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Healthy Gingerbread Loaf

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Healthy Gingerbread Loaf Recipe with whole wheat or spelt flour, applesauce, and a simple maple syrup glaze. Fill your kitchen with the smells of traditional holiday spices and enjoy a slice too, without the guilt.

I love holiday baking! A few of my favorite festive treats are healthy pumpkin cake, delicious pumpkin pie, and healthy rum balls.

Healthy Gingerbread Loaf

Gingerbread Loaf

This healthy gingerbread loaf has become my favorite festive treat. I love the soft texture of the bread, the hint of molasses and the perfect blend of holiday spices. No more trying to bite into a hard gingerbread cookie!

This gingerbread loaf is an old recipe of mine that I have perfected! The result is a quick bread that is super moist and SO delicious! Plus, my family loves quick breads too; healthy chocolate bread, almond flour banana bread, pumpkin bread, almond flour cinnamon bread, etc. There’s always something in my fridge or freezer!

In place of my previously complicated coconut cream glaze, I just use maple syrup. You can sprinkle your favorite spices like nutmeg, cinnamon or ginger on top too!

So go grab your favorite hot beverage, a slice of gingerbread loaf and curl up by the fire!

Healthy Gingerbread Loaf sliced open

Ingredients for Healthy Gingerbread Loaf

  • Flour: Whole wheat or spelt flour (like I use for zucchini muffins and cranberry muffins)
  • Spices: Ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg.
  • Baking essentials: Baking powder, baking soda, salt, eggs and vanilla extract.
  • Sweeteners: Maple syrup (or honey), applesauce and molasses. I used organic unsulphured molasses.
  • Oil: Coconut oil has the perfect flavor for this bread.

How to Make Healthy Gingerbread Loaf

There is a full recipe card below. 

  • Mix dry ingredients: In flour, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder + soda in bowl; unmixed
  • Whisk eggs: In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs for 10 seconds. whisked eggs in bowl
  • Mix wet ingredients: Add the applesauce, molasses, maple syrup, oil and vanilla to the eggs. Mix well with a whisk. wet ingredients for gingerbread loaf mixed in blue bowl
  • Combine the wet and dry ingredients: Pour the liquid ingredients into the the bowl of dry ingredients. Mix until just well combined. pouring wet ingredients into bowl of dry ingredients
  • Bake: Pour batter into a prepared baking pan lined with parchment paper. Bake at 35o degrees F for 45 minutes (or until a toothpick comes out clean). batter poured into loaf pan
  • Glaze the loaf: After the loaf has been removed from the oven and cooled,  drizzle it with small amounts of maple syrup and spread with a pastry brush. Slice and enjoy!

Healthy gingerbread loaf sliced open

How to Store and Freeze Healthy Gingerbread Loaf

Store: This gingerbread loaf can be stored on the counter. It will stay fresh for up to 5 days if placed in an airtight container.

Freeze: Once the loaf has been baked and cooled completely, you can transfer it to a ziploc bag. The bread can be frozen for up to 3 months. I don’t recommend slicing the loaf. When you are ready to enjoy, just allow the loaf to thaw on the counter for 3-4 hours.

More Healthy Quick Bread Recipes

You might also like to browse through my collection of muffins and quick breads, and my holiday recipes!

gingerbread loaf; baked

Healthy Gingerbread Loaf

Healthy Gingerbread Loaf

Healthy Gingerbread Loaf Recipe with whole wheat or spelt flour, applesauce and a simple maple syrup glaze. Fill your kitchen with the smells of traditional holiday spices and enjoy a slice too, without the guilt.
4.95 from 19 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 8 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 53 minutes
Servings: 12 slices
Calories: 171kcal
Author: Olena Osipov


  • 2 cups spelt or whole wheat flour
  • 1 tbsp ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs large
  • 1 cup applesauce unsweetened
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup or honey + more for glazing
  • 3 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • Cooking spray I use Misto


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, line 9 x 5 loaf pan with unbleached parchment paper and spray with cooking spray.
  • In a medium bowl, add flour, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder + soda, and salt; whisk well to combine.
    Healthy Gingerbread Loaf
  • In another medium bowl, whisk eggs for 10 seconds. Add applesauce, molasses, maple syrup, oil and vanilla; whisk until mixed well.
    Healthy Gingerbread Loaf
  • Pour into a bowl with dry ingredients and mix with spatula gently, just enough to combine or until you see no more white flour pockets. Do not stir vigorously or over mix.
    Healthy Gingerbread Loaf
  • Pour into prepared loaf pan and bake for 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Remove from the oven, let cool for 5 minutes and transfer to a cooling rack to cool off for 1 hour.
    Healthy Gingerbread Loaf
  • Drizzling small amounts of honey or maple syrup on a pastry brush, glaze the loaf and cut into 12 slices using serrated knife.
    Healthy Gingerbread Loaf

Store: Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 3 - 4 months.


    Serving: 1slice | Calories: 171kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 205mg | Potassium: 143mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 45IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 2mg
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    My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys, a wife to Alex and we reside on magical Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. This is our healthy family recipes blog. Originally from Ukraine, I grew up on real food. As an adult, I struggled with diets for years because none worked long-term. Now for over 10 years, I cook easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

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