Pumpkin Gingerbread & 5 Fab Gifts

I know I have the best gifts ever for your fitness pals in my past post, but what about friends and family that aren't runners? Read below for the 5 gifts anyone will enjoy.

Number 1 is to bake off mini loafs of my fantastic gluten-free pumpkin gingerbread, wrap it nicely, and adorn it with ribbon and include the recipe on a little card. It's certain to brighten every holiday, including yours!

gluten-free vegan pumpkin gingerbread

1. Pumpkin Gingerbread

Yields 1 regular sized loaf or 3-4 mini ones.



1 cup pumpkin puree

3 tablespoons pure maple syrup

3 to 4 TBSP coconut palm sugar

1/3 cup coconut oil, melted

1/4 cup molasses

1 egg or chia "egg" (1 TBSP chia seeds + 3 TBSP water)

1 cup finely ground gluten-free oats

2/3 cup gluten-free all-purpose flour or almond flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

3/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ginger

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon cardamom

1/8 teaspoon allspice

1/8 teaspoon sea salt

Crumb Topping:

1/4 cup gluten-free oats

3 tablespoons pumpkin seeds

3 tablespoons gluten-free all purpose flour or finely ground oats

1 to 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup

1-1/2 tablespoon coconut oil (not soft)

1 teaspoon cinnamon


1. Grease 4 mini loaf pans or one regular-sized loaf pan with coconut oil or line with parchment paper.

2. Whisk wet ingredients together; set aside. Stir dry ingredients into wet, and fold mixture into prepared pans/pan.

3. In a small bowl, use your hands to mix the topping together well, and sprinkle on top of the batter.

4. For mini pans, bake 20-30 minutes (mine were done at about 26), or with one larger pan, bake around 45-55 minutes (check after 30; everyone's oven varies and when this recipe is over-baked it is too dry and not nearly as yummy). Use the toothpick method to see if it is done (if it comes our clean).

5. Set on the wire rack to cool they slice and serve and share with your loved ones!

healthy pumpkin gingerbread

2. Audible subscription. Two free books are included with just a trial, hurrah! I recommend Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express then go see the movie as part of the gift! It's my book club's current pick, and it's a classic, and a great read. Alternately, just buy them the book for under $5 HERE.

Best price book for Murder on the Orient Express

3. Pet Gifts. Aren't these the best?

Dog people-THIS dog selfie stick (!):

dog lover gift idea

Cat people-THIS amazing cat stealing coin bank:

best cat gift ever

See more great pet gifts here:

4. What do you MEME? Game! This is a hilarious and adorable game for adults that makes for a great gathering or party game!

Snowed in this season? YOU MUST GET THIS!

best adult game gift

5. Magazine subscription (add some cookies for a more tangible gift like these healthy ones; perfect to accompany a fitness or healthy living or recipe magazine!) Recommended titles include Health, Martha Stewart Living, and Eating Well.

best fitness magazine gift subscription

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