I found the basis for this fruit and nut loaf recipe on BBC Good Food (one of my favourite places for recipe collections). I made it so many times during my third year of university, but before yesterday I hadn’t made it for about 6 months.
It’s great for a mid afternoon energy boost, containing lots of natural sugars. It also contains slow release enery from oats, making it perfect for a healthy breakfast.
Fruit and nut loaf
- 400ml strong black tea (I use two tea bags)
- 130g dates
- 1 ripe banana
- 140g sultanas
- 50g oats
- 200g self raising wholemeal flour
- 1tsp baking powder
- 100g mixed nuts (plus extra for topping)
- 40g mixed seeds (plus extra for topping)
- 1 large egg
Pour hot tea into a large bowl and stir in sultanas and oats. Mash up the banana and blend together with the dates. Add to the tea mixture and leave to soak.
Mix together the flour, baking powder, nuts and seeds. Beat the egg into the cooled tea mixture and then fold in the dry ingredients.
Pour mixture into a loaf tin lined with baking paper. Sprinkle the top with extra nuts and seeds (I go totally overboard on this).
Bake into a preheated oven at 180 degrees celsius for 45 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean from the centre of the cake. After 40 minutes keep an eye on the loaf, if it’s in too long, it won’t be squidgy.
I’m so proud of this fruit and nut loaf I do change a few things from the original recipe. I add a banana for extra squidge and I use dates instead of figs. The reason I blend them up is because then the sweetness spreads throughout the cake rather than in patches.
The nut topping tastes amazing after being roasted in the oven!!! This hasn’t happened to me so far but if you do find they are beginning to burn you can cover the fruit and nut loaf with foil for the last ten minutes or so in the oven.
It goes amazing with yoghurt and fresh fruit for a tasty breakfast or dessert. I’m dairy free but I love the yoghurt from the Cocunut Collaborative; it’s really thick and creamy. The coconut is amazing but if you’re not a fan or want a lower fat content the almond is also good.
If you liked this squidgy fruit and nut loaf, why not try:
- The world’s best banana bread – enough said