Christmas Spiced Orange Bread {grain-free, gluten-free}

Christmas Spiced Orange Bread {grain-free, gluten-free}

 What flavors come to mind when you think about Christmas?

I’m all about the spices. Cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves — the very thought of them is like a warm hug on a cold night.

Mixing orange with these spices, adding a hint of ginger… Mmmmm… it’s basically a Christmas party in your mouth!

I’m excitedly imagining Christmas morning and how I’ll share this Christmas-Spiced Orange Bread and a warm cup of coffee with my family. I’m also imagining curling up on the couch at night to watch my favorite Christmas movie with a glass of mulled wine, an aromatherapy candle flickering, and this bread to nibble on.

Does it really get any better?

Hold on a sec… Reality will probably look quite a bit different. Running around in a chaotic fashion trying to buy gifts, hustling from engagement to engagement, baking copious amounts of food, eating said food…

Oh well, one can only try.

Moist Christmas Spiced Orange Bread

Back to the recipe. The secret to this moist bread is the yogurt and separating the eggs. I whipped up the egg whites separately and folded them in with the rest of the ingredients at the very end. This just helps to create a lighter texture.

Happy Christmas!

What spicy, Christmas-y treats do you bake?

Christmas Spiced Orange Bread
Mixing orange with Christmas spices, adding a hint of ginger.... Mmmmm... it's basically a Christmas party in your mouth!
    Servings8-10 slices
    Prep Time15 minutes
    Cook Time1 hour
    • 3/4cup Wildly Organic Coconut Flour
    • 1/4cup arrowroot
    • 4 eggs
    • 1/2cup full fat yogurt(5 ounces)
    • 1/4cup raw honey or maple syrup
    • 2tablespoons Wildly Organic Expeller-Pressed Coconut Oil
    • 1tablespoon orange zest
    • 1teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/2teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/4teaspoon ground ginger
    • 1/4teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 1/4teaspoon ground cloves
    1. Set the oven at 350F.
    2. Place the dry ingredients -- coconut flour, arrowroot flour, baking soda and the 4 spices -- into the bowl of a stand mixer or a large mixing bowl.
    3. Combine well.
    4. Separate the egg whites from the egg yolks.
    5. Whip the egg whites until peaks form.
    6. In a separate bowl, mix the egg yolks, yogurt, honey, vanilla extract, orange zest, and coconut oil.
    7. Now slowly mix the wet ingredients in with the dry.
    8. Gently fold the egg whites in as the last step.
    9. Prepare a loaf tin with baking paper.
    10. Spoon the mixture into the bread tin. It will be quite thick so you will be spooning it in rather than pouring.
    11. Bake for up to an hour. Check at the 45 minute mark. Every oven is different, but you can feel the center. If it's too moist, leave for longer. If your oven heats from the bottom, make sure it bakes on the top rack so the bottom doesn't burn.
    12. Allow to cool and serve.
    Recipe Notes

    I like to sprinkle some freshly grated orange zest at the end to really liven it up.

    Recommended serving suggestion: whip some butter with honey and cinnamon and spread on each slice. Divine!

    You can also turn sliced bread into French toast and serve with yogurt and maple syrup. Christmas morning breakfast!

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