An easy recipe for Vegan Gluten Free Gingerbread Loaf that's perfectly spiced and will become a favourite recipe to make (and give!) during the holidays.
I was scrolling through my Facebook feed a few weeks ago and came across a recipe for this Pumpkin Gingerbread.
I took a quick glance and thought it sounded interesting and that it would be a good recipe to "re-do" (aka: make 100% plant-based and gluten free so it would be a vegan gluten free gingerbread loaf) and share with you when we're all transitioning from all of the fall pumpkin recipes to holiday recipes.
Pumpkin + gingerbread, what better way could there be to move from fall to the holidays?
I wasn't quite sure if the changes I had in mind would work but I went ahead anyways, I always love a challenge. And guess what? I did it.
I'm so happy with the result and although it did not turn out to be the transition recipe I had in mind, this vegan gluten free gingerbread loaf is PERFECT to make and serve (or give!) during the holiday season (just like this vegan gluten free cranberry orange bread!).
The original recipe did not contain molasses but I think molasses is essential in any gingerbread recipe. So I added some in which made the loaf darker than the original.
I also kept the pumpkin in because it adds a moistness that you would not otherwise get if you were to leave it out. BUT...note that this loaf has no pumpkin flavour whatsoever, it's simply used as an ingredient to make the loaf tender (and I guess it also adds some nutrition!).
And a tip...don't buy canned pumpkin puree! If you can, make your own large batch in the fall and freeze it so you can use when needed. Here's a step-by-step on how to make homemade pumpkin puree.
The mini chocolate chips in the loaf are totally optional, it's up to you if you want to add them or not, but I like adding them because it makes the gingerbread loaf more kid-friendly and because why not? The flavours pair well, so I went for it!
If you want even more chocolate, you can also sprinkle a bit on top of the loaf before putting it in the oven.
Serve up your vegan gluten free gingerbread loaf with a vegan gingerbread latte or a decadent vegan hot chocolate and curl up under a blanket to watch holiday specials with the family (the way I like to spend evenings during the holidays season!).
You can also bake a few, package them pretty, and give them to friends and family. Who doesn't love to receive food gifts during the holidays (or any other time, really!)
If you like this recipe, I think you'll also like these:
- Vegan Gingerbread Pancakes
- Vegan Gluten Free Gingerbread Waffles
- Gingerbread Chocolate Chip Muffins
- Vegan Gingerbread Latte
- Chewy Vegan Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies
- Vegan Gluten-Free Gingerbread Cookies
And if you make it, tell me about it below in the comments or share a pic with me on Instagram!
Vegan Gluten Free Gingerbread Loaf
- 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds
- 6 tablespoons water
- 2 cups gluten-free flour blend **see important note about flour below**
- ⅔ cup coconut sugar
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground cloves
- ½ teaspoon all spice
- ½ cup melted coconut oil
- ¼ cup molasses
- 1 cup canned or homemade pumpkin puree
- ¾ cup mini chocolate chips (optional)
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- Grease a 5" x 9" (1.5 quart) loaf pan.
- Prepare your flax eggs by whisking together ground flax seeds and water. Set aside to thicken.
- In a large bowl, whisk the flour, coconut sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, cloves and all spice together.
- In a small bowl, mix the melted coconut oil, molasses, pumpkin puree, and flax mixture together.
- Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix well to combine.
- Fold in the mini chocolate chips, if using.
- Pour into greased loaf pan.
- Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour or until a tester comes out clean. See note.
- Allow to fully cool before cutting.
- Baking times will vary slightly depending on your oven and the type of bakeware you use. I use a glass loaf dish when making this recipe. Start checking around the 50 minute mark.
- It's important to know that different gluten-free flour blends use different ingredients and ratios, so results will always vary if you substitute. I have never used any other brand of flour to make this recipe (other than Bob's Red Mill in the red bag, NOT the blue bag!), so please know that your results may not be the same as mine if ingredients are substituted.
- This recipe will NOT work with coconut flour.
- Nutrition info listed below is for 1 of 12 slices and for the recipe made as written. Info is only to be used as a rough guide. Click here for more info on how nutrition info on this website is determined.
Delicious! The taste just reminds me of the holidays. I used half of the amount of baking powder and it came out fine. I did use Bob’s GF baking flour (blue bag) and didn’t have any issues. The loaf was lovely and moist. I will be making this recipe again for sure! My whole family enjoyed it!
Gwen Leron says
I'm glad you liked the gingerbread loaf, Ginger! And yes, it does taste of the holidays, very much! 🙂 Very good to know that it worked well for you with the 1 to 1 flour, thanks for letting me know and thank you so much for your note and rating, I appreciate it!
Donna Reynolds says
I baked this in four mini loaf pans for 30 minutes. I really enjoyed the flavor and texture of this bread. I would definitely make this again, adding some diced crystallized ginger.
Gwen Leron says
I'm glad you enjoyed it, Donna! I have had other readers tell me they made it with crystallized ginger and they loved the results! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave your note 🙂
A. Willis says
I made this recipe a few days ago and was impressed! Served with lemon curd and fresh blueberries- the perfect combo of sweet, sour and spicy!
I could NOT find canned or fresh pumpkin and didn't have time to run to the store to get any squash or sweet spuds, so I did use applesauce- using a lesser amount than was was called for with the pumpkin. I also subbed maple syrup for molasses and added a touch of aquafaba for kicks.
The flavor was great, texture was dense. I'm guessing had I had pumpkin it would have been more spongey rather than dense. But it still made a great loaf, easy to cut and perfect warmed up the next day for breakfast with a fresh mug o' coffee. Will def make again, using pumpkin!
