December 6, 2020
(updated October 5, 2021)
What’s Inside: Naturally sweetened with dates and dusted in spicy cinnamon, these AIP, Paleo, gluten-free snickerdoodles are soft and chewy. Cozy up with wintery cookies on a chilly afternoon with a cup of tea and warm socks.
Well, that’s a loaded question! Where to begin …
I guess we can start with the fact that these sweet, spicy cookies are easy to make and will satisfy a sweet craving, without the junk. Trust me, you won’t miss the sugar-laden snickerdoodles of your childhood. This grown-up version is adult- and kid-friendly, as well as AIP- and Paleo-friendly, too.
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Some key ingredients in this gluten-free snickerdoodle recipe include tigernut flour, dates, and ceylon cinnamon. You’ll learn more about them below, but believe me when I say they are game-changers when it comes to making healthy cookies that taste as good, if not better, than what you ate before embarking on a Paleo/AIP diet.
Looking to satisfy a sweet tooth on AIP/Paleo? Check out this delicious AIP dessert round-up for more recipes!
If you’ve gone gluten-free, then you know just how many variations of four are out there — almond flour, arrowroot flour, coconut flour, cassava flour, just to name a few. But what about tigernut flour? This might be a new one.
Let’s start off by saying that a tigernut isn’t actually a nut like the name implies. It’s a small root vegetable that grows in the Mediterranean and North Africa that is naturally gluten-free, AIP-, and Paleo-friendly, offering those with nut allergies a safe flour alternative. Yet, it has a subtle nutty flavor!
This grain-free flour has become a trend in the natural foods space and is beginning to make its way to store shelves across the U.S. more regularly. So even if you haven’t spotted it out in the wild just yet, just you wait! In the meantime, I find it online here.
Tip: I highly recommend sifting Tigernut flour before measuring it in cups, I like to do this in a large mixing bowl using a fine-mesh sieve or flour sifter. It’s worth the extra few minutes to kick the clumps out and ensure it bakes well (also it saves you on waste and you end up stretching the flour that way). Learn more about this and more AIP-friendly flours in this guide!
It’s also one of my favorite GF flours, and I’ve used it in a ton of my recipes, including:
Well, you don’t completely! You just find the best quality sweeteners that agree with your body! You can achieve the necessary sweetness without any artificial sweeteners or excess sugar in this recipe primarily by using Medjool dates.
Not only are dates a low-glycemic natural sweetener, but they also aid in creating a soft, chewy cookie, which was exactly what I craved in this snickerdoodle recipe. Crunchy cookies have a place and all, but I do love a soft-baked snickerdoodle cookie!
The date purée also acts as a binding agent in place of eggs, keeping these snickerdoodles AIP-friendly and vegan.
These snickerdoodles are also rolled in a bit of cinnamon sugar … coconut sugar, that is (which is lower in fructose than traditional sugar)! It’s a snickerdoodle, after all! You can always omit if you need to.
Time-saving Tip: Make extra cinnamon sugar and store in an airtight container on your counter or in your pantry to use when making leftover frozen dough.
Cinnamon is a wonderful blood sugar stabilizer. If possible, it’s best to use ceylon cinnamon in this snickerdoodle recipe, but regular cinnamon is fine, too. Just don’t omit it! This is a critical ingredient for these snickerdoodles and cannot be left out. It’s worth a run to the grocery store, if needed.
Nutritional Therapy Practitioner Tip: I love using ceylon cinnamon in all my sweet baked good recipes or desserts as often as I can because it helps stabilize blood sugar. I often use it in savory dishes, too! This is a staple spice in my cooking because of the rich, unique flavor combined with the nutritional benefits. It’s also safe on the elimination phase of AIP!
Store any leftover cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to six days on the counter. (But trust me, they won’t last that long!)
These gluten-free snickerdoodles can also be frozen raw as dough or as fully cooked cookies.
Tip: You can also freeze the raw dough in evenly sized balls so that you can just take out as many as you would want at a time to roll in the cinnamon sugar and bake at your leisure.
These snickerdoodle cookies are the perfect chilly weather cookie. Cozy up a couple of them, warm socks, a good book, and one of these wintery drinks:
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This looks delicious! How much water is used with the dates and how much of that water is used in with the dates in the food processor?
Hi! it’s the 1/3 cup hot water and you use the whole thing (all water and dates) in the food processor to make paste.
Do you drain the dates and place in a food processor? Or add all the water that covered the dates along with the dates in the food processor?
There’s no draining, you place both water and dates in food processor.
OMG! I just made these and I love them. I decided to go AIP last week and knew I would need something to get me through the holiday season. These were absolutely perfect! Thank you!!
YAY I’m so happy you liked them, we actually just made a batch!
I really don’t like tigernut flour, but would like to try these cookies. I’m following AIP so is there another flour you can recommend instead? And the quantity?
I used half of a cup arrowroot and a cup of cassava flour. It was so dry I couldn’t even mash the ingredients together. I had to add tons of water and coconut milk. Maybe it was the flour because I followed the directions besides adding the liquids. I did not enjoy the cookies.
Hi Wendi, cassava flour can get very chalky so it wouldn’t be a good sub. Thanks for sharing your experience with changing the recipe. I’d recommeend using Tigernut or a nut flour if/when nuts are on the table for you to be safe.
I haven’t tried it with another AIP-friendly flour, but if you do please let us know!
Really, Mine tasted like sawdust, really gross, but I will eat them anyway.
Love how few ingredients are in these! I have a friend who’s on the AIP diet and I never know what to make her. These would be a perfect holiday gift!
I love that these are healthier snickerdoodles. Cinnamon is perfect with the dates.
These are really perfect cookies for me! Thanks so much for the recipe!
These are the perfect gluten-free cookies that are great for he holidays. I love that people cannot even tell that they are gluten-free!
These look so delicious and full of Christmas flavours too.
Could you use just date syrup instead of the dates and soaking water?
I haven’t tested it but I don’t think it will be the same consistency at all so wouldn’t recommend it.
Would these work with avocado oil? Or would it be better to wait until I get my hands on coconut oil?
I haven’t tried but I think it could work!! let me know 🙂