Bursting with fresh cherries and miniature chocolate chips, this chocolate cherry loaf is a sweet way to start your day.
I absolutely love that cherries are in season right now – this is one of my favorite times of the year, I can’t seem to get enough of their fresh, sweet taste. Just yesterday I was thinking we needed some bread for breakfast and I immediately decided to include some cherries. What better pair for cherry than chocolate?
Since my go to breakfast bread is banana, I wasn’t quite sure how much of everything to include, so I consulted my trusty 1,000 Lowfat Recipes book for guidelines. The closest thing to what I was going for was an Orange Cranberry Bread, so I scanned the ingredients, opened my fridge and adjusted accordingly. I set out to create a new family favorite and the result was moist, sweet and bursting with fresh cherry flavor. An added bonus is that it was an instant hit, even with my daughter. Morning, Noon or night, this bread makes a great breakfast or snack. This treat is a nice change from the regular; I hope you’ll enjoy, happy baking!
Chocolate Cherry Loaf
Recipe type: bread, breakfast
Serves: 8 mini loaves
- 2 eggs, extra large
- ¾ c brown sugar, packed
- ½ c milk
- ¼ c unsweetened applesauce
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 c whole wheat flour
- 1 c unbleached all purpose flour
- ¼ c granulated sugar
- 1 Tbs flaxseed meal
- 2 tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 c fresh cherries, pitted & chopped
- ⅓ c mini chocolate chips
- Preheat your oven to 375º and prepare an 8 well mini loaf pan with baking spray (you can substitute a 9x4 loaf pan if necessary).
- In a large bowl beat together the eggs, brown sugar, milk, applesauce and vanilla.
- In a medium bowl whisk together the flours, sugar, flax meal baking powder and salt, incorporate the dry mixture into the wet until moist.
- Stir in the cherries and chocolate chips until combined, spoon the batter into the pan and bake for 18-20 minutes; until golden.
- Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, remove to a wire rack and finish cooling.
Recipe adapted from Orange Cranberry Bread by Terry Blonder Golson