GAPS Snickerdoodles

GAPS Snickerdoodle story..

So once again my sweet tooth sister was my inspiration for these GAPS snicker doodle cookies, I shouldn’t be surprised! She was my inspiration to make the GAPS lemon bars, and those were a huge hit! It all started with a simple craving for a cookie, but we like to make our desserts “healthy” in our house. These GAPS Snickerdoodle cookies are still a “treat”. Though, I bet you could get away with eating one with your breakfast!

GAPS Snickerdoodles are by far one of my family’s favorite cookies. These snickerdoodles are perfect, chewy, gooey, scrumptious delicious…should I keep going?  Of course they are rolled in cinnamon sugar to give them their trademark snickerdoodle taste and look. Not like you need anymore convincing, but if you do, GAPS snickerdoodles are the easiest cookie I have ever made.


What makes these GAPS Snickerdoodles the best?

Well, I am glad you asked! First off, these cookies are grain free and egg free (they can even be dairy free if you choose)! Best of all, they are GAPS friendly! A little treat here and there on the GAPS diet won’t hurt if your gut can tolerate it. They are the perfect little cookie for anytime and any occasion. They have that crackle look from smashing the cinnamon coated balls of dough onto the pan. Ooo they are just so cute!

GAPS Snickerdoodle nutrition:

Almond flour is very nutrient dense and packed with vitamin E, magnesium, and potassium. Yeah! I love magnesium 🙂 Of course cinnamon is filled with fiber, along with manganese and calcium. If you didn’t know, high manganese foods can help keep your blood sugar levels balanced as well as help your body use key nutrients to help it function. For me, cinnamon is just one of those immediate yum scents when I bake with it, so it makes me feel relaxed. Honey is a great sweetener if you are on the GAPS diet because it is easy for your gut to break down. If you cannot have coconut crystals, just skip it and use cinnamon alone for the coating!

Get ready, get set, bake!

So what are you waiting for? These are super fast to make too. I really timed it, they take about 5 minute to pull all the ingredients out, 5 minutes to mix everything together, and if you have 1 set of hands to roll into balls, then roll into the cinnamon and the other set to smash..it takes no time at all! Total it took my sister and I, 20 minutes from start to finish! Now that is one easy cookie.




2 cups almond flour (I use Honeyville)

1/4 tsp sea salt

1/4 tsp baking soda



5 Tbsp ghee/butter Melted (coconut oil works too, but they will taste more coconutty)

1/4 cup honey or vanilla honey (omit vanilla extract if you use vanilla honey) **

1 1/2 Tbsp vanilla extract

** low sugar option: 2 TBS honey + 40 drops of stevia (2 squirt droppers full)



3 TBS coconut crystals (omit if you are on GAPS)

3 TBS cinnamon



1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Line 2 cookie sheets with bleach free parchment paper.

3. Mix dry ingredients together.

4. Melt ghee/butter or coconut oil in a sauce pan over low heat.

5. Mix wet ingredients together in a separate bowl.

6. Mix wet into dry bowl and stir until all incorporated.

7. Mix the cinnamon and coconut sugar for the coating in a separate bowl.

8. Scoop 1 Tbsp of dough and roll it in a ball. **

9. Roll your ball of dough into the coating mixture an coat all the way.

10. Place your coated dough onto the cookie sheet and use a ball jar (grease the bottom with coconut oil/butter) and press down until your cookie is about 1/4 in thick. Lift up the jar and voila! (Thanks Urban Poser for the tip!)

11. Repeat for all of the dough. (We made about 20 cookies). Keep the smashed cookie dough  2-3 inches apart from each other, because they expand some.

12. Bake for 8 minutes. If you like them a little chewier-crunchy bake them for 10 minutes.

13. Let the cookies cool on the pan for 10 minutes (if you don’t they will fall a part when you try to pick them up!).

14. Carefully lift the soft cookies onto a plate. They will still be gooey and soft but over a few hours they will be a PERFECT texture!

15. Eat 1 or 2 or 3! Enjoy with a glass of homemade coconut milk!


**We made another batch for some friends and made baby GAPS snicker doodles. For the “mini” size use 1 tsp in step 8.


 hmm..I wonder what happened to the GAPS Snickerdoodle?

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~Stay Gutsy, Caroline

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  1. Caroline, these look so yummy! I can’t believe they are egg free! The pictures are beautiful, too!

    • Lauren! Thanks so much. Yeah everyone I give them to asks whats in them and I tell them the ingredients and they are shocked to find they have no eggs. I guess that would make it great for kids with egg allergies.

  2. Looks absolutely delicious! Thank you for sharing. Visiting from Creations by Kara. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2012/08/make-it-pretty-monday-week-9.html Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  3. These look amazing! I have wondered why we can’t use coconut sugar on the GAPS diet when every other coconut product is legal. I have asked that question on the GAPS Facebook page and I had no responses. Maybe you or your readers might have the answer. Also do you know if chia seeds are legal? Thanks so much in advance!

