The most moist Gluten-Free Tart Cherry Orange Pistachio Bread, lovely with a cup of tea for breakfast. Naturally sweetened and bursting with cherries! Recipe in partnership with Montmorency Tart Cherries.
Oh WOWZA, my friends.
I’m quite literally jumping for joy over today’s insanely fantastical recipe! It all started because I was on a quest to create a lovely loaf that was gluten-free yet sacrificed NOTHIN’ when it came to flavor and texture.
Almond flour to the rescue! Grocery tip: I buy three-pounds bags at Costco, which is by far the best deal.
The combo of almond + oat flour is one I rave about quite often, and for good reason. It’s loaded with healthy fats, plant-powered protein, and nutrients galore from almonds and oats, and also unbeatable in the texture department.
Even if you adore gluten like I do, this bread is an equally phenomenal alternative to my usual whole wheat ones. The best part about this Cherry Orange Pistachio bread is that it stays fabulous in the fridge for over a week. I’m telling you…like a fine wine, this baby improves with age!
Beautifully plump, ruby red jewels that are U.S.-grown Montmorency tart (also known as sour) cherries are my favorite to use in baking.
Did you know they’re not imported like other types of tart cherries, helping to support local agriculture and preserve generations-old family farms? In fact, Montmorency tart cherries are grown locally in seven cherry-producing states including Michigan, Utah, Washington, Oregon, Wisconsin, New York and Pennsylvania. Love that!
Tart cherries are always in season, since they’re available year round frozen, canned, juiced, and dried. They’re not in the fresh produce section because they’re picked at the peak of freshness. I typically buy the frozen ones at Whole Foods and the dried ones at Costco.
The cherries complement the orange flavor in the bread so well with their unique sweet-tart taste. Beyond tasting straight DELISH and being easy on the eyes, tart cherries also contain a concentration of anthocyanins—a polyphenol in the flavonoids family.
That’s right—what used to be a pie filling cherry is now a homegrown superfruit, famed for its versatility, nutrient density and health benefits.
Research suggests Montmorency tart cherry juice may help aid exercise recovery, making 8-12 ounces of 100% tart cherry juice a great post-workout choice. Melatonin-containing tart cherries have been the focus of multiple sleep studies, as well!
Loaf pan. Family owned USA Bakeware is my go-to for muffin tins, sheet pans, cookie sheets, and beyond. I love the unique fluted design, natural non stick coating and sturdy construction!
Place bananas, orange juice, eggs, maple syrup, oil, and vanilla in a blender and blend until smooth.
Whisk together almond flour, oat flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and orange zest in a large mixing bowl. Add wet ingredients and mix until smooth. Fold in cherries and pistachios (I love this silicone spatula).
Pour mixture into loaf pan and bake for 55 minutes, or until a knife comes out almost clean. Cool completely before slicing. Store cooled bread in an air-tight container on the counter for up to 5 days (or store in the refrigerator).
Recipe by Alexis Joseph of Hummusapien™. Photos by Eat Love Eats.