Cocoa gingerbread quick bread recipe. Gluten-free.

by purelytwins

Gluten-free chocolate gingerbread quick bread recipe.

Happy Gingerbread National Food Holiday!

Did you know that?

There is no denying how much we love our ginger. And our chocolate. Never enough chocolate nor ginger around here.

Today we are sharing a new recipe in honor of the gingerbread national food holiday.

Gluten free cocoa gingerbread loaf recipe

Or as we like to refer to it…cocoa meets gingerbread.

This recipe makes one dark and divine gingerbread loaf.

We have never really shared a quick bread recipe here on the blog before. Nothing like the present to share one now, right?!?

And being so pleased with this gluten free quick bread recipe, we were anxious to share what we did. This is actually one of the first recipes that once we made it we did not waste anytime to edit the photos and get the post up! haha we need to get better at that

Now after enjoying this gingerbread loaf, we are very eager to create some more flavors! Hope you do not mind as more are on the way…apparently never enough quick bread around here either. As we are rediscovering our hidden love for quick breads (as banana bread was a childhood favorite) . Love that they are quick to make and require no yeast!

What we love about this cocoa gingerbread quick bread is the texture and flavor.

The gingerbread flavor isn’t over powering but just enough to let you know it is there while complimenting the cocoa very nicely – the perfect pairing. The cocoa helps give the bread more depth and provides a richer flavor but keeping a nice balance too. The texture  isn’t heavy like a pound cake but is a little denser than a cake.   It also slices beautifully, making it a great addition to your holiday table or give as a gift to someone special!

Did you know that quick breads vary widely in the consistency of their dough or batter? For our gingerbread quick bread our batter was a pour batter according to wikipedia.   And we made ours oil-free, which was only done my accident.

Seriously each bite was packed with a rich, moist gingerbread punch. Drool!

We like gingerbread, but it’s no chocolate mint flavor combo! Unless, of course, you make chocolate gingerbread than we feel it is a better close battle between which flavor comes out on top!

This cocoa gingerbread is moist and spiced like gingerbread but with a little bite of chocolate from the cocoa powder and chocolate chips sprinkled on top. Love the kick the blackstrap molasses brings to boost the flavor even more! Any other blackstrap molasses fans out there?

A great sweet ginger molasses flavor with a slight chocolately flavor that pairs so perfectly together. Need we say more? Who is ready for a slice?

This quick cocoa gingerbread is becoming our newest addiction.We think a slice (or two or three) is just about the perfect holiday treat. Paired with a big cup of coffee or hot cocoa even better!

The taste of this oh so lovely gingerbread smashes wonderfully with cocoa and ginger-molasses spice. Even non ginger fans approve (aka mom ;))

The texture has the perfect chew-dense-lightness feel to it!

This is a perfect not-too-sweet gingerbread spiced cocoa loaf!

If we say so ourselves.


cocoa gingerbread quick bread (gluten-free)

Perfect not-too-sweet gingerbread spiced cocoa loaf. The taste of this oh so lovely gingerbread smashes wonderfully with cocoa and ginger-molasses spice. A simple gluten-free quick bread loaf that is perfect for the FALL and Holiday season.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: makes one loaf 1x


  • 1 3/4 cup gluten free flour blend (7 3/4oz)click here to get our gluten free grain free blends in our Purely Classic ebook
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder (1 oz)
  • 1 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1/4 cup black strap molasses (3 1/4oz)
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar (3oz)
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1/2 cup applesauce or pumpkin puree (4oz)
  • 1 egg (or 1 flax gel egg replacement)
  • chocolate chips (as many as you want)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Lightly oil a 9-inch loaf pan with coconut oil.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients- gluten free flour blend, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, coconut sugar, and all the spices. *for the flour blend – use any gluten free all purpose blend you like.
  3. Next add in the egg, molasses, applesauce, and whisk well. Add in your hot water at the end and continue to whisk ,until the batter is smooth. Adding in the hot water last helps break up the molasses, making it easier to work with.
  4. Pour the gingerbread batter into the oiled loaf pan and top with chocolate chips! Bake in the center of the oven for about 40 minutes. Insert a toothpick into center of bread loaf and should emerge clean, well just about almost perfectly clean. Ours had just a little bit of batter on it when pulled out, but we felt it was cooked beautifully. As we did not want to over bake it.
  5. The top may crack a bit, and that is ok.
  6. Gently remove loaf from the pan and continue to cool on a wire rack. You may need to use a knife to cut around the edges, but if it was greased right it should pop out easily. But we careful with it as it is slightly delicate when hot.
  7. Once cooled, slice with a sharp bread knife.



A rich dark gingerbread infused with cocoa.

We have enjoyed some other spicy treats, like….

Spiced truffles

Spiced ginger macaroons

Do you like spice? Gingerbread?

till next time,



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Caity @ Moi Contre La Vie November 21, 2012 - 9:25 am

Very excited to try this! I absolutely adore gingerbread but I’ve never tried to make it. I think after a year of non-stop baking it’s officially time! 🙂

Nicole November 21, 2012 - 9:32 am

yum! this looks delicious! i’m still trying to find time to make your pumpkin blondies…I’ll add this to the list!

Chris November 21, 2012 - 10:34 am

I FINALLY made your thin mint protein cookies and my-oh-my are they delish! Methinks I should make this gingerbread to take to my neighbor for Thanksgiving dessert. Yes to spice and ginger! Happy Thanksgiving!

purelytwins November 21, 2012 - 11:56 am

Chris happy to hear your enjoyed our thin mints! Have a great holidaY!