Gwen Leron says
Hi there! I'm so happy you found the recipe and decided to give it a try. Thank you! And I'm also glad to know that it turned out well with your substitutions. When you can find canned pumpkin, definitely give it a try, I think you'll like that version, too 🙂 (my grocery store here in Canada carries canned pumpkin year round in the baking aisle, so check out that area, that may be the lucky spot!)
It doesn't say which Bobs Red Mill flour.. the red or the blue? The link just sends me to Amazon with a list of Bobs Red Mill products. Also, would this recipe work well using mini gingerbread house molds? I know you have a gingerbread muffin recipe, but wanted to try to use this recipe instead. Thanks for sharing the recipe, excited to try it!
Hi Sophia! It's the Bobs Red Mill Gluten Free All Purpose Baking Flour with the RED label, this one: https://amzn.to/2R9isbX. Thanks very much for letting me know about the link, I'll look into it. I'm not sure about the recipe working for gingerbread house molds...I'm picturing molds used to build the walls for a gingerbread house to decorate. The hard cookie houses. Is that what you are talking about? Let me know and I can guide you more 🙂
Do you think I could make this into muffins? If so, how would you suggest I change the bake temp and time?
Hi Mae! I have a gingerbread muffin recipe: https://delightfuladventures.com/gingerbread-chocolate-chip-muffins/ Best to use that one instead of converting this recipe 🙂 If you make them, let me know how it goes!
Can I use applesauce instead of the pumpkin? All I have is canned pumpkin, not fresh
Hi Lisa! The recipe calls for canned OR homemade pumpkin, so you are fine! I mention making your own because I have a step-by-step on how to do it. Either homemade or canned can be used.
I wouldn't use applesauce for this recipe since applesauce is thinner and the texture may not turn out right. So go ahead and used the canned pumpkin, I've used it many times and it works perfectly. Let me know how you like the recipe when you make it 🙂
Currently in the oven 🙂
I used a different gluten free flour blend (standard supermarket one) because bobs mills was sold out in Auckland but hopefully the blend will Work! So far smells so good!
Gwen @ Delightful Adventures says
Exciting, Priya! Let me know how it turns out!! 🙂
I made this with eggs instead of the flax seed because i'm dairy free but not vegan, it turned out so good i'm making 4 more loaves today!
Gwen @ Delightful Adventures says
Yay! So glad it turned out well with your substitution, Skander! Thanks for your note, this will help others who have this question 🙂 Enjoy the loaves!
How many eggs did you do? 2? I'm in the same boat 🙂
Gwen @ Delightful Adventures says
Hi Abby, the flax eggs used in this recipe is a replacement for 2 regular eggs. If you do want to use the flax eggs, you can find more info on them here: https://delightfuladventures.com/how-to-make-a-flax-egg-vegan-egg-substitute-baking/ (they're really easy to make, just 2 ingredients 🙂 )
I just made this bread and it did not come out well. I did notice once I was completely done with all of my mixing it was more of a crumb than a cake or bread like batter. It did not "pour" into the baking pan. More like I had to scoop the crumbly mixture into the pan. I read the ingredients over several times and I can't find any liquids that I am missing. I did use coconut flour. I am not sure what went wrong. 🙁
I'm sorry the recipe did not turn out for you. The reason why is the use of coconut flour. Coconut flour is very dense and recipes that use it require a lot more liquid than when using other types of flour. Any time I use coconut flour, I always use blend it with another one, I don't use it on its own (I have never tried it with this recipe). I do highly recommend the Bob's Red Mill all purpose gf blend (I link to it in the recipe so readers can see what it looks like and I also make note of the recommendation in the recipe notes).
I hope that you are able to try again with the recommended flour, Erika. I am quite certain that you will be happy with the results 🙂 Let me know if you have any questions.
Thank you for replying. I will try it again with the Red Mill GF flour, also I had no idea different types of flours needed different amounts of liquid, guess I learned something!
Gluten-free baking can be tricky when you are first starting out but stick with it, you will get it! There are certain tips and tricks you pick up along the way. Let me know how it goes next time, Erika!
This is an awesome recipe. Made it with regular flour and brown sugar, came out amazing! Just made a second loaf, I will be making this recipe all year long. Yum.
Hi Clarissa! I'm so glad to hear the recipe worked with your substitutions! I'm often asked if this recipe will work with regular flour and since I've never tried it, I don't have an answer. Thanks for leaving your message here so others can see it will work out. Thank you! And I'm glad you like it 🙂
Hi there. Well, I've been CRAVING gingerbread since October when my kitchen got torn apart and I finally, finally was able to bake Monday for the very first time. As you can imagine everything is completely disordered in there and I couldn't even find a flour mix so I just threw together some brown rice, white rice, water chestnut and tapioca flours and crossed my fingers. This bread is so delicious and filling I haven't been able to force myself to eat a proper meal since.
So to the question of can I use another flour? Absolutely.
Also, thanks for providing the perfect fix as well as helping me use up some of the kabocha squash I'd put up last Fall. Lovely. Oops, I also cheated and added some candied ginger because it was there and it was good too. HaHa
Hi Laurel! I am so happy to hear that the recipe worked with your flour mix! And I'm also very happy that you loved the results! Yay! I really like that you added candied ginger, great idea. I may have to try adding some next time... 🙂 Enjoy your new kitchen! Thanks for stopping by 🙂
Nicole Boyhouse says
OMG AMAZING. Can I use regular flour instead of gluten free?
Hi Nicole!! I can't guarantee it will turn out because I have never made it with regular flour, but I *think* it may 🙂 The original recipe I based this one off of (see link at the beginning of the post) does use regular flour. I made a lot of changes from that original though...you are a pro though, I think you can make it work. PLEASE come back and tell me how it turns out if you do try!