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No Added Sugar Fruit and Nut Quick Bread

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No Added Sugar Fruit and Nut Bread Quick Bread

Sweetness without added sugar

The last thing you want is more added sugar, but you want something sweet to eat. That’s why this no-added sugar quick bread is perfect for healthy meals and snacks.

Dried fruit and bananas provide natural sweetness so there’s no need for other sweeteners.

Almonds and walnuts supply heart-healthy fat and some serious crunch.

The recipe calls for oat flour instead of wheat flour, which is why this satisfying bread is gluten-free and packed with whole grain goodness.

Read: Ways to reduce sugar intake

You can mix and match the types of nuts and dried fruits you use, and make 12 muffins out of the batter instead of a single loaf.

Make this better-for-you bread part of a meal when you add more protein. For instance, top a slice with peanut butter or cottage cheese, or pair a piece with eggs or Greek yogurt.

No Added Sugar Fruit & Nut Quick Bread
Makes 12 servings.

2 medium ripe bananas, broken into large chunks
2 large eggs
1⁄4 cup canola oil
2 cups oat flour*
1 teaspoon baking powder
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
3⁄4 cup chopped almonds
3⁄4 cup chopped walnuts
3⁄4 cup dried unsweetened apricots, chopped into small pieces
3⁄4 cup raisins or dried cranberries**

Preheat oven to 350˚F. Coat a 1 1/2 quart loaf pan with cooking spray, and line with a sheet of parchment paper.

In a large mixing bowl, mash the bananas until no longer chunky. Using a whisk, add the eggs and canola oil and combine well. Add the oat flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir to combine.

Add the almonds, walnuts, apricots, and raisins, and blend well.

Pour the batter into the loaf pan and spread it evenly. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Cool for 15-20 minutes out of the pan before cutting.

* To make oat flour, place 2 cups of gluten-free one-minute or old fashioned oats in a food processor and process on high speed until oats achieve a powder-like consistency, about 1 minute.

** Most dried sweetened cranberries have some added sugar.

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Mix and match the nuts and dried fruits to your liking!

Per serving (1 slice or 1/12 of the loaf):

Calories: 253
Total fat: 14 grams
Saturated fat: 1 gram
Cholesterol: 35 milligrams
Sodium: 135 milligrams
Carbohydrate: 29 grams
Dietary fiber: 4 grams
Protein: 6 grams
Calcium: 64 milligrams
Iron: 2 milligrams

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22 Comments

    • ewardrd says:

      You’re welcome. I think you will love this bread! I’m glad that you have all the ingredients on hand. You can mix and match the nuts and dried fruits to get different flavors, too!

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