    • ~Kate F. says

      I’ve read that chia is illegal due to its mucilagenous nature. I believe I got that from the author of the GAPS Guide’s website. I hope that helps! But by all means, please double check me. Has Google answered you? ;P

      • Thanks Kate! I was not sure they were illegal or not. I guess people on GAPS should wait until their gut is healed a little more before trying the chia egg. I just wanted to give an alternative because I know it is difficult not being able to eat eggs (I am sensitive to the soy or corn fed to the chickens)

  4. I just made these (The Healthy Advocate lead me right to this recipe). They are delicious and a perfect treat within my limited diet. A zillion thanks for sharing!

  5. Hello my dear. These cookies look wonderful. I’m so glad to have your recipes on AFW!! Thank you for sharing with us. Pinned these and I look forward to making soon.

    Have a great rest of your week.

    Be Well,

  6. These look awesome! Thanks for sharing at Rural Thursdays, Caroline!

  7. These look so great I can almost taste them just looking at them!

  8. YUM these look absolutely delish!

  9. They do look wonderful! I love snickerdoodles

  10. Oh YUM! I very much like Snickerdoodles.

  11. They sound delish ~ thanks for the recipe ~ (A Creative Harbor) on blogger

  12. NancyAugust 8, 2012 at 9:18 am
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    These look amazing! I have wondered why we can’t use coconut sugar on the GAPS diet when every other coconut product is legal. I have asked that question on the GAPS Facebook page and I had no responses. Maybe you or your readers might have the answer. Also do you know if chia seeds are legal? Thanks so much in advance!

    • I don’t think chia seeds are exactly legal. Though my family is ok with them in small amounts. They are like flaxseeds. Any sugar is hard to digest for people on GAPS, but honey has a different composition. I hope this helps! Maybe someone else can help you answer this too.

  13. These look wonderful! I pinned them on a page I’m curating for my local coop. I’m also looking for recipes to make for my kids for school time, and these would fit the bill.

    • Barb!! Thanks so much!! These are great kid recipes! I always try to keep my recipes yummy for kids and easy. Please use any of my recipes for your pin board!

  14. What did I do wrong?! Measured and mixed as directed, ended up with very loose batter…added another 3/4 cup almond flour…still to runny to roll, so mixed in some cinnamon, spooned onto baking sheet and pressed flat with a fork. In the oven now…

    • really?! The batter is suppose to be like a soft cookie dough. Hmm did you use honey and coconut oil? did you use honeyville flour? I guess adding more flour was the right thing to do in your case. I am sorry that happened to you. Please tell if they worked out for you

    • They are still yummy!! Just curious as to what might have gone wrong…I ground the almonds myself, could that have changed something? I’ve never bought almond flour at the store…

  15. They do sound so yummy! My mom used to make Snickerdoodles during Christmas time. I always laughed at the name.


    • Yes they are a really fun name! Thanks for stopping by and saying hi! I always love it when readers comment 🙂 Now you can have a “healthy” recipe for your holiday cookies!

  16. These look amazing. Cant wait to try the recipe!

  17. I had never heard of almond flour. Thanks so much! This recipe is a must try. I am loving your healthy recipes. I would love it if you would share this post at our WIW linky party. Hope you can join us. 🙂


  18. Those look so good. I should make them for us as my daughter does not have her one year molars yet, and I need some extra magnesium. I don’t really buy almond flour so I wonder if meal will work…

    Thanks for linking up to Healthy 2day Wednesday. Hope to see you back next week.

  19. Hello my dear…

    I might very well be over looking your link to Allergy-Free Wednesdays last week…so if I am I apologize. Your recipe was the top reader favorite and in order for us all to feature the recipe tomorrow night, your post must contain a linkback somewhere to our blog hop. Here’s a link back for you if you need one:

    Thanks so much!

  20. These sound lovely!

  21. My brother is on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. These will work perfect for him. Can’t wait to make them!

  22. Justlisa says

    Just made them… They are delicious! I, especially, loved one just after the 10 minutes cooling off period… When you bite into a warm one you get this big POW of luscious honey! Can’t wait for the hubby to get home (he’s a type 1 diabetic)…he’s gonna love them! The are a perfect “sweet” for diabetics! Thanks for sharing!

  23. I’m new to GF baking and I was wondering if the Almond Flour tastes anything like Almond Paste? If so then these would be a big No for me. Could I substitute any other GF flour? Thanks!

    • Hmm. never heard of almond paste! What is it exactly? You might be able to sub other GF flour, but i would not know the exact ratio as i do not work with any other GF flours, sorry!

