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Healthy Winter Loaf Cake - excellent old-fashioned holiday treat

Healthy Winter Loaf Cake

This Healthy Winter Loaf Cake is a simple version of old-fashioned Polish Christmas gingerbread cake, called Piernik. The traditional Polish Piernik requires a lot of time and attention and recipes can vary from town to town. This one is a simple and light recipe of that cake but still so delicious, spicy and doesn’t need weeks before having it. If you’re looking for a last minute Christmas treat, you are in the right place!
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Course Dessert
Servings 10 people
Calories 330 kcal


Ingredients for Healthy Winter Loaf Cake

  • 2 cups 250 g. rye flour
  • 1 ½ cup 250 g. whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup 100 g. prunes, chopped
  • ½ cup 75 g. raisins
  • ½ cup 75 g. dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup 115 g. unsalted butter, melted (use 150 g. butter if you’re not watching calories)
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup 65 g. stevia (or 100-120 g. coconut sugar if you’re not watching calories)
  • 1/3 cup 100 g. honey
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 3 tsp. tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 2 tsp. 8 g. baking powder
  • 1 ½ tsp. 8 g. baking soda


  • In a small saucepan combine honey with ground cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves. Bring to a boil on medium heat. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Grease a 9" x 5" loaf pan or line with parchment paper.
  • In a large mixing bowl, using an electric mixer beat together the eggs with stevia on high speed for 7-10 minutes until thick.
  • Add spiced honey and beat on low to combine.
  • Pour the melted butter into the egg mixture and stir until well combined.
  • In another large bowl, whisk rye flour, whole wheat flour, baking powder, and baking soda together.
  • Mix half of the flour mixture into the egg mixture. When just combined, mix in the remaining flour, prunes, raisins, and dried cranberries; mix thoroughly.
  • Transfer the batter to the prepared pan and bake for 50-60 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Remove the cake from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes in a pan and then transfer onto a wire rack and cool completely.
  • Dust with powdered sugar or glazed with chocolate, slice and enjoy!


Note: Store the cake loaf covered at room temperature up to 10 days.
How Many Calories in Healthy Winter Loaf Cake
Calories (per 100 g): 330 cal Calories (per 1 serving, 120 g): 397 cal
Fat: 11.5 g Fat: 13.8 g
Carbohydrates: 53.0 g Carbohydrates: 63.6 g
Protein: 8.2 g Protein: 9.9 g
Keyword Healthy cake,Christmas loaf cake,old fashioned,whole wheat flour,rye flour,no sugar,no processed ingredients