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Gluten Free Gingerbread

Gluten free gingerbread is a classic holiday recipe that’s perfect for breakfast, snacking and dessert!

gluten-free-gingerbreadI bet many of you look forward to waking up to the smell of coffee in the morning. That’s how I feel about gingerbread. Every Christmas morning for as long as I can remember, I would wake up and smell the deliciousness, run out of bed to the kitchen to find some freshly baked by my mother. It became a cherished tradition in our house and I couldn’t wait to start it with my children.

Of course, Gingerbread is traditionally full of gluten and dairy so I had to tinker with my mom’s recipe to make it safe for my kids. I substituted gluten free flour for the regular flour and coconut oil for the butter, put it in the oven with my fingers crossed and it came out great!

I love getting my kids involved in the kitchen so that they develop a positive relationship with food, rather than feeling like they live without. This time, I thought it would be fun to cut Christmas themed shapes out of paper with my daughter, place them on top of the gluten free gingerbread piece and sprinkle them with organic powdered sugar to look like a light dusting of snow. Then, we lifted the homemade paper stencil up and had a shadow of a gingerbread man or a Christmas tree. Look at how cute they came out?

gluten free gingerbread

Ok, you’ve waited long enough πŸ™‚ Here’s the recipe. It’s gluten free, dairy free, peanut free, and soy free.

Gluten Free Gingerbread Recipe



  1. 2.5 cups all purpose gluten free flour
  2. 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  3. 1 tsp ginger
  4. 1 tsp cinnamon
  5. 1/2 cup coconut oil (heated up first)
  6. 1/2 cup organic coconut palm sugar or regular sugar
  7. 1 cup Grandma’s molasses
  8. 1/2 cup hot water
  9. 1 egg


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a stand mixer, combine the baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, coconut oil, sugar, molasses and egg until it’s smooth.
  2. Alternate adding the flour and hot water until it’s well mixed. It will be smooth and thick and that’s a good thing.
  3. Pour it into a 9×9 square baking dish.
  4. Bake for 45 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.
  5. If you want to dust the top like we did, cut a small shape out of your choosing in paper and place it on top of a piece of gingerbread.
  6. Get a sifter and add some powdered sugar to it.
  7. Lightly tap the side of the sifter over the gingerbread piece until the top is evenly covered in a light dusting of powdered sugar.
  8. Carefully remove the paper shape and Enjoy!

Are you looking for more holiday recipes? Try my Gluten Free Christmas Cut Out Cookies and Cranberry Orange Bread recipes.


  • I was just thinking about making some gingerbread for the holidays. Can’t wait to try this!

    • I’m so glad you found this recipe then! We just love gingerbread over the holidays.

  • Looks delicious! My mom used to make gingerbread and we’d put a butter sauce on top. I can’t have the butter sauce, but I need to make some gingerbread this year!

    • We put butter on ours when I was growing up too, but I really don’t miss it. If anything, a dairy free olive oil spread would do the trick.

  • I love the stencil idea! I also like the story behind it. Memories are so priceless!

  • Leslie Morrison

    I’d love this with my morning coffee! Yum!

    • Oh yes, definitely works well at breakfast with coffee or tea.

  • I love the cut-outs!!! What a great idea – now you have me wanting to make gingerbread!

  • kortneykh

    I love that you are empowering your kids in the kitchen. It’s one of the best gifts you can give them πŸ˜€

    • Thanks so much Kortney! Empowering my kids in the kitchen is one of my major goals as a mom πŸ™‚

  • Alisa Fleming

    Yum!!! Simplicity at its best. My husband finally likes ginger, so I might need to make this for him.

    • Oh good! There are so many options now that he likes ginger, especially at the holidays!

  • I adore gingerbread! I love the way you decorated them too. So creative.

    • Thanks, Audrey! Came up with the stencils on the fly while the gingerbread was baking and it was a hit with the kids. Made the whole activity so much more fun.

  • Amanda Kanashiro

    I’ve never made gingerbread, about time I give it a shot!