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Paleo Gingerbread Bars

Soft and moist cake-like gingerbread bars with that classic gingerbread flavor and scent. Paleo, gluten free, dairy free, and delicious! Serve with a big scoop of Gingerbread Ice Cream for even more gingerbread goodness.

A soft gingerbread bar slice with a bite taken out

Who here associates gingerbread with Christmas? Go on, raise your hand. Let’s see… one, two, twenty, everyone. Got it. I used to be the same way.

For the longest time, I believed that gingerbread was meant to be strictly in cookie form, in the shape of little men with no phalanges or neck, decorated with royal icing, and eaten only at Christmas.

You draw little worried faces on them, eat their legs and arms, and make quiet screaming noises until you bite off their heads when they can no longer feel pain.

A soft gingerbread bar slice surrounded by other slices

… what, just me? If you haven’t figured it out yet, I have a dark sense of humor, you guys.

But anyway – then one day I discovered gingerbread. Not gingerbread cookies, but gingerbread. I fully recognize that’s totally backwards since it originally started as a moist loaf cake and not anatomically incorrect cookies.

I never realized that it could be a perfectly fluffy cake with the same flavors, and could be topped with any number of frostings – cream cheese, brown butter, maple buttercream, etc.

A closeup of the soft center of gingerbread bars

Just look at that crumb – it’s everything I never knew I needed in a gingerbread bar.

Now that I knew that, I had to come up with a paleo version so I could continue to enjoy it post-PCOS diagnosis. I will admit, some of you might not believe these are truly paleo because of the molasses, but like I’ve mentioned before I believe that moderation is key. Just make sure you’re using pure blackstrap molasses and everything will be a-okay.

I’ll be honest – I haven’t come up with a frosting that I like yet, since everything I’ve tried has to be refrigerated or is just too runny for my taste.

But the great thing about these gingerbread bars is that they really don’t need to be topped with anything. If you underbake them just slightly, they’re so moist and flavorful that you’ll be perfectly content without frosting.

A closeup of the soft center of gingerbread bars

However, I did come up with another use for these already – add in chunks of these gingerbread bars to my gingerbread ice cream!

Want more gingerbread flavor?

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Paleo Gingerbread Bars: Soft and moist cake-like bars with that classic gingerbread flavor and scent. Paleo, gluten free, dairy free, and delicious! | stressbaking.com

Paleo Gingerbread Bars


  • Author: Leslie Kiszka
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 916 bars 1x

Description

Soft and moist cake-like bars with that classic gingerbread flavor and scent. Paleo, gluten free, dairy free, and delicious!


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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup almond butter (aff link)
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar (aff link)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, solid
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cup almond flour (aff link)
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line an 8×8” square pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together almond butter, coconut sugar and coconut oil until smooth.
  3. Add eggs, molasses, and vanilla extract and mix on medium speed to combine.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk together almond flour, cinnamon, baking powder, ginger, nutmeg, clovers and salt.
  5. Add dry ingredients to bowl of wet ingredients and stir until completely combined.
  6. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 20 minutes, or until center is set and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with only moist crumbs.
  7. Let cool in pan for 15 minutes, then transfer to wire rack (aff link) to cool completely. Cut into 9-16 squares and enjoy!

Notes

Note: Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: gingerbread bars

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Deb

Thursday 24th of December 2020

Can you use blackstrap molasses?

Leslie Kiszka

Thursday 24th of December 2020

Yep, that's what the recipe calls for!

Sabra

Monday 2nd of March 2020

I could not find my coconut sugar so I used a raw honey, 1/3 of the amount called for in the recipe. I had to bake it for 10 minutes longer than the recipe states too, maybe bc of the liquid honey. But I will make these again!

Leslie Kiszka

Tuesday 3rd of March 2020

Glad you were able to make it work with a substitute!

Joanna

Tuesday 17th of December 2019

Can this be made in a round 8 or 9 inch cake pan? I would love to decorate it like a cake.

Leslie Kiszka

Tuesday 17th of December 2019

I haven't tried, but that should work just fine!

Jana

Monday 4th of March 2019

These were really delicious and moist! I also added a bunch of grated orange and grated fresh ginger, which was a perfect touch. Thanks for helping satisfy a craving.

Leslie Kiszka

Tuesday 5th of March 2019

That sounds amazing - thank you for sharing!

Suzanne Coulombe

Saturday 22nd of December 2018

Absolutely delicious. Such flavours that melt in the mouth good! It is a bar not a cake...so perfect. Even think of putting a coco cream & icing sugar frosting to it to make it more irresistible. thanks for a so good, obviously tested recipe.

Leslie Haasch

Sunday 23rd of December 2018

I'm so so glad you liked it! You could totally frost these with whatever you wanted!

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