Holiday Recipe: A Superfood Twist On Gingerbread (Vegan & Gluten Free)

Breakfast Criminals Superfood Gingerbread 2

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of holiday cheer? For me, it’s family gatherings and the smell of home-baked goodness with holiday spices. My mom has a special spiced fruit loaf that she makes on Christmas Eve, and in anticipation of going home for Christmas, I created this whole food version of a holiday favorite that’s vegan and gluten-free.

This Superfood Gingerbread recipe uses sweet potato, and you’ll be delighted by how moist, dense, perfectly spiced and delicious it is. Indulge it with a side of Creamy Turmeric Latte or with a cup of fair trade tea. I’ve been obsessed with the earthy, rich kukicha–a Japanese blend made stems, twigs and stalks, with a splash of almond milk.

Breakfast Criminals Superfood Gingerbread


  • 1 small raw zucchini
  • 1 baked or steamed sweet potato, skin peeled
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin spice
  • 1 tbsp ground ginger (or freshly grated ginger)
  • 2 tbsp maca (I like Organic Burst)
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup buckwheat flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose gluten free flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/3 cup rice brown syrup (or honey)
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin & sunflower seeds
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup buckwheat groats (optional)
  • 1 vanilla bean (or 1 tsp vanilla extract)


  1. Bake the sweet potato (45 minutes at 400ºF or until soft).
  2. In a glass, whisk together the chia seeds and almond milk. Stir again in 10 minutes, then let it set for another 5 minutes.
  3. Blend zucchini, sweet potato, maca, and all the spices with the chia almond mixture.
  4. In a large bowl, mix the above liquid mixture with flours, baking powder, brown rice syrup, seeds, groats, coconut oil and vanilla bean.
  5. Transfer the batter into two lightly greased bread pans, and bake at 350ºF for 60 minutes.

Breakfast Criminals Superfood Gingerbread

Happy Holidays from Breakfast Criminals! Need a last-minute gift? The heart bowl, a symbol of starting your day with love and following your fearless heart, makes a perfect and very sweet gift for everyone you care about.