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Gluten-Free Gingerbread Loaf

October 22, 2013

This gluten-free gingerbread loaf is the perfect comforting breakfast or snack for cooler months. Enjoy as is or top with frosting or whipped cream for the ultimate treat. 

Gluten-Free Gingerbread Loaf //

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. Baking has become my therapy! I bake when I’m stressed, I bake when I’m happy, I bake for others, I bake for myself. No matter how I’m feeling, baking tends to put me at ease.

I’ve had successes and failures in the kitchen over the years but lucky for you, this gingerbread loaf is a clear win!

Here’s What You Need

  • sparking water – yes, you read that right! Sparkling water helps this bread rise.
  • baking soda and baking powder – also help the bread rise.
  • blackstrap molasses – a key ingredient for the gingerbread flavor. You can swap for honey or maple syrup if you’d like but the flavor will be a bit different.
  • Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour – any gluten-free all-purpose flour works! I used a blend.
  • coconut palm sugar – white cane sugar works too.
  • dried and freshly grated ginger – can’t have gingerbread without ginger!
  • black pepper – I know this sounds odd but don’t be scared! It elevates the other spices in the bread.
  • salt – brings all of the flavors together.
  • applesauce – replaces the oil or butter traditionally found in gingerbread recipes.
  • eggs – helps the bread hold it’s shape and keeps the wet and dry ingredients combined.
Gluten-Free Gingerbread Loaf //

How to Make Gingerbread

STEP 1: Bring the sparkling water to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Remove from the heat and add in the baking soda. The mixture will foam up!

STEP 2: When the foaming subsides, stir in the molasses and coconut palm sugar. Set aside.

STEP 3: Whisk the flour, ground ginger, baking powder, pepper and salt in a large bowl.

STEP 4: Add the sparkling water-molasses mixture to a large bowl. Whisk in the eggs, applesauce and grated ginger until combined.

STEP 5: Whisk the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients in three parts. Stir continuously until the mixture is completely smooth. Transfer the batter to a loaf pan that is prepped with non-stick spray or coconut oil. Tap the pan against a hard surface to pop any air bubbles.

STEP 6: Bake at 350ºF for 35-40 minutes or until the top of the loaf is firm to the touch. Allow the loaf to cool in the pan.

How to Serve Gingerbread

Serve this gingerbread loaf much like you would serve banana bread or zucchini bread! It’s delicious with butter or melted coconut oil spread on top, topped with frosting (dreaming of a cream cheese frosting!) or even with some coconut whipped cream.

How to Store Leftovers

Wrap any leftovers in plastic wrap or tinfoil and store at room temperature for up to 5 days. You could also freeze in a freezer safe container for longer storage.


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
    [email protected]
    October 22, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    I love the deep rich color of this cake. It reminds me of a “plum cake” I bring back every single time from Bombay and I especially love the deep brown color of it.
    And surely,most definitely, even I know, you are excellent at a few things – baking included!

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    Miss Polkadot
    October 22, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    Not good at anything?! Far from it I’d say. Just look at what a great friend [even if I can just say pen pal – so far :)], baker, chef, student and listener [something I truly value] you are – and that’s merely naming a few.
    Procrastibaking can be the bane of my existence when I have a lot of tasks to do but some relaxing, delicious, make-the-whole-apartment-smell-like-heaven activity becomes priority. So yes, baking and walking (!) is my therapy. First baking, then taking a nice long walk to get some fresh air and settle in bed with a book afterwards. Perfect.

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      October 24, 2013 at 1:23 am

      You’re too sweet <3 I wish we could go for walks together...I know we have SO much to talk about!

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    Sam @ Better With Sprinkles
    October 22, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    Procrastibake…I love it :-p And I also love that the recipe uses Diet Dr. Pepper, because that gives me an excuse to buy some! My therapy: the gym, walks, and puppy cuddling.

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    October 22, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    All of those statements about baking…could have come from my head. But never, ever does my baking look this beautiful or taste this delicious (I assume). I love that it’s gluten free, and I am definitely writing down all of these ingredients and going to the store after work and making this bread.

    Baking was my therapy for a long time, but it became kind of self-destructive for a while when I was sick. You make it look very healthy – both mentally and in regards to nutritional value! Therapy for me now is puppy time. I never believed it until I started to live with my boyfriend’s dog, but animals are really the best. Plus I get to bake for him, now!

    Thanks so much for sharing this – I’m super impressed by your recipe creating and baking abilities. I’m sure you’ve got lots of others though, such as writing!

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      October 24, 2013 at 1:22 am

      Trust me, if I had a pet, pet-therapy would be my #1! There’s always a way to healthify baking though many many kitchen fails are likely to happen. But practice really does make perfect!

      Thank you so much for your kind words lovely! Means a lot!

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    Megan (The Lyons Share)
    October 22, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    What about writing, photography, balancing a million tasks, and being an amazing friend/ girlfriend/ daughter? I think you excel at all of those things! Now here’s what I want to know … how in the world did you know to try out diet soda in your baking?!? Is that “a thing” that I have just been missing?

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      October 22, 2013 at 3:38 pm

      Originally got the idea from here: but I also added apple sauce to keep it extra moist (cutting the fat makes why dry loaf!)

      And thank you lovely 🙂 You are incredible…but you know I feel that way already!

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    Amy @ Elephant Eats
    October 22, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    hahaha, I love the word “procrastibake” and I can totally relate! I procrasti-everything 🙂 I’m so glad you have an activity that can make you feel so good. And this gingerbread sounds awesome! I love the spices in gingerbread 🙂

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    Danielle @Labelsarefortincans
    October 22, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    I like that – procrastibake! Also I have never seen pop before in baked loafs! That’s so cool. It sounds like a science experiment…

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      October 24, 2013 at 1:21 am

      It totally was! I just crossed my fingers and hoped for the best!

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    Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table
    October 22, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    procrastibake. you crack me up. i am sooooo guilty of the same.

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    Cailee Joy
    October 22, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    Ohhh yum!! This looks so tasty! And I love that it’s gluten free 🙂

    • Reply
      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      October 24, 2013 at 1:20 am

      just for you 🙂

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    Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl
    October 22, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    I can totally relate! Baking is such good therapy…. it lets the creativity out and gives you focus. Even better when the food turns out as good as this bread looks!

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      October 24, 2013 at 1:20 am

      I know you get me Kim! And thank goodness you do because you have such amazing treats on your blog!

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    Amy @ Long Drive Journey
    October 22, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    I heard someone asked once if they preferred cooking or baking, and they said that cooking is an art and baking is a science. I couldn’t agree more, which is why, since I am not a scientist, I will have to stick to eating all of the goodies that you bake!

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      October 24, 2013 at 1:20 am

      must be the science kid in me who is drawn to it!

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    Nicole @ FruitnFitness
    October 22, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    Oh this sounds good and has an interesting ingredient list. I have used soda when cooking roasts but never in bread. Gingerbread is one of my favorites, I’m going to have to give this a try.

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