What’s not to love about gingerbread? It’s sugar and spice and everything nice! Gingerbread is unanimously loved as a festive staple. It is a baked sweet bread that is made with ginger, molasses, cinnamon with any combination of brown sugar, light or dark corn syrup or honey. Some people add carrot juice for added flavor. It keeps the fat content low and adds moisture to the recipe without sacrificing its richness.
It was one of the favorite treats of Abraham Lincoln. What makes it so good? Well, it is just not a festive treat but also a healthy snack that has several health benefits. The fantastic combination of cinnamon, ginger, and molasses makes it more healthy. Molasses is a great source of calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium and potassium,(1). Whereas, ginger has anti-inflammation properties(2).
Give it a try! This delicious bread may be a perfect snack for your party or holiday gift-giving.
- ⅔ cup milk
- ¼ cup (50g) molasses (blackstrap or regular)
- ¼ cup (60g) liquid sweetener, such as pure maple syrup
- ⅓ cup (80g) carrot juice
- 1 tbsp (15g) white or apple cider vinegar
- 2 tbsp (20g) vegetable or melted coconut oil
- 2 tbsp (12g) ground flax meal
- 1 cup (120g) whole wheat pastry flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 ½ tsp powdered ginger
- 1 ½ tsp powdered cinnamon
- ½ tsp allspice
- ¼ cup (45g) brown sugar
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Take a large bowl and whisk all liquid ingredients, including flax in it.
- In another bowl, stir all the remaining ingredients for a few seconds.
- Pour wet dough mix into dry and stir until it combines.
- Put the mix into a pan and bake for 25 minutes.
- Take it out of the oven and let it cool for 25 minutes.
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- Filipčev, Bojana, et al. “Sugar beet molasses as an ingredient to enhance the nutritional and functional properties of gluten-free cookies.” International journal of food sciences and nutrition 67.3 (2016): 249-256. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26947667
- Bode, Ann M., and Zigang Dong. “The amazing and mighty ginger.” Herbal medicine: Biomolecular and clinical aspects 2 (2011). https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK92775/