if you do, you just might miss the most perfect Cut-Out Sugar Cookies that are coming to the site very soon!

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Instead, I hope to be able to give you a sweet treat that will not break your calorie bank and will actually make you feel good about what you are eating!

Why are these No-Bake Paleo Molasses Cookies so healthy?

As you already know, these cookies are paleo, meaning they are absolutely free of all grain!  Almonds and pecans make up the majority of the cookies and provide good-for-you fats and fiber.

These molasses cookies are also naturally sweetened with maple syrup, molasses, and coconut sugar.  This means you can eat them and not have that horrible sugar-hangover feeling.

A little coconut oil is included as well as the antioxidant-rich spices cinnamon, ginger, and cloves!

A pile of paleo molasses cookies on parchment paper with a glass of milk and two straws.

Storing and Serving No-Bake Cookies

Refrigerating these paleo molasses cookies will ensure they stay fresh for the longest time possible. The maximum time for storage is about 2 weeks.  After two weeks they start to lose their spicy punch.

Just before eating, make sure to let them come to room temperature for 10 minutes.  Doing this ensures the cookies have the best texture possible.

A collection of gluten-free no-bake cookies made with molasses for the holidays.

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No-Bake Paleo Molasses Cookies | Vegan & Gluten Free

Paleo molasses cookies that are also vegan, gluten-free and do not require any baking! They make a great healthy cookie for your holiday season.
Yield 20 cookies
Prep 30 minutes
Total 30 minutes
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  • 2 c almonds raw
  • 2 c pecans raw
  • ¾ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ginger
  • ¼ tsp cloves
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp molasses
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup pure
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil melted
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 1/3 c coconut sugar


  • In the bowl of a food processor combine almonds and pecans. Process for 2 minutes, or until nuts resemble a fine crumb.
  • Add spices and salt. Process for another 10 seconds.
  • Add molasses, syrup and coconut oil. Process for another 1-2 minutes, or until mixture begins to form a ball.
  • Scoop out a 1 ½ - 2 tablespoon-sized ball of molasses cookie “dough.” Shape dough into a ball and roll in coconut sugar. Pat ball into a flat, ¾ - inch thick cookie and sprinkle with additional coconut sugar.
  • Repeat above step with remaining molasses cookie “dough.”
  • Refrigerate molasses cookies for 30 minutes before serving. Be sure to keep cookies refrigerated between servings. Enjoy!
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Calories: 182kcal, Carbohydrates: 11g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 35mg, Potassium: 192mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 5IU, Vitamin C: 0.1mg, Calcium: 55mg, Iron: 0.9mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. Can these be made with just almonds? We have nut allergies here and almonds are okay but that’s just about it for nuts. And this recipe sounds great with the exception of the pecans (although they do sound delish!).

    1. Hi Tara!! I have not tried freezing this particular recipe, but have frozen other vegan/raw desserts and they came out great! Just make sure you wrap them in wax paper and place them in an airtight ziplock bag for the best results. Thanks for your question 🙂

  2. Yay for a healthier yet still sweet tooth satisfying holiday cookie! I love the use of whole food ingredients and the fact that these do not require baking! I’m sure they taste heavenly 🙂