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Ginger Cardamom Cookies

If you are looking to cut down your sugar intake, I have just the cookies for ya – these Ginger Cardamom Cookies are vegan, gluten-free and refined-sugar free and perfect for chomping on for breakfast, snack or dessert!

Ginger Cardamom Cookies - gluten-free, sugar-free, sweetened with Splenda Naturals

Sometimes, habits can be hard to break. Last Friday, I had big plans on how I was going to break the month-long sugar cleanse I had been on. I was in Athens (Georgia) with my daughter and as soon as we got out of a program organized by The University of Georgia, we headed to our favorite bakery.

We waited in line, ogling their chocolate chip cookies and sniffing the sugar-granule-laden air, and when it was my turn to order, all I wanted was a cup of their house coffee! Whomp, whomp! 

So, we got our coffees and drove our sugar-coma-free selves home!

Now, had I been at that bakery the first week of my sugar fast, I might have ordered one of everything, as that first week of quitting sugar cold turkey was hard! But, it was needed.

After having been diagnosed with an out-of-control Candida situation exacerbated by antibiotics and steroids prescribed by my doctor in the first place to treat a chronic sore throat, I declined more prescribed meds and opted to go the holistic route to help my body reboot.

And, one requirement of the holistic route was a Candida Diet, which denounced sugar – for a little while at least.

Ginger Cardamom Cookies - gluten-free, sugar-free, sweetened with Splenda Naturals

But, as the weeks have passed, I don’t miss desserts with added sugar as much. And, I am happy chomping on a few nut-heavy, treats sweetened with SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener (like these Ginger Cardamom Cookies).

Aaaannnnnd, I’ve started feeling great! During my sugar-free stint, I did realize that my prior dessert-after-dessert habit was having me ingest more than the 25-gram maximum recommended by the American Heart Association (AHA) for women (37.5 grams for you men). Clearly, this business of learning never stops!

Ginger Cardamom Cookies - gluten-free, sugar-free, sweetened with Splenda Naturals

SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener does not contain any added flavors, calories or artificial ingredients. And, it is sweet, without a bitter aftertaste as it gets its unique sweetness from Rebaudioside D (Reb D), which is a better tasting stevia leaf extract than Reb A (which is responsible for that bitter aftertaste in some other stevia sweeteners) – thus, giving you more options in replacing added sugar!

By the way, SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener is available at retail stores nationwide in 40 and 80 count boxes.

Ginger Cardamom Cookies - gluten-free, sugar-free, sweetened with Splenda Naturals

This past week, other than chomping on some Korean Doughnuts my mom got my daughter and I, I’ve kept up the habits I adopted over the previous 4 weeks. So, when I heard of the #GoodbyeSugar30 Challenge by SPLENDA®, I figured why the heck not?!

What is the Goodbye Sugar 30 Day Challenge?

SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener is challenging you to identify and replace the added sugar you use in your day to day lives with the delicious new SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener. The goal of this 30-day challenge is to give you the tools to make small changes that can help you reduce added sugars and calories, without sacrificing taste. So, sign up here to begin receiving tools and resources for participating in the Challenge. When you sign up, you’ll receive tips from nutrition expert, Keri Gans to get you started!

Ginger Cardamom Cookies - gluten-free, sugar-free, sweetened with Splenda Naturals

However, this go-around, I plan on not eliminating foods that have sugars that are naturally occurring like fruits. And, I plan on checking the labels of yogurts, salad dressing, and even savory sauces more closely for their added sugar content – care to join me on this adventure?

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Ginger Cardamom Cookies - gluten-free, sugar-free, sweetened with Splenda Naturals

Ginger Cardamom Cookies

4.17 from 6 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 10
Author: Shashi
These slightly-sweet, flavor-packed, Ginger Cardamom Cookies are vegan, gluten-free and refined-sugar free and perfect for chomping on for your breakfast, snack or dessert!


  • 1/2 cup ground flax seed
  • 1/4 cup tapioca starch
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 packets SPLENDA® Natural Stevia Sweetener
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup pecan pieces


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Place the tapioca starch, coconut flour, cardamom, ginger, baking powder, SPLENDA® Natural Stevia Sweetener and ground flax seed in a bowl and mix well
  • Add the coconut oil, almond butter and vanilla and stir till a dough forms
  • Add in pecan pieces
  • Break of pieces of dough (according to whatever size you fancy) and roll into balls and flatten and then place on a parchment lined baking tray.
  • Bake at 350 for ten minutes, let cool and enjoy when cool


Serving: 1g | Calories: 159kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Sodium: 45mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g
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  1. […] little while before I first posted this recipe, I managed to go off refined sugar for a couple of months around Halloween. And, I even shocked myself when I didn’t feel the need to ransack store shelves the day […]

  2. Lauren says:

    These cookies are so dry & crumbly! It was like eating a ball of flour mixed with almond butter.. which is what it is, so I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. Don’t make these cookies unless that sounds good to you.

  3. […] few years ago, I decided to quit sugar cold turkey. As in I gave up sugar, coconut sugar, honey, maple syrup, jaggery, oats, bread, … if […]

  4. I really must get some stevia to bake with. I love ginger and cardamom so I know I will love these

  5. Zainab says:

    I have to look into this challenge. Sugar is too much in our diets. These cookies are amazing!!

    • Shashi says:

      You sure are right! This one isn’t too hard as you can still use dates and raisins and applesauce etc – the one I was on before didn’t so am loving this challenge 🙂 Thanks so much Zainab

  6. Oof. I am not sure I could do a sugar fast. But good on you for trying the holistic approach!
    Maybe one day I will manage to cut back on my sugar intake #goals.
    I am sure having some Splenda in the cupboard would help a lot.

