Gluten-Free Gingerbread Snacking Cake

A homey and comforting gluten-free gingerbread snacking cake that welcomes December with warm spices and molasses.

Gluten-Free Gingerbread Snacking Cake

We had our first fire the other night and it’s been c-o-l-d at night. Though my mind may still be back in the lazy days of summer the temperature and forecast tells otherwise: winter is coming, and I’ve stocked up tea and wool socks. To welcome December I made a wonderful gluten-free gingerbread snacking cake that filled my house with the delicious smells of holidays and spice and the cozy mornings of winter break. We’re not there yet, but I can almost see the turn of the year on the horizon.

I know I post a lot of recipes calling for oat flour (though, reminder! Sorghum flour is a great and worthy substitute if you can’t do or don’t care for oats) but it really is one of, if not my favorite, gluten-free flour with which to bake. I love oats in general, in porridge or in granola or tucked into muffins, and when they’re ground into flour they produce sweets with a beautifully fluffy texture and flavor that is so appreciated in gluten-free baked goods. Here, I paired oat and almond flour to make a dense, sturdy cake that’s sweetened with molasses and coconut sugar and richly spiced with all the good spices we expect in a gingerbread cake. I’m not kidding when I say this cake lasted about two days in my house. My girls loved it, always my barometer for a successful cake. Substitutions follow the recipe if you’d like to make it dairy-free or swap in different flours. If you’re making up your holiday wishlist and don’t own one yet, I highly recommend a digital scale for accuracy!

Sending lots of good wishes for warm days inside, with cake.

Til next time – N x

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Oat flour: A wonderful whole grain gluten-free flour made from ground oats
  • Almond flour: Use almond flour rather than almond meal
  • Baking powder and baking soda
  • Coconut Sugar: You could use maple sugar instead
  • Buttermilk: To make dairy free, use your favorite non-dairy milk and mix in 1 Tablespoon vinegar
  • Eggs: Choose large eggs
  • Unsalted butter
  • Coffee or hot water
  • Ground spices: ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves

Tips for Success

  • Let batter rest for at least 15 minutes before baking. Oat flour really benefits from a rest to let it absorb liquids.
  • Bring ingredients to room temperature before using.
  • See “Notes” section following the recipe for substitution suggestions.

How to Store

The gingerbread will keep, tightly wrapped or in an air-tight container, in the fridge for 5 days.

Gluten-Free Gingerbread Snacking Cake

Nicole Spiridakis
A lovely gingerbread cake that's homey and comforting, just in time to usher in December.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Course Dessert
Servings 10


  • 180 g oat flour about 1 ¾ cups
  • 60 g almond flour about ½ cup
  • ¼ cup coconut sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon each, nutmeg and cloves
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted, melted butter
  • ¾ cup molasses not blackstrap
  • ¼ cup coffee or water
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk


  • Grease a 9" square pan and line with parchment paper.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flours, coconut sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg.
  • Place the melted butter in a small bowl. Whisk in the molasses, then pour into the dry ingredients in the bowl, mixing to moisten.
  • Add the coffee or water to the batter, stirring to combine. Whisk together the egg and buttermilk; stir into the batter.
  • Pour batter into the prepared pan. Let rest for 15 minutes for flours to hydrate, and preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Place the pan in the oven bake the gingerbread for 35 to 45 minutes, until the cake just begins to pull away from the edge of the pan and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Remove from oven and let cool in pan at least 30 minutes. You may slice and serve the gingerbread straight from the pan. Gingerbread will keep, well wrapped, in the fridge for up to five days.


Almond flour substitute — try tiger nut flour or teff flour.
Oat flour substitute — try sorghum flour.
Coconut sugar substitute — try brown sugar or maple syrup.
Butter substitute — swap an equal amount of melted coconut oil.
Buttermilk substitute — combine 1 cup of non-dairy milk of choice (I always choose guar gum-free coconut milk) with 1 Tablespoon of vinegar and let stand for 15 minutes. Then proceed with the recipe.
Keyword gluten-free

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  1. Helen Spiridakis says:

    Love all the possible substitutions. You leave no stone unturned. This gingerbread is absolutely delicious. Happy Holidays.

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