This apple loaf is absolutely lovely. It is moist, and flavourful with no nasty refined sugar, gluten or dairy. You could call it Paleo, but it has some oats- which you could swap out if needed.
The loaf was a bit of a fluke actually, I had 2 large apples left in the fruit bowl and decided it was their time to shine, so I whipped out a few pantry staples, crossed my fingers and waited for the oven timer to beep.
Here’s the recipe:
- 2 large apples, grated
- 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
- 3 large eggs
- 3/4 cup of dates
- 1/2 cup of boiling water
- 3 tablespoons of flax seeds
- 3 tablespoons of chia
- 1/2 cup of almond meal
- 1 cup of raisins or sultanas
- 1/3 cup of oats (if you’re not on grains, replace with almond meal
- 1 tsp of cinnamon
- 1 tsp nutmeg
Step 1: Place dates in a bowl, and cover with boiling water (allow to soak for 10-15 minutes) while preparing the rest of the ingredients. We’re going to turn this into date paste to sweeten the loaf with.
Step 2: Grate the apples, and place in a bowl with spices.
Step 3: Whisk eggs and coconut oil together until combined.
Step 4: Combine flax, chia, almond meal and oats, ready to combine everything together.
Step 5: Drain off excess water from the soaking dates (leave a few teaspoons of liquid in the dates so that it blends well). Blend the dates with a processor, I used my stick blender, and it worked a treat.
Step 6: Stir the date paste through the apple mix, and combine with the almond meal mix.
Step 7: Pour into a loaf tin, and bake for 45 minutes at 180 degrees, or until a skewer comes out with minimal moisture (but not totally dry).