The flavor of gingerbread tends to stick with people. It is a taste and smell that is reminiscent of holidays, of family and of enjoyment. Traditional gingerbread recipes tend to be high in carbs, relying on white flour and sugar.
Of course, this doesn’t mean that keto dieters need to miss out. There are many low carb variations that you can try. That’s true for many of your favorite foods, not just gingerbread.
We’re taking a twist on the idea of gingerbread with this list. Instead of focusing on gingerbread in the form of cookies, we’re highlighting a selection of keto gingerbread bread recipes.
Many of these are called cakes, loaves or even cupcakes, due to their combination of texture and flavor. Even so, we’re still essentially talking about keto bread.
Take a look at the recipes to see what you think. You’re likely to find some new favorites within the selection.
Keto Gingerbread Bread Recipes
PS. For anyone partial to sweet bread, why not check out our list of keto blueberry bread recipes. There are some great breads on there and they come in many different styles.
PPS. A more traditional approach would be our list of almond bread recipes. This is a great place to find inspiration, as there are so many different recipes that rely on almond flour.
Low-Carb Gingerbread Loaf
To kick us off, here’s a recipe from ketodietapp.com. The site is always a great first stop for keto recipes and they have many stunning examples.
This gingerbread loaf has many advantages. One is that there are only 3.8 net grams of carbs per serving. The dessert is also easy to make, which is always appealing.
There’s another interesting aspect to highlight too. As part of the instructions, Lauren includes information about making your own gingerbread spice mix. You could then use this mix to create a gingerbread flavor in many other recipes if you wanted to.
Keto Gingerbread Cake
Gerri (from myketokitchen.com) says that this gingerbread cake is the perfect dessert and it is difficult to disagree. The low carb cake contains just two net grams of carbs per serving, along with an impressive 26 grams of fat.
There are also two parts to enjoy – the gingerbread cake itself and the creamy icing. The cake is especially appealing, as it uses a combination of different spices to create a complex balance of flavors.
Spiced Gingerbread Loaf
This gingerbread loaf has a darker color than the previous two examples. That’s simply a reflection of differences in ingredients, not of recipe quality.
In particular, the recipe from morlife.com includes cacao powder in the mix. This will add a slight chocolatey flavor into the cake. While chocolate isn’t normally included in a gingerbread recipe, it should complement the flavors nicely.
Gingerbread Loaf Cake With Maple Frosting
Here’s a gingerbread cake that should taste just as good as it looks. In other words, it should be amazing. After all, the recipe comes from alldayidreamaboutfood.com and there is no shortage of fantastic recipes on that site.
The cake includes plenty of spices to give you the gingerbread flavor that you’re looking for.
The maple frosting is a nice touch too and brings the whole cake together. This uses maple extract, so you don’t need to worry about many extra carbs from the frosting.
Gingerbread With Cocoa-Spiced Frosting
With cocoa-spiced icing, this recipe is an immediate knockout. It comes from the site christinaricewellness.com. While Christina doesn’t always specialize in low sugar recipes, she does make them on request, so there are some good keto foods on her site.
There is also an unusual feature about this recipe – the sweetener. Christina uses yacon syrup as her sweetener of choice. This isn’t an especially common sweetener, but it does provide an appealing and distinctive flavor to the finished gingerbread.
Low Carb Gingerbread Cupcakes
These are cupcakes rather than bread, but honestly, the difference between bread, cupcakes and cakes isn’t that large when we’re talking about sweet recipes anyway. The featured cupcakes come from sugarfreelondoner.com and they’re perfect if you want to keep your portion sizes in check.
The cupcakes aren’t difficult to make and mostly rely on common low carb baking ingredients, along with some spices to create the gingerbread flavor.
Interestingly, the cupcakes use a combination of coconut flour and almond flour. This is a good way to get the ideal balance of texture and flavor. Using just one or the other often won’t produce the same result.
Gingerbread Spice Mug Cake
Mug cakes like this one are a fantastic way to get the flavor of gingerbread without making too much at a time. The process is fast as well.
You’re able to prepare a single serving mug cake in less than ten minutes. It’s hard to do better than that when you’re looking for a fast and easy treat.
Just be sure to let the cake cool before you eat it. The recipe itself comes from thesugarfreediva.com. You can find full instructions and nutritional details on the site.
Keto Gingerbread Cake
This recipe comes from ketoconnect.net and is designed as a sweet treat for keto dieters. You end up making eight squares of cake at a time.
While the squares are relatively small, they are deep and rich, with tasty icing. Each of them has just 3.1 net carbs, making this an easy item to fit into your daily macros.
The cake is also a good choice for increasing fat intake. That’s because each serving ends up containing an impressive 20 grams of fat.
Gingerbread Cake With Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting
The most stand out aspect of this cake is the lemon cream cheese frosting. As the name suggests, this frosting includes lemon juice. The lemon helps to create a vibrant flavor that contrasts nicely with the gingerbread cake.
The recipe for the cake itself can be found at the site greenandketo.com. It uses a similar combination of ingredients to the other recipes on this list, which includes a focus on various spices.
Here’s a recipe from Angela of dicaliciousrecipes.com. It is called a ginger cake, rather than a gingerbread cake, but does still have the mix of spices that you’d expect for gingerbread.
This time the recipe just focuses on the cake itself, rather than any type of icing. Still, you could easily make a simple icing without too much effort (like the one shown in the ginger cake image).
Angela mentions that the cake ends up with a great combination of texture and flavor. This makes it work well as a sweet treat.
Gingerbread Mug Cake
If you like the idea of a mug cake, here’s a second recipe to consider. This one comes from theharvestskillet.com. It only takes around five minutes to create from start-to-finish.
The cake even includes molasses, which is incredibly unusual for a low carb recipe. The catch, of course, the carb content.
This mug cake has seven net grams of carbs. That’s pretty high for a keto dessert. You could probably still fit it into your daily carbs, but doing so might require a bit of planning.
Gingerbread Cupcakes With Lemon Buttercream Frosting
This cupcake recipe comes from gnom-gnom.com and is a great way to enjoy the flavor of gingerbread. Each of the cupcakes ends up containing three net grams of carbs.
I love the inclusion of the frosting and the little gingerbread men. Paola mentions that the frosting is essentially a fat bomb and is almost carb free.
The one downside is that the recipe does require more work than many of the other items on this list. Still, it’s likely to be worth the effort, as the finished cupcakes look simply amazing.
Keto Gingerbread Cake
Maria from mariamindbodyhealth.com offers this gingerbread cake. I love the bundt style. While this approach might not change the flavor of the cake at all, it does make the whole thing look prettier for serving.
Once again, the recipe uses a combination of coconut flour and almond flour. Using both flour types seems to be needed to give a gingerbread cake the right texture.
There is also information provided to help you prepare a glaze. The glaze is simple and involves much less work than icing the cake.
Gingerbread Bread Loaf
Here’s a recipe from lowcarbyum.com. It ends up being more similar to bread than many of the other recipes on this list.
It also includes some unusual ingredients, such as molasses and brewed coffee. These additions mean that the bread is going to taste a bit different. This isn’t a bad thing. In fact, the best recipes are often the ones that step out of the mold.
Even with the inclusion of molasses, this bread ends up being low in carbs, with just 2.6 net carbs per serving.
Low Carb Gingerbread Cake
This final entry comes from the site healthyrecipes.com. It ends up being a moist and fluffy low carb gingerbread cake that is full of gingerbread flavor.
It uses fewer spices than the other entries and includes cocoa powder, so the overall taste is going to be a little different. You end up making nine servings with this recipe. Each of them contains just three net grams of carbs.