Easy Spiced Hot Fruit Bake! A delicious and healthy holiday breakfast bake! This gluten free spiced hot fruit bake also makes for a great topping for waffles, pancakes, oatmeal, or simply by itself! A nutritious dish to add to your Christmas or New Year’s Brunch! Vegan friendly.
Reason number 524,600 I love Christmas… THE SMELL! You know, the smell of spices, the smell of christmas morning breakfast.. ahem cinnamon rolls and egg casserole and um.. eggnog! And being married to a Kiwi, I get re-live all these “Christmas Smells” with him. It’s summer season during Christmas in New Zealand. Hard to really enjoy those cozy spices or winter fruit when it’s 95F. Right? Haha.
So today, it’s all about bringing back the nostalgia via food! Specifically, spiced hot fruit bake! A family favorite around here.
My mom used to (and still does) make spiced hot fruit bake for Christmas and New Year’s brunch. Although, here in the south, we call it Hot Alabama fruit. Don’t ask me why, I guessed Alabama or claimed it first. Haha! Actually, I’m thinking it’s because this traditional southern spiced fruit bake is more butter and sugar than fruit. Southern’s coat everything in sugar and/or butter. I’m a southerner, I know this!
I also know that not all dishes NEED to be ladened in more sugar and EXTRA butter. Um, especially fruit. Fruit is already sweet! Which is why I made my own HEALTHY version of this spiced hot fruit bake.
I know, gasp! Southern folk will disown me, once again, for healthify-ing a dish. But hear me out, because you’re gonna like this. A hot spiced fruit bake that taste so rich and buttery and sweet and smells like Christmas. Please excuse my run on sentences, but I can’t help but exaggerate this dish.
This dish, it’s simple really. But the key is to have the right amount of extras and the right ingredients. No .. don’t go grab the canned fruit. Stop right there! Instead, pick the fresh seasonal fruit! Such as pears, apples, cranberries, etc. Mmm… so tart and fresh!
Just lather them up with spices, a little coconut sugar, and just a little (or more) of melted coconut butter (for the dairy free option) or real butter. Toss in some some toasted nuts and WHOA… you’ve got yourself a spiced hot fruit bake that taste like dessert, but isn’t.
The great thing about this type of breakfast bake is that it can be used for so much more than just Holidays. It’s great with yogurt for a post workout meal because hello…. the perfect balance natural carbohydrates, glycogen, and protein from the yogurt! Can you just imagine how good this taste after a run in the cold? SO GOOD!
Hot Fruit Bakes are great for potluck parties, brunch, New Year’s, Easter. Okay, I’m getting way ahead of myself, but you get my point here. It’s a keeper! Plus it’s naturally gluten free and paleo(ish). Or you can make it vegan by using melted coconut butter or vegan butter! I will admit, I tried it both ways, and I although I tend to be a real butter kind of girl, the vegan option was super buttery tasting as well!
I had my family taste to see what that thought. And it’s a good thing because they all said, “This tastes like mom’s spiced hot fruit bake!” Bahahaha.. and little did they know I made it healthy. Should I tell them?
Let’s just breathe in the aroma that is CHRISTMAS and call it a day! Happy Meatless Monday!
Favorite Holiday Smell? What do you make on Christmas morning?