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Healthy Gingerbread Loaf

Healthy gingerbread loaf made with whole wheat flour and packed with heavenly spices. This will make your house smell amazing!
Course Bread, Breakfast, Brunch, Christmas, Snack
Keyword healthy gingerbread loaf
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 10 slices
Calories 194.9 kcal
Author Monique of AmbitiousKitchen.com

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted and cooled to warm
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup blackstrap molasses
  • 1 egg, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¾ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (any milk will work)
  • Optional: Coarse sugar or sparkling sugar, for sprinkling on top
  • For the glaze
  • 2 tablespoons white chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • For the topping:
  • 2 tablespoons dried cranberries
  • 2 tablespoons shelled pistachios

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8x4 loaf pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, add coconut oil, maple syrup, molasses, egg, vanilla and almond milk. Whisk together until smooth and well combined. 
  4. Add dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Pour batter into loaf pan. Sprinkle with a little coarse sugar (this will create a beautiful loaf and a delicious crunch on the outside). 
  5. Bake loaf for 35-45 minutes or until tester comes out clean. in pan 10-15 minutes before removing and to a wire rack to finish cooling completely.

  6. To make topping: Add white chocolate chips (or regular chocolate chips) and coconut oil to a small bowl and microwave in 30 second increments until chocolate is smooth and melted. You can also melt it in a small saucepan over very low heat.
  7. Drizzle over the cooled loaf and top with dried cranberries and pistachios. Cut into 10 slices.

Recipe Notes

To make gluten-free: Use 1 cup almond flour, 1 cup gluten free oat flour and 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar instead of the whole wheat pastry flour. Bake as directed above.

To make vegan: I think using a flax egg (1 flaxseed meal + 3 tablespoons water) would work well!

Nutrition Facts
Healthy Gingerbread Loaf
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 194.9 Calories from Fat 131
% Daily Value*
Fat 14.6g22%
Saturated Fat 6.1g38%
Carbohydrates 28g9%
Fiber 2.9g12%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 2.8g6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.