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gluten free nut & fruit bread

gluten free fruit and nut loaf | jessica cox

This nut and fruit bread is 100% inspired by my Mum’s baking. I grew up with my Mum’s home cooked bread being the cornerstone of home cooking, so baking bread is a tradition that just feels like it runs in my blood. In particular my Mum would cook a fruit and nut loaf like no other. You know the fruit and nut loaves that you buy in the supermarket or even from your locally bakery? Scrap those; they are basically edible cardboard in relation to my Mums version.

My mums nut and fruit breads would be (and still are) loaded to the eyeballs with all the right spices. There is no skimping on amounts in any capacity. Big smacks in the face of cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. She then takes it next level with adding molasses or malt, which by god makes my toes tingle. I love those flavours so much.

Then there are the fruit and nuts. Now, when you buy nut and fruit bread if you are anything like me you are bitterly disappointment by the sad spattering of sultana’s that flicker some sort of sad life into the fruit bread. I mean when the bread says ‘ fruit and nut bread’, I’m expecting some fruit right? I want big mouthfuls of deliciously sundried dried fruit, not just sad sultanas under spiced with a deprived amount of cinnamon.

Same story goes for the nuts. I’m sorry (sound like my mother in law there) but a few old rancid walnuts do not cut the mustard. I want each mouthful to be filled with generous crunch of nuts that are fresh and flavoursome.

So yeah, I am a bit of a bread snob. Add it to the food snob list.

As expected then, you can imagine this bread packs a punch. If you want a bread jam packed with nuts, seeds, spices and fruit, well you have come to the right place. If you want a light spongy loaf with just a few sultana’s to boot, then I’d suggest heading to your local supermarket because you aint going to find that here. 😉

gluten free nut & fruit bread

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serves
makes 1 loaf
preparation time
10 minutes
cooking time
45 – 50 minutes

ingredients

  • 1 cup buckwheat flour
  • 3/4 cup brown rice flour
  • 1/2 cup besan flour (or coconut flour)
  • 1 cup roughly chopped dried figs, preferably organic (or any dried fruit of choice)
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 3/4 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon guar gum
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds + 3 tablespoons warm water
  • 1 and 1/4 cups water
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

method

Preheat your oven to 200c (fan forced). Oil a standard sized loaf tin and dust with flour. Start preparing your chia egg by combining the chia seeds with the 3 tablespoons warm water. Set aside for 5 minutes until a gel forms. 

In the interim, sift flours into large mixing bowl and combine with all other dry ingredients including the spices. Stir through roughly chopped dried figs, walnuts and seeds.

In separate bowl (or ideally a blender to really breakdown the chia) combine wet ingredients including the chia egg.  Make a well in the center of dry ingredients and add the wet ingredients. Stir through until the bread mix is the consistency of a wet batter (you may need to add more water at this stage depending on your mix). Pour bread batter into loaf tin and bake in oven for 45-50 minutes or until golden brown and a skewer inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean. 

 

For a savoury loaf:  Omit fruit, walnuts and spices and add poppy seeds and pepitas for savoury bread.

nutritional information

  • The combination of flours in this bread provides sustainable complex carbohydrates. Many gluten free breads are made from refined white rice flours that are devoid of any quality nutrition. Just because a bread is ‘gluten free’ does not automatically make it a healthier alternative. Always look at the ingredients and consider what you are actually eating, gluten free or not.
  • Buckwheat is by far my favourite grain (or seed realistically). It has a wonderful nutty texture and its high protein content makes it a wonderful viscous flour to work with. Buckwheat as a grain is rich in minerals and very high in lysine. Lysine has anti viral properties and is the go to amino acid of choice for fighting cold sores.

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jaye
jaye
7 months ago

Hi Jess,
I just made this today and its wonderful! It has a depth and crunch to it that plain ol’ fruit toast doesn’t have from the shops.
I’m wondering how long it will keep, and if it is suitable for freezing/toasting?
thanks so much!

Meags
Meags
7 months ago

I doubled the recipe and made two loaves today. It is absolutely delicious! the bread is dense, great flavours and very filling. I Have sliced and frozen two slices in bags to take to work for breakfast with some almond butter. Can’t wait to get to work tomorrow to have it (that might be an over-statement)! Thank you for the recipe !!!

Kathryn Kwok
Kathryn Kwok
7 months ago

Wow, thank you. I loved this recipe. I did change it a little- i used dates and raisons as i didn’t have figs. Flaked almonds as i didn’t have walnuts and i also added a little extra all spice on top of the cinnamon and a sneaky sprinkle of coconut sugar. oh and a Tbsp of psyllium husk instead of guar gum. I ground my own brown rice and buckwheat. I will definitely be making again!

Emma
Emma
5 months ago

Just finished baking this bread. Crunchy crust with a light and fluffy texture. You’re a wizard. Thanks so much for the recipe. Will definitely be baking it again 🙂

Jane
Jane
3 months ago

Hi there. Can you replace the chia with an actual egg, or two…or have you tried flax, ground or whole? Chia are apparently high in oxalates which I need to avoid.

Harri
Harri
1 month ago

Hi – have you tried it with xanthan gum instead of guar gum? Or what would you suggest as a substitute to guar gum?

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