What Christmas traditions do you have? I have so many fond memories of Christmas, thanks to all the traditions my parents instilled into our family culture growing up. Certain foods, smells, decorations, activities, etc. always come to mind when I think of Christmas. Some of the ones that come to mind are 1.) eating peanut butter blossoms and drinking hot chocolate after cutting down our Christmas tree, 2.) decorating the tree together as a family while listening to Christmas music, 3.) driving down Juniper street and seeing all the Christmas lights, 4.) getting to open a present on Christmas Eve, 5.) rotating through which kid got to put the star on the top of the tree each year, 6.) giving and receiving gifts, 7.) special Christmas morning cinnamon rolls or monkey bread, 8.) Mariah Carey’s Christmas album on repeat, 9.) a huge Christmas dinner with our family friends including all the classics and every kind of pie imaginable. I could keep going on and on!
Since getting married and constantly being in transition, Brett and I sadly haven’t started too many Christmas traditions. Now that Harper baby is with us, however, I am so excited and motivated to get the ball rolling. One tradition I’m sure of is that I’ll be making this vegan gingerbread recipe every year from here on out. One bite of this bread and you’ll immediately think of Christmas. It’s full of warming spices, rich molasses and all kinds of chewy and crunchy add-ins if you so desire. I love the simple, healthy ingredients in this recipe. A touch of oil goes a long way in this recipe to add moisture and richness, but applesauce is the real star of the show to keep this gingerbread loaf healthy and sweet. I know Harper will love this bread in the years to come and I’m looking forward to enjoying it together when she gets a little bit older!
Quick Bread Recipes:
In case gingerbread isn’t your favorite flavor, I have lots of other quick bread recipes that would be perfect for this holiday season as well. Be sure to check them out below!
- 2 flax eggs (2 tablespoons ground flaxseed + 6 tablespoons warm water)
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 tablespoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- Dash allspice or nutmeg
- 1½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup applesauce
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- ¼ cup molasses
- 3 tablespoons neutral oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ½ cup add-ins*
- Optional: vanilla frosting
- Preheat your oven to 350℉ and line a standard loaf pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a small bowl, whisk together 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed and 6 tablespoons of water. Set aside to thicken.
- In a mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients, from the whole wheat flour to the salt.
- Add the remaining ingredients, including the thickened flax egg, to your dry ingredients and stir until just combined.
- Pour the batter into your lined loaf pan and smooth the top down until even.
- Bake the loaf for 35-45 minutes, checking occasionally after 35 minutes. You want a toothpick inserted into the center to come out clean and the top to not stay indented when touched with your finger. Once cooked through remove the loaf from the oven and allow it to sit for about 10 minutes before carefully lifting it out with the parchment paper to continue cooling on a wire rack. Once completely cook, slice and serve. You can also frost the top with vanilla frosting if you want to transform this loaf into a festive dessert!