Recipe: Paleo Gingerbread Men

Whilst I generally avoid anything sweet, sometimes it’s good to have a recipe for a more natural version of a sweet treat up your sleeve – and it doesn’t get much better than ginger biscuits.

Adapted from a gluten free recipe I found online, I’ve replaced rice flour with a mixture of arrowroot and ground almonds to make these wonderfully moreish cookies. I’ve also cut out the sugar and replaced with unrefined molasses. The butter is optional – if you don’t do dairy, you can replace it with coconut oil. Paleo Diet Recipe Ginger Bread Men Man Cookies Biscuits


  • 50g butter
  • 55g arrowroot
  • 55g ground almonds
  • 2 tbsp molasses
  • 1 tbsp raw honey
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 1 teaspoon ginger

How To Make Ginger Biscuits:

1)     Preheat an oven to 180C / 350F / gas mark 4

2)     In a saucepan, melt the butter with the molasses and honey.

3)     Mix the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. Add the mix from the saucepan a little bit at a time, stirring well.

4)     Roll the mixture into biscuits, or use a gingerbread man cookie cutter (or whatever shape you prefer). Cover a baking tray with parchment, and lay the biscuits out side by side.

5)     Bake for 10 – 12 minutes, or until golden brown

6)     You can use nuts or seeds to decorate your gingerbread men.

Do you often do “Paleo Baking”, or is it something you avoid all together? And if you do bake, what do you make?

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  1. Anne says

    If you are fructose free like we are, molasses & honey are out as they are high in fructose. Fructose is the bad part of sugar. I would use glucose syrup or dextrose. I have been wondering why the paleo recipes use honey etc. if you read either David Gillespie’s book. – Sweet Poison or Sarah Wilson’s book -I Quit Sugar you will understand fully why honey & molasses are not a good choice.

    • Sarah says

      Thanks for the great recipe. I’ll give this one a try at Christmas!

      Anne – If you follow Paleo/Primal it’s not really about the ‘diet’, it’s about the lifestyle and choices. One of the main fundamentals of Paleo/Primal is the consumption of foods in its natural (or as near to natural) state – therefore, honey is as pure as honey can get. Our ancestors didn’t have access to glucose syrup (processed from starch crops as in corn, potato, wheat, barley or rice) or dextrose (a naturally recurring sweetener made from plant starch which has an enzyme added to it during its processing). If you are fructose free, that’s great. But I have to disagree with you regarding bad choices for honey. Because this is a lifestyle, I think it’s really up to each individual to decide their choices. Perhaps the words “are not the healthiest choice” would make less people feel admonished.

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