Golden Ginger & Turmeric Cookies (vegan and gluten free)

I made these little golden warming cookies the other day as a client was coming over for a day of food styling. I thought it would be nice to welcome them with a lovely just baked, deliciously warm and gooey cookies.

And these are pretty special as they contain fresh ginger and turmeric. Yes, fresh turmeric with its rich golden colour and amazing anti inflammatory properties. But don’t worry if you can’t find fresh as ground is also amazing and will give the same colour and benefits – They taste absolutely delicious!


Lovely crunchy cookies with gorgeous warming spices and did I mention the other wholesome ingredients? Ground almonds, mixed seeds, oats, desiccated coconut, coconut oil, lots of spices and 1 banana and a little coconut honey for sweetness.

My clients loved them thankfully which is always an brilliant test! I hope you do to…
Love Niki xx

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  10 - 12 biscuits servings
  10 minutes preparation time
  25 minutes cook time


  • 1/2 cup ground almonds
  • 1 cups organic gluten free oats
  • 1/2 cup mixed seeds (I used a mix of sunflower, pumpkin and linseed and sesame )
  • 1 cup dessicated coconut- I used Coconut Merchant
  • Pinch pink salt
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  •  3 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 knob fresh ginger – grated
  • 1 tsp fresh turmeric grated or 11/2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  •  1 ripe bananas mashed
  •  1/3 cup coconut honey (or maple syrup/rice malt syrup)- I used Coconut Merchant
  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil – I used Coconut Merchant
  •  2 tbsp almond butter


  1. Pre-heat your oven to gas Mark 5
  2. Mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl
  3. Melt the coconut oil in a saucepan (low heat) and then pour into a separate bowl, add in the banana’s, coconut honey, almond butter, fresh ginger and turmeric – mix to combine everything.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix really well to combine everything.
  5. Shape the mix into balls and pop them onto a lined baking tray (I rub with a little coconut to  stop them sticking).
  6. Bake for aprox 20-25 minutes until slightly brown on the outside.

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  1. LIberty Mills on October 5, 2021 at 2:24 pm

    made these before from the book, but in the book, it is a different cooking time is there a reason. There were fab from the book, just i leant it to my friend, but i recall it being around 18mins

    • Niki on October 6, 2021 at 3:42 am

      Hi Liberty
      I adapted the recipes a little book for a the book – but both work
      Niki xxx

  2. karry on July 8, 2020 at 5:09 pm

    This was a fabulous cookie. I enjoyed it as a treat cookie and as a hiking nutritious cookie. My friend’s 8 year old daughter was in love with them too. This cookie is on my make again list. Great recipe!

    • Niki on July 9, 2020 at 9:44 am

      Hi Karry
      Fantastic! So happy you and your daughter love them
      Much love, Niki xxx

  3. Susan on March 23, 2020 at 5:53 am

    Hi Niki,
    Is the ground almond the same as using Blanched Almond Flour?
    Can’t wait to try these!

    • Niki on March 23, 2020 at 10:31 am

      Hi Susan
      yes absolutely, its the same as almond flour.

      Niki xxx

      • Jo on November 15, 2020 at 5:33 am

        These sound delicious & just what I’m looking for to help reduce what I suspect is chronic inflammation. BUT, I don’t have any fresh ginger & lack the energy to make my way to a shop – can I substitute the fresh ginger with powdered ginger? If so, how much? Whenever I make gingerbread or gingerbread biscuits I always increase the ginger, I really like to taste it 🙂

        • Niki on November 15, 2020 at 9:38 am

          Hi Jo
          of course!
          I would use 3-4 tsp
          Much love
          Niki xxx

  4. Jeni on March 22, 2020 at 9:44 am

    Not a big fan of banana (working on this)…any alternative recommendations for this delicious-looking recipe?

    • Niki on March 23, 2020 at 11:35 am

      Hi Jeni
      The best replacement is apple sauce. But you may need to add a flax or chia egg as well as the banana helps bind the cookies.
      Or you could try 2 tbsp coconut yogurt and an extra tbsp almond butter.
      Good luck
      Niki xxx

  5. chris elwell on March 21, 2020 at 3:52 pm

    hi , is it possible to make these without banana ? what could I substitute please
    loving the recipes in your new book

    • Niki on March 23, 2020 at 11:34 am

      Hi Chris
      The best replacement is apple sauce. But you may need to add a flax or chia egg as well as the banana helps bind the cookies.
      And so happy you’re loving me recipes x
      Niki xxx

  6. Ulli on November 29, 2019 at 10:49 am

    I have made these many times and add about 3 tablespoons of fresh tumeric. They are delicious

    • Niki on January 12, 2020 at 1:52 pm

      So happy you like

  7. Ulli on October 12, 2019 at 12:05 am

    Love them. I had used double the amount of Tumeric from the garden and next time will use even more. tumeric – loving it. Thanks for the recipe.

    • Niki on January 12, 2020 at 1:53 pm

      Perfect! x

  8. Jo Rapmund on September 22, 2019 at 11:55 pm

    Hi My son-in-law (25) has Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and is having treatment but he’s feeling very sick, have you got a good easy ginger and Turmeric cookie recipe that would help with indigestion and sickness please, thank you

    • Niki on January 12, 2020 at 1:53 pm

      Thank you Jo xxx

  9. Laura Bao on March 8, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    What kind of oats do I use?? Rolled, steel cut, or the quick cook steel cut?

    Thank you!

    • Niki on January 12, 2020 at 1:52 pm

      Hi Laura
      Entirely up to you.
      Niki xx

  10. Sahej on February 28, 2019 at 7:05 pm

    I just made these and they are instantly my new favorite cookie. I used the frozen/thawed banana method and it worked perfectly. I totally recommend making these. Thanks for the recipe.

