Nothing shouts Christmas quite like the smell and taste of fresh baked gingerbread. I made this gingerbread recipe healthier by swapping out several common baking ingredients for those that provide more nutrition.
What you Will Love About this Recipe
If you are ready to make your kitchen smell like Christmas try this gingerbread recipe! The warm scents of molasses, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger will bring images of gingerbread men to mind. For me, it is a nostalgic smell, bringing me back to kindergarten when our teacher baked fresh gingerbread men and we decorated them in class.
Ingredients That Make this Gingerbread Healthier
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While the same warm spices and molasses are used to give this recipe the tell tale flavor of gingerbread, there are several ingredients I changed to make this bread healthier than the average gingerbread:
- By using whole wheat pastry flour instead of white flour this quick bread boasts 3.5 gm of fiber per serving. Even though there is more fiber, the whole wheat pastry flour still imparts a tender and moist texture. This recipe calls for 2 cups of whole wheat pastry flour. If you do not have whole wheat pastry flour you can always substitute it with 1 cup white unbleached flour mixed with 1 cup whole wheat flour.
- I replaced butter with canola oil to reduce the saturated fat from >6 gm to just 1 gm per serving. I also reduced the total amount of added sugars by 5gm per serving, something you will never miss in this recipe.
- Lastly, I sprinkled powdered sugar on top of the gingerbread after it cooled off to add some festivity to the quick bread. Using a sprinkling of powdered sugar instead of frosting adds some additional sweetness without adding a significant amount of sugar. I used a mesh strainer to do this but you can also use a sifter.
I used a glass 9″x5″ bread baking dish when I made this gingerbread, but you can use any pan that you have available. Just note that the type of pan you use may affect your total baking time. For example, if you use an aluminum pan you may need to adjust the baking time down.
Also, I recommend putting foil over the top of the bread during the last 10 minutes of baking so that the bread does not become overly brown on the top or at the edges.
Sharing this gingerbread with neighbors, coworkers or friends would be a great way to bring some festive holiday cheer to others. Or you can keep it all to yourself and enjoy it as a snack. It pairs well with a hot cup of coffee, tea or cocoa.
Eating this bread may bring back sweet memories of past Christmases. It may also inspire you to bake and decorate gingerbread men!
- 3/4 cup 1% milk
- 1/2 cup canola oil
- 1/2 cup molasses
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour* spooned and leveled
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp grounder ginger
- 1/2 tsp ground cloves
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp salt
- About 1 tsp powdered sugar for sprinkling on top (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350°. Oil a 9" x 5" baking dish**
- Mix the wet ingredients and brown sugar together: milk, canola oil, molasses, brown sugar, egg and vanilla extract.
- In a separate bowl mix the dry ingredients together: whole wheat pastry flour, cinnamon, baking soda, ginger, cloves, salt and nutmeg.
- Pour the mixed wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Mix just until combined, avoid over mixing.
- Bake for 50-55 minutes, or until inserted toothpick comes out clean. You may want to cover the bread for the last 10 minutes of baking to avoid an over browned top and edges.
- Cool completely. Sprinkle powdered sugar on top using colander or sifter.
- Slice and enjoy!
*If you do not have whole wheat pastry flour you can substitute 1 cup white unbleached flour and 1 cup whole wheat flour.
**The type of pan you use may affect your total baking time. I used a glass dish. If you use aluminum you may need to adjust the baking time.
Serving Size1 slice
Amount Per Serving Calories 267Total Fat 12gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0.3gUnsaturated Fat 10gCholesterol 22.5mgSodium 212mgCarbohydrates 37.25gFiber 3.5gSugar 19.25gProtein 3.5g
Nutrition facts are calculated using data from nutrient analysis software that utilizes data from USDA and Nutritionix. Therefore, the nutrition facts are estimates based on general nutrient analysis data. Different variables may affect the accuracy of these nutrition facts. Variables may include different brands of food items used and any changes made to the ingredients called for in the recipe. Nutrition facts are most accurate when using nutrition fact labels on actual ingredients used.