I am beyond excited to share this recipe today! This lemon almond bread is to-die-for. It might be the best sweet bread loaf I have EVER made. Plus, there’s no oil, it’s vegan, and jam-packed with deliciousness!!
The original recipe came from one of my favorite blogs, Two Peas & Their Pod and you can find it here. I did make quite a few tweaks to their recipe but I honestly can’t believe it could taste any better – even if I had used some less healthy (and in the case of sugar, more) ingredients.
I love anything lemon flavored so this recipe got a great head start. It’s plenty warm here in Kuwait and lemon is the perfect summer flavor.
Full disclosure though – my first attempt of this bread was a total failure. But don’t worry! There’s no way for you to botch this like I did. We just got a new gas (yay!) oven to replace our old electric one. Round one of this bread was my very first attempt at using the new oven. Long story short, it did not go as planned.
I have now learned how to use the oven and round 2 could not have been any more successful! I reduced the sugar, eliminated the oil, and used chia seeds in place of the egg. I also decided to leave the sliced almonds off the top of the bread for no reason in particular.
To replace the oil, I initially wanted to use very ripe mashed bananas. However, after my failed initial attempt, I didn’t have a full 1/2 cup of ripe bananas left. So, the solution was to put the banana that I had left into the 1/2 cup measuring cup and add applesauce to make up the remaining amount.
Either bananas or applesauce on their own will totally work. And if you really want to use oil like the original recipe calls for then go for it!
Very ripe bananas taste sweeter than the less ripe versions. This was one reason I knew I could reduce the sugar. In addition, the recipe has a glaze! So, worst case scenario, I could add more glaze if I really felt like it was needed. And, in addition to all of that, a 1/2 cup of sugar is still not exactly a low sugar recipe! So, I thought I was pretty safe to reduce it by half. And, I was right! : )
One of the most amazing things about this bread is the glaze getting a little melted at room temperature, running down the sides and soaking into both the top and bottom of the bread. It. Is. DIVINE.
Seriously, you NEED to make this bread.
- For 12 slices; each slice: 141 calories, 3 grams protein, 31 grams carbohydrates, 1 gram fat, 3 grams fiber
- For 16 slices; each slice: 105 calories, 2 grams protein, 23 grams carbohydrates, 1 gram fat, 2 grams fiber