Lightened-Up Gingerbread (Dairy Free)

Lightened-Up Gingerbread (Dairy Free)

Your favorite sweet and spicy holiday bread, lightened up and made without dairy! This gingerbread is moist, sweet, and perfect for your Christmas table (or for breakfast... or a snack...). Make it today!

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Ho ho HO bitchezzzzz! It's Christmas Eve Eve and I'm about to decorate a Christmas tree and I've had so much coffee today and CHRISTMAS! My best friend gets in from Wisconsin tonight, I've bought NONE of my presents, I need to go to the gym, and I need to pack to go home, but CHRISTMAS! EAT ALL THE COOKIES! DRINK ALL THE EGGNOG!

...except, I'm still dairy-free... and I have a vacation to Miami booked for early January... hmmmm.

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Solution? Cut the butter out of this gingerbread and replace it with applesauce. I know, I know, I am a genius. Please hold your applause til the end.

Make this, eat the whole thing, drink a butt-ton of champagne, make a paper snowflake, and enjoy the holidaze. After all, jolly old St. Nick comes but once a year!

Lightened-Up Gingerbread

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To make this bread, you will need:
- 2 c unbleached all-purpose flour
- 3/4 t baking soda
- 1 t cinnamon
- 1 t pumpkin pie spice
- 1/4 t nutmeg
- 1/4 t allspice
- Pinch salt
- 1/4 c vegetable oil
- 2 eggs
- 5/8 c agave nectar
- 1 c unsweetened applesauce
- 1/4 c molasses
- 1 t vanilla extract
- Turbinado sugar, for garnish

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Preheat your oven to 350F. In a small bowl, whisk together your flour, spices, and baking soda. Set aside.

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In a large bowl, whisk together your wet ingredients: agave nectar, vanilla extract, canola (or vegetable) oil, eggs, molasses, and applesauce. Fold in dry ingredients just until combined - it might be lumpy, but this is fine!

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Pour your batter into a greased 9x5" loaf pan, and bake for 55-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool, then flip out of the pan, slice, and enjoy alongside a cup or 5 of boozy eggnog!

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Ahh, I love Christmas. An excuse to be a glutton. Now, time to think about that beach vacation I have in two weeks... YIKES :(

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XOXO,
Jesse