Fresh Cherry Quick Bread makes the PERFECT breakfast or sweet treat in the summertime! Easy to make and prepare, this dairy free quick bread is destined to become a classic. Makes 1 loaf.
I never ate a fresh cherry until last summer, and it was all out of laziness.
I know. My laziness knows no bounds.
Let’s be real: Pitting cherries is a time-consuming task, and it’s messy to boot.
Since I love lots of other fruits, I just never took the time to give fresh cherries a go. After all, my favorite fruits require little-to-no hands on time, and I like it that way. #lazy
In fact, the only reason I tried cherries last summer was because my friend was pitting them for our children. (Because she’s the good friend in this crowd.) And if Lady A is going to eat something, I want to know what it tastes like, too.
Once I bit into it, I knew I’d made a mistake in never trying fresh cherries before, and I quickly went about remedying that.
Other cherry recipes we love in the summertime: Cherry Bourbon Slush / Cherry Overnight Oats / Cherry Lemonade Margaritas / Mini White Chocolate-Cherry Bundt Cakes (Instant Pot Cake) / Honeysuckle Cherry Smash / Dr Pepper® Cherry Cupcakes with Grenadine Whipped Cream
Fresh Cherry Quick Bread Essentials
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How to make Cherry Bread
Preheat the oven, and spray a loaf pan with nonstick baking spray. (If you want to do this without the baking spray, you can line your loaf pan in parchment paper. It’s kind of a pain, but it can be done!)
If you haven’t already, pit and dice the cherries. Place ’em in a bowl.
In another bowl, combine the dry ingredients. This means you’re throwing in the flour, baking powder, baking soda and kosher salt. Whisk ’em together, and set aside.
(Sorry, I know we’re using a lot of bowls. I promise it’s worth the hassle.)
Mix the wet ingredients.
In another glass bowl, measure out the melted coconut oil and granulated sugar for the quick bread. Using a hand mixer, cream them together.
What does it mean to cream oil and sugar together? This is a method where you essentially mix the oil and sugar together really well. They’ll look light and fluffy once you’ve finished creaming them together.
Once the oil and sugar have been creamed together, you can add the egg. Beat the egg into the mixture until just incorporated, and then add the vanilla and applesauce. Mix ’em some more, then in goes the lemon zest and lemon juice. Blend them together until smooth.
Mix up the batter and bake.
Now, it’s time for the cherries to go into the dry ingredients.
Sloooooooowly pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Use a rubber spatula to stir until they’re just combined.
Once the batter is together, pour it into the prepared loaf pan. Decorate the top with additional halved cherries before transferring to the oven.
Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
Once out of the oven, let the loaf cool before slicing and enjoying!
Frequently Asked Questions
Why should you try this fruit bread recipe?
The fresh cherries add a brightness to this quick bread and a lovely sweetness without being saccharine. And that’s a win in my book, as we should all know by now that saccharine sweets aren’t my jam.
Lemon zest and juice add gorgeous, acidic notes, balancing out the natural sweetness of the cherries beautifully.
And this bread? It’s fluffy and light as all get out. The crust that forms on the outside has the loveliest crunch and mouth feel.
I want to eat this daily for breakfast.
Honestly, that’s something we should ALL do since it’s cherry season!
What’s the easiest way to pit cherries?
Cherries, as previously mentioned, are a hassle to pit and prepare. However, they’re worth the hassle!
A cherry pitter will make your life a lot easier if you make lots of dishes with cherries during the summer months.
Why do you use applesauce in your recipe?
I use applesauce to add a little bit more moisture without adding additional fat. This is something I started doing years ago in an attempt to cut some of the fat out of recipes that seemed a little too decadent. (It tends to work well for baked goods, in my experience, so long as you don’t replace all the fat with applesauce!)
That said, if you’d rather use oil in place of the applesauce or don’t have applesauce on hand, you can, and there shouldn’t be much of a difference in the final texture or flavor.
I don’t like the taste of coconut oil. What can I use in its place?
Coconut oil can give the bread a slight coconut taste. If that’s not your jam, you can use canola or vegetable oil instead.
If you’re not dairy free or serving people who eat a dairy free diet, you can substitute butter in its place, too.
Other summertime brunch recipes:
- Cherry Crumble
- Sweet Breakfast Crepes
- Marshmallow Fruit Dip
- Vegan Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
- Watermelon Mimosas
- How to Host Brunch at Home
Now who’s ready for a slice or two of this fresh cherry bread?
Scroll on down to learn how you can make it for yourself!
Fresh Cherry Quick Bread makes the PERFECT breakfast or sweet treat in the summertime! Easy to make and prepare, this quick bread is destined to become a classic recipe. The pitted, fresh cherries are highlighted and balanced with lemon zest and freshly squeezed lemon juice. Between the crunchy crust, the bread's fluffy texture and the cherry-lemon flavors that sing inside the baked good, Fresh Cherry Quick Bread is sure to become a new favorite!
- ¾ cup cherries, fresh, pitted and diced, plus extra halves for the top of the bread
- 1 ¾ cup unbleached all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- 4 tablespoons coconut oil, melted and cooled slightly
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 lemon, zested
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice, freshly squeezed
- Preheat the oven to 375°F. Spray a loaf pan with nonstick baking spray, then set aside.
- Pit and dice the cherries, then place in a glass bowl. Set aside.
- In a large glass bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and kosher salt. Whisk together until combined, then set aside.
- In another large glass bowl, cream together the melted coconut oil and granulated sugar using a hand mixer.
- Once the coconut oil and sugar are a smooth mixture, crack the egg into the mixture.
- Pour in the vanilla and applesauce to the wet ingredients, too. Beat with the hand mixer until combined.
- Add the lemon zest and freshly squeezed lemon juice, and mix with the hand mixer until combined.
- Toss the pitted and diced cherries in the dry ingredients.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, gently stirring with a rubber spatula until just combined.
- Carefully pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Use the additional halved cherry to decorate the top of the loaf, then transfer to the oven.
- Bake at 375°F for 50-60 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
- Let the loaf cool for 15-30 minutes, then remove from the loaf pan, and slice.
- Enjoy at room temperature or toasted!
Adapted from my Dark Chocolate Chunk Muffins.
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Serving Size:1 slice
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 194 Total Fat: 6g Saturated Fat: 5g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 19mg Sodium: 132mg Carbohydrates: 31g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 12g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 3g
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The photos and recipe for this Fresh Cherry Quick Bread were originally published on July 5, 2017. The text of this blog post was updated on July 22, 2019.