This Vegan Fruit and Nut Bread recipe is a quick and easy tea loaf that’s healthy, delicious, and can be made gluten-free! It contains a lot of fiber which makes you feel energized, happy, and satisfied. The perfect quick bread for breakfast or as an afternoon tea time snack!
¼cup(60ml)vegetable oilor sub applesauce if oil-free*
1cup(100g)pepitas & sunflower seedsmixed + more to sprinkle
*Note: For the best results, be sure to measure the ingredients in grams. Simply click on the word "metric" right above the ingredient list! Also, check out the step-by-step photos + tips above!
Preheat the oven to 350˚F (175˚C). Grease and line a 25-cm or 9x5-inch loaf pan with parchment paper, leaving an overhang on both sides.
Roughly chop the nuts and dried fruits. Set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and coconut sugar.
In a measuring cup, stir together the orange or mandarin juice, water, and oil. Then add it to the flour mixture and stir briefly until just combined. Finally, fold in the chopped nuts, dried fruits, sunflower seeds, and pepitas.
Add the batter into the prepared loaf pan and smooth out the top. (Tip: tap the pan gently against the work surface a few times so the batter spreads out evenly). Sprinkle with more seeds and pepitas as desired and bake for 45-60 minutes. (After 45 minutes, check by doing a chopstick test).
Allow to cool completely. Then slice and enjoy!
This basic recipe is very versatile, so feel free to mix and match the ingredients to your liking. Use any dried fruit and any nuts/seeds/kernels (just be sure the dried fruits are on the soft side and not too hard). Also, other Christmas spices, chopped apples, or other fresh fruit are a great addition. (The consistency of the batter should be pretty thick but still pourable as shown in the step-by-step pictures above.).
If you want to make the bread oil-free, feel free to use apple sauce instead of oil. It will be drier but still delicious.
Storing and freezing instructions as well as further tips & information can be found in the blog post above!