I originally made this Paleo Fruit and Nut Bread as an experiment, to see if I could make a palatable bread without gluten, sugar, or dairy.  It turned out so good I had to share.

I was skeptical about this gluten, dairy, and sugar free bread until I took my first taste --- it's AMAZING!

Paleo Toasting Bread

This is an amazingly nutrient rich food, made with a base of almond meal, mashed banana, a couple of eggs and a touch of coconut oil — the rest is a boatload of chopped dried fruits, nuts, and seeds.  And guess what?  It’s really good!  The whole family loved this one.  Keep in mind this is not like any bread you’ve had before, the only thing I can liken it to is a very dense moist date nut bread, but without the extra sweetness.  It makes a killer breakfast.

Paleo fruit and nut bread

I turn to breads like this when I’m tired of my regular breakfast, and when I have lots of extra dried fruit and nuts cluttering up my cabinets.  Nuts in particular can spoil if kept too long, so I like to keep them moving.  This is a super healthy way to start the day, and I guarantee you won’t be hungry again for a long while.  It’s dense and moist, with no sugar or honey added — the only sweetness comes from the fruit.  The coconut oil adds great flavor and somehow reads as ‘sweet’ to my palate, too.

Gluten, sugar, and dairy free Paleo Fruit and Nut Bread

You can really use most any kind of fruit, nut, and seed.   For the fruit I used (all dried) apricots, figs, cranberries, dates, pineapple, and blueberries.  For the nuts, I used almonds, pecans, pistachios, walnuts, and hazelnuts.  I also used flaxseeds.   The assortment of add ins results in a beautiful mosaic of fruits and nuts when you slice into this bread.  Each piece is unique!

Healthy Paleo Banana Bread

This is a fun recipe to try, it definitely will expand your concept of what ‘bread’ is.  Toasting enhances it, I think, by bringing out the flavor of the fruit and nuts, and crisping the outer edges of the bread slightly.  I also like to add a pat of butter, which isn’t strictly Paleo*, but delicious.  This is not a breakfast you will gobble down quickly, each bite demands to be savored!

Paleo Banana Almond Meal Bread

Paleo Breakfast Bread

Paleo Breakfast Bread

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup unrefined coconut oil
  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp flax seeds (whole)
  • 2 cups rough chopped nuts (I used almonds, pecans, pistachios, walnuts, and hazelnuts.)
  • 2 cups rough chopped dried fruits (I used apricots, figs, cranberries, dates, pineapple, and blueberries.)

Instructions

  1. Set oven to 350F
  2. Lightly spray a standard loaf pan. I like to line it with a sheet of parchment so I can lift the bread out for slicing.
  3. Mash the two bananas really well. I actually did this in my small food processor to get a smooth result. Put them into a large mixing bowl and whisk in the eggs and coconut oil really well.
  4. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt and blend well.
  5. Fold in the fruits, nuts, and seeds and blend until everything is well distributed.
  6. Turn into the loaf pan and spread out the dough evenly, and into the corners.
  7. Bake for 40 minutes or until starting to turn golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out dry. This bread does not rise, so it will still be flat. The exact cooking time will depend somewhat on the exact dimensions of your loaf pan, as even 'standard' ones can vary.
  8. Let the bread cool completely before slicing. I like to wrap it well and refrigerate overnight before slicing, but that's optional.
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tips:

  • Remember all the fruits (except the banana) in this bread are dried, fresh won’t work in this recipe.  Others to try that are not listed here: raisins, peach, prune, mango, strawberries, cherries,  papaya.
  • Fresh nuts from the shell are far superior to the bagged ones, if you can find them.  Raw work best, but if you can only find toasted, that ok, as long as they aren’t salted.  Other nuts to try that are not listed in the recipe: macadamia, cashew, peanut, and pine nuts.
  • I only used flax seeds, but there are so many other great ones out there, like pepitas, chia, sunflower, sesame, etc.  Feel free to use what you like.
  • I pureed my bananas in my small food processor to get a smooth result.  If you choose to hand mash yours, make sure they get really well mashed.
  • The bread is delicate, and I found that it worked best to cool it, then wrap it in plastic and refrigerate overnight before slicing.  The more finely you chop your fruit and nuts, the easier the bread will be to slice, but I like some chunkiness to the texture.  A good sharp serrated bread knife works well.
  • If you are toasting, be careful not to over do it, the bread will scorch quickly in a regular toaster.  A toaster oven works well too.
  • This bread freezes nicely, just be sure to wrap it well.

