Day 8 of 25 Days of Fitness: Gingerbread Protein Cake

By Kate Horney

Since posting my cleaned up version of Peanut Butter “Buckeye” Balls, my inbox has been flooded with emails from you asking for MORE fat loss friendly dessert recipes…

Want to figure out way to enjoy dessert and still stay on track?

I get it!  A few of you have mentioned that you have a “sweet tooth.”  Believe me, I can relate… in fact, I’d be willing to argue that every single TOOTH in my ENTIRE MOUTH is a sweet tooth. I love anything that’s rich with chocolate, peanut-butter, fudge, you name it.

And let’s not forget all the traditional holiday sweets…. 

Gingerbread?  YES PLEASE!

My friend Susanna Backman came up with an AMAZING recipe for gingerbread protein cake.  I asked if I could share the recipe with you, and she graciously agreed!  Susanna has a passion for healthy cooking and has a fabulous blog where shares clean (but still delicious) recipes for baking, high protein snacks and lunches/dinners.

Check out Susanna’s interview & RECIPE below…

How would you advise women who are interested in health & fitness and want to leverage their time better? What’s the first step?

The first step is to start to plan out your day and preparing in advance. If you know you have a busy day it’s best to look at your schedule and make your meals accordingly. If you only have 5 minutes between meetings, you still have to try to eat a snack to keep your bloodsugar stabilized and avoid cravings later in the day. The quickest and easiest snack would be a protein shake and a piece of fruit or a handful of nuts. I always prepare my food the night before so in the morning I can just take out my meals for the day and carry them with me in a small cooler. Preparation is key!

What is ONE THING these women can start on today that will not overwhelm them?

Keep a fruit and some nuts in your purse/bag so if you get hungry between meals you can always grab a snack that can keep you satisfied until your next meal.

What are your top 3 daily practices to stay focused, perform at a high level and live the fat loss lifestyle?

  1. I stay motivated by looking at pictures of fit, healthy and strong women.
  2. I always plan my meals ahead and bring food wherever I go, even if it’s just a protein shake.
  3. I try to do SOMETHING physical every day, even if it’s just a walk with the dog or 20 minutes on the treadmill. I feel better about myself if I exercise and that also helps me make better food choices.

Gingerbread Protein Cake


  • 1/2 heaping cup of oat flour (I make my own by grinding oats in a mixer)
  • 1.5 scoop vanilla flavoured whey protein powder
  • 2/3 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp gingerbread spicemix (or 1/4 tsp cardamom, 1/4 tsp ground ginger, 1/4 tsp ground cloves, 1/4 tsp cinnamon)
  • 2.5 tbsp granulated stevia or other sweetener
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/3 cup almond milk (or milk of choice)
  • 1 egg white


1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl and use a handmixer to make the batter smooth.
2. Pour batter in a greased mini baking dish springform, about 13 cm. If you want to make a normal sized cake, just double the recipe and bake a little longer.
3. Bake at 375F for about 15-20 min. Don’t overcook it! It will then become dry and tasteless.

Nutritional value per piece: (Recipe makes 4 pieces)

107 calories
9,5 g protein
13 g carbohydrates
1,5 g fat


P.S.  Check out Susanna’s blog for more healthy recipes and baking tips. The site is in Swedish but there’s a translation button on the site- or you can use Google Chrome to translate. 🙂