Soft-baked ginger cookies made with tigernut flour! Grain-free, vegan, and perfectly spiced with a trio of ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg. The ginger cookie that can be eaten any time of year!
One of the most frequent questions I get on my Instagram and my WIAW posts is: “What the heck are TigerNuts?”. I often have them with my lunches and snacks, but a lot of people are unfamiliar with this unique food. For one thing, they’re not nuts at all!
What are they?
Like I said, despite their name, TigerNuts are not nuts! In fact they’re tubers…just like potatoes. We all know how much I love potatoes so I was destined to love this food! They grow in the ground just like root vegetables and were very popular in our ancestors diet over 2 million years ago. Currently, you can find them growing mostly in Spain and Africa.
What do they taste like?
A lot of people describe them differently, but to me that taste slightly like chestnuts. At least that’s the closest thing I can compare them too! They’re sweet, crunchy (softer than raw nuts though) and chewy at the same time, and great straight out of the fridge. In fact, it’s best to refrigerate them after you open a bad. I like raw, peeled ones the best…the ones that are unpeeled are a bit TOO chewy for my liking.
Do they have any health benefits?
Aside from being naturally gluten-free just like regular nuts, TigerNuts are super high in resistant starch, a fiber that is very important to fuel the probiotic bacteria in our guts. They’re also high in fiber, HDL cholesterol, and magnesium. They are lower in fat than nuts, yet equally as satisfying and work well to maintain glucose levels. In fact, they’re recommended for diabetics to eat! (We even had my uncle try them!)
Pretty cool, right?
So now that you’re schooled in all things TigerNuts, I can share my favorite way to use them! Sure, they’re great for snacking on raw, but I LOVE baking with them. And I don’t even have to grind them up myself since TigerNut flour is available on the market already! How convenient.
I make pancakes with it, use it as a binder in burgers, and coat proteins with it for a nice breading of sorts. But my favorite way to use it? IN COOKIES.
TigerNut flour is unlike any other flour I’ve ever baked with before. Just like my love of baking with fruit & veggie flours, I like using TigerNut flour because of the texture it yields. Soft, doughy, and grainy!
And that’s exactly how these Soft-Baked Ginger Spice TigerNut Cookies are!
Now I know what you’re thinking, ginger in Spring? Notice how I didn’t call them gingerbread cookies! To me, just like pumpkin, ginger flavored things are an all year round food. How sad would it be if we only have ginger cookies around the holidays?!
No…not okay. So I am bringing you delicious, sweet gingery cookies to enjoy as a perfect springtime snack!
Soft Baked Ginger Tigernut Cookies [vegan + grain-free]
- Prep Time: 5 mins
- Cook Time: 18 mins
- Total Time: 23 mins
- Yield: 8 cookies
- Category: Sweet Snacks
- ½ cup natural applesauce
- ¼ cup TigerNut flour
- ¼ cup potato starch
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 2 tbsp unsweetened cashew milk
- ½ tsp ginger
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp nutmeg
- 1/16 tsp ground cloves
- ¼ tsp vanilla powder or ½ tsp vanilla extract
- optional mix-ins: walnuts, pecans, almonds,
- optional toppings: cinnamon sugar, chopped crystalized ginger
- Preheat the oven to 375°F.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well.
- Divide batter into 8 equal circles on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Add toppings if desired.
- Bake in the oven for 18 minutes.
- Remove and let cool.
A bit of a kick from the ginger, the mix of fragrant vanilla and cinnamon, and sweetness from applesauce…these cookies taste like heaven! Not as strong as gingerbread cookies, but just the right amount of ginger flavor to give you that zesty, zing in each bite.
They’re vegan, naturally gluten- and grain-free, and pretty simple to make despite having one unusual ingredient. Everything else you an easily pick up at your local store! I get my TigerNut flour online here.
I can’t get over their softness. Seriously like fluffy pillows upon first bite! I love eating these with a nice cup of ginger tea…hot or iced is just fine.
So are you convinced? We can now agree on two things: ginger cookies are totally acceptable ANYTIME of year and it’s about time you get your hands on some TigerNuts.
Have you ever had TigerNuts before?
Are you a fan of ginger?
What’s one typically ‘seasonal’ food/flavor that you eat ALL YEAR ROUND? Pumpkin, ginger, and mint chocolate for me!Stay connected:Subscribe to Healthy HelperFacebook: Healthy HelperTwitter: @Healthy_HelperInstagram: HealthyHelperPinterest: Healthy_HelperBloglovin’: Healthy HelperGoogle+: Healthy HelperTumblr: Healthy Helper BlogSnapchat: KailaProulxWant to get FREE products for review and make money as a blogger? Check out Linqia!
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