Low Sugar Bread With Dried Fruit And Nuts is a recipe for sweet bread that is low in sugar but enriched with dried fruits, nuts, or even seeds, based on your preferences.
This is a great option for the entire family to have around for breakfast, lunch, or snacks.
Reasons to Give This Recipe a Go
Once in a while, I like to have a slice of sweet bread for breakfast or a snack in the afternoon, with a cup of good coffee or tea.
I don't like these breads to be too sweet, and I don't make them much in the summer.
Winter is a great time to bake anyway. Minnesotans love to bake, and I don't blame them. Winters are long and super cold, and baking is a way of keeping warm and cozy.
I like this recipe because it is not sweet at all. It is also a recipe easy enough to be made in the kitchen together with your kids.
It is a great activity for a snowy evening, and a slice of warm, delicious bread is always good with a glass of milk.
I know it is January, and many of you are probably trying to keep up with your resolutions to eat healthier this year.
However, eating healthier doesn't mean you have to eat only green leaves, especially if you live in a cold climate. Your body needs nourishment, and balance is everything.
I have some issues understanding the term "clean eating." We are obsessed with diets and notions that food is either harmful or healing.
Every year we hear about a new vegetable or fruit that becomes the star of the diets while others fall into disgrace.
Food is food and should not be considered harmful or dirty. The pleasures of the flesh are a vital part of life also. It is not what we eat; it is HOW we cook and HOW we eat.
I always believed that food is good for you if you cook it yourself.
It is also not about the ingredients you use but the act of cooking for yourself and your family that is, in fact, an act of kindness and love.
I consider this bread an act of love towards your family, and I hope you enjoy it.
How to make
The bread is easy to make and super delicious.
Always start preheating the oven. By the time you are done making the batter, the oven will be ready for use.
The next step is to prepare a loaf pan by buttering the inside of it. Also, a piece of parchment needs to be cut to fit along the bottom of the pan and up the ends.
Use plain yogurt for this recipe. Good, old fashion yogurt is the best. Not Greek, not flavored, not crazy- whatever- style- is- trendy- right- now.
Mix the egg separately with a fork and add the oil and vanilla to them. Add them to the yogurt.
Separately, mix all dry ingredients: flour, sugar, and baking powder. Also, add dried fruits, nuts, or seeds.
What dried fruits can I add?
Dried fruits can be anything you like: raisins, cranberries, blueberries, or chopped apricots.
What nuts or seeds can I add?
You can add chopped walnuts(my favorites), chopped pecans, peanuts, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, hemp seeds, or poppy seeds.
You can mix some of them and throw them in the batter. The bottom line is to use what you like and have available. Or skip them completely if you are allergic to them.
Pour the yogurt mixture into the dry ingredients and mix everything. Finally, spoon the mixture into the baking pan and bake the bread until golden and beautiful.
Leave the loaf to cool down and remove it from the pan by pulling the ends of the parchment paper.
Easy peasy, right? There is no work, no need for mixers, special tools, or crazy ingredients. This bread is humble, yes, but I think is a friendly one for everyone in the family.
Especially because school starts and lunches are made every day, this bread could be a good option in the lunch bag.
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Low Sugar Bread With Dried Fruit And Nuts
- 1 ¼ cups plain yogurt regular, not Greek
- 2 large eggs
- 3 tablespoons sunflower oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ⅔ cup dried fruit raisins, cranberries, chopped apricots etc
- 1 cup chopped nuts or seeds walnuts, pecans, flax seeds, sesame seeds etc
- 2 cups self-rising flour
- ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Prepare a loaf pan by buttering the inside of it. Cut a piece of parchment paper to fit along the bottom of the pan and up the ends.
- Fit the paper inside. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl, spoon the plain yogurt.
- Separately, in a small bowl, mix the eggs with a fork. Add them to the yogurt, together with sunflower oil and vanilla, and mix everything with a fork.
- In a large bowl, place all dry ingredients: dried fruit, nuts, seeds, flour, sugar, and baking powder. Mix.
- Pour the yogurt mixture into the dry ingredients.
- Use a spatula or a wooden spoon to mix everything. Spoon the mixture into the baking pan prepared earlier.
- Bake the bread for about 40-45 minutes or until golden and risen. Test the bread with a skewer or a toothpick in the middle. It should come out clean.
- Leave the loaf to cool down and remove it from the pan by pulling the ends of the parchment paper.