By Abby Henry Singh November 9, 2017Dessert, Recipes

Gingerbread is perfect for the holiday season! Checkout this recipe from the American Institute for Cancer Research. The recipe calls for unsweetened applesauce which cuts down on the amount of sugar in the recipe and makes this a healthier alternative to traditional gingerbread loafs. The ginger may also help calm upset stomachs. Enjoy with family and friends on Christmas morning for a holiday treat.


  • Canola oil spray
  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 Tbsp. ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup dark molasses
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 6 Tbsp. canola oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup boiling water


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat inside of a 10-inch pan with canola oil spray. Sift together flour, sugar, spices, baking soda, and slay into a medium bowl.

In a separate, large bowl whisk together molasses, applesauce, oil, and egg until well blended. Add dry ingredients and stir until well blended. Whisk in boiling water.

Pour batter into baking pan. Bake until cake begins to pull away from pan and toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. (About 35 minutes.) Invert cake onto a platter and cool to lukewarm for about 15 minutes.

Cut and serve with vanilla frozen yogurt, if desired.

Makes 10 servings.

Per serving: 134 calories, 5g total fat (1g saturated fat), 22g carbohydrates, 1g protein, < 1g dietary fiber, 162mg sodium.


Recipe from the American Institute for Cancer Research.


Abby Henry Singh

Author Abby Henry Singh

Manger Content, Outreach, and Outcomes Abby Henry Singh is a native of Sevierville, Tennessee, and a graduate of Belmont University with a bachelor’s degree in English and history. She has been a member of PearlPoint Cancer Support for over 5 years. Previously, Singh was the Program and Outreach Manger for the Lupus Foundation of America, Mid-South Chapter where she worked to raise disease awareness and support those diagnosed with the disease through educational programs. She is a member of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority and the Belmont English alumni book club.

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