Preheat Oven: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Mix Dry Ingredients: In a mixing bowl, whisk together the gluten-free flour blend, baking soda, ground ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and salt. Set this dry mixture aside.
Prepare Wet Ingredients: In another bowl, mix the melted coconut oil, molasses, coconut sugar, maple syrup, almond milk, and vanilla extract until well combined.
Combine Wet and Dry Mixtures: Slowly add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and stir until a soft dough forms. If using crystallized ginger, gently fold it into the dough.
Shape the Cookies: Take about a tablespoon of dough and roll it into a ball. If desired, roll each ball in coconut sugar for a sweet coating. Place the balls on the prepared baking sheet, leaving space between each for spreading.
Bake: Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes or until the edges are slightly firm. The cookies will continue to firm up as they cool.
Cool and Enjoy: Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.
Store: Once cooled, store the cookies in an airtight container at room temperature. They should stay fresh for up to a week.
This version uses unsulfured molasses, coconut sugar, and maple syrup for natural sweetness. It retains the delicious ginger flavor while offering a more natural sugar profile. Adjust sweetness according to your taste preferences!