Sweet fruits and aromatic vanilla lend their flavors to this incredible bread! Savory goat cheese adds delicious creaminess, sliced almonds add the perfect amount of crunch, and candy-like dates are spread throughout every slice. Whole-grain and naturally sweetened this unique loaf only TASTES rich and indulgent!
Where do I even begin with this recipe?
I don’t consider myself a master baker or anything like that, but I certainly like think I have some natural ability when it comes to making up recipes from scratch. Over the years I’ve learned what foods and flavors pair well together, and I try to use these principles whenever I attempt a new creation.
With that said, even I question my ideas sometimes! Yes, I certainly have an affinity for pairing uncommon ingredients together, but my strange idea the other day to bake a bread that was both sweet and savory came out of nowhere.
I love appetizer platters that have sweet and savory foods like cheese, olives, and crackers but also dried fruit, fresh fruits, preserves. So it makes sense to me that such ingredients could be placed together in a bread loaf as well.
I thought about savory foods that pair well with sweet things like fruit and it finally hit me…one of my favorite combos. Cheese and fruit!
I’ve always enjoyed my grilled cheeses spread with jam or with a few slices of fresh pear or apple…and who doesn’t love cheese and fruit in salad together? So why not bread!?
I wrote out a recipe, said a prayer to the bread gods (they exist right? 😉 ), and hoped for the best! This was my first time baking bread with crumbled cheese, so I wasn’t sure how things would turn out.
Well, see for yourself… 😉
Vanilla Almond Bread with Dates & Goat Cheese
- Prep Time: 10 mins
- Cook Time: 30 mins
- Total Time: 40 minutes
- Yield: 1 loaf 1x
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tsp cinnamon
3/4 cup crumbled soft goat cheese
1/4 cup coconut sugar or granulated sweetener of choice
1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 egg whites
¾ cup plant milk
½ cup unsweetened applesauce
1 tbsp olive oil
1 cup of pitted Medjool dates, finely chopped
½ cup sliced almonds
extra goat cheese and sliced almonds for topping
Preheat oven to 400°F. Coat a loaf pan with cooking spray (spray well) or line with parchment paper.
Combine vanilla, sweetener, egg whites, applesauce, olive oil, and milk in a small bowl. Set aside.
Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl. Gently fold the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until just combined; do not overmix. Fold in the chopped dates and almonds. Stir. Then, gently stir in the goat cheese until just combined.
Spoon the batter into the prepared loaf pan and spread evenly throughout.
Top with sliced almonds and more goat cheese, if desired.
Bake for 28-30 minutes, or until knife comes out cleanly from the center (this can change depending on your oven). Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool further. Serve warm with a light spread of butter!
Hearty, whole grain, and naturally sweetened…you can’t ask for a more wholesome or tasty bread! And it truly is perfect for the holidays with its well-balanced mix of sweet and savory flavors.
The texture is something special too. Doughy and dense, with bites of creaminess, crunch, and chewiness throughout. I didn’t think it was possible to combine so many flavors and textures into one recipe…but this loaf definitely proves it!
So whether you make this bread for a homemade holiday gift, a decadent (but HEALTHY!) addition to your next meal, or just to warm and serve at breakfast time, you’ll fall in love with its deliciousness.
After making this, I feel like a world of new possibilities has opened up for me! First off, I now know it’s possible to make high quality breads without yeast (hello quick breads!) and there are so many other sweet n’ savory combos I want to experiment with. Do you have any favorites? I’d love to get some of your suggestions as well!
What’s your favorite type of bread to bake?
Do you like fruit and cheese paired together?
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