Gingerbread Brownies

4 years ago

I’ve been dying to share this recipe with you for days and days and years!

I exaggerate. It’s only been two days. I’m quite good at exaggerating though. My excuse? I’m a Taurus which naturally limits my ability to state the facts correctly. That, and my Mom was a pro at it too. It was bound to be passed down, right?

Thankfully, Kevin has learned when to apply the Leanne filter to my various Leanne-isms and has come to find them quite endearing.

… or so he says…

Our conversations at home go something like this,

“Kevin, Kevin, I just spilled the entire paint can on the floor. There is purple paint everywhere?! On the carpet, it splashed up on me, it got on the walls?! I’ve ruined everything!” I scream from another room.

“How much paint did you actually spill?” Kevin asks.

“Well, lots”

“How much is lots?”

“As big as my face” (I say that a lot)


“Well, maybe not that big…”

“Will we have to get more paint? You want to go to Home Depot now, it’s 9:30pm”

This is the point where I look down at the paint on the floor, then back up at all the walls that still need to be painted, then back to the spot on the floor.

“Well, I guess it’s not that bad”…

All Leanne-isms aside, these brownies are awesome.

You’ll swear they taste like a brownie, you’ll think there’s chocolate in them, you’ll feel like they’re a high fat treat but I got news for you… there is no chocolate AND they are low in fat, calories and sugar, too! I know, it’s a mad house over here.

Did you know that the definition of brownies state that they aren’t specifically limited to chocolate? A great random fact that you can share with 5 friends. I’ll bet they’ll be just as surprised as I was.

Or better yet, go home, make these, then share them with your friends while you tell them that brownies aren’t limited to just chocolate.

You’ll get major brownie points for that one. Pun intended.


Gingerbread Brownies

Vegan (option), Gluten free, Dairy free, Sugar reduced, Yeast free, Corn free

These gluten-free, sugar-reduced gingerbread inspired brownies are the perfect fall dessert. Best enjoyed with a tall mug of tea and a dollop of coconut whipped cream & a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Yield: One 8×8 sheet of brownies

Servings: 16



  • 1/3 cup + 1 tbsp white rice flour
  • 1/3 cup + 1 tbsp brown rice flour
  • 1/3 cup + 2 tbsp tapioca starch *see note
  • 3 tbsp ground flax seed
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp gluten-free baking powder


  • 1/2 cup blackstrap molasses
  • 1/2 cup palm sugar
  • 1/3 cup non-dairy milk – I used unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 cup grapeseed oil *see note
  • 3 tbsp pumpkin puree
  • 3 tbsp + 2 tsp egg whites or 1 egg, or 1 flax egg (1 tbsp ground flax + 1 tbsp water)


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 8×8 square pan with parchment paper so that it’s draping off both sides. Set aside.
  2. Place all dry ingredients in a medium-sized bowl and whisk to combine. Set aside
  3. In a large bowl, combine all wet ingredients.
  4. Drop dry ingredients into wet and stir until just combined. The mix should be runny.
  5. Pour into prepared pan and bake in prepared oven for 40-45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Ours were perfect at the 43 minute mark.
  6. Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes before removing from the pan and placing it on a wire rack to cool.

note 1: I’m sure other starches would work in place of the tapioca starch. Like arrowroot or potato, although I have not tried it.

note 2: other light tasting oils would work as a replacement to the grapeseed oil.

calories: 143 | fat: 4g | carbohydrates: 25g | fiber: 1g | sugars: 7g | protein: 1g

Excuse me, I have some brownies to polish off before I head to the office.

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