Keto Gingerbread Loaf

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This Keto Gingerbread Loaf is a delicious spiced keto cake that tastes just like the holidays. Made with almond flour and ginger, then topped with a sugar-free cinnamon cream cheese frosting it’s the perfect recipe for Christmas morning or any time of the day.

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Do you know what I love about gingerbread loaf?

That delicious smell spreads in the house while it is baking. It smells like Christmas, gifts, and winter. So, if you want to enjoy a perfectly spiced low carb gingerbread loaf, you can make this homemade grain-free cake in under 60 minutes.  

And while there are many ways to enjoy this traditional dessert treat, from keto gingerbread cookies that hang gracefully on Christmas trees to delicate balls and cakes served on festive platters, there’s a unique charm to the gingerbread loaf.

Each slice captures the essence of the holidays, offering a moment of sweet respite and nostalgic reflection.

Why Are You Going To Love This Keto Gingerbread Cake

This keto dessert looks super festive, and I’m sure everyone will be impressed. Here are some reasons:

  • Extremely easy to make.
  • Incredibly spiced, fluffy, and moist
  • Made with naturally low carb ingredients.
  • Perfect served with a cup of coffee or tea.
  • Perfect for the holiday season.
  • Delicious topped with cinnamon frosting.
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Ingredients for the Keto Gingerbread Loaf

The ingredients used to make this keto gingerbread loaf are basic and easy to find. You probably have most of them in your pantry, especially during the holiday season. 

For the Keto Gingerbread Cake

  • Eggs – Use room temperature eggs for even mixing and a smoother batter. Vegan Tip: Replace with flaxseed eggs (1 tbsp ground flaxseed mixed with 2.5 tbsp water per egg, let sit for 15 mins) for a vegan keto version.
  • Almond and Coconut Flour  It’s my favorite mix of keto flour that I use super often when I’m baking keto goodies.
  • Baking Powder  Essential for a fluffy gingerbread loaf. Ensure it’s fresh for the best rise.
  • Heavy Cream – Adds moisture and richness to the loaf.
  • Gingerbread Spices – Cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, clove, and cloves are quintessential to achieve that warm and fragrant gingerbread flavor. You can also use my homemade pumpkin spice.
  • Blackstrap Molasses – Molasses is a sweet, sticky, black syrup that adds great color and flavor to this gingerbread loaf. It’s slightly higher in carbs, but it gives that brown color and robust taste.
  • Sweetener – Choose a powdered sweetener that you have on hand. Erythritol, allulose, and monk fruit are some of my favorites.
  • Butter – Provides moisture and flavor. Vegan or Dairy-Free Tip: Swap with coconut oil for a dairy-free alternative.
  • Vanilla – Use the best quality vanilla extract that you can find.

Sugar-Free Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Cream Cheese – Ensure it’s at room temperature for smooth mixing. Alternative: Mascarpone cheese is a creamier, slightly sweeter option, but it should also be at room temperature.
  • Butter – Use unsalted room-temperature butter. 
  • Sweetener – Powdered sweetener is required for this frosting so it melts easier into the cream cheese.
  • Vanilla Extract – You can replace it with an orange flavor.
  • Cinnamon – While it’s optional, adding cinnamon can elevate the taste, complementing the spices of the gingerbread loaf.
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How To Make Keto Gingerbread Loaf

It’s effortless to whip up this grain-free keto gingerbread cake. Once you get all your ingredients ready, follow a few easy steps to make the best quick holiday treat.

Prep: Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Ready a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan with grease or parchment.

Mix Wet Ingredients: In a bowl, whisk eggs, cream, sweetener, vanilla, and optional molasses until frothy.

Combine Dry Ingredients: In another bowl, blend almond flour, coconut flour, baking powder, and spices.

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Merge: Gradually add the dry mix to the wet, incorporating softened butter. Let batter rest for 5 mins.

Bake: Pour batter into the pan, smoothing the top. Bake for 45-50 mins, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

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Frosting: Beat together cream cheese, butter, powdered sweetener, and vanilla until smooth.

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Cool & Frost: After baking, let the loaf cool fully. Spread frosting on top.

