Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Apricot Nut Bread

This is a "I need something sweet but don't want to feel guilty" kind of recipe. It's good for you and it's filling. And my daughter loves it! That's a rare thing. I have a book called The Green Diet and the author has a website: mygreendiet.com. The book and website have a variety of vegetarian/vegan recipes that taste wonderful. I can't tell you that I eat this way all the time but I do believe in the benefit this kind of diet has on your health. I wish I ate this way more often cause I can tell you from personal experience that I feel great when I do. Enjoy!

Apricot Nut Bread
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • ½ cup all-fruit apricot spread or apricot jam
  • 2/3 cup chopped dried apricots
  • ½ cup oat bran
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 2 Tbs honey
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts

1. Preheat oven to 350° F.

2. Bring the apple juice to a boil in a small saucepan. Remove from heat and add the apricot spread, apricots, and oat bran, let stand for 5 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, combine the oil, bananas, and honey in a large mixing bowl; whisk well. Add apricot mixture. Add the dry ingredients to the banana-apricot mixture, stirring just until moist.

4. Spoon the batter into a greased loaf pan. Back for 55-65 minutes or until pick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool and enjoy.