Whole grain, nut and date quick bread
Do you love homemade bread?
Do you wish that bread could be healthy AND delicious?
Do you have an oversupply of survival ingredients?
In these days of self-isolation, I also wanted to make a recipe that does't require any fresh ingredients like milk or eggs. This one uses only things that one might have stashed away for the long haul.
It is healthier than a typical quick bread because it has high fibre and low sugar. The only sweetness is from dried fruit and a little honey so it's not sweet by modern standards. However, it's rich and filling with whole grain, milk, nuts and dates. It also contains turmeric, about which there are many interesting health claims such as suppressing inflammation and boosting the immune system.
|Quick bread with whole grain, walnuts, and dates|
You'll need a non-stick 9 inch loaf pan or a regular 9 inch loaf pan with parchment paper or non-stick spray.
- 2 cups whole grain flour
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup chopped walnuts (or other nuts)
- 1 cup chopped pitted dates (or raisins, dried cranberries, etc.)
- 2 tablespoons flax seeds
- 2 teaspoons turmeric
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 cups milk (fresh or from instant powder)
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 2 tablespoons warm honey
If using a regular loaf pan, coat the inside with non-stick spray or cut a piece of parchment paper to fit inside like this.
|Parchment paper can be re-used even though it turns brown|
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.
Chop the dates to reduce their size and to make sure there aren't any pits. You definitely don't want to bite into a date pit.
Mix all dry ingredients in a big bowl.
In a separate bowl, combine all wet ingredients.
Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. The mixture will be quite wet.
Pour into loaf pan.
Bake at 350 F for 45 minutes.
Reduce heat to 250 F and bake for an additional 40 minutes.
If you have an instant read thermometer, the internal temperature should be about 85 to 88 C (185-190F).
My favourite way to serve this bread is toasted with peanut butter.
Substitute almonds, sunflower seeds, or pecans for the walnuts.
Substitute raisins or dried cranberries for the dates.
If this bread contained greens (e.g. dried kale or spirulina), it would be a balanced meal!
|Same recipe except raisins instead of dates|