Merry Christmas, all! Things are getting quite festive in my household, what with all the menu planning, present shopping and wrapping, and various Christmas get togethers. It sure is a busy time of year, but it’s always a fun one!
Now while all the traditional Christmas treats are delicious, and I will happily consume them in bulk well before (and on!) December 25, it’s sometimes nice to have a little something something that’s still festive, but slightly more on the nourishing side of things.
Introducing this Christmas loaf! Sweetened purely with Orgran Health & Nutrition’s delicious Cranberry Crunch Brekki Muesli, and applesauce, it’s perfect for when you need something more hearty than your 8th shortbread or chocolate ball of the day. It is also incredibly easy to throw together, making it a great addition to any Christmas menu.
RECIPE: Christmas Cranberry Crunch Loaf
Vegan. Gluten Free.
2.5 cups almond meal
1.25 cup Orgran Cranberry Crunch Brekkie Muesli
1/3 cup dried cranberries
2.5 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cardamon
3 egg replacers of choice (I use Orgran No Egg – I find it produces the best results)
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce (homemade or store bought)
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
3-4 tblsp almond milk, as needed
1 tsp vanilla
Extra dried cranberries
- Preheat oven to 180°C, and line a small loaf tin with baking paper.
- Combine almond meal, spices, baking powder and muesli.
- In a separate bowl, prepare the egg replacer. (Note: If using a chia/flax egg, do this previously so it has time to gel)
- Add the remaining wet ingredients to the egg, and combine well, before pouring over the dry mix.
- Stir until thoroughly combined, and if adding extras, fold them through here, being gentle if using fresh cranberries.
- Spoon the loaf mixture into prepared tin, and top with any desired toppings.
- Bake for 50 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean, and the top is nice and golden. Remove, and let the loaf cool in the tin before placing it on a wire rack.
Serve it as a snack for in between meals, have it for breakfast, or even cut slices for your dessert platters, or as chunks for chocolate fondue! Not that many people have fondue at Christmas, but still… It’s a treat that can be used in a variety of delicious ways. And that, my friends, is what I love to make! It could even be given as a handmade gift to those close to you. And let’s face it, everybody loves a homemade present, especially one of the ‘good food’ variety.
So I hope you make it, and I hope you love it, and I look forward to hearing what you think!
Happy feasting this Christmas season, friends. Enjoy yourselves, and feel free to eat as much as you like. You deserve it.