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Sweet Potato Ginger Bread

The title isn’t a misprint, I have indeed being making ginger bread with sweet potatoes and it has proven a big hit with….wait for it…..everybody!! Oh the joy; it can be tiresome trying to produce something that everyone enjoys fuss free so I was almost dancing when this cake was given all the thumbs up!

This little beauty is perfect for lunchboxes, as an after school snack or with a well earned cuppa whenever the mood strikes.


2 Sweet Potatoes, medium, cooked & mashed (prick them with a fork and microwave for a few minutes, they’re cooked when soft, split in half the scoop out of the skins very easily)
2 Eggs, largeGingerbread Loaf
90g Butter, melted
50ml Buttermilk
1 tbsp Honey
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
115g Plain Flour
80g Ground Almonds
50g Coconut Sugar*
1 tsp each of Bread Soda & Baking Powder
2 tsp’s Cinnamon
2 tsp’s Ground Ginger
1 tsp Mixed Spice

*Regular caster sugar can be substituted, I choose to use Coconut Sugar as it has a low GI and carries some nutritional benefits.


  • Prepare a 2lb loaf tin, I use loaf tin liners alternatively grease and line with parchment paper. Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan.**
  • Add the cooled sweet potatoes, the eggs, cooled melted butter, buttermilk, honey and vanilla to a mixing bowl and mix together. A handheld balloon whisk is perfect for this.
  • In another, larger mixing bowl mix the plain flour, ground almonds, coconut sugar, bread soda, baking powder and spices together.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix together well, ensuring everything is well incorporated.
  • Pour the batter into the loaf tin and transfer to the oven. Bake for 45 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.

Gingerbread Loaf Slices

This is an absolutely delicious loaf, I cannot recommend it enough. Do please let me know if you bake it and what you think of it!

Gingerbreaad Muffins

**This mix will also bake 12 muffins. Reduce the temperature by 20C and bake for approximately 20 minutes.

13 thoughts on “Sweet Potato Ginger Bread

  1. This sounds like something I might get approved in this house too.
    I had to laugh at myself as I skimmed the method. Balloon caught my eye and I briefly thought “what kind of crazy way to make a cake needs a balloon?”, then I read whisk and copped on. So thanks for the recipe and the early morning laugh 😉
    Where do you buy coconut sugar Nicola?

    1. LOL!! Brilliant, that’s cheered up a dull Thursday morning!
      I buy coconut sugar in the Healthfood shop, regular sugar can be substituted however. Actually I must note that on the recipe 🙂

  2. Hi Nicola,
    these sound delicious, I love the fact that you use coconut sugar, do you think that the plain flour could be replaced with any other type of flour?
    Thank you for the nice recipe.

    1. Thank you. Yes I’m sure it could. Wholemeal flour would certainly work, possible even ground almonds, though I haven’t tried those so wouldn’t like to say for definite that they would 🙂

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