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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

Yield: 10
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

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


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Place the tapioca starch, coconut flour, cardamom, ginger, baking powder, SPLENDA® Natural Stevia Sweetener and ground flax seed in a bowl and mix well
  3. Add the coconut oil, almond butter and vanilla and stir till a dough forms
  4. Add in pecan pieces
  5. 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.
  6. Bake at 350 for ten minutes, let cool and enjoy when cool
Nutrition Information
Yield 10 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 159Total Fat 13gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 9gCholesterol 0mgSodium 45mgCarbohydrates 10gFiber 4gSugar 1gProtein 4g

Nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and should be considered an approximation only. Savory Spin makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information. Please do consult a professional nutritionist for more accurate information. Please do keep in mind that prep times, cooking times, etc, are provided as guidelines as there are so many variables at play.

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Tandy | Lavender and Lime

Monday 10th of October 2016

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


Wednesday 12th of October 2016

Thanks so much Tandy


Saturday 8th of October 2016

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


Wednesday 12th of October 2016

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

Cathleen @ A Taste of Madness

Saturday 8th of October 2016

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.


Wednesday 12th of October 2016

Yes! Cathleen, having Splenda Naturals in my closet sure does help - almost feels like am cheating :)

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