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Low Syn Sticky Gingerbread Traybake

It’s November which means it’s basically Christmas already right!? Ok, well maybe not but I’m already getting excited for the festive season which means it’s time for the Christmas baking to start in earnest with this Low Syn Sticky Gingerbread Traybake. This time of year is all about family, friends, togetherness and food, and for me, that means plenty of get-togethers that involve lots of cake! That can be a bit tricky when you’re trying to be healthy, and the Christmas period is full of enough temptation without having it at home too. That’s why a bake like this can make all the difference, helping you stay on plan without compromising on flavour or enjoyment! 

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A Slimming World Christmas Recipe

Whilst you could happily enjoy this Low Syn Sticky Gingerbread Traybake at any time of year, it goes without saying that it has a distinctly Christmas-y vibe to it. Gingerbread is a festive staple and I love that I can still enjoy holiday treats without adding to the inevitable sense of holiday guilt that hits me post-Christmas (if you also struggle with post-Christmas guilt then this article might help!)

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This Low Syn Sticky Gingerbread Traybake is not only filled with tasty Christmas flavours, but it’s also made with real ingredients! It doesn’t need 12 whisked egg whites to rise…it’s a proper cake that has simply been carefully created to help you stick to your Slimming World plan because guess what… It works out at ONE SYN PER SLICE! The syn value breaks down as follows: 

2tbsp Golden Syrup – 5 syns

1tbsp Black Treacle – 2 syns

75g Self Raising Flour – 12 syns

3x Eggs – syn free

3tsp Ground Ginger – syn free

1tsp Baking Powder – 1/2 syn

1tbsp Sunflower Oil – 6 syns 

To save you the maths, this makes the whole cake 26 syns in total. It easily cuts into 24 squares (it’s quite rich so they’re the perfect size and could even be made smaller if you wanted) so that’s just a tiny bit over 1 syn each. Not bad for a real cake! However many pieces you get from this cake, just make sure that you divide the total number of syns (26) by the number of slices you cut. 

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Christmas on Slimming World doesn’t need to be a disaster for your losses, I promise! It is so easy to find yourself unmotivated and disheartened when surrounded with endless chocolates, big meals and nights out with work, but when you think about all of the days between now and Christmas those really don’t make up more than say…20% of the time right?! If you think of it like that, then you can easily stick to plan 80% of the time, which should at the very least help you balance your gains and losses. Combine that with recipes like this Low Syn Sticky Gingerbread Traybake, you may find yourself more in control than you previously thought! To keep you on plan, you might like some of my other Slimming World friendly festive recipes… 

Roasted Garlic & Rosemary Brussels Sprouts

Healthy Gluten Free Gingerbread Doughnuts

Best Ever Lemon & Herb Roast Chicken (can be done with Turkey!) 

Quinoa, Parmesan & Spinach Stuffed Butternut Squash (a great vegetarian alternative to Turkey!) 

Low Syn Filo Pastry Mince Pies

I love seeing when people make my recipes! So if you do whip up this Low Syn Sticky Gingerbread Traybake you can email it to me or share it on Facebook and Instagram tagging @basementbakehouse on Facebook or @basementbakehouse_sw on Instagram! You can also share it in my Facebook group too, you can join here if you haven’t already.

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Making Low Syn Sticky Gingerbread Traybake 

I really hope that you enjoy this recipe as much as I did and that it helps you have a healthy, guilt-free Christmas! Just remember though, the holidays aren’t a time for self-doubt, negative thinking or self-sabotage. Let yourself have some fun and remember that balance is key! 

Yields 25

Low Syn Sticky Gingerbread Traybake

A festive low syn Christmas Slimming World bake.

