This sugar free gingerbread loaf is soft and moist, full of ginger and other warming comforting spices like ground cinnamon, cloves and mixed spice. This is low fat ginger cake that is super easy to make and contains no refined sugars, honey or maple syrup. Instead it's sweetened naturally with Natvia Stevia and Date Paste.
How I Get My Sugar Free Gingerbread Loaf Light and Fluffy
There is no rocket science here. It really is quite simple. There are two things.
- My food processor. Blitzing everything really is the lazy girls method of creating light, fluffy whipped like batter.
- My other little secret is cream of tartar which gives a creamier and richer texture to sweet baked items . This ingredient is one of those little wonders from the times when our grandmothers baked, and I discovered it a couple of years back whilst reading some very, very old cookbooks I’d salvaged from the junk heap at the local op shop.
Cream of tartar is a fine white powder, similar to baking powder or bicarb soda and is a leavening agent that helps your baked good rise. It’s easy to come by and I buy it from the local grocery store in the baking aisle. Now that I have discovered cream of tartar, I use it in all my baking recipes! It really does make such a difference and my sugar free ginger cake would not have turned out as good without it.
This sugar free gingerbread loaf is not made from traditional white flour. Or wholemeal flour. I just don’t like the taste of those, or for that matter their sheer lack of any nutritional content.
When I’m baking, I typically use only a few different types of flours
- Spelt flour (this ‘lil ole sugar free Gingerbread loaf!)
- Oat flour (as in these better than banana bread Sugar Free Banana Muffins with Walnuts)
- Almond flour (the basis of these delightful Almond Flour Peanut Butter Cookies)
- Almond meal (as in never buy store bought again Sugar Free Orange and Almond mini cakes)
My recipe for sugar free ginger cake could be made with either spelt flour, oat flour or almond flour as they are all super fine and would result in a light and fluffy cake. I wouldn't use almond meal to create a healthy ginger loaf as it is too coarse and the cake would not be light and fluffy.
What is Spelt flour?
I find spelt flour has a bit of a nutty and almost sweet flavour compared to other flours and it works perfectly in this sugar free gingerbread cake. I also want to point out that spelt flour while definitely a healthier option, is not a gluten free flour, but it is wheat free.
This makes it perfect for those of us who over the years have developed some intolerances to wheat based products and need a little help in the digestion department.
From a nutrition perspective, spelt flour far outweighs traditional white flour as it has fewer calories that wheat flour and it is higher in protein, although not as high as Oat flour. But, then again, spelt flour is easier to come by as it is available in most supermarkets, whereas I have to go to my local health food shop to score some of Bob’s Red Mill Oat Flour.
This sugar free ginger cake is many things:
- Its made with healthy ingredients that will keep you fuller for longer
- It's made from simple ingredients you can find in your supermarket
- It's free from artifical sweeteners and refined sugars that spike your insulin levels and make you hungry soon after you've eaten
- It's full of super spices that taste like you're on holiday: ginger, cinnamon and cloves and mixed spice
- It's super low calories, low fat, full of fibre and has a decent amount of protein per slice
I love healthy ginger treats almost as much as I love healthy chocolate treats and this Sugar Free Gingerbread Cake is always one I come back to time and again. My recipe for this low fat ginger cake is naturally sweetened with natvia granulated stevia sweetener, and none of the usual dark sweetening things you would typically find like golden syrup, honey or molasses. Nope, none of that here.
Want more Healthy Sugar Free Baking? Check These Out: my delicious better than store bought Low Carb Carrot Cake, the utterly moreish Sugar Free Red Velvet Cupcakes, or this simple and easy Healthy Date Loaf.
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Sugar Free Gingerbread Loaf
- 1/2 cup Spelt flour (or Wholemeal Plain Flour)
- 1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon granulated sweetener that measures like sugar (see notes)
- 2 teaspoons Cream of Tartar
- 1 teaspoon Bicarb soda
- 6 teaspoons Ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon Mixed spice
- ¼ teaspoon Ground cloves
- 1 medium Egg
- 2 tablespoons Date Paste
- ½ cup Milk
- 1/3 cup Butter (melted)
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees C/350 degrees F
- Add the flour, sweetener, cream of tartar bicarb, and spices into a medium mixing bowl.
- In a separate bowl, add the egg, date paste, milk and butter and whisk to combine
- Add the wet ingredients into the bowl of dry ingredients.
- Mix together with an electric beater. Or if you don’t have one a hand whisk is fine. An electric beater just allows more air to get into the mixture for a slightly more light and fluffy texture.
- Grease a medium sized loaf tin with oil spray and line with baking paper.
- Add mixture to loaf tin and bake in oven (fan forced) at 180 degrees C/350 degrees F for 30 minutes.
- Let cool to room temperature before slicing.
- The sweetener I use is Natvia Stevia Sweetener
- Cream of tartar is a leavener, similar to baking powder and when used in conjunction with bicarb creates a wonderful light and fluffy texture, much more so that baking powder I find.
- I buy my date paste from a health food shop. It is pure dates, mashed up to create a paste. You can also create you own by whizzing up dates at room temperature in a high speed blender. Store in an air tight jar in the fridge and use leftovers within a couple of weeks.
- I use the small ziplock bags to store my gingerbread slices in the freezer – 1 to a bag so I can grab and go in the morning.
- The 3 grams of sugar comes from the dates I used in the recipe to give it that nice rich warm colour!
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