Gluten Free Gingerbread (Ginger)

There are a lot of holiday desserts from my childhood. The first one that always comes to mind this time of year is gingerbread. Fresh out of the oven and still warm enough to melt a bit of butter that you have spread on a slice. I have tweaked our family recipe over the years. Adapting it to be gluten free. Adding in more spices and the candied ginger. I would add in slivered almonds and golden raisins but I know that would not appeal to my kids.

Gluten Free Gingerbread

Preheat your oven to 35o

In a large bowl add the following dry ingredients…

1/2 cup of almond flour

1/2 cup of buckwheat or sorghum flour

1/2 cup of brown rice flour

1/2 tsp of baking powder

1/2 tsp of baking soda

1/2 tsp of salt

`1/2 tsp of ground nutmeg

1/2 tsp of ground cardamon

1/2 tsp of ground star anise

1/4 tsp of ground cloves

1/4 tsp of ground allspice

1 tsp of ground ginger

1 tsp of ground cinnamon

In a smaller bowl cream together…….

1/2 cup of butter/shortening/substitute

1/4 cup of brown sugar or coconut palm sugar

Add in…..

1/4 cup of molasses

1 egg

1/2 tsp of almond extract

Mix this into the ingredients in you dry bowl, then add in……

1/4-1/2 cup of boiling hot water

Mix well until you have something resembling a standard cake batter.

Fold in 1/4 cup crystalized ginger finely chopped.

Grease a 9 inch square pyrex or round cake tin.

Pour in your batter and level.

Bake for 30 minutes until test stick come out clean

Let cool for 10 minutes before slicing.

Serve with butter, whipping cream or vanilla ice cream.

store bought “Chinese Ginger”, edible Zingiber officinale

Zingiber is the aromatic rootstock of a perennial plant that grows in the tropics. It is very common and easy to find in most grocery stores worldwide. It can be cultivated or found in the wild. The rootstock is thick, fibrous, and light tan colored. It grows in a finger like/branched formation. As it creeps the root can become quite large, often palm sized. Ginger produces a simple stem wrapped by layers of long, narrow, lance shaped, alternate arranged leaves. It can grow almost four feet high. As the green leaves mature and separate from the stem they can measure 6-12 inches long . Sterile yellow/white flowers with purple streaks grow on short dense spikes. You will often see images for “red ginger”confused with Zingiber officinale. They are not the same plant. Ginger likes partial shade and moist, fertile soil.

Ginger has a “heating action”. It stimulates digestion, perspiration, and breastmilk production. Historically this herb has been used internally to treat colic, gas, bloating, indigestion, nausea/morning sickness, suppressed menstruation, the flu, headache, sore throat, laryngitis, vertigo, blot clots, colds, cough, high blood pressure, hypothyroidism, poor circulation and heart disease. Many herbalists use it to reduce inflammation. Fresh ginger being preferred for respiratory conditions and dried ginger for digestive complaints. Externally this plant has been used to treat, pain, migraines, chills, muscle soreness, congestion, asthma, athletes foot, arthritic joints, and weak kidneys.

Energetics:pungent, sweet, bitter, warm, dry


Contraindications:ulcers, acid stomach, inflammatory/heat conditions. Anticoagulant drugs like Coumadin or aspirin. Although commonly used for morning sickness, use only very low doses in pregnancy. Do not use during childbirth, especially when there is a risk of heavy bleeding.

Published by blackbirdsbackyard

My backyard botanical pharmacy is located in Boulder Colorado. I began studying herbal medicinewhen I was 12 years old. In college I studied subjects like anthropology, microbiology, anatomy and physiology, After graduation I decided to go to midwifery school. I attended births and had a small practice until I retired early in order to be a mother full time. I have always had an herb garden, gathered plants and made my own healing formulas with plants. Over the last 30 years there have been many teachers and I have attended dozens of workshops. I am one of those people who is always reading, studying and learning. In 2019 I was called to practice as an herbalist professionally, using "plant spirit medicine" and bio-energetic ( 5 element)healing techniques. I feel that there is a big need in the community for my skills and talents. I hope to inspire others to start their own backyard pharmacies as a solution to species extinction and the healthcare crisis in America. Healing has also become a spiritual practice and way for me to feel balanced and connected with nature. I consult with clients in person, teach classes (adults and kids), give tours of my garden and offer apprenticeships. Health, joy, meaning, and support are everyone's birthright.

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