A copycat Starbucks gingerbread loaf recipe, but vegan! This spiced, super moist cake will instantly get into the Christmas spirit.
You know it is the holiday season when you start seeing see gingerbread recipes pop up. I was in the Christmasy spirit and decided to make this vegan gingerbread loaf from Food by Maria, and WOW was I so glad I did!
I already had every ingredient I needed just waiting for me in my kitchen. It was like this vegan gingerbread loaf recipe was calling my name! When I took my first bite, I instantly got into the Christmas spirit. This recipe tastes exactly like the gingerbread loaf that Starbucks offers, but vegan!
This recipe gets two thumbs up from me! Make sure to check out Maria's blog for the full recipes here. Her use of applesauce makes this gingerbread loaf so delicious and moist.
The History of Where Gingerbread Originated From?
There is a weird unspoken rule about gingerbread. We only seem to eat it in the winter months surrounding the Christmas season. You don't see Starbucks offering gingerbread lattes or grocery stores stocking gingerbread house kits in July. So, where exactly did gingerbread come from?
According to PBS, the term "gingerbread" originated in Medieval Europe and meant preserved ginger. It was first commonly used for medicinal purposes or in desserts like the German Lebkuchen.
Where did gingerbread men come from? Queen Elizabeth I is to thank for the adorable shape of gingerbread men. According to Time, Queen Elizabeth I had gingerbread men made for each of her guests at her lavish dinner parties.
For the common folk, gingerbread men were seen as token's of love!
Then, the Grimm Brother's tale, Hansel and Gretel, came out in the 1800s. While it isn't the most heartwarming of stories, making gingerbread houses took off with the old tale's popularity.
Gingerbread has now become a Christmas staple, with many people eating gingerbread cookies or making gingerbread houses around this time of year!
Want More Tasty Recipes?
The holidays are the perfect time to whip up extra treats and spend time in the kitchen with your loved ones. Here are a couple other recipes to try: