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Chai Spiced Apple Bread with Chai Chia Streusel

Gluten-Free Chai Spiced Apple Bread

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.

Dairy-free Chai Spiced Apple Bread

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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  1. On December 23, 2010 Jeanine said

    Love that picture! Too cute! Now I’m thinking…I need that loaf. Ground chia seeds…those are the teeny tiny little black seeds, right? Do they need to be ground? they’re so tiny already. Ha! I do have everything on hand though…thanks for the recipe! 🙂

    • On December 27, 2010 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Hi Jeanine! The Chia does not have to be ground, but I just like the texture better when they are. You can get either black or white chia seeds, but I think the white ones are harder to find. Hope you had a wonderful holiday! 😉

  2. On December 23, 2010 Maggie said

    Kim! You guys are so cute. This recipe sounds right up my alley! I think I’ll make cinnamon bread for my family, but like you said, this sounds like an anytime of year bread! Merry Christmas to you and your family. xo

    • On December 27, 2010 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Hey Maggie girl! Hope your cinnamon bread was yummy!! I hope you and the family had an amazing Christmas – stress-free and relaxing!

  3. On December 23, 2010 Lexie said

    Kim! What a beautiful person you are, what a beautiful family you have, and what a beautiful apple bread you’ve served up! Really and truly, you have become a very dear virtual friend. I look forward to many more years of cooking madness and good times with you.

    From our home [and kitchen] to yours, HAPPY HOLIDAYS.


    And thank you for the card … so so cute!

    • On December 27, 2010 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Lexie, you are so so sweet! You, too, have become a cherished friend! I am so excited for the chances we will have to hang out together this next year. And I am also so looking forward to many more years of cooking madness and good times with you!!

  4. On December 23, 2010 Shirley @ gfe said

    Oh, I love the family photo the very best! You and your whole family are beautiful, but tell the guys that I said they are handsome. You know how males gets when someone calls them beautiful. 😉

    The bread sounds like alliteration fun and wholesome goodness. Yum! 🙂

    Have the merriest of Christmases my dear! Much love,

    • On December 27, 2010 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Shirley, thanks so much for the holiday wishes. Thanks for the sweet words about our family photo! I will make sure to tell them that you said they were handsome. LOL (although, I am guilty of calling them ‘beautiful” too). I hope you and the family had a beautiful holiday and enjoyed every second of that white Christmas!!

  5. On December 23, 2010 Deanna said

    This looks amazing! Definitely on my list of things to try. I love that I an make it vegan and grain-free.

    • On December 27, 2010 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Hi Deanna! Thanks so much! I hope you and your family had a wonderful holiday! xoxo

  6. On December 23, 2010 Celiacs in the House said

    Everything about this post makes me smile. Great recipe and your gorgeous self and your beautiful little family. Merry Christmas!

    • On December 27, 2010 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Wendy, my dear friend! Thank you so so much! Looking forward to getting in to trouble (or maybe just lost) with you in 2011!!
      Much love to you and your Celiac household!

  7. On December 24, 2010 Zoe said

    What a great family photo, Kim! You’re all beautiful. 🙂 I love the idea of the chai spice in this apple bread, especially since I had a lovely cup of chai tea this evening. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

    • On December 27, 2010 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Ahh! Thanks so much, Zoe! This bread really does have a yummy flavor! I ate a slice with my Chai tea the other day and it was such a perfect combination! Hope you and your family had a wonderful holiday!

  8. On December 24, 2010 Sophie said

    What a georgous gf & dairy free special tasty & festive chai spiced apple bread!!

    Looks easy to make too! I also love your tasty topping!!

    Merry Christmas to yopu & your lovely family filled with joy & good food!!!

    • On December 27, 2010 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Thanks so much, Sophie!! I hope you and your family also enjoyed a wonderful holiday!

  9. On December 24, 2010 Alisa Cooks said

    mmm, chai!! Love it. Love the adorable family photo too. Merry Christmas Kim (and family)!!

    • On December 27, 2010 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Alisa, I hope you guys had a wonderful White Christmas!! Cannot wait to see you in 2011! We are still trying to decide if we can swing a trip to Tahoe in the next couple of months! Keep you posted for sure on that!

  10. On December 26, 2010 Gluten Free Diva said

    Kim – this bread looks delectable. And not tapioca starch! Yay! What a lovely and easy quick bread to make, and I especially love your chia seed egg option. I’ll definitely give that a try. Happy Holidays to your sweet family!

    Gluten Free Diva

    • On December 27, 2010 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Hi Ellen! Thanks so much!! I am not a big fan of tapioca starch either. The chia as an egg replacer works really good and it actually adds another good layer of nutrition to it. Thank you so much for your sweet holiday wishes!

  11. On December 28, 2010 Jeanine said

    I made this bread for a Christmas eve brunch, and it was DELICIOUS! Still good after a few days too. Wonderful flavour, went perfect with a dab of butter & a cup of coffee. Thanks for the fantastic recipe!

  12. On December 31, 2010 Carol, Simply...Glut said

    Your family is just too adorable for words! Thanks for sharing your new tradition with GAHIGF! xo, carol

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