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Gingerbread Loaf with Maple Glaze

This gingerbread loaf is moist, fragrantly spiced and lightly sweetened with maple syrup for a festive treat. I made with loaf whole wheat flour but I also tested it with spelt flour and a 1-to-1 gluten-free flour blend and they worked very well!

  • Author: Stephanie Kay
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 10 slices 1x
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

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  • 1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup butter (or coconut oil) + more for greasing
  • 1 cup unsweetened apple sauce

Maple Glaze:

  • 3 tablespoons butter (or coconut butter)
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch sea salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan with coconut oil or butter.
  2. In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients; flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and sea salt. Stir well to combine.
  3. In a separate medium bowl, combine wet ingredients: molasses, maple syrup, eggs, vanilla extract, coconut oil (or butter) and apple sauce. Whisk well to combine.
  4. Make a well in the flour mixture, pour in wet mixture, and whisk well until batter is well blended.
  5. Pour batter into the loaf pan and transfer to the oven for 40-45 minutes until toothpick comes out clean.
  6. Once baked, remove from the oven, allow to cool in the pan for 5 minutes, and then transfer to a wire baking rack to cool completely for another 10-15 minutes.
  7. While the loaf is cooling, prepare the maple glaze. On the stovetop in a small pot (or microwave for 30 seconds – 1 minute), combine coconut butter, maple syrup, vanilla extract and sea salt, whisking until well combined, about 1 minute.
  8. Drizzle maple glaze over the cooled loaf and spread it out evenly with a spatula to cover the top of the loaf.
  9. Allow the glaze to cool another 10-15 minutes before slicing.
  10. Optional: Add a small sprinkle of ground ginger on top for a festive look.

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