Gluten-Free Snickerdoodles with Almond Flour

These gluten-free snickerdoodles are made with a combo of almond and oat flour. They’re full of cinnamon flavor with the perfect chewy, but fluffy texture.

When  brainstorming recipes for this holiday season, I knew I wanted to share some healthy holiday cookie recipe ideas. I love getting together with the ladies in my family for holiday baking. We make a point to do it every year and it’s such a fun tradition.

Stack of fluffy snickerdoodle cookies. The top two cookies are split in half.

What I don’t love is having sugary, not so healthy treats all over my house after a day of baking. With that in mind, I’ve been determined to make upgraded versions of all of my faves. So far, I have created EBF-friendly versions for a bunch of holiday cookie recipes including these healthy no bake cookies and these almond flour crescent cookies.

Snickerdoodles are one of Isaac’s favorite cookies, so this year I decided to take a stab at making them a bit healthier, gluten-free and vegan!

Hand breaking in half a snickerdoodle cookie. A mug of milk is in the background.

Gluten-Free Snickerdoodle Cookies

When I looked up “gluten-free snickerdoodles” most were made with a gluten-free flour blend and loaded with butter and white sugar. Not exactly healthy… a good reminder that gluten-free or vegan doesn’t automatically mean something is healthy!

Gluten-free flour blends are often made with not so great ingredients like potato starch.

In this recipe, I used almond flour and oat flour which are a major upgrade. They’re packed with protein, fiber and healthy fats. Almonds and oats vs. white flour or potato? I’ll take the almonds and oats any day.

Mixing bowl with dry ingredients to make almond flour and oat flour snickerdoodles.

What is Cream of Tartar?

One ingredient that almost all snickerdoodle recipes call for is cream of tartar! If your brain is anything like mine, cream of tartar makes you think of tartar sauce or something tart… just me?! But really, cream of tartar is a dry powder that comes from fermenting grapes into wine. You can find it in the spice aisle near the baking soda and baking powder.

It’s the cream of tartar that makes a snickerdoodle different from a traditional sugar cookie. The acid gives snickerdoodles their distinct flavor and texture. Whatever you do, don’t swap out or skip the cream of tartar.

How to Make Gluten-Free Snickerdoodle Cookies

Snickerdoodle cookies are super easy to make! Start by mixing the almond flour, oat flour, cinnamon, cream of tarter, baking soda, baking powder and salt together in a large bowl.

Mix in the melted coconut oil, maple syrup, coconut sugar and vanilla extract. Stir until everything is combined.

Mixing bowl with batter for gluten-free and vegan snickerdoodles.

In a separate small bowl, mix together the coconut sugar and cinnamon for your topping.

Roll out balls of cookie dough and then roll each ball in the cinnamon sugar mixture. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and flatten slightly. Bake for 10 minutes, in a preheated oven, until slightly golden and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Healthy snickerdoodle cookies on a gold cookie tray.

These cookies are fabulous right out of the oven and have the perfect chewy, but fluffy texture. Isaac and I both loved them and I know you and your family will enjoy them as well!

More Healthy Holiday Cookies to Try:

If you try these gluten-free snickerdoodles, please leave a comment and star rating below letting me know how they turned out. Your feedback on my recipes is so helpful for the EBF team and other EBF readers!

Healthy snickerdoodle cookies on a gold cookie tray.

Almond Flour Snickerdoodles

Brittany Mullins
These gluten-free snickerdoodles are made with a combo of almond and oat flour. They're full of cinnamon flavor with the perfect chewy, but fluffy texture.
4.25 from 8 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Cookies
Cuisine American
Servings 13 cookies
Calories 176 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 ¼ cup oat flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/3 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Cinnamon Sugar Topping

  • ¼ cup coconut sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper, set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, stir together the dry ingredients: almond flour, oat flour, cinnamon, cream of tartar, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Add the coconut oil, coconut sugar, maple syrup, and vanilla extract and stir until combined.
  • In a separate shallow bowl, make your cinnamon sugar by stirring together the cinnamon and coconut sugar.
  • Using a cookie scoop or spoon, measure out about 1 heaping tablespoon of dough and roll into a ball. Roll each cookie dough ball into the cinnamon sugar mixture.
  • Place on prepared baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Flatten cookies slightly with your palm or the flat bottom of a glass. Bake for about 10 minutes, until golden brown.
  • Let cool for 10 minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely. 
  • Store leftover cookies in an air-tight container for up to 1 week.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookieCalories: 176kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 3gFat: 8gSodium: 158mgFiber: 3gSugar: 12g
Keyword gluten free snickerdoodles
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    31 comments
    1. Jenna
      December 11, 2020 AT 9:17 pm

      I would like to try these but I can’t have oats. Do you have an idea of what I could sub for the oat? Must still be gluten free and vegan. Thank you in advance!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 12, 2020 AT 12:34 am

        Hey Jenna – I haven’t tried it so I’m not 100% sure how the cookies will turn out, but you could try using all almond flour. Let me know if you end up trying it!!

    2. Marisa
      September 6, 2020 AT 9:52 pm

      Could tigernut flour be used in place of the oat flour?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 7, 2020 AT 5:40 pm

        I’ve never cooked with that flour before, so I’m not 100% sure how these cookies would turn out, but feel free to experiment and definitely let me know how they turn out if you try them!

    3. Sara
      May 22, 2020 AT 10:49 am

      3 stars
      This is a decent effort at a healthier snickerdoodle but it won’t be our go-to. The almond flavor was very strong, making it taste more like an almond-cinnamon cookie rather than a snickerdoodle. Not bad, but not a snickerdoodle. I decided to make a second batch with just oat flour, which definitely had a better flavor profile but did result in a slightly drier cookie. Overall both batches were not as moist and chewy as we would have liked – a little more soft/dry and cakey.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 22, 2020 AT 7:55 pm

        So sorry you didn’t love the taste of these cookies, Sara. Oat flour is definitely way more dense of a flour than almond so that’s probably why it turned out to be drier when you used oat flour.

    4. Dar
      April 29, 2020 AT 12:35 pm

      RE: Snickerdoodle recipe

      It is somewhat confusing. The dry ingredients don’t list the coconut sugar to add while mixing them together.

      So, is there coconut sugar IN the cookies themselves or not. (I DO NOTE THAT coconut sugar & cinnamon is listed at the end again for rolling them in.

      Please clarify this as I want to make them ASAP! They sound delicious!!!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 30, 2020 AT 12:49 am

        Hey Dar! So sorry for the confusion and thanks for catching that. Yes, there is coconut sugar in the cookie recipe. You should add it in with the wet ingredients. I just updated the post! Let me know how these cookies turn out for you if you end up making them!

    5. Dar
      April 29, 2020 AT 12:28 pm

      My comment is regarding the recipes running in the bavkground(when a recipe is being made). I LOVE this site and all the recipes. However I would like to make some of the recipes I see( running in the background) – while I have my other recipe up to make, but there are just ingredients without measurements AND NO NAME for the recipe so I am not even able to look it up. Please respond with assistance at your convenience. Ty.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 30, 2020 AT 12:53 am

        Hey Dar – I’m assuming you’re referring to the video recipes that show up on the blog posts. If you click the button on the bottom right corner of the video that says “more videos” you’ll be able to see the name of the recipe in the video playing as well as other videos. Hopefully that helps and let me know if you aren’t able to figure it out. 🙂

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