Gingerbread Brownies with White Chocolate (100% whole wheat)

These 100% whole wheat white chocolate gingerbread brownies are so very gooey and bursting with winter goodness!

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Why eat ginger cookies or gingerbread when you can eat white chocolate gingerbread brownies? They’re gooey.

And they taste sinful and not the least bit “healthified.” If you’re new here, I like to make things healthier without making them taste that way! I don’t do grainy or cardboardy tasting baked goods.

I made them slightly healthier by using coconut sugar, olive oil (I swear you can’t taste it!) and honey. Dessert is still dessert, though, so I’m not saying you can eat an entire pan of these. That would be fun, though. ;)

If you don’t have whole wheat flour, whole spelt would be great! And I assume that all-purpose flour would work, too.

100% Whole Wheat Gingerbread Brownies with White Chocolate from

I know a lot of people don’t like white chocolate so you can leave that out if you like. But really, at least try good white chocolate before declaring you don’t like it. The stuff from the store is just plain gross!

When I first took them out of the oven, I thought there was WAY too much oil but once they cooled, they weren’t greasy.

I guess you could do 3 tablespoons each of olive oil and the canola oil, but then I couldn’t guarantee the gooeyness. Though I imagine they’d be fine.

Want something in cake form? Try this Healthy Gingerbread Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting!

Gingerbread Brownies with White Chocolate (100% whole wheat)

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Gingerbread Brownies with White Chocolate (100% whole wheat)
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  • Yield: 16 brownies


  • 1 1/3 cup (160 grams) whole spelt, whole wheat pastry, or whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves
  • Wet:
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) olive oil
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) canola oil
  • 1/4 cup (50 grams) unrefined or coconut sugar (or normal brown sugar)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup (88 grams) molasses
  • 1/4 cup (80 grams) honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 6 ounces (170 grams) white chocolate chips or chunks


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F / 175°C. Stir together the dry ingredients together in a small mixing bowl. In a medium bowl, stir together the wet ingredients. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix only until combined. Fold in the white chocolate pieces. Put a piece of parchment paper in an 8″x8″ pan or spray the pan with cooking pan or butter it. Spread the batter evenly over the bottom of the pan. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes or until it’s clearly set in the middle. Mine still looked underdone after 20 minutes, but after cooling, they were perfect. I wouldn’t leave them in longer than 25 minutes.

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  • Laura
    January 6, 2018 @ 12:44 am

    Great recipe. Modifications: I used all olive oil instead of half canola; I did use crappy store white chocolate chips, LOL; went a bit heavy on the powdered ginger; and I skipped the nutmeg and added some cayenne instead. Big hit over here. You were right – no one can tell it’s wheat. A real keeper. Thank you.

    • Erin replies to Laura
      January 7, 2018 @ 7:37 pm

      Haha. Well if the store-bought white chocolate tastes good, then why not. :D And cayenne?! Wow. That’s an interesting addition. I’ll have to try that! Thanks for the tip and your comment. :)

  • Karen
    December 10, 2013 @ 4:40 pm

    These are just scrumptious! We love ginger so I added a good amount of minced fresh ginger (about 1/4 cup). My husband says these are the best “gingerbread-anything” he’s ever eaten. Thanks for another great recipe!

    • Erin replies to Karen
      December 15, 2013 @ 8:25 pm

      Mmmm! Fresh ginger sounds like a great addition. And what a compliment from your husband! Tell him thanks from me. :) And thank you for the feedback and the rating! :)

  • Aileen says
    December 19, 2012 @ 6:53 pm

    I stumbled upon your recipe while searching for holiday-type brownies to send to my fiance (who is currently deployed in Afghanistan) in a Christmas care package. I sent him several other baked goods in the care package, but these gingerbread brownies were hands-down his favorite. I substituted all-purpose flour (because I'm a jerk), but next time I'll go by the book (and there are sure to be many next times for these brownies).

    Here's a link to my post about them!

