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Vegan Gingerbread

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How to make delicious, soft, moist vegan gingerbread for breakfast or dessert. People are always shocked when I say it’s dairy-free, egg-free, and vegan.

The Ultimate Vegan Gingerbread Recipe

Next time you have company, try this homemade gingerbread recipe.

People go crazy every time, and leftovers freeze well too.

The delightful, festive flavor and super-soft texture reminds me of pastries you’d get from a high-end bakery.

Also try this holiday Vegan Pumpkin Bread

Soft Homemade Vegan Gingerbread Loaf

Oil-free vegan gingerbread loaf

In addition to being egg- and butter-free, gingerbread can also be made gluten-free, soy-free, oil-free, and refined sugar-free.

This is actually the oil free version of the picture… you have no idea.

And I say that as someone who usually doesn’t like oil-free baked goods.

Oil-free desserts are often gummy and crusty, but the molasses in this recipe keeps the bread deliciously moist and decadent, even if you skip the oil.

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Gingerbread Ingredients Blackstrap Molasses

vegan gingerbread ingredients

You will need flour, cinnamon, grated ginger, allspice, salt, white or apple cider vinegar, sugar, your favorite plant-based milk, flaxseed, baking soda, and molasses.

If you’re a raisin lover like me, stir half a raisin into the gingerbread dough along with the dry ingredients.

The recipe works with spelled, white, or gluten-free all-purpose flour.

I have not tried recipes using whole wheat flour, coconut flour, or other flours not listed, so I cannot recommend these alternatives.

For a low-carb bread, try this Almond Flour Banana Bread

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What kind of molasses?

Blackstrap molasses is my favorite because it has a myriad of health benefits, including being high in both calcium and iron.

If you can’t find blackstrap molasses, or if you like the sweet taste of regular light molasses or dark molasses, it’s fine to use one of these instead.

Substituting with pure maple syrup, agave, or another liquid sweetener may result in a delicious spice cake, but it will lose some of the traditional gingerbread flavor. Therefore, we do not recommend replacing the molasses in this recipe.

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frosting options

Serve your gingerbread unfrozen or topped with almond butter, coconut butter, powdered sugar and strawberries, vanilla frosting, or vegan cream cheese.

I frosted the vegan gingerbread loaf pictured with the dairy-free cream cheese icing recipe in my post on vegan cinnamon rolls.

Just one slice of this secretly healthy gingerbread provides 10% RDA iron and 9% calcium. Adding blackstrap molasses also gives the recipe that familiar gingerbread flavor.

Frosted Dairy Free Gingerbread Recipe

How to make vegan gingerbread

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and grease an 8-inch square baking pan or 9-by-5-inch loaf pan.

In a large mixing bowl, combine your chosen milk, oil, vinegar, molasses and flax flour. Let this mixture sit for at least 10 minutes (or overnight in the refrigerator).

Whisk the dry ingredients in a separate bowl or directly into the same bowl. Stir everything until evenly mixed. Spread on the prepared frying pan.

Bake on center rack of oven for 25 minutes in square pan, 1 hour in loaf pan, or until cooked through. Insert a toothpick into center of pan to test if it’s done. The toothpick should come out almost clean.

Allow to cool, then slice and frost if desired. If you wait that long, the taste and texture will be even better the next day!

gingerbread hot chocolate

The gingerbread recipe is also great with vegan hot chocolate.

The Best Secretly Healthy Vegan Gingerbread Recipes
  • 2 cup spelled, white, or gf ap flour
  • 1 tablespoon each cinnamon and ginger
  • 2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar, Unrefined as required
  • 1 3/4 cup milk of your choice
  • 1/4 cup oil or extra milk
  • 1/4 cup flaxseed powder
  • 2 tablespoon white vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup regular or blackstrap molasses
  • optional 1/2 cup raisins
  • Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease the 8×8 pan (or 9×5 loaf pan). In a large bowl, combine all liquid ingredients and flax and let stand for at least 10 minutes. Whisk the dry ingredients in a separate bowl and stir all ingredients until even. Spread on pan. Bake 25 minutes (or 1 hour in a loaf pan) or until fully cooked. The taste and texture are better the next day, so we recommend waiting if possible!nutrition information

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