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Weekend is here again and it is time for another healthy breakfast. I’m really happy with this week’s recipe. The Dried Fruit Bread has no butter, no sugar and no eggs! Instead it has a mixture of very healthy dried fruits, seeds and nuts. The dried fruit and honey are a great substitute for sugar. I also used soy milk instead of normal milk. If you feel the batter is a bit too dense you should put more milk until you are happy with the consistency. I used an extra half a cup and one tbsp more of milk and for me it was perfect that way.

Another advantage with this bread is that you can freeze it easily in slices and that way you can have fresh bread the whole week. In that case you better bake more than one loaf. It has had such a success with my family that I don’t think there will be any left after the weekend. Both recipes were adapted from the Portuguese Chef Mafalda Pinto Leite.

Dried Fruit Bread

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  • 100 ml/3 1/2 fl. oz soy or normal milk (extra 1/2 cup and 1/2 tbsp of milk if you feel the batter is too dry or dense or to taste until you are happy with the consistency)
  • 150 ml/5 fl. oz greek yogurt
  • 100 ml/3 1/2 fl. oz honey
  • 50 g/1.7 oz dried apricots
  • 50 g/1.7 oz dried apple
  • 50 g/ 1.7 oz dried papaya
  • 50 g/1.7 oz dried coconut
  • 70 g/2.5 oz almonds(2 tbsp extra)
  • 50 g/1.7 oz oat flakes (2 tbsp extra)
  • 150 g/5 oz whole wheat flour
  • 180 g/6.3 oz all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder (optional)
  • 2 tbsp linseed seeds
  • 2 tbsp poppy seed
  • 2 tbsp pumpkin seed
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF. Line a loaf bread pan with parchment paper. I used a 23 x 13 cm/9 ” x 5″ x 3″ in loaf pan. In a bowl mix the milk, the greek yogurt and the honey.
  2. In another bowl add the whole wheat flour, all purpose flour, cinnamon, linseed seeds, poppy seeds, pumpkin seeds, salt, baking powder, baking soda and mix well. Coarsely chop the dried fruits and the almonds and add them to the dry ingredients. Pour in the wet ingredients and fold in until well incorporated. This is the time to check if you are happy with the consistency of the batter of if you need to add extra milk.
  3. Pour the batter into the loaf pan. Sprinkle with the extra 2 tbsp of almonds coarsely chopped and the extra 2 tbsp of oat flakes.
  4. Bake for 45 minutes or until it is golden and well cooked inside. I always have extra time due to the altitude, it took 65 minutes to be perfect. Let it cool down a bit before you remove it from the pan.
  5. If you want to freeze it, cut it in slices and keep them in freezer bags. That way you can take out the exact amount you need. You should toast it and serve it with fresh cheese and honey if you like. According to my husband, it also tastes great with Nutella!

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As for the Healthy Peach Smoothie, it went perfectly with the bread. Again I used soy milk and natural greek yogurt. You can also use vanilla or peach yogurt which would go well with the rest of the ingredients.

Healthy Peach Smoothie

  • 2 peaches
  • 1 banana
  • 500 ml/17 fl.oz soy milk
  • 2 tbsp oatmeal flakes
  • 1 tbsp honey (optional)
  • 1/2 cup natural greek yogurt or vanilla or peach yogurt

Add all the ingredients to an electric blender and blend until desired consistency.

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Maria

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