Paleo Banana and almond flour fruit and nut bread

*PALEO refers to an approach to eating that relies on the foods our Paleolithic ancestors had available to them, before the era of farming.  The thinking is that our bodies and metabolisms weren’t meant to cope with grains, legumes, dairy, or modern processed foods and sugars.

 

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101 Responses to Paleo Fruit and Nut Bread

  1. Melody says:

    Can I use gluten free flour instead if almond flour?

    • Sue says:

      Yes, I know a lot of people have experimented with various kinds of flour, and I think that would work, Melody.

      • Melody Ortega says:

        Hi Sue,

        Great recipe. I made it last night and decided to cut it this morning per your suggestion.
        Once I cut it, I couldn’t stop eating it!
        For the gluten free flour, I did the same measurements as you had for the almond flour.
        I would like it to be a bit more moist the next time I make it, what would you recommend for me to do in order to get this result?

        Again, thank you for the amazing recipe!

        • Sue says:

          I don’t often cook with gluten free flour, Melody, but maybe if you cut down the flour just a bit that will help? I’m glad you liked it, I’m planning a pumpkin version next!

  2. Vivian says:

    Two things:

    1- In the instructions it doesn’t say where to add the flaxseeds or if they have to be whole or milled?

    2- The taste came out great, however the texture was a bit crumbly. I wonder what I did wrong?

    • Sue says:

      The flax seeds are whole, and you would add them in step 5 where it says add the fruits, nuts, and seeds. I found it was good to wrap it and refrigerate overnight before slicing, and you need a good sharp serrated knife to get through all those nuts, etc!

  3. Sylant says:

    This bread isnt sugar free and shouldnt be posted as such, dried fruit turns into pure unadulterated sugar way more than if you ate the fruit fresh but it does look delicious for people who can eat dried fruit. Trust me if i could i would eat it.

  4. Lynn says:

    Has anyone tried making muffins with this recipe? I have all ingredients, but no loaf pan!! PLEASE help, this looks too good to pass up! ty

    • Sue says:

      I haven’t tried it in any other form, and it really doesn’t have a muffin consistency, Lynn, but I don’t see why you couldn’t bake it in a muffin tin, just don’t expect a muffin-like texture! Did I say muffin enough times? ;)

  5. Tesia says:

    This is the healthiest, tastiest and the best fruit and nut bread I have ever made (or had). It’s easy to make and texture is excellent, varying the dried fruit/nut mix is an added bonus . We have it with a dollop of organic coconut yoghurt. It’s delicious warm or cold. I have never commented on any recipe sites, but in this instance it deserved a big round of wholesome applause. Thank you

  6. Cheryl says:

    I just found your blog, and everything looks wonderful I was having my “Red Hat” friends over for a pool/slumber party and decided to fix this bread for one of my breakfast offerings. I loved it, as did my guests, so now I’ve subscribed to you blog and have saved many of your recipes in Pintrest. I plan to make more loaves and actually will probably make mini loves for Christmas gifts. Thank you for such a good and healthy recipe.

  7. Ali says:

    I have made this bread several times and it is so good. I was wondering if it can be made into muffins?

  8. Balvinder says:

    It looks amazing!

  9. VC says:

    this original recipe tastes great! the 2nd time around, i cut out the dried fruit and opted for choc chips (high in cacao). also added 1 tbsp of wheatgerm, flax seed and chia seed. and, to make it SUPER healthy, i added into a BIG handful of spinach (turns the batch green) and about 12 mini carrots. everything got blended together into the food processor. then, i baked these as cookies so that i could easily convince my 2 year old to eat them, which she’s happily doing right now.

  10. Bina says:

    This recipe looks amazing. I can hardly wait to try it. I have all the ingredients except coconut oil.
    Can I use any other oil?

  11. Linda says:

    I love this breakfast bread! Delicious and such a nice change of pace for breakfast. It makes a great power snack, too. Just a thin slice does the trick. Have it with a nice cup of herbal tea.

