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Easy Fruit and Nut Bread

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I love making this bread. It’s easy, yummy and healthy – these are the reasons why this recipe has long been in the list of my favorite recipes. Also, the recipe is very versatile – you can use any combination of your favorite dried fruits, berries, nuts and seeds.

Recently, I tried making a slight variation of this recipe: when the bread was almost ready, I took it out, cooled a little bit, cut into thin slices, and put them in the oven for a little bit more time. The result was awesome – delicious and crunchy biscotti! Well, this is how I decided to call them, feel free to invent your own name ☺ You won’t see these biscotti on the photos below – last time I made them, they were gone in minutes, and I didn’t have a chance to take the photo, alas!

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As for the health benefits, there is no added sugar in this bread, and the natural sweetness comes from dried fruits and berries. Also, each slice of bread contains only 130 cal and 12% RDV of fiber.

Ingredients:
Eggs – 2
Whole wheat flour – ½ cup
Baking powder – 1 tsp
Dried apricots – ½ cup*
Prunes – ¼ cup*
Dried dates – ¼ cup*
Dried cranberries – ¼ cup*
Walnuts, halves, pieces or chips – ¼ cup*

* You can use any combination of your favorite dried fruits and nuts, 1 ½ cup in total.

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1. Preheat oven to 380 degrees F (190 degrees C). Line a small 6×4 -inch cakepan with wax paper; lightly grease and flour wax paper. Set aside.
2. Whisk eggs, add whole wheat and baking powder.
3. Add the fruit and nut mixture, combine everything well.
4. Pour the dough into the cakepan. Press down very firmly with your hands to make sure that there are no gaps left.
5. Bake about 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean.
Serve and enjoy!

6. (optional) You can also make yummy biscotti out of your bread. After step 5, take the bread out of the oven and let it cool a little bit. Reduce the oven temperature to 300ºF (150C). Cut the bread into thin biscotti slices. Stand upright on the baking sheet and bake for an additional 15-20 minutes. Let cool completely before serving. The recipe yields 10-12 biscotti.

Basic information:
▪ Prep time: 5 min
▪ Total time: 45 min (or 1 hr 10 min for biscotti)
▪ Serves: 8
▪ WW (Weight Watchers PointPlus) points = 3

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What fruits, nuts and berries are you going to use for this bread?

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  • Dessert Lover says:

    This bread is so delicious! I made it three times already, and my family and coworkers loved it.

    June 21, 2013 at 12:12 pm
  • Anna says:

    I just baked it. I skipped step 6, and it still looks and tastes awesome!

    May 31, 2013 at 9:38 am
  • Marina says:

    I bake this bread last night and it’s delicious!

    I added sugar as well (1/2 cup) as there is no sugar in the recipe and I was afraid the bread will not be sweet enough. It turned out a bit too sweet so next time I will be simply following the recipe:)

    May 23, 2013 at 6:17 pm

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