Dried Cherry Bread


I was looking for a muffin or quick bread recipe that called for yogurt but all were a bit too wholesome for me so I dreamed up this dried cherry bread. But at least I kept the oats! I am sure this batter could be used to make muffins too. A streusel topping or powdered sugar glaze would be extra naughty and extra good too but I didn't want to be too naughty.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Additional Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 25 mins
1 loaf of bread


  • ½ cup dried cherries

  • 2 eggs

  • ¾ cup white sugar

  • ½ cup vegetable oil

  • ¼ cup melted butter, cooled

  • ¼ cup buttermilk

  • 1 (6 ounce) container cherry vanilla-flavored yogurt

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup instant oatmeal

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup white chocolate baking chips, lightly dusted with flour


  1. Pour boiling water over dried cherries in a bowl and let sit to plump up for 15 minutes. Drain.

  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9x5-inch loaf pan.

  3. Beat eggs lightly in a bowl. Add sugar, oil, butter, buttermilk, yogurt, and vanilla extract. Whisk well.

  4. Combine flour, oatmeal, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a separate, larger bowl. Whisk well. Add egg mixture, white chocolate chips, and cherries. Stir just until combined. Don't overmix. Pour into the prepared loaf pan.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 45 minutes to 1 hour, checking at 35 minutes to account for different ovens. If bread begins to brown too much, lightly cover the top with aluminum foil. Let set for 5 to 10 minutes in the pan before inverting loaf onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Cook's Note:

If you insist on making this healthier you can always substitute some of the white flour for whole wheat but I would not take out all the white flour. (Maybe try King Arthur Flour's White Whole Wheat flour). If you reduce the oil with applesauce the flavor might be compromised as well and using brown sugar instead of white sugar will add moisture too and result in a different texture. So if it were me I'd make as written, live a little, and just eat a smaller slice!

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

376 Calories
20g Fat
44g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 376
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 20g 25%
Saturated Fat 8g 38%
Cholesterol 45mg 15%
Sodium 278mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 44g 16%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 26g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 130mg 10%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 93mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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