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Tips For Making The Best Keto Gingerbread Loaf

  • Room Temperature Ingredients: Always use room temperature eggs and cream cheese. This ensures even mixing and a smoother batter.
  • Check for Doneness: Ovens can vary, so start checking for doneness around the 40-minute mark. The toothpick should come out mostly clean.
  • Make sure that you don’t overmix the batter if you want to have a fluffy texture.
  • I recommend sifting the powdered sweetener before you start making the frosting to avoid any lumps.
  • Feel free to use any sugar-free prepacked gingerbread spice mix.
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Recipe Variations

Although this recipe is perfect as it is, you can play with flavors:

  • Add some orange extract to complete the Christmas flavors.
  • Add some chopped nuts into the batter for some extra crunch.
  • Incorporate 1/2 cup of chopped fresh or dried cranberries into the batter. The tartness of the cranberries pairs well with the spices.
  • Add 1/2 cup of sugar-free chocolate chips to the batter for a chocolatey twist. The combination of gingerbread spices and chocolate is divine.
  • Instead of a loaf, pour the batter into muffin tins and adjust the baking time to 15-20 minutes to make delicious keto gingerbread muffins. Great for portion control and on-the-go snacking!

How To Store Keto Gingerbread Loaf Leftovers

  • Fridge: this gingerbread loaf can be stored in the fridge for up to seven days.
  • Freezer: place leftover slices in an airtight container and store it in the freezer for up to 3 months!
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foolproof recipe for keto gingerbread loaf

Keto Gingerbread Loaf with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

4.63 from 8 votes

Prep time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Yelds 12 slices
Author Ioana Borcea from LowCarbSpark.com


This Keto Gingerbread Loaf is a delicious spiced keto cake that tastes just like the holidays. Made with almond flour and ginger, then topped with a sugar-free cinnamon cream cheese frosting, it’s the perfect recipe for Christmas morning or any time of the day.
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  • Preheat your oven to 350°F /180°C. Grease a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan or line it with parchment paper.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add the eggs, heavy cream, sweetener, vanilla extract, and molasses (if using). Use an electric mixer and blend for 2-3 minutes or until the mixture becomes frothy.
    5 large eggs, 3 tbsp heavy whipping cream, 1/2 cup sweetener, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1 tbsp molasses
  • In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients: almond flour, coconut flour, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and baking powder.
    2 cups almond flour, 2 tbsp coconut flour, 1 1/2 tsp baking powder, 2 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp nutmeg, 1/4 tsp cloves, 1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • Gradually mix the dry ingredients into the wet mixture. Add the softened butter and mix until a smooth batter forms. Allow the batter to rest for 5 minutes.
    3 tbsp butter
  • Transfer the batter to the prepared loaf pan and use a spatula to smooth the top.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • While the loaf is baking, prepare the frosting: In a large mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, butter, powdered sweetener, and vanilla extract. Use an electric mixer to beat the mixture for about 2 minutes or until it becomes smooth and creamy.
    8 oz cream cheese, 1/2 cup powdered sweetener, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 3 tbsp butter
  • Once the loaf is baked, remove it from the oven and let it cool completely.
  • Once cooled, evenly spread the frosting and sprinkle some cinnamon or keto candied pecans.



The macros are calculated for a slice that includes the cream cheese frosting.
I recommend using super fine almond flour, and if possible sift the ingredients to incorporate some air and remove the bigger clumps for a fluffy texture.
Nutrition Facts
Amount per serving.
Total Carbs
Net Carbs

How do we calculate the nutrition info?

These nutrition facts listed are determined using nutrition information from the USDA Food Database. Our nutrition facts are accurate, but if you are using different products, please make your calculations. Net carb count is calculated by subtracting both fiber and sugar alcohols because they don’t raise blood sugar.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword keto gingerbread cake
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  1. 2 stars
    I noticed after making it the cinnamon is left out of the frosting recipe and the cake has two teaspoons. I think some of that two teaspoons is supposed to be in the frosting? In any cake has too strong a bitter cinnamon flavor. I put 1/2 tsp in the frosting and that tasted great.

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