Summertime has officially drawn to a close, taking with it all its berries, citrus and tropical treats. However, with that also comes a whole new season of new fruits and veggies, ripe and ready to use! I personally love everything about fall–the crisp air (though right now, I feel like I’m living in a sauna), the layered clothing, and especially all the baked goodies that come with the season…who’s excited for apples and pumpkins?!
Now apple pies and pumpkin lattés are all good and dandy, but one of my absolute favorite things to bake with are pears! Pears, like all fruits and vegetables, are a great source of dietary fiber and are also loaded with cancer-fighting vitamins and minerals.
When ripe, pears are delicate in sweetness with a subtle brightness that adds an extra level of flavor to any dish and with a similar physical structure to apples, pears are great to bake with as they tend to slightly soften, while retaining their shape and texture.
So kick off your fall baking with this tasty quick bread 🙂
Vegan Spiced Pear Oat Bread
- 1 medium pear, peeled, cored and diced
- 1 tsp granulated sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 rolled oats, ground, plus an extra handful of whole oats to top your bread
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp cardamom
- 1/2 tsp tsp nutmeg
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 1/4 cup pear purée (about 2 1/2 medium pears)
- 3/4 agave nectar
- 1/2 cup oil
- 2 tbs non-dairy milk (I like to use almond or rice)
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 2 tbs ground flax seed, plus 6 tbs water, mixed and allowed to thicken (this is your egg replacer)
- Preheat oven to 350F. Prepare a 9″ loaf pan by lightly oiling the bottoms and sides.
- Prepare you spiced pears by combining diced pears, sugar, and spices in a bowl and gently tossing it together until the pears have been even coated.
- In a mixing bowl, combine flour, ground oats, spices, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and whisk together until mixture is uniform.
- In a separate bowl, combine purée, nectar, oil, milk, and lemon juice. Whisk until fully incorporated. Add flax seed egg replacer and continue whisking until egg replacer has dissolved.
- Add your wet mixture to your dry mixture and continue mixing until a batter has formed. Add your spiced pears and gently fold until they have been even distributed throughout the batter.
- Pour your bread batter into a loaf pan, top with remaining whole oats, and bake for 50-55 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Allow bread to rest in pan for about 5-10 minutes before inverting onto a cooling rack.