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Gluten-Free Gingerbread Loaf

October 22, 2013

For as long as I can remember I’ve loved to bake. Over the years boxed Betty Crocker Brownies turned into black bean brownies, but the premise is still the same, mix, stir, bake, eat. Truth-be-told I’ve never felt like I was really good at something. I’m not particularly athletic, musical or artistic. I’ve never really excelled at anything, except baking. Fortunately baking is something I love to do.

Gluten-Free Gingerbread Loaf //

I bake when I’m happy.

I bake when I’m sad.

I bake when I’m stressed.

I bake when I’m carefree.

I bake for others.

I bake for me.

I bake when I’m hungry.

I bake when I’m full.

I bake to get new people to like me.

I bake if they don’t.

I procrastibake.


Gluten-Free Gingerbread Loaf //

No matter how I am feeling, baking seems to put me at ease. As it turns out,

baking is my therapy.


Gluten-Free Gingerbread Loaf

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 12 slices 1x


  • 3/4 cup sparking water*
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2/3 cup blackstrap molasses
  • 1 1/2 cups Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut palm sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp dried ginger
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup applesauce
  • 1 T freshly grated ginger
  • 2 eggs


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Grease an 8 X 4 inch loaf pan with non-stick spray or coconut oil.
  3. Bring the diet drink to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in the baking soda (mixture will foam up).
  5. When foaming subsides, stir in molasses and coconut palm sugar. Set mixture aside.
  6. Whisk the flour, ground ginger, baking powder, pepper and salt together in a large bowl.
  7. Transfer the diet drink-molasses mixture to a large bowl. Whisk in the eggs, applesauce, and grated ginger until combined.
  8. Whisk the wet mixture into the flour mixture in thirds, stirring continuously until completely smooth.
  9. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan and gently tap the bottom of the pan against a hard surface to pop any air bubbles.
  10. Bake until the top of the loaf is just firm to the touch, about 35-40 minutes.
  11. Leave loaf in pan until cool, about 1 1/2 hours. Remove from pan.
  12. Store leftovers in plastic wrap or tinfoil at room temperature for 3-5 days.

*the recipe originally used diet Dr. Pepper which is delicious but not the healthiest. Feel free to swap for pop or use sparking water!

Gluten-Free Gingerbread Loaf //


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  • Reply
    elise @ cheers yall
    October 22, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    “I bake to get new people to like me.” HA! I LOVE IT!!! truth, girl.

    love love love gingerbread so much. it makes everything better (and screams christmas too, which of course i swoon over!!!)


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    Alex @ Kenzie Life
    October 22, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    Haha procrastibake…you’re awesome! This looks so good!! I used to not be a fan of gingerbread when I was a kid but I’ve been craving it the last few years!

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    October 22, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    Procrastibaking- classic. You can therapy bake for me anytime! MY therapy is EATING the baked goods.. 🙂

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    Erin @ The Almond Eater
    October 22, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    Prostibake! Lolll love that. My therapy is yoga or any type of exercise. Lately though I have been turning to cooking as well. Errrrr experimenting in the kitchen we’ll call it. Delicious looking recipe as always girl!

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    Amanda @ .running with spoons.
    October 22, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Procrastibaking… lol I love that. I’m definitely the same way. Everything else can wait — I need my cookies/muffins/loaves NOW. And speaking of loaves… my goodness does this look amazing. And I’m super intrigued by the use of the soda. I really need to start playing around with molasses a bit more — such an underrated flavour.

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      October 24, 2013 at 1:18 am

      SO underrated. This bottle was catching dust from sitting around for so long so I knew I had to start using it!

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    Jo @ Living Mint Green
    October 22, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    I did some therapeutic baking over the weekend too! I made protein bars, GF blueberry muffins & grain-free pumpkin spice muffins.
    Cooking, running, walking, taking a shot shower, spending time in nature = the ultimate therapy. Oh, and wine, obviously. 😉

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    Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate
    October 22, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    I love gingerbread recipes, but only make them during Christmas time. I might have to make this a few months early though- thanks for sharing!!

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    October 22, 2013 at 11:37 am

    Davida, this looks so good!!!! The diet soda has me intrigued and I really want to try it! What is my therapy? Baking as well. I love getting lost in the kitchen and focusing on baking and flavors. So much fun and stress relieving!

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    Elise @
    October 22, 2013 at 11:29 am

    I NEED to try this! I can’t lie my baking skills aren’t the based but that’s why I need to start practicing! First test..Gluten Free Gingerbread Loaf 🙂

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    Kathy @ Vodka and Soda
    October 22, 2013 at 11:28 am

    procrastibake! HAHAHAH! love it.

    and i DO LOVE YOU so why hasn’t any of your bakegasms hit my belly yet?!

    Vodka and Soda

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    [email protected]
    October 22, 2013 at 10:24 am

    I love baking too, and I always have ever since I was a wee little tot causing trouble in my parents kitchen. Nowadays, I work out for therapy; it gives me an outlet for stress and helps clear my head. I’m happy to accept baked goods from others though, especially since it’s stress relief for you too. When you look at it that way, it’s almost like I’m doing you a favor….alright maybe that’s a stretch. It still looks delicious, and I still want it though.

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    Kim @ BusyBod
    October 22, 2013 at 10:08 am

    This looks delicious as always! I think baking is a fabulous thing to excel at! I always liked baking much much more than cooking, but I’m not particularly good at either one unless I’m just following directions. My therapy is the outdoors, anywhere away from the hustle, which could be in the woods or on my balcony (the balcony only works because we are up on a hill, so I feel like I”m out in the surrounding woods instead of in a busy town). Maybe it’s from growing up in a rural area, but I always feel like I can step back and breathe easier when I’m outside.

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