  12. Kelsey says:

    My family absolutely loves this bread, but I end up eating most of it myself :) Thank you Sue for sharing this recipe!!! Its our new favorite (and healthy) bread!

    • Sue says:

      I’m truly thrilled that you all love it Kelsey, I’ve had so much great feedback on this bread that I think it’s time for a variation on the recipe, I can’t wait!

  13. Tasha Hess says:

    I made this this morning. I ground my own almonds and added some coconut flour. Also added orange rind and vanilla. So yummy!!! Thank you for the inspiration.

  14. Louise says:

    I don’t live near a Publix but was introduced to its breakfast bread when I visited a friend in Florida. I have been trying to duplicate that bread without success. Although I know its product is made with flour, I will definitely try your version. It looks so healthy and nutritious. Thanks!

  15. Lisa says:

    Unrefined coconut oil. Would that be liquid coconut oil also known as fractioned or solid? If solid do you melt it before adding it to the recipe?

    • Sue says:

      I use it in whatever state it’s in in my cupboard, Lisa, and that’s usually solid.

      • Lisa says:

        I made this bread today using liquid fractioned coconut oil. It turned out great.

        Do you know the nutritional info? Carbs, sugars. I understand that could vary based on fruits and nuts used. Maybe a rough idea.

  16. Ali says:

    I wanted to comment because I made this bread and it was so good. I ate the whole loaf myself!

  17. Barbara says:

    Has anyone made this with something other than bananas? Thinking about applesauce and wondering how much to use?

  18. Denise says:

    I really like your Paleo bread, the only problem is … I don’t like bananna… can I replace it for something els? Do I need it to get a smooth texture of can I just skip it.. Thanks

  19. Rose says:

    I’m new to Paleo and just made this bread yesterday, it’s amazing. I just added raisins, dates, and some nuts that I had, 1 banana, it was delicious. I will certainly make it again.

  20. nicole says:

    Can i substitute almond flour with coconut flour ? If so, do you have recommendations of proportions of coconut flour? Thank you and i look forward to making this :)!

    • Sue says:

      I don’t work with coconut flour enough to be able to advise you Nicole, sorry. I know that coconut flour absorbs a lot of liquid, so you would have to alter the recipe to accommodate that. Sorry I can’t be of more help, I think you would need to experiment to see how coconut flour would work in this bread.

  21. Andrea says:

    I’ve been making this every few weeks since I discovered your recipe last November. I try to stick to dried fruits that don’t have added sugar (raisins, currents, apricots, apples, dates…) but at Christmas I added dried cranberries and candied peel (along with a teaspoon of vanilla) and called it Christmas fruitcake. So good! Regarding seeds, I didn’t know if you meant 2 Tblsp whole or ground flax seeds, and have been using ground. I do mix pepitas and sunflower seeds in among the nuts though. Thanks so much for the great recipe!

    • Sue says:

      Thanks so much for that great feedback Andrea — I like the idea of adjusting it for the holidays, I’ll definitely try that next year. I actually used whole flax seeds because that’s what I had and I think they’re so pretty!

  22. Maddie says:

    Doesn’t dried fruit have a lot of sugar? Or is there a certain kind of dried fruit you buy that has less sugar?

    • Sue says:

      Fruit naturally has sugar in it and when you dry it it gets concentrated. Most dried fruit is sweet because of that. I think they do add sweetener to dried cranberries, though.

  23. Andrea says:

    This bread looks so much like the breakfast bread from Publix I think I will have to try it out. Not only am I a thousand miles from the nearest Publix, this looks delicious! I can’t wait to make it!

  24. Eileen says:

    Just put this in the oven in 9×13 stone pan. Had three bananas so adapted the recipe to that. I used craisins, apricots, cherries and cashews, pecans, almonds, and peanuts. Anxious to see how it does. Sounds so delicious

  25. Rosa Chico says:

    Made this yesterday and it was moist and delicious. My 3 year old loved it. I omitted the bananas and added banana exctract instead with 2 packets of splenda as I’m watching my sugar. I made another batch with 60% cocoa chips. Thank you for recipe.

    • PJ says:

      If you are working on a healthy diet, please take some time to read about how Splenda is made and possibly consider using Stevia instead. I also wonder what unnatural ingredients might be in the banana extract.

