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Carrot Blackberry Streusel Bread Recipe

Carrot blackberry streusel bread

Carrot blackberry streusel bread is delicious and gluten-free.

About carrot blackberry streusel bread

Carrot blackberry streusel bread is a great way to start the morning. It is more nutritious and has less sugar than any coffee cake. The carrot and blackberries add a full load of anti-inflammatory compounds to this sweet bread recipe.

This is a gluten-free recipe. Eliminate dairy from carrot blackberry streusel bread by substituting coconut, almond or soy milk. Use goat milk if you just don’t want the cow dairy.

The recipe can be made vegan. Use 2 teaspoons of chia seeds and 2 teaspoons of ground flax seeds to replace the eggs. Olive, walnut, almond or avocado oil can be used instead of melted butter.

carrot blackberry streusel bread

Almost any combination of nuts will work for the streusel. For this recipe I used raw cashews, almonds and walnuts. The nuts can be hand chopped or pulsed in a food processor.

Ingredients for carrot blackberry streusel bread recipe

Struesel topping ingredients

1/2 cup Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour

1/2 cup organic sugar

1/2 cup gluten-free rolled oats

1/4 cup(1/2 stick) grass-fed butter

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 cup chopped nuts of choice

carrot blackberry streusel bread

The streusel topping ingredients are combined by hand until a fairly uniform crumble is formed.

Batter ingredients

2 cups Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour

1/2 cup organic sugar

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

2 cups shredded carrot(about 2 medium carrots)

1 1/4 cups blackberries, halved

2 large eggs

1/2 cup(1 stick) grass-fed butter, melted

1/2 cup whole grass-fed milk

carrot blackberry streusel bread

The dry batter ingredients are whisked together well before adding to the wet ingredients.

Making the carrot blackberry streusel bread

1. Place the full stick of butter in an oven-proof container. Put in the oven while it is pre-heating to 350-degrees.

2. Place all of the dry streusel ingredients into a mixing bowl. Cut the 1/4-cup butter into thin pats and add to the dry ingredients. Combine by hand to form a fairly uniform crumble that barely sticks together. Set aside.

3. Place the shredded carrot, eggs and milk in the bowl of a stand mixer. Mix at low speed with the paddle attachment.

4. Place the dry batter ingredients into a mixing bowl and whisk together well.

5. Add the melted butter to the wet ingredients and mix well at low speed.

6. Add the dry ingredients to the mixer bowl and mix at low speed until just combined. Add more milk if necessary to make a very soft but not pourable batter.

7. Remove the bowl from the stand mixer and gently mix in the halved blackberries with a rubber spatula.

8. Place the batter into a 5″x9″ loaf pan.

9. Sprinkle the streusel evenly over the top of the batter. I usually get enough streusel for two loaves and refrigerate the rest.

10. Bake for 30 minutes at 350-degrees. Turn the loaf and bake another 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

11. Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Remove from the pan and cool completely on a wire rack before slicing.

carrot blackberry streusel bread

Carrot blackberry streusel bread batter ready to put into a loaf pan for baking.

Notes on this recipe

Carrot blackberry streusel bread is an easy recipe to just mix by hand with a wooden spoon. A double recipe will fit in a standard KitchenAid mixing bowl. This recipe freezes well for later use.

Honey or maple syrup can be used instead of sugar. Add them to the wet ingredients. Less milk will be needed. A little molasses will make a darker loaf and add extra flavor.

Other flavors and combinations work well with carrot blackberry streusel bread. Vanilla extract, nutmeg, fresh or ground ginger, clove and cardamon are all good choices. Orange juice or lemon juice can be used instead of the milk for a citrus flavored loaf.

Try using a combination of blackberries, raspberries, blueberries and strawberries. Chop extra nuts and add them to the batter for extra texture and flavor.

Carrot blackberry streusel bread makes a good treat for whole food health. Serve it in the morning or as a dessert with additional fresh fruit.

carrot blackberry streusel bread

Fresh blackberries are chock full of anti-inflammatory compounds and healthy fiber.