Gluten Free Cherry Bread

This Gluten Free Cherry Bread is a great way to enjoy the best of cherry season in a delicious quick bread.

gluten free cherry bread

Clearly there are plenty of fruits and vegetables that you can enjoy year-round and hardly notice a difference in taste. But in my humble opinion, cherries really do shine mid-summer.

Eating fresh cherries straight from the bowl is no doubt one of the best ways to enjoy them. But this yummy quick bread comes in a close second.

Before you make this bread, I suggest grabbing one of these cherry pitters. It makes easy work of depitting cherries.

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gluten free cherry bread

Gluten Free Cherry Bread

  • Author: Regan Jones, RD
  • Total Time: 1 hour, 20 min
  • Yield: 8 servings
  • Diet: Gluten Free


  • Cooking spray
  • 2 cups (250g) gluten free all-purpose flour (such as King Arthur Measure-for-Measure gluten-free flour)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest or 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup milk or almond milk
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup applesauce
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup fresh cherries, pitted or frozen cherries
  • 2 tablespoons sliced almonds
  • 1 tablespoon heavy whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract, lemon juice or orange juice


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat an 8-inch bread pan with cooking spray, or line with parchment paper; set aside.
  2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, lemon zest, and salt in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together sugar, milk, oil, applesauce, and eggs.
  3. Make a well in center of flour mixture. Add wet ingredients, and mix until combined. Gently stir in sweet cherries. Using a rubber spatula, spoon mixture into prepared pan and sprinkle top evenly with almonds.
  4. Bake in preheated oven until golden brown and a wooden pick inserted in center of bread comes out mostly clean with just a few moist crumbs, about 1 hour.
  5. Transfer pan to a wire rack, and let cool 10 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, combine cream, powdered sugar, and almond extract. Carefully remove bread from pan; drizzle with glaze. Let cool, but serve warm. (Store in an airtight container in refrigerator.)
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cooling Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 slice
  • Calories: 345
  • Sugar: 26 g
  • Sodium: 145 mg
  • Fat: 14 g
  • Carbohydrates: 50 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 5 g

Keywords: Gluten Free Cherry Bread

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