The holidays are about tradition for our family. And for us, holiday baking has tradition written all over it. My Mom, my boys, and I can usually be found in the kitchen at this time of year whipping up those recipes that have been made for so many years that we can now put them together by memory.
Every now and then, however, we like to come up with new concoctions that just may earn one of those coveted positions in our regular holiday rotation. This Chai Spiced Apple Bread with Chai Chia Streusel just might earn one of those spots.
It is a beautiful combination of flavors that make your house heavy with all the smells of the holidays. Aromas of ground cloves, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, and apples all come together to create a heady scent. Almond flour and Quinoa flour make up the base of this recipe, while the sweetness is imparted from the grated apples and organic coconut palm sugar. But the true magic comes from the combination of the Chai spices. The streusel topping is also infused with these spices, in addition to the ground chia seeds (imparting a wonderful omega 3 addition) and the rich complex taste of the coconut palm sugar.
This recipe has been claimed a winner in our household. My oldest son has actually eaten most of it himself, while keeping a watchful eye on how much the rest of us have consumed. He fears that another family member might finish it off before he can get another slice.
I may be presumptuous right now in saying this, but this recipe has earned it’s spot. It will be back next year (and all year long, really).
I am trying to take some time away from the computer for the next few days to celebrate the holidays tech-free with my family, so, today, I will leave you all with this wonderful recipe for Christmas morning so you, too, can enjoy it with your families.
This post is part of the Go Ahead Honey, it’s Gluten Free monthly event. Started by the talented Naomi of Straight Into Bed Cakefree & Dried, this event is a monthly, theme based round up of glorious gluten-free food. And this month it is being hosted by Carol, of Simply…Gluten-Free – and the theme is Family Traditions.
Guten-Free Dairy-Free Chai Spiced Apple Bread With Chai Chia Streusel:
Easily Adaptable to be Egg-Free and Nut-Free
1 cup Almond Flour, such as Honeyville or Digestive Wellness (For Nut-Free: replace with 1 cup of Certified Gluten Free Oat Flour OR 1 cup of Quinoa Flour)
2/3 cup Quinoa Flour (You can also use certified Gluten Free Oat Flour OR more Almond Flour here instead of the Quinoa Flour)
1/3 cup Potato Starch
1 cup Organic Coconut Palm Sugar (or Brown Sugar)
1/2 teaspoon Xanthan Gum
1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt, fine
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon Cardamom
1/4 teaspoon Ground Ginger
1/4 teaspoon Ground Cloves
2 large eggs (For Egg Free: Mix 2 Tablespoons ground Chia Seeds with 6 Tablespoons HOT water. Let sit until gelled)
1 cup Coconut Milk mixed with 1 Tablespoon fresh Lemon Juice, left to sit for 5 minutes to sour (if Not Dairy Free: use regular buttermilk here)
1/3 cup Canola Oil
1 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 large Apple, grated – drained well by squeezing liquid out
3 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
1/4 cup Organic Coconut Palm Sugar (or Brown Sugar)
1 Tablespoon Ground Chia Seeds
1/2 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
1/16 teaspoon Each: Ground Ginger, Ground Cloves, Cardamom
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease sides and bottom of a medium loaf pan (9 inch x 5 inch) and place a piece of parchment paper on the bottom of your pan (cut to the exact size of the bottom of your pan without letting it go up the sides).
2. In medium bowl, combine almond flour, quinoa flour, potato starch, sugar, xanthan gum, sea salt, baking powder, baking soda, and spices.
3. In mixing bowl, beat eggs until very foamy and fluffy (will help prevent a flat loaf) then add in buttermilk, oil, and vanilla.
4. Slowly add dry ingredients into wet ingredients and continue mixing on low until ingredients are just incorporated. Gently fold in well-drained grated apples.
5. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
6. Prepare streusel topping: Mix together coconut oil, sugar, ground chia seeds, and spices.
7. Sprinkle streusel mixture over the top of the batter. Run a sharp knife down the center of batter one time. Place into oven and bake for 53 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean and temperature of center of loaf is 208 degrees.
8. Let bread cool for a few minutes, then run knife around edges of pan and remove bread. Place on rack and let cool completely before slicing.
***For Baking Tips to help ensure wonderful allergen-friendly results, visit my post about how to Avoid Gluten-Free and Allergy-Free Baking Mishaps
And from the Cook It Allergy Free House …. We Wish You All a Very Happy Holiday Season! Thank you for all of your support, your comments, and your readership. I look forward to your comments every day and I actually feel so blessed to be part of this amazing Allergen-friendly community!
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