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Fennel Fig & Apple Plant Based Stuffing

Author: Molly Patrick of Clean Food Dirty Girl
Servings 6 people


  • 1 loaf 100% whole wheat or sprouted bread, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1 cup diced yellow onion (130g)
  • 1 cup diced celery (135g)
  • 1 medium-sized fennel bulb (stalk, ends, and core removed), diced (shave off any brown spots on outside of bulb with a knife)
  • 8 oz diced button mushrooms (about 2 1/2 cups / 180g)
  • 1 medium-sized apple, diced (any variety will do, but Granny Smith, Macintosh, Honeycrisp or Jonagold work well)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper (about 5 turns)
  • 8 dried figs, diced (stems removed and discarded)
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed chopped parsley (5g)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh sage, minced (or 1 1/2 teaspoons dried rubbed sage)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, minced (or 1 teaspoon dried)
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried crushed rosemary (crush with the back of a spoon or with a mortar and pestle)
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 3 cups low-sodium vegetable stock or water (710ml)


  • Heat the oven to 350°F (175°C). 
  • Place the cubed bread onto a baking sheet and spread in a single layer. Bake for 10 - 13 minutes, stirring once, midway through baking, so the bread pieces get evenly toasted. You want the cubes to be completely dry and crunchy. Keep an eye on them so they don’t burn. When done, remove from oven and set aside for now. Keep the oven set at 350°F (175°C).
  • Heat a medium-large pot over medium heat and add the onion, celery and fennel and cook, stirring frequently until the veggies begin to soften, about 5 minutes. If the veggies begin to stick, add a tablespoon of stock or water and stir. 
  • Add the mushrooms, apple, garlic, salt and pepper and continue stirring until the mushrooms become soft and tender, about 3 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat and stir in the figs, parsley, sage, thyme, rosemary, marjoram and oregano and mix well. Add the toasted bread and gently stir. 
  • Pour the vegetable stock (or water) into the pot and stir, incorporating all of the ingredients together. Taste and add more salt and pepper if needed.
  • Transfer the mixture to a baking dish and bake for 30 minutes uncovered, or until the top is lightly browned.


Most veggie stock contains oil. If you avoid oil, make sure you buy an oil free variety. Pacific brand has a yummy no oil veggie stock.
If you use water or salt free stock, you may need to add a bit more salt.