Preheat the oven to 375°F. Spray a loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
Heat the coconut oil in a covered large glass bowl in the microwave for 30 seconds. Stir after 15 seconds. Remove and allow to cool slightly. Add the sugar and stir together until smooth. Add the egg, vanilla, salt, applesauce, and the zest and juice of the lemon. Stir to combine.
In another large bowl, add the flour, baking powder, baking soda. Whisk to combine. Add the cherries and stir.
Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Fold together until mixed.
Spoon mixture into the prepared pan and dot the top with additional cherry halves.
Bake for 45-55 minutes. Cover the top toward the end of baking if the top gets too brown.
Cool on a baking rack for 15-30 minutes and then remove the bread from the loaf pan.
Store at room temperature.
Coconut oil will give this bread a light coconut flavor. You may substitute unsalted butter.Recipe creator - https://www.thespeckledpalate.com/fresh-cherry-quick-bread/
This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.