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I used to buy a delicious bread at my local grocery store called Breakfast Bread, but it was full of white flour and sugar.
Fast forward to now when I don’t eat gluten or sugar. Does that mean I can’t have my beloved Breakfast Bread? No! I can make my own that tastes even better!
~This whole grain, energy-dense bread makes a great addition to lazy weekend brunches or for busy, on-the-go weekday breakfasts. Full of healthy fats, fiber, and complex carbohydrates to keep you energized through the morning. Whole grain, yeast-free, dairy-free, vegan, and, of course, sugar-free!
- 1 cup spelt flour*
- 1 cup oat flour (simply blend oats in blender until smooth)
- 1 cup chopped nuts (I used a mix of pecans, walnuts, and almonds. Any kind will do)
- 1 cup chopped dried fruit (I happened to have apricots and dates in my pantry, but use whatever you like. I'm sure dried tart cherries, prunes, and blueberries would make a wonderful addition!)
- 1 large apple, chopped
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/4 cup ground flax, optional
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 cup rolled oats, to top
- Preheat oven to 375*.
- First, place the chopped apple in a small saucepan with a splash of water. Cover and simmer on medium-low heat for five minutes or until the apples are tender. Once tender, smash with a fork until it resembles a chunky applesauce.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the flours, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and flax, if using. Then add the water and mix until smooth. Fold in the chopped nuts and fruit until well-combined.
- Pour the batter in a greased bread pan and top with rolled oats. Bake for 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
- Cool for five minutes before removing from pan. Slice and serve warm.
*Spelt flour is not gluten-free. Some with gluten intolerances may be able to handle it, though. It is a whole grain, non-hybrid ancient wheat that dates back 9,000 years. It has a nutty flavor and can be substituted in most recipes calling for wheat flour, and vise versa.
Don’t be afraid of the long ingredient list because it is extremely easy to make. It is basically just flour, nuts, fruit, and spices.
Isn’t it gorgeous? Do you see those beautiful specks of fruit and nuts? It would make a great gift. Then again, it tastes too good, so I might just keep it for myself!
It makes a great afternoon snack, too. It can stay out of the fridge for a couple days, but I recommend keeping it refrigerated if you don’t eat it right away. Simply throw a slice in the toaster or eat it cold. The bread is dense, so it stays together in the toaster. Use a sharp knife when slicing to make a clean cut.
Thought-provoking, mind-prodding question of the day:
What kinds of nuts and fruit would you throw in this bread?
Next time, I would love to buy some tart cherries and pair it with hazelnuts.
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