Life, Naturally: Spicy Apple Cranberry Date Loaf Vegan Recipe #cbias

Spicy Apple Cranberry Date Loaf Vegan Recipe #cbias

Oct 14, 2013

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When Mariano's opened in a nearby Chicagoland suburb, Hubby was excited to see what the hubbub was all about. We were surprised to find crisply uniformed checkers and baggers along with a live piano player! 

Suffice it to say that when Hubby noticed the 'Mariano's Coming Soon' sign just five minutes from our house, he was ecstatic. Once our very own store opened, we were there, very often. Shopping at Mariano's is an experience, from the friendly and numerous employees ready to help, to the juicing machine producing unadulterated orange juice, to the product sampling tables that surprise you at every visit.

Take for instance, a flash mob! Look what happened to the customers (and employees!) in this store.

There were no flash mobs when we went in search of seasonal organic apples though, just a fun fall display outside.

We love that our special grocery store has a large organic produce section, offering many varieties of both fruits and vegetables. Tubby loves to help me pick items. We also use our Rewards card to keep track of our purchases every time so they add up! We are never disappointed with #MyMarianos. After picking our apples and a few other pantry items, we headed home to bake!

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1 Cup Unbleached White Whole Wheat Flour
1/2 Cup Organic Brown Rice Flour
2 Tsps Ground Ginger
1 Tsp Baking Soda
1/4 Cup Organic Unsweetened Apple Sauce
1/4 Cup Organic Honey
2 Cups Organic Apples, peeled, cored and chopped
1 Tbsp Chia seeds, soaked
1 Tbsp Vinegar
1 Cup water
1/2 Cup Dates, pitted and chopped *can use dry or fresh, fresh will be sticky!*
1/2 Cup Organic Cranberries, chopped
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Mix together dry ingredients: flours, ginger and baking soda. In a separate bowl, mix the apple pieces, honey, apple sauce, fresh dates and soaked chia seeds. Add in the vinegar.
Then combine with the dry mixture, folding until fruit pieces are coated.  Add the water and combine well. Finally, fold in (the dried dates and) cranberries. Spoon the thick mixture into a standard loaf pan.
Bake at 350 degree Fahrenheit for 1 hour in the oven. Let cool completely in the pan.

Cut with a sharp knife and enjoy!

Christine is a multi-cultural mama living in a bilingual household with her husband and two children. Before entering the blogging world, she worked in the corporate world. She currently spends her days exploring and learning with her children while trying to make every day Earth Day. Her dream is to retire in the sunshine of a pristine New Zealand shore.


  1. That looks delicious! Great recipe!

  2. OH that looks delicious!!!!!

  3. I pinned your recipe for later! I usually use the dates and dried cherries I get for homemade larabars, but I just stocked up on apples...I'd love to try this!

  4. Oh that looks amazing! I must try it! Thanks for linking up to our recipe hop!

  5. What a fabulous recipe! I bet that smells divine in the oven! #client

  6. Looks moist and yummy!

  7. Apples and cranberries… I'm in!

  8. That looks so yummy. I'm hungry now.

  9. Oh man. This looks so good!! I need to make this.

  10. Kylie M.6:58 PM

    now a huge fan of dates I would have to sub

  11. This looks yummy. I love dates, apples and cranberries so I am in! My sister is vegan so I am always looking for yummies to make that she will love. I am excited to try this.



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