Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!
Admittedly, I am a something of a slacker on this day of love, cards and candy. We had friends over for dinner on Friday, but plans for today are largely dependent on relaxation, reading, and an afternoon run–in other words, a perfect day!
I hadn’t planned on baking today, but the past few days of early-spring sunshine turned to grey clouds and some sprinkles, so I set aside my book to make a quick loaf of bread to have for breakfasts and snacks this week.
I love spreading the word about chickpea flour, and how easy it is to incorporate into a wide array of baked goods, but if you’re nervous about giving it a go, try blending it with oat flour, as I’ve done in this maple syrup and dried cherry quick bread.
The natural sweetness of the oats balances the nutty flavor of the chickpea flour, resulting in an irresistible loaf. Between the oats and chickpea flour, this loaf is loaded with fiber, as well as an extra dose of plant protein. One slice is immensely satisfying on it’s own, but I love it with a spread of sunflower seed butter, too.
The dried cherries can be swapped out for any other dried fruit, or you can leave the fruit out altogether. Add spices and other flavorings to your heart’s content as well. Happy baking!