5 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

20 minTotal Time

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  • 2tbsp Golden Syrup - 5 syns
  • 1tbsp Black Treacle - 2 syns
  • 75g Self Raising Flour - 12 syns
  • 3x Eggs
  • 3tsp Ground Ginger
  • 1/2tsp Ground Cloves
  • 1tsp Baking Soda - 1/2 syn
  • 1tbsp Sunflower Oil - 6 syns
  • Low calorie cooking spray


  1. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Spray a 12 inch baking tray with low calorie cooking spray.
  2. In a stand mixer or large mixing bowl combine the flour, baking powder and spices.
  3. Add the golden syrup, treacle, eggs and oil and whisk until smooth.
  4. Pour into your baking tray and bake for 15 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean when poked through the middle of the cake.
  5. Cool completely, slice and serve with a dusting of icing sugar if desired.


Full cake = 26 syns Serves 24 - 1.08 syns per slice. Syn values correct at time of serving. It is always best to check syns for the ingredients you are using at the time. Please do not screenshot this recipe, syn values are changing all the time so recipes are updated regularly.



419 cal


15 g


63 g


8 g
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This LOW SYN Sticky Gingerbread Traybake is the perfect Slimming World Christmas recipe. If you're looking for a healthy Christmas bake, then look no further. At just 1 syn per slice it's the perfect choice!


  • Allison

    12/11/2018 at 10:20 pm

    Nothing says holidays like gingerbread! This looks delicious!
  • Caitlyn Erhardt

    12/11/2018 at 11:04 pm

    This looks delicious! Love the flavors during this time of year.
  • Maggie Unzueta

    12/11/2018 at 11:34 pm

    I love gingerbread. Freshly baked and in the morning with my coffee... YUM!
  • Catherine Brown

    13/11/2018 at 12:07 am

    Mmmm, I love gingerbread and like this lightened up version.
  • Jen

    13/11/2018 at 1:22 am

    Gingerbread is my favorite thing about the holidays and this looks right up my alley!
  • Tina Dawson | Love is in my Tummy

    20/11/2018 at 3:27 pm

    I definitely need this in my life. I've had black treacle sitting in my cupboard since last Christmas. Time to get it out again!
  • Beth Neels

    20/11/2018 at 4:21 pm

    Mmm! I love the smell of gingerbread when it is cooking! This looks so good, I really must try it, ASAP!
  • Annissa

    20/11/2018 at 4:47 pm

    This is gingerbread recipe is perfect for the holidays! Looks tasty!
  • Vicky

    20/11/2018 at 5:52 pm

    I am also so exctied for the festive Christmas season! I cannot get enough of all the lights, decorations and cheery vibes! This seems like the perfect holiday dessert!
  • Ellen

    20/11/2018 at 7:44 pm

    It' s not the holidays without gingerbread! This looks perfect.
  • Carole Gronow

    05/12/2018 at 7:08 pm

    I made this for tasting session at SW today and followed all the instructions to the letter but it was very flat - didn’t rise at all. It was the thickness of a biscuit but it did taste okay and members did eat it. Ironically someone else had also made it and it looked identical to mine. What did we do wrong? Please - how do you get it to rise?
    1. Cliona

      05/12/2018 at 10:22 pm

      Hi Carole, that's very strange! Did you use the self raising flour and the baking soda? I can't imagine why else it would have been flat!
    2. Sue

      18/12/2018 at 6:31 pm

      I had the same experience - flat. However, after reading these comments I substituted bicarbonate of soda for the Baking powder and it worked!
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  • Gemma

    10/07/2019 at 8:46 am

    Hi, I don’t have any black treacle... would this work without? Also would vegetable oil work instead of sunflower oil? (Don’t really fancy a trip to the supermarket for two items I don’t normally use) ?
    1. Cliona

      11/07/2019 at 7:08 pm

      It would work but you wouldn't get so much of that gingerbread taste from it is all! Also I believe that vegetable oil is different syn value to sunflower oil!
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  • Louise

    19/04/2020 at 10:37 pm

    I was wondering if you can freeze this? Thanks
    1. Cliona

      05/05/2020 at 11:53 am

      Hi Louise, I'm sure you can freeze it but I haven't tried it myself before.

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