The first thing I want to do is apologize to anyone who is Irish. I took your soda bread and really messed with it…and I’m sorry. Well, I’m not really sorry. No disrespect, but this turned out really well. If you give it a chance, I know you’ll forgive me. The combination of cherry and almond is really nice. This is more of a sweet soda bread, not overly sweet, but it’s nice with some jam or just as is.
I’m not a vegan, but…I do like to experiment with healthier options as much as I can. This was an experiment I had to try over and over again…not because it didn’t work out, but because it just tasted so good!
Cherry Almond Soda Bread (Vegan)
1 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup almond meal
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoon coconut oil
3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup dried cherries
1/8 cup sliced almonds
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment.
In a medium mixing bowl, combine the flours, almond meal, baking soda, salt and sugar. Using a pastry cutter or a fork, blend the coconut oil into the flour mixture until it becomes slightly crumbly. Add the almond milk and cherries. Stir with a rubber spatula until combined.
Drop the dough out onto the parchment and sprinkle the top with the sliced almonds. Using generously floured hands, form the dough into a round loaf.
Bake for 28 to 30 minutes.
Cool slightly before devouring.
- You many not need this to be vegan or you may not have all of these ingredients on hand. You can omit the almond meal and just increase the all purpose flour to 1 cup. You may want to add a splash of almond extract for flavor. You can also use regular milk instead of almond milk and butter in place of the coconut oil.