Gluten Free Gingerbread Bars (vegan)

by livingfreelygf

Gluten free vegan gingerbread cake is a light and fluffy treat that we love. These gluten free gingerbread bars are the perfect simple gluten free gingerbread recipe. You will love this recipe because it is gluten free and dairy free gingerbread made easy!

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Before going gluten-free I didn’t eat gingerbread, or gingerbread cookies. I’m not sure why, but it was something I didn’t have often. However, after going gluten free and when I started recipe developing, I wanted to experiment with ginger flavors.

Gluten Free Gingerbread Bars

Gingerbread bars on a serving plate

The first ginger recipe I made was my Gingerbread Men Cookies, then I made Paleo Gingerbread Pancakes. After loving those two recipes I was hooked! Gingerbread is now one of my favorite holiday flavors. 

These gluten free gingerbread bars are the perfect treat to bring to a pot luck, or have out to share with friends. I also love making these gluten free vegan gingerbread cake bars for cookie exchanges, or to pass out to friends and family for the holidays. 

What Ingredients are needed for this Gluten Free Gingerbread Recipe? 

Gingerbread cake on a serving plate with powdered sugar being dusted

  • Gluten Free All Purpose Flour
  • Guar Gum, or Xanthan Gum
  • Baking Soda, Salt, Ground Ginger, Ground Cinnamon, Ground Cloves
  • Vegan Butter
  • Brown Sugar
  • Molasses
  • Flax Egg, or 1 Egg
  • Boiling Water
  • Powdered Sugar

Common questions about the ingredients….

All purpose flour- Not all flour is created equal. I use my personal all purpose flour blend, or Better Batter rice free blend. Each blend creates different results and these two are the best in my opinion. If you purchase Better Batter use the code: livingfreelygf to get 30% off of your purchase. 

Flax Egg- I use this in place of a regular egg to make it a vegan recipe. You can use a regular egg in place if you don’t need this to be vegan.

Guar Gum vs. Xanthan Gum- A gum is a binder and it is needed when something is gluten free. Gluten is a binder, so if a recipe does not contain it then a binder needs to be added. You can also use psyllium husk if you need to gum free, but it does not do as great of a job, however it is better than nothing.  

Do I need to add xanthan gum or guar gum if my all purpose flour already contains it?

No, if your flour already has a gum then omit it from the recipe. 

Gluten Free Vegan Gingerbread Cake

 

gluten free gingerbread being held up with a bite taken out

How do I make this gluten free dairy free gingerbread?

Preheat the oven to 350ºF. In a stand mixer add the brown sugar, flax egg, and vegan butter. With the paddle attachment mix on low for 2 minutes.

On low speed add the molasses and mix for 30 seconds, scrape down the sides and mix for another 30 seconds.

With the mixer on add the boiling water, mix on low for 1 minute.

Add the ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and salt. Allow it blend then add the guar gum and baking soda. 

Add the flour and then increase the speed to medium and mix for 2 minutes, scraping the sides of the bowl halfway through. 

Pour into a greased 8×8 baking dish. Bake 15-22 minutes, or until a butter knife comes out of the center clean. 

Allow it sit for about 15 minutes and then you can transfer it to a serving plate if desired. Sprinkle on powdered sugar and serve. 

The powdered sugar will settle overnight, so if you plan to make the gingerbread ahead, sprinkle the powdered sugar on just right before serving. This will last about 2-3 days on the kitchen counter covered. 

 

 

Gluten Free Vegan Gingerbread Bars

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Gluten Free and Vegan Gingerbread Bars

These moist and delicious gluten free vegan Gingerbread Bars are the perfect holiday treat to share.

Course Dessert
Keyword gluten free gingerbread, gluten free vegan gingerbread recipe
Servings 20
Calories 111 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 flax egg or 1 egg
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1/4 cup vegan butter regular butter is fine too if you are not vegan
  • 2/3 cup molasses
  • 2/3 cup boiling water
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp guar gum
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups gluten free all purpose flour

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. In a stand mixer add the brown sugar, flax egg, and vegan butter. With the paddle attachment mix on low for 2 minutes.

  2. On low speed add the molasses and mix for 30 seconds, scrape down the sides and mix for another 30 seconds.
  3. With the mixer still on add the boiling water, mix on low for 1 minute.

  4. Add the ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and salt. Allow it blend then add the guar gum and baking soda.

  5. Add the flour and then increase the speed to medium and mix for 2 minutes, scraping the sides of the bowl halfway through.
  6. Pour into a greased 8x8 baking dish. Bake 15-22 minutes or until a butter knife comes out of the center clean.

  7. Allow it to sit and cool for about 15 minutes and then you can transfer it to a serving plate if desired. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve.

Recipe Notes

The powdered sugar will settle overnight, so if you plan to make the gingerbread ahead, sprinkle the powdered sugar on just right before serving. This will last about 2-3 days on the kitchen counter covered. 

Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free and Vegan Gingerbread Bars
Amount Per Serving
Calories 111 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 117mg5%
Potassium 181mg5%
Carbohydrates 23g8%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 16g18%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 108IU2%
Calcium 38mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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2 comments

Jewell December 3, 2020 - 6:31 pm

5 stars
These were easy to make and very yummy!!

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livingfreelygf December 4, 2020 - 4:31 pm

Yay! I am so glad you enjoyed them.

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