Michelle @ Eat Move Balance November 21, 2012 - 11:14 am

Mmmm . . . I love gingerbread. I love ginger, in general. Looks like a great recipe!

Jordan November 21, 2012 - 11:16 am

Gaaah!!! I love gingerbread. And I miss it terribly now that I’m doing a grain-free thing. I will be making those spiced truffles asap, and I’m going to try and find a way to make a coconut flour based adaptation on your recipe here, because that will be PERFECT with a hot cup of Chai Coconut Milk Latte, homemade of course 🙂

Danielle @ Clean Food Creative Fitness November 21, 2012 - 11:59 am

Love this recipe! Can’t wait to try it out! I have yet to perfect a great gluten free gingerbread so I’ll have to give this a try!

Christa @ Edible Balance November 21, 2012 - 12:52 pm

This looks fantastic!! I just finished a lovely bowl of gingerbread chia pudding, I adore all things ginger 🙂

I wish I was at home to make this right now!

sarah November 21, 2012 - 1:19 pm

I actually JUST made a recipe for gingerbread spice cake with butternut squash puree. I would have made this if I’d seen it first! Okay, this one is next on my ‘to make’ list, cos chocolate does make everything better. I love it spread with a little cashew butter:).

(If I have time) I’m planning on making your chocolate tahini protein cookies today, can’t wait!
I just LOVE the recipes from you guys<3

Lauren @SizzleEats November 21, 2012 - 2:22 pm

The bread looks amazing!!! I am planning on baking a bread to say thanks to some friends for watching my pups. This may just have to make it’s way into my kitchen!

Danielle @ itsaharleyyylife November 21, 2012 - 8:43 pm

i’m not a big fan of gingerbread… but maybe with some cocoa! yummy!

Liz (formerly VeggieGirl) November 22, 2012 - 7:17 am

Ginger is definitely a wonderful spice for holiday treats and other foods 🙂 Great gingerbread recipe!

Amanda November 23, 2012 - 4:08 pm

Great recipe! Any thoughts on using almond flour instead?

babs November 24, 2012 - 11:15 am

Yum. I made this last night, althought i had substitute a few things. My flour blend was sprouted buckwheat mixed with coconut flour, and because I can’t have much sugar I omitted the coconut sugar completely and only added 1 TB of molasses, and then added stevia and banana. It was very good!

purelytwins November 24, 2012 - 2:34 pm

We are happy to hear it came out for you with these changes!!

Twin #1 November 25, 2012 - 9:36 pm

This looks delicious! I’ll have to try it!

Rachel @ Bakerita December 4, 2012 - 2:43 am

Looks delicious! Love the idea of combining cocoa and gingerbread…would have never though of that!

Taylor December 4, 2012 - 9:00 pm

This was so good! I used whole wheat flour, sucanat, and the flax egg. This was a nice change to the typical pumpkin/banana type breads!

purelytwins December 5, 2012 - 12:08 am

Awesome Taylor so happy to hear this! 🙂

Mircat December 7, 2012 - 10:52 pm

Hi Twins! Thanks for this recipe–I was shocked at how easily and quickly it came together. I used 2 whole, cored/seeded pears instead of applesauce b/c that’s what I had on hand. I pureed them with 6 oz of hot water, the molasses, and 2 oz of chai tea concentrate. I also used “Simply Sugar & Gluten Free’s” flour blend (it has sorghum and garbanzo bean flour, I think). Other than that, I followed the recipe to the letter. My loaf was perfectly cooked in 27 minutes–it’s EXACTLY the way you described it–yummy spices mashed up with the perfect hint of chocolate. VERY nice. 🙂 Thanks for a great recipe.

purelytwins December 8, 2012 - 6:32 am

mirctat that is awesome! happy to hear it worked with your changes!!! xoxo

Edith-Nicole May 4, 2013 - 12:02 am

I just made this tonight – used 1.5 oz potato starch + 1.5 oz arrowroot starch + 5 oz teff flour as my flour blend and a flax egg + 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar to help the baking soda get it to leaven a bit – and it was delicious. Spicy, chocolatey bliss. Thank you so much for doing such great experimenting for the rest of us! It’s nice to not always reinvent the wheel. Our family’s collective allergies include wheat, barley, eggs, dairy, peanuts, sesame, chickpeas, and tree nuts, so baking is always a challenge but we’ve had great, rewarding, tasty success with several of your recipes. Thank you thank you thank you!

purelytwins May 4, 2013 - 7:51 am

so happy to hear this!!! 😉 thanks

Mims August 23, 2013 - 2:05 am

I recently tried to make a gingerbread /molasses loaf with buttermilk. I failed, well, it’s ok with ham and mayo but– not for the purpose I had in mind, a bit too salty and tart.
About ten years ago I was in Louisville KY and tried a FRUIT CLUB SANDWICH at a hotel cafe. It was awesome! The bread was slightly sweet, moist and brownish-black, slightly denser than cake. It was spread with cream cheese on three pieces of bread, then layered with thin slices of fruit- cantaloupe, big strawberries, fresh pineapple and kiwi. I’ve been wishing I could find a recipe for that bread ever since then.
I’m allergic to gluten so pumpernickel/ rye was out. and then I saw a chef making gingerbread cupcakes.
I can’t have the coconut product or chocolate either, so will use sugar and carob powder, hope it all works out, THANKS SO MUCH!!!

Casey December 17, 2013 - 3:30 pm

HI! I was wondering if I could bake this as a thinner, flatter brownie/cake rather than a bread loaf? Would anything change, like the time it needs to bake, or the ingredients? Thanks!

purelytwins December 17, 2013 - 3:58 pm

you could give it a try, not sure if you would need to change the recipe, just watch the baking time.


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