  26. Mariane says:

    Hi, Made the bread this week and it is absolutely delicious. I am not a nut person, so I substituted with grated coconut and some chocolate chips.

    • Sue says:

      I’m really glad it worked out for you Mariane, and now that you’ve put the idea of chocolate chips in my head…I think I need to make another loaf :)

  27. Erika says:

    Delicious! I love that this is a great way to use up odds and ends of dried fruit and nuts. 100% kid approved in my house. My 4 and 7 year old gave it 2 thumbs up!

  28. Dianne says:

    Hi Sue, I have cold milled golden flax seed, will that work for the Paleo Breakfast Bread? I have printed the recipe and written down some of the comments at the bottom for a variety. Very Anxious to pull it together and get it in the oven. I look forward to seeing more of your recipes. I just found out that I have high cholesteral so I’m searching high and low for a new way to cook. Thanks again.

    • Sue says:

      Hi Dianne- I’ve never used milled flax seed in that bread, maybe you could start by using part flax seed and part almond flour. I’m not sure how it would affect the texture. If you do try, please check back in and let us know how it comes out. Another thought if you want to use flax seed is to use the whole seeds in the bread. Good luck!

  29. Norma says:

    Dear Sue,

    It has taken me ages to get around to making this wonderful fruit and nut bread during Christmas rush when there is so much to do. Today, at long last I made it but couldn’t wait to try it after cooling it for 1/2 hr or so. It is declicious and includes such goodness without the horror of sweetness that so many other baking involves. I used a square Teflon pan so watched it in oven taking it out after 23 mins. It was lightly browned at top and darkly browned at bottom but delicious nonetheless. Next time I would check and remove from oven between say 20 or 22 mins. Thanks a million. This is a keeper and thanks so much for making it available to me as baking has not been done for years. Happy new year, Sue, and continue doing what you are doing. You have made my day.

    • Sue says:

      Thanks SO much for the feedback Norma, it’s so helpful. This was such an unusual recipe, I worried about how it would be received, and I am happy to hear you loved it. Now you’ve made me want to make another loaf :)

  30. This is the bread of my dreams!! New favorite for sure. <3

  31. Christiane says:

    Hello, thank you, I put 1tsp of cinamon, its very delicious .

    Christiane from Swizerland

  32. Nina says:

    I made this recipe, but used Coconut flour as I didn’t have Almond flour.
    I did everything else, exactly as written.
    It didn’t work :(
    It didn’t feel like it had enough ‘wet ingredients’ while I was mixing and was basically a ‘crumble’. I cooked it anyway, for 30 mins, till it had a golden toasted effect on top. I then cooled it completely and refrigerated till morning.
    When I went to cut it, I had to spoon it out. I ended up eating it as a crumble with my yoghurt.

    What have I done wrong??? I was so excited about doing this and it just didn’t work for me. Any tips greatly appreciated:)

    • Sue says:

      Sorry Nina, coconut flour will not work, it is very different from almond flour. I hope you try it again with the almond flour, you can usually find it right in your regular grocery store. (One of the things about coconut flour is that it is VERY absorbent, which explains the dryness of your batter.)

      • Vicki says:

        Coconut flour, use less than recipe calls for.
        Use one more egg than recipe calls for.
        Use more liquid than recipe calls for.
        I found this out making coconut flour bread in a bread machine. Much better and not as dry. Flew by seat of pants. Worked. Try that.

  33. Deb says:

    This is the best gluten-free bread I’ve ever eaten! Love the versatility in mixing up the fruit and nuts each time. Next time, I’m going to add dried apples! Thanks from the bottom of my heart, or in this case, stomach!

    • Sue says:

      Oh Deb I’m so excited — I hoped people would have success with this bread because I really loved it too, and I agree, you can have a lot of fun varying the additions depending on the season, or your mood — I really appreciate you taking the time to let me know!

  34. Kaitlin Ohlinger says:

    Paleo breakfast when you’re not in an egg mood is the worst! I like this recipe, will use again and try variations. Thanks!

  35. Cailee says:

    WOW! This looks amazing! What a great recipe! SO healthy and delicious!!

  36. Zoé says:

    J’ai fait cette recette en surprise pour mon copain. Et bien je peux vous dire que ce cake a eu un vrai succès! je pense le refaire à Noël pour ma famille.
    Parcoure j’appellerais plutôt cà un cake qu’un pain :)
    Merci Sue pour cette merveilleuse recette!!!

