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Chinese 5 Spice Gingerbread (GF)

Chinese 5 Spice Gingerbread (GF)

This gingerbread is delicious and “just sweet enough.”

For this, I started with my Sunflower Butter Energy Bar (GF) recipe.  My original goal was to create a gingerbread-flavored version.  However, I decreased the seed butter by quite a bit, and I added some baking soda and vinegar.  This resulted in a fluffy “cake,” rather than a dense “bar.”  The tofu and molasses create a moist sponginess.

I also wanted to use some Chinese 5 Spice that I’d been neglecting.  It contains a blend of star anise, cinnamon, clove, fennel, and pepper.  It smells heavenly!

Don't use it for meat and poultry!

Don’t use it for meat and poultry!


1 box (12.3 oz) Firm Silken Tofu (Mori Nu)
1/4 C maple syrup
1/4 C molasses
1/4 C Once Again sunflower seed butter
1/2 C non-dairy milk
1/2 t apple cider vinegar
1 t vanilla extract


1/4 C EACH:  quinoa flour, millet flour, brown rice flour, garbanzo bean flour & rolled oats (GF)
1/2 C oat flour (GF)
2 T ground flax seed
3 T fine shred unsweetened coconut
1 t baking soda
1/2 t EACH:  Chinese 5 Spice, cinnamon, ground ginger & cardamom
1/4 t EACH:  salt, coriander & nutmeg


Puree the wet ingredients in a food processor.  Combine with the dry ingredients.  Grease a square glass pan with coconut oil.  Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.  (You can also try baking in muffin liners for 23 minutes.  I’m going to do that next time!)  Cool on a wire rack before cutting.

Chinese 5 Spice Gingerbread - IMG_2260

I decided to morph a pumpkin cake recipe with a pumpkin pie recipe to make these healthier, pie-like muffins.  I also made them gluten-free.  These are just a touch sweet and spongy moist.


15 oz canned pumpkin
12-14 oz package drained tofu
1/3 C maple syrup
1/3 C non dairy milk
2 t vanilla extract
*Optional- up to 1/2 C vegan brown sugar or 1/2 C evaporated cane juice + 2 T molasses


1/2 C EACH:  quinoa flour, millet flour, garbanzo bean flour, and brown rice flour
1/3 C oat flour or rolled oats (use gluten free (GF) oats, if needed)
1/3 C ground flax
1 T baking powder
3 t cinnamon
3/4 t nutmeg
3/4 t ground ginger
1/2 t salt
1/4 t allspice
1/4 t ground clove


Process the wet ingredients in a food processor or blender until smooth.  Stir the wet and dry ingredients together.  Portion in muffin liners and bake at 350 degrees for 23 minutes.  Makes 18.

(*Depends on how sweet you want these. I like to keep sugar to the bare minimum.)

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