Holiday sweet breads are wonderful because you can enjoy them at any time of the day. A spread of nut butter makes them an especially filling and delicious breakfast or snack. Glaze jazzes them up a bit for dessert! Plus, there are so many different flavors that work well in loaf form – pumpkin, chai, apple, chocolate – all delicious. If you’re looking for a delicious and versatile holiday treat, check out these 10 vegan seasonal sweet breads!
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1. Pumpkin Spice & Oat Loaf
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Pumpkin Spice season wouldn’t be what it is without a Pumpkin Spice & Oat Loaf. What better to go with your Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte than this Pumpkin Spice Oat & Loaf by Katia Martin? It’s hearty, filling, spicey, super versatile, and so yummy! Top it off with some almond butter for a quick mid-afternoon snack or even drizzle a little molasses, vegan yogurt, and peaches for a dessert.
2. Banana Bread Coffee Cake
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3. Spiced Zucchini Bread
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While quick bread typically contains refined grains and multiple animal products, a few tweaks and you’ve got a plant-based treat. One that is arguably more delicious! This Spiced Zucchini Bread by Natalie Martin MS, RD and Lexie Staten MS, RD is a perfect example that you can continue to bake favorite dishes while eating wholly plants. A sweet and moist bread, it’s delicious on its own but can also be topped with nut butter or chia jam for added flavor. The add-ins offer extra nutrients, texture, and flavor.
4. Cinnamon Raisin Bread
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Vegan and gluten-free Cinnamon Raisin Bread by Lauren Kirchmaier that’s refined sugar free and packed with raisins and texture. Made extra cinnamon-y with a secret ingredient! It’s easy to make and only takes 1-bowl (and plenty of cinnamon and raisins.) This Gluten-Free Cinnamon Raisin Bread is a little less table bread and a lot more dense bakery-style bread. It’s hearty, naturally sweet, and packed with protein and fiber. The combination of ground cinnamon and cinnamon kombucha adds the perfect amount of spice. It’s hearty enough to serve for a breakfast bread or nutritious snack but sweet enough to also function as a healthful dessert. For even more texture, try adding walnuts or almonds when folding in the raisins. Serve your slices of gluten-free cinnamon raisin bread warm with a big smear of almond butter slathered on top.
5. Eggnog Bread With a Spiced Rum Glaze
6. Carrot Pumpkin Bread
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7. Date and Walnut Banana Bread
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The Date and Walnut Banana Bread by Hayley Canning is perfectly sweet as it’s infused with dates, maple syrup, banana, and cinnamon but the walnuts and buckwheat flour ensure that it doesn’t get too sweet. It makes the perfect breakfast, snack, or even a dessert. It tastes amazing on its own, or warmed up!
8. Pumpkin Bread
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Perfectly moist vegan gluten-free Pumpkin Bread by Nele Liivlaid that uses neither oils nor refined sugar. It’s a healthy alternative to those enjoying the indulgence of baked goods. Imagine brightly colored autumn that you can admire through the window from the cosiness of your own living room. If you have a fireplace, it’s lit up and you’re all snug and warm in front of it. The flavors of vegan gluten-free pumpkin bread are floating from the kitchen and you’re waiting for it to cool to have a slice with applesauce or nut butter accompanied by a cup of tea or coffee. Doesn’t that sound heavenly?
9. Poached Pear Chai Bread
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This elegant version of a sunken pear cake is true to its flavors and hides the perfect surprise on the inside, making it incredibly moist and fluffy. This Poached Pear Chai Bread gets a powerful infusion of fresh ginger, maple syrup, and white wine to make it even more festive.
Reprinted with permission from Vegan Holiday Cooking by Kirsten Kaminski, Page Street Publishing Co. 2019. Photo credit: Kirsten Kaminski
10. Pecan Apple Loaf
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If you’re looking for the perfect fall dessert for this time of year…you have absolutely come to the right recipe. Sit back, relax, grab a cup of hot coffee or tea, and enjoy this slice of heaven. This Pecan Apple Loaf by Taavi Moore moist, fluffy, with a crunch of caramelized pecans, embedded with soft chunks of apple, an aroma of fall spices, and a hint of bay leaf…which adds a whole other layer of flavor to this loaf.
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