    Thanks for the recipe :)

    • Erin replies to Aileen
      December 20, 2012 @ 8:36 am

      Hi Aileen! Your jerk comment made me laugh. You're not a jerk. :) But I imagine the texture would came out different. Thanks for the feedback and I'll be sure to check out the link later today when I get home from work! Oh and I'm thrilled that your fiance enjoyed these. :)

  • Erin says
    January 18, 2012 @ 12:07 am

    Lise – That is absolutely fantastic! When I'm in the gingerbread mood again, I'm definitely going to make them with your changes. Gooey is great but I'd rather use half the oil and only molasses and have a normal brownie texture. They're just so much healthier that way.

    Thanks a ton for leaving feedback! You've made my day. :)

  • Lise says
    January 18, 2012 @ 12:01 am

    Hi Erin, I made your recipe with half the oil and 1/2 cup molasses as the sole sweetener and it turned out great! Not really ooey gooey but definitely still a brownie texture. Plus, my little girl loves them as a healthy snack!

  • Erin says
    January 7, 2012 @ 3:06 pm

    Lauren – Thanks! They're a favorite of mine but I think my body is rejecting all things Christmas-y at the moment. I hope you enjoy them if you get around to making them. :)

  • Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living says
    January 6, 2012 @ 11:09 pm

    These look ah-mazing!! I love gingerbread and adore white chocolate, and the other ingredients are right up my alley. A must-make for sure.

  • Erin says
    December 21, 2011 @ 9:10 pm

    Sara – I hope you get a chance to make them! And that you love them. Happy Christmas baking. :)

  • Sara says
    December 21, 2011 @ 8:55 pm

    These look delicious! I was looking for a new recipe to try for my own Christmas treats…this may be the perfect match!!

  • Erin says
    December 16, 2011 @ 11:37 pm

    Honey – I'm happy you found me! And I agree with you. It's so easy to make little changes to make things healthier. The taste doesn't have to suffer. :)

  • Honey says
    December 16, 2011 @ 5:34 am

    amazing, I'm your new follower. It's about time we have more healthy food bloggers that make slightly healthier desserts.

  • Erin says
    December 15, 2011 @ 7:11 pm

    Sonia – Thanks! But really, there's only 1/4 cup of sugar! Not counting the molasses or honey. That's not too bad, is it? 4 tablespoons = 12 tsp, and 12 tsp of sugar spread out over 12 large brownies is decent. At least I think so. For Christmas? Come on, you can do it. :) Or just make them for other people and take a bite. Or it's probably not that difficult to just leave out the sugar. They really are quite sweet. Next time I'll try 1/8 cup of sugar and see how that works! Oh, and then there's the oil. I'll try using half apple sauce next time.

  • Sonia The Healthy Foodie says
    December 15, 2011 @ 6:48 pm

    OMG, AMAZING! These look sooooo good! I am so pinning this to my food porn board. Unless… Maybe I could find a way to completely healtify them. Recipe inspiration it is! And food porn. It just fits both categories. ;)

  • Erin says
    December 15, 2011 @ 7:28 am

    Heidi – Me too! They have to be gooey. Otherwise they're just some type of sturdy cake. I hope you love the brownies!

    Warmvanillasugar – They make me happy too. I've made them a few times in the last few months and they disappear way too quickly.

    Becca – Hehe. Yeah, I've seen other gingerbread brownie recipes, but they weren't gooey. This one is so I feel like I've won some type of imaginary competition. :)

  • Becca says
    December 14, 2011 @ 5:20 am

    Wow, maybe I live under a rock, but this is the first gooey gingerbread brownie recipe I've seen. Bravho-ho-ho (reference to a glee episode I saw tonight)

  • warmvanillasugar says
    December 14, 2011 @ 3:46 am

    These brownies make me happy! They have so mant lovely flavours in them :)

  • Heidi @ Food Doodles says
    December 14, 2011 @ 12:07 am

    Amazing! I love the gooeyness! That is my favorite part about a brownie, and I love the gingerbread flavors! These look so fantastic, I'm going to bookmark the recipe to try sometime :D


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