  7. marcie says:

    I love that these cookies are on the healthier side so I can indulge without feeling guilty! Ginger and cardamom are two of my favorite spices so I would love these cookies!

  8. I’m pretty sure I know exactly which bakery you and lil Shashi were standing in! They have amazing cookies…just sayin. 🙂 But they also make a darned good cup o’ joe, so I get it. We’re trying to cut back a bit here right now to counteract the baby weight gain. (Well sympathy weight gain for me.) The holidays are coming, and we need to be good right now! Speaking of good, these cookies sound delicious. I love cardamom, and I can see how the ginger would be excellent in here. Almost like a gingerbread cookie! 🙂

    • Shashi says:

      Haha – Dude, that cuppa joe was so good – just makes me jittery thinking about it 😉
      Yes, yes – these could be gingerbread cookies if I had upped the ginger – but they hit the spot for me – hope they do for y’all too! Thanks so much David.

  9. Kelly says:

    Way to go on making it through a month, Shashi! It gets easier as time goes by and I love that these yummy cookies have no sugar! The ginger and cardamom combo sound amazing!!

  10. These cookies look and sound wonderful. I am a really big fan of cardamom and love that it is in your cookies. I get you with the feeling better when not eating sugar, I did a sugar-free diet a few years ago and I was amazed at how much better I felt. For some reason I, unfortunately, I did not keep up with the sugar-free diet. It is always in the back of mind that I should start it back up again.

    • Shashi says:

      Thanks so much Dawn! I love hearing of others who tried a sugar-cleanse. I don’t think I will be completely sugar free at the end of this month, either Dawn, but the whole experience has helped me understand better where I can get away with substituting it.

  11. Farrah says:

    These look so perfect for the holidays! <3 I definitely need to try making em' soon! I'm so craving some kinda dessert now!

    And what what, Korean doughnuts!? :O!?!

  12. Taylor Kiser says:

    These cookies look so delicious! Love the flavors!

  13. I love ginger cookies this time of year! And I’m definitely open to any way I can cut sugar around the holidays!

  14. The flavors already caught my attention. Loooove anything with cardamom, Shashi! And these cookies are also both gluten and sugar-free. I will have to try this recipe of yours!

  15. I would sure love to have one of these cookies right now! These look so delicious! I love Ginger cookies, and cardamon would be a delicious addition

  16. Mir says:

    I took two months off sugar once, just to see what it would be like. It was just kind of boring and flat. No withdrawal, but food wasn’t as fun. But I’m glad it helped you feel better!
    These cookies look amazing!

    • Shashi says:

      Oh wow – you are my idol! I had withdrawl the first couple of weeks – good thing I wasn’t your neighbor or I would have been raiding your kitchen and fridge for ALL your decadent treats!

  17. Clearly this learning business doesn’t! I’m sorry to hear that those prescribed meds led to so many troubles. It’s really good to hear that things are turning around for you. 🙂 Sometimes the holistic approach is all ya need to give your life the positive change you need. I totally applaud you for leaving the bakery empty-handed. Thank you for inspiring all of us to trim the amount of sugar in our diets down a bit. These cookies look amazing, Shashi! <3

  18. Love the combination of these cookies and can’t believe that they are sugar free! I’ve never tried to cut out sugar completely, but with cookies like these I would imagine that it makes things a lot easier 😉 !
    I don’t eat a lot of sweets. Though, I do eat fruit regularly. Everyone once in a while I’ll get a craving for cookies or cake and this would be perfect to reach for! Hope you have a lovely weekend!

    • Shashi says:

      Dawn, I used to get a craving for cookies and cakes multiple times a day – funny how we are so different in our cravings eh? Btw, thanks so much – I hope your week has been wonderful!

  19. I grew up eating ginger-cardamom cookies and these sound so incredibly delish and look just perfect. A warm cup of tea would make a great pairing with these. Love they are vegan too. Wish you a lovely weekend.

  20. Puja says:

    Your cookies are making me drool. Really? These look soooo gooood.

  21. Kristen says:

    We all need to cut back on sugars. These are a great option Shashi

  22. Those sound lovely…and vegan <3 Yay!

  23. Oh, it is ALL about the ginger cookies in our house at the moment. Perfect with a cup of coffee in the afternoon.

  24. Elizabeth says:

    These sound so good! I’ve tried a few stevia sweeteners and I find they give a metallic aftertaste – it’s interesting to read that this one doesn’t. I’ll have to give it a go!

    • Shashi says:

      Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting – yes, Splenda Naturals does not have a bitter taste at all and one packet is plenty sweet enough – at least for me.

  25. Christine says:

    Cardamom is one of my favorite spices. These look like some really delicious cookies!

  26. Yum!

    Shashi, these remind me of when Lynne and I were on honeymoon in Kenya.

    There were lots of different cakes and biscuits to try out in our hotel restaurant. It was unusual for us to eat cakes and biscuits which were spiced, rather than sweetened with sugar, and I remember tasting the beautiful cardamom. Great tasting memories. Thanks for the memory jog! 🙂

    • Shashi says:

      You are so welcome Neil! Sounds like Kenyan sweets have a lot in common with Sri Lankan ones as it was rare for me to not have a cake or cookie that wasn’t flavored with some sort of spice mix. 🙂

  27. swayam says:

    These look so good Shashi!! Love ginger in my cookies

  28. Brian Jones says:

    Such lovely flavours, one of the few things I long for from home are gingernut biscuits 😀