When my mom’s friend said she made a cherry oat bread, I knew that was something I wanted to bake, and luckily I had my mom’s help guiding me through. Though my mom’s friend kindly provided us with her recipe, we didn’t have all of the ingredients on hand, so we modified it as we went along, using a recipe we found online as a guide. The result was a moist, tasty, nutritious bread that satisfied everyone—chocolate chips on one side for me and my brother, walnuts on the other side for my mom, and some plain cherry slices in the center. The chocolate chip side tasted especially good when warm from the oven!
~1 cup of dried cherries
~1 cup of buttermilk
~1.5 cups all-purpose flour
~3/4 cup of rolled oats
~2 tsp baking powder
~1 tsp baking soda
~A pinch of salt
~1 cup vanilla yogurt
~2 tbsp vegetable oil
~2/3 cup sugar
~1/2 cup egg white substitute
~2 tsp vanilla extract
~One 9×5 loaf pan
~Nonstick cooking spray
~Optional: chopped nuts, chocolate chips, or anything else you want to put in the bread
~About 25 minutes before preparing the bread, let the dried cherries soak in the buttermilk in a small bowl to soften.
~After the cherries have soaked for the appropriate length of time, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
~Combine the flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl.
~In a smaller bowl, whisk together the yogurt, oil, sugar, egg substitute, salt, and vanilla. Then, pour in the buttermilk-cherry mixture and stir well.
~Transfer the contents of the smaller bowl to the larger bowl and mix together until just combined. It should still be somewhat lumpy to give the bread some texture.
~At this point, you can also add nuts or chocolate chips that you’re going to include in the bread. We waited and added ours after the batter was in the pan, but that was only because we wanted to keep the chocolate chips on one side and the walnuts on the other.
~Coat the loaf pan with nonstick spray and pour the batter into the pan.