  24. Justlisa says

    He really liked them! Considering that he grimaces at all my “good food” that’s a victory… 🙂

    Problem is…so did my 13 yr old yellow lab… He pulled the Tupperware container off the counter and scarfed them all while we were sleeping… lol. His hips aren’t bothering him as much since he went gluten free with mom! 😉

    • Oh noo! that is good you switched him to GF. does he do a raw food diet then?

      • Justlisa says

        Some raw foods and Natural Balance Sweet Potato &Fish dog food… I’ve been looking at the Flint River Ranch dog food, but I haven’t gotten around to calling them to ask about the oatmeal they use in their trout &sweet potato recipe. He’s doing very well on the Natural Balance, though (so is my little muttley rescue girl).

        I’ve actually seen an improvement in Jake (my old felly). With his energy (note the cooki thievery), his hips/walking, and skin! He used to have these episodes where he would just lick himself raw in some spots…but he shows no inclination towards it now…

        Dogs are super easy to go gluten free…

        The hubby thinks I’ve gone crazy….gluten gluten gluten. And, since I whiped out all our “old” foods and do “whole foods”…well, let’s just say he was pretty excited about the cookies…lol

  25. These look pretty fantastic! Looking forward to trying them… my kids will love you for this recipe, I’m sure! 🙂

  26. Hey there! Thanks for this recipe. They smell delish already! I am considering them the perfect GAPS morning (all day) sickness remedy, as I’m pregnant and of course can’t touch saltines! Being so high protein, and having the cinnamon to help balance blood sugar, these are PERFECT for that.

    The only change I would make is for those who maybe are making their own almond flour (as I am). Sometimes it is hard to get it quite fine enough without turning it to almond butter, and in my case the oil seemed like a bit too much. Based on how my dough held together during the rolling, I’m working on a moderation (for those who can tolerate egg). My initial thoughts are to change to 2 1/4 c almond flour, to reduce the coconut oil or butter to 2 or 3 Tablespoons, and to add an egg. The egg w/the baking soda (which is actually GAPS-legal per the second addition book so long as there is no aluminum added) might help them get a little more rise, and the egg should help them congeal a little better than the c-oil or butter.

    I am also going to try a batch with sunflower flour (I just refer to it as sunflour lol) for my almond-sensitive husband. I’ll let you know how those turn out, if you like.

  27. I just tried these and they are great! Thanks for sharing your recipes – desserts are definitely the hardest things for me to give up and I need as many options as possible!! 🙂

    • Haha! sure thing Jen! I personally don’t have a sweet tooth, but my little sis and brother do, so They are my driving force for all these GAPS desserts!

  28. Hope Simmons says

    Thank you so much for your blog…you are a lifesaver and an inspiration!
    I’m only 15 and seeing other young people out there is motivating and encouraging.

  29. I’m dying to make pumpkin snickerdoodles, do you think adding 1/4 to 1/2 cup of pumpkin and increasing the almond flour or decreasing the butter would work? Also want to make them chai spiced, but that’s the easy part!

    • Wow Tess your brain is swirling with great ideas! Yes I would try 1/4 cup of pumpkin, keep the butter the same and increase the flour until it looks like the same consistency as the original batch 🙂

  30. I just pinned your recipe and am looking forward to making these with my son. Thank you!

  31. Thanks for sharing at the Grateful GAPS Holiday Foods blog hop!

  32. You say GAPS quite frequently in your description but fail to mention what it is, it would be nice to inform those who are finding this site via Pinterest and other ways not aware of such an acronym. Great post, can’t wait to try!

  33. Andrew G. says

    I made these for Christmas dessert and they were fantastic! So delicious, easy to make, and even good for you! I also made these to bring to a friend’s house and he loved them too. Thanks for the recipe!

  34. I made these both for my son who is gluten and dairy sensitive, and my friend who has celiac. They both enjoyed them but my non gf/df friend wants me to give our local patisserie your recipe so they have some more options. She couldn’t get enough of them! I had to force myself to stop eating them too as they are (or rather, were) so delicious! I will, of course, give you all the credit if they are able to add them to their repertoire. Thank you so much!

  35. It’s called Truffles and Tortes right in the middle of the Main St.just off of 4th St. I believe.

  36. YUM!! Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! 🙂

    Hope your week is great!

    Cindy from vegetarianmamma.com

  37. Jessica says

    I am allergic to almonds, would coconut flour work or what woudl you suggest?

  38. Audriana Gonzalez says

    Hi there! Wondering if these freeze and thaw well? Want to make a big batch for my niece who has to do the gaps diet for medical reasons. Want her to have a treat she can get into but not all at once 🙂 so want to be able to freeze them and thaw one or two when needed

  39. my daughter is sensitive to nuts, can i use coconut flour instead of almond flour?


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