WW Recipe of the Day: Slow Cooker Chocolate Chip Gingerbread
(187 calories | *9 WW SmartPoints)
Every year, sometime during the fall or winter, I get a hankering for old-fashioned gingerbread.
This year my craving arrived late last week, as I was still struggling with the sneezing and sniffling of a lingering cold.
While I wanted my gingerbread, I didn’t feel like exerting much energy.
The Skinny on Slow Cooker Chocolate Chip Gingerbread
And since this is my year of the crockpot, I decided to make an easy slow cooker gingerbread using a cake mix.
To keep things interesting, I stirred a little cocoa powder and few mini chocolate chips into the mix.
This easy slow cooker gingerbread with chocolate chips was just what I needed to satisfy my craving for another year. Rod liked it too, but then again, he’s a man who rarely meets a cake he doesn’t like 🙂
How to Bake Gingerbread in a Slow Cooker?
Did you know you could bake in a slow cooker (crock pot)? A slow cooker/crockpot can produce incredible desserts like this easy gingerbread from a mix.
You might be thinking, “Why would would anyone use their slow cooker for baking?” It is really handy if you live in a dorm or don’t have access to an oven or for those times when your oven is already full. Also, it doesn’t heat up your kitchen, which can be an important consideration when you live someplace like Phoenix, Arizona, like I do.
Because cakes bake in a moist environment at a lower temperature, they turn out moister than cakes baked in the oven, a real boon for Weight Watchers who often bake with less fat. You are also much less likely to overcook/burn a cake baked in the slow cooker!
For this recipe you will need a pan/baking dish that will fit into your slow cooker. I used my 7-inch by 4-inch cake pan . Depending on the size and shape of your slow cooker, a springform pan or loaf pan might also work.
Once you’ve filled the slow cooker, but before switching it on, you will want to prop open the lid with a wooden spoon handle or chopstick. Doing this eliminates condensation from collecting on the underside of the lid and possibly dripping back into your gingerbread.
How Many Calories/WW Points in Slow Cooker Chocolate Chip Gingerbread?
On great thing about gingerbread, even the kind from a mix, is that it tends to be much lower in fat and sugar than other kinds of cakes. According to my calculations, each slice has 187 calories, *5 Weight Watchers PointsPlus, *9 WW Freestyle SmartPoints. Enjoy!
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Easy Slow Cooker Gingerbread with Chocolate Chips
- 1 package (14-1/2 ounces) Gingerbread mix (I used Betty Crocker)
- 1 egg (or amount called for on your package)
- 1-1/4 cups water (or amount called for on your package)
- 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
- Ideal slow cooker size: 6-Quart.
- Grease and flour a baking pan that will fit in your slow cooker. A loaf pan or round cake pan are good options. I used a round springform pan with a 7-1/2-inch diameter.
- In a large bowl whisk together the cake mix, egg, water and cocoa powder until well blended and smooth. Stir in the chocolate chips. Pour the batter into a your prepared baking pan and spread it out evenly.
- Place in the slow cooker.
- Place a chopstick or wooden spoon handle at one end of the slow cooker to vent the lid. (The slow cooker should be covered but propped open a crack at one end to prevent condensation from building up and dripping back into your cake.)
- Bake on HIGH for 2 to 3 hours, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out with a few moist crumbs attached.
- Carefully remove from the slow cooker and place your baking pan on a rack to cool.
- Slice into 12 servings.
- Enjoy warm with a bit of whipped cream, if desired.
*PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT Weight Watchers Zero Points fruits and vegetables using the WW Recipe Builder.
If you like this easy slow cooker gingerbread with chocolate chips you might also like:
- Slow Cooker Bundt Cake
- Slow Cooker Apple Cake
- Slow Cooker Gingerbread Pudding Cake with Apples (Betty Crocker)
- Slow Cooker Gingerbread Oatmeal (Healthy Slow Cooking)
- Slow Cooker Gingerbread Latte (Year of Slow Cooking)
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