    • Niki on January 12, 2020 at 1:51 pm

      Brilliant, so happy you liked

  11. Marilyn on September 16, 2018 at 5:58 am

    I made these and love them so much!! My notes:

    – Ground whole almonds in a food processor. So quick

    – Forgot to put the coconut in BUT i put it on top of them about halfway through baking and this worked out nicely. I was using large coconut flakes and had lots of browned flakes on my sheet after which I enjoyed. Most likely due to the lack of dessicated coconut in the
    batter, I had trouble forming the mixture into balls initially. I added coconut flour in small amounts to help firm it up.

    – Didn’t have a fresh banana on hand but had frozen sliced banana. I microwaved about 2 banana’s worth for about a minute and drained the excess liquid. I personally love the results I get from microwaved frozen banana… it sounds weird but it seems to make things super moist. It is also SO easy to mash

    – Used just chia & black sesame seeds for the seeds

    – Used maple syrup instead of honey (I read that baking honey is toxic??)

    – The bottoms were burnt but not to the point that they weren’t enjoyable. I used coconut oiled foil, but parchment paper might be better

    – Went heavy on the fresh ginger, and minced it because grating was a hassle

    – Used about a tbsp of ground turmeric

    – Allspice instead of mixed spice

    This is a really great recipe. I don’t feel sick after eating these as I would with other baked goods. Excellent dairy-free, flourless, eggless and refined sugar-free recipes are hard to come by so thank you!!

    • Niki on October 8, 2018 at 10:17 pm

      Thanks so much for your recipe notes Marilyn!
      Great suggestions

  12. Victor Cronin on April 24, 2018 at 7:04 am

    Just finding this now and it sounds like an excellent treat for those in my own support group that are battling Cancer 🙂
    Even the Maple Syrup can act as a *Trojan Horse* to draw the cancer cells to the Turmeric, Ginger, seeds, and with the
    addition of walnut pieces, we have a delicious winner!

    • Niki on May 27, 2018 at 8:55 pm

      Thank you Victor. Really glad you approve.
      Best wishes
      Niki xx

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  14. Katherine on August 1, 2017 at 11:53 am

    Hi Nikki,

    I loved these GInger & Tumeric cookies (specially as they are vegan and gluten free). And I would also really love to feature it in our website With your permission of course. Would it be all right if I used one of these images? I will not post the actual recipe and its contents, but just an image and title and the link back to your post.

    Thanks a lot 🙂

    • Niki on October 19, 2017 at 10:18 am

      So glad you like them! And of course, my pleasure.
      Love, Niki xx

  15. Melanie on July 14, 2017 at 10:39 am

    I make almond milk once a week and then I use the left over pulp to make these yummy biscuits. I don’t tolerate oats so use quinoa flakes. I love the taste of chai so I have been adding cardamon seeds and some cloves – yum. I have also been known to throw in cranberries, walnuts, cacao nibs. I make a batch of these biscuits every week now and we loooove them. So quick and easy and they taste amazing. Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe, we love them.

    • Niki on July 15, 2017 at 4:46 am

      Hi Melanie
      So happy that you love them! Your additions sound amazing, giving me lots of ideas!

      Love & hugs Niki xxx

  16. Elle Stocks on July 10, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    Hi, I have made the cookies but they are just crumbling! I cannot even roll them into balls, they seem really oily 🙁

    • Niki on July 10, 2017 at 8:48 pm

      Hi Elle
      Sorry to hear that. I’ve made them many times and I haven’t had this issue. I’m really sorry to hear you are having problems.
      I suggest adding more oats until the mix comes together.
      Fingers crossed

      Best wishes
      Niki xx

  17. Janette on June 11, 2017 at 1:33 am

    Is mixed spice the same as all-spice?

    • Niki on July 15, 2017 at 4:47 am

      Hi Janette
      It’s not quite the same, but all spice will work perfectly here.

      Best wishes
      Niki xxx

  18. Kristine on March 17, 2017 at 12:25 am

    These look great and I really want to try them, but what is mixed spice? That is not something I’m familiar with in America. Also wondering how much a “knob of ginger” equals. Thanks so much.

    • Niki on March 18, 2017 at 8:03 pm

      Hey Kristine
      I’m so glad you like them!
      If you can’t find mixed spice don’t worry, they will still be delicious.
      And a thumb size of ginger
      Love Niki xx

  19. Janine on November 17, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    Such a great idea to add turmeric in Cookies. What is Coconut Merchant??? xoxo Janine

    • Niki on November 20, 2016 at 8:55 am

      Hey lovely!
      Thanks hon, coconut merchant is a brand of coconut products(my fav).
      Love Niki xx

  20. Vanessa on November 15, 2016 at 3:48 am

    What temperature is gas mark 5?

    • Niki on November 20, 2016 at 8:57 am

      Hey Vanessa
      Sorry about that.
      It’s 190c
      Best wishes
      Niki xx

  21. kathryn on November 14, 2016 at 10:00 am

    These are amazing, we loved them so much, I’ve ordered some fresh turmeric and can’t wait to bake them. Thank you for a wonderful day Nikki Xxx

    • Niki on November 20, 2016 at 8:56 am

      So glad you liked them lovely.
      Let me know what you think
      Lots of love
      Niki xxxxx

      • Pam S. on January 1, 2019 at 6:19 pm

        Can u please tell me if u can buy all the ingredients in Tesco’s or Asda super market and if u have any idear on how much it will cost to buy all u need to make the biscuits.

        • Niki on January 10, 2019 at 7:49 pm

          Hi Pam
          I haven’t costed it but the ingredients are readily available in most supermarkets
          Much love
          Niki xx

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