Gingerbread Nutritional Values and Alternatives - as part of the expert series by GeoBeats.
Gingerbread Nutritional Values and Alternatives: Nutrition
Gingerbread is not generally a nutritional item. It's just a lot of white flour, butter, and sugar. You can make it from scratch, you can use light butter in there. I would definitely recommend cutting the sugar in any bread recipe by two-thirds: you don't usually need it that sweet, but it's still going to be very palatable that way. To actually boost the nutrition in gingerbread you could use a portion of whole-grain flour - if not 100%, maybe half whole-grain flour - and that would add a nutty flavor that would fit right in with the holiday spice flavors of the gingerbread. Maybe you could make it with nut flour, which would have a great flavor and add more nutrition. You could also add pumpkin to the recipe, which would really fit and be appropriate, and it would add more vitamins. You might also add dried fruits, like raisins or dates to the gingerbread recipe for more flavor and more vitamins and nutrition.