This vegan gingerbread loaf cake is full of sweet holiday flavor and tastes just like the Starbucks version but with 1/3 of the sugar, gluten free, dairy free, and oil free!

copycat Starbucks vegan gingerbread loaf

Why I love this ginger loaf cake recipe

I mean, it helps loving everything gingerbread, but truly, this is my favorite ginger loaf cake recipe. It’s entirely vegan (so egg free and dairy free), oil free, can be made gluten free, and tastes identical to the Starbucks version.

I know this because I had a few lovely humans that love the Starbucks version test this vegan gingerbread loaf and tell me the honest truth: they actually love this recipe more!

I kid you not, this gingerbread loaf is so moist, so fluffy, and full of holiday spice, sugar, and cheer! Yet, somehow, this recipe has less than a third of the sugar in the Starbucks gingerbread loaf.

slice of vegan ginger loaf cake


This is quite literally my favorite holiday quick bread recipe that’s sure to please all eaters!

Better than Starbucks vegan Gingerbread Loaf Ingredients

I’m serious, forget Starbucks gingerbread loaf and just make this copycat vegan version!

As I mentioned above, the low sugar and oil free ingredients to this vegan ginger loaf cake are so incredibly simple. You’ll need:

  • Flour: you can use all purpose or gluten free 1:1 baking flour if gluten free is needed.
  • Coconut sugar: only a little- quite literally 1/3 of the sugar found in a slice of Starbucks gingerbread loaf!
  • Spices: I like to use a little bit more than just ground ginger. You’ll also need cinnamon, allspice, and a pinch of nutmeg
  • Leavening agents
  • Molasses: I use unsulphured organic molasses by Wholesome Sweets.
  • Dairy free milk: to keep this ginger loaf cake entirely nut free as well, use either coconut milk or oat milk.
  • Unsweetened applesauce: this is my trick for replacing both the oil and the eggs in this vegan gingerbread loaf. You won’t believe how moist this vegan gingerbread loaf gets!
gluten free gingerbread loaf

How to make a vegan gingerbread loaf

The full instructions for how to make this vegan ginger loaf cake are found down below in the recipe card. However, let’s go over the basics here:

  1. Whisk together the dry ingredients: definitely use a whisk here and not a spoon- this helps to evenly distribute all of the spices throughout the flour.
  2. Use room temperature wet ingredients: this helps ensure that the ginger loaf cake doesn’t bake with a gummy texture.
  3. Gently fold in the wet ingredients: just make sure there are no more streaks of dry ingredients!
  4. Pour the batter into the loaf tin and bake! Use a metal baking tin here rather than a glass- glass bakeware doesn’t heat evenly, but then stays very very hot, sometimes causing an uneven bake. A metal tin loaf pin is the best bet!
  5. Make the vegan maple cashew cream frosting for a fun topping!
sliced vegan gingerbread loaf cake

Vegan maple cashew cream frosting

The vegan maple cashew cream frosting on top of this vegan gingerbread loaf is completely optional- but if you can have cashews, I highly recommend it! It’s so fluffy and delicious!

To make a vegan cashew cream frosting, you’ll need:

  • Raw cashews
  • Coconut cream
  • Maple syrup
vegan gingerbread loaf cake

It’s that simple! Then just simply blend all ingredients in a food processor until smooth and smear on top of the gingerbread loaf cake, once it’s entirely cool.

If it’s not fully cool, the frosting will melt right off- so definitely wait!

slice of vegan ginger cake with cashew cream frosting

I hope you love this vegan gingerbread loaf cake as much as I do! If you make it, let me know down below in the comments section, and be sure to give it a rating so that others may see it!

As always, I absolutely love to see your beautiful creations on Instagram and Pinterest, so be sure to tag me there!

Happy ginger loaf cake baking!

More vegan gingerbread recipes:

Vegan gingerbread cookies

Paleo vegan ginger molasses cookies

Vegan gingerbread house

Gluten free vegan gingerbread bundt cake

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slice of vegan ginger cake with cashew cream frosting

Vegan Gingerbread Loaf Cake (Oil Free, Low Sugar)

  • Author: thebananadiaries
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 50
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


This vegan gingerbread loaf cake is full of sweet holiday flavor and tastes just like the Starbucks version but with 1/3 of the sugar, gluten free, dairy free, and oil free!


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted (swap in gluten-free 1:1 baking flour for GF)
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup dairy-free milk, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce, room temperature

Maple Cashew Cream Frosting:

  • 1 cup raw cashews,
  • 1/2 cup coconut cream
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F and grease a 9″ loaf tin with olive or coconut oil.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, coconut sugar, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, allspice, nutmeg, baking powder, and baking soda.
  3. Add in the remaining ingredients, and gently mix the wet ingredients into the dry with a rubber spatula. Mix until there are no streaks of dry ingredients left.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf tin, and place into the oven.
  5. Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until the toothpick comes out clean.
  6. Remove from the oven and allow the loaf to cool in the tin for 15 minutes, then transfer the bread to a cooling rack to cool completely before slicing.
  7. Serve as is or prepare the cashew cream frosting.
  8. Cashew cream frosting: blend together cashews, coconut cream, and maple syrup until smooth. Smear onto the loaf before slicing.


  • Serving Size: 1 slice
  • Calories: 147
  • Sugar: 16.8 g
  • Sodium: 131.8 mg
  • Fat: 0.5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 33.9 g
  • Fiber: 0.7 g
  • Protein: 2.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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