  37. Taylor says:

    This bread is so yummy! The second time I made it, I switched it up a bit– I used cashews, almonds, walnuts, & pumpkin seeds for the nuts, omitted the bananas & dried fruit, but I added cinnamon, unsweetened applesauce, & apple cider vinegar– tasted like apple cinnamon nut bread! mmmm!

  38. Diana says:

    Can I use quinoa flour?
    I am allergic to almond!

  39. Cheri says:

    Do you know if anyone has substituted the eggs for something else? Thanks!

  40. Joanne says:

    Made this exactly as written and it was delicious! Love your tips at the end of each recipe! So happy I stumbled upon your no nonsense blog – how refreshing – so informative and a great read!

  41. Joanne says:

    So happy I stumbled upon your blog! Have made many of your recipes, all have been delicious and this bread is no exception, love the tips at the end of each article. Thank you!

  42. Jim says:

    Fruit and nuts are chopped!
    What loaf pan size did you use?
    Thanks

  43. Elnora says:

    Wondering what kind of almond flour you use? I bought some Bob’s Red Mill almond flour and it seems more like an almond meal so not sure if it’ll work? Thanks.

    • Sue says:

      Both almond ‘flour’ or almond ‘meal’ will work Elnora, and little differences in texture don’t matter, I use whatever brand is available when I need it.

  44. Edna Mehrtens says:

    Hi, Do you have info on the carb content or how much calorie per serving? Thanks

    • Sue says:

      So sorry I don’t Edna. I would love to be able to provide that information for all my recipes but as of right now, I don’t have the ability to do so.

  45. cheri says:

    Hi Sue, you know when that certain recipe comes along and you find yourself thinking yes, I have everything to make that or substitute that and make it right now. That is what I am going to do.

  46. This sounds delicious Sue! I find toasting gluten-free bread helps with the structure as well. I applaud your brave efforts here; venturing from traditional bread making isn’t for the faint of heart especially in the gluten-free realm.

  47. grace says:

    i’m amazed and impressed that it holds together at all with all of those goodies contained inside! stunning and delicious loaf.

  48. This bread looks wonderful and I love that it’s so full of fruit and nuts. I too need to keep my supply moving :)

  49. Kelly says:

    Hi Sue-
    GORGEOUS bread!!
    I’ll be making it in a few hours.
    “Standard” loaf pan….?
    9x5ish or 8x4ish?
    Is one more standard than the other? I use both…depending on the recipe.
    I’m sure it’ll be fine in either. But I prefer my loaves on the tall side.
    Thank you for the recipe! Been craving something like this.

  50. I love all that texture, what a great looking bread!

  51. This looks terrific, Sue. Bet it tastes heavenly with all the fruits and nuts.

  52. This bread would make a great breakfast or snack when you are on the road and not willing to eat those horrible breakfasts they serve in some of the hotels across the country. You know what I’m talking about!

  53. Douglas says:

    Could this be made with a traditional flour?

  54. Mmmmmm! This would be wonderful to take out on our morning bike rides. I’m always looking for healthy stuff that will satiate. Love all the great ingredinets you’ve got in here. And I promise to savor every bite!!

  55. Renee says:

    Oh my!!! This looks incredible. Definitely up my alley! Cannot wait to make it! Thanks!

  56. PurpleQueen says:

    As always the photos tell the tale This bread looks alsolutely devine! It’s so pretty and appetizing. I do have a quick question. Does the coconut oil say unrefined on the bottle, or jar? I just want to be sure to use the correct ingredients when I make this recipe. Thanks for your help.

    • Sue says:

      The coconut oil will say unrefined, or virgin, on the label. You can really use any type of coconut oil, but the virgin is a bit heather, and has that coconutty flavor.

  57. Goodness – this is a wonderful loaf! I have so many nuts, dried fruits and seeds left over from this and that,and I have a bag of almond meal! I am making this tonight when I get home. Thank you so much Sue!

    • Sue says:

      Most of us do have a lot of dried fruits and nuts around, and this is a great way to use them up, periodically, hope you like it Tricia!

  58. SallyBR says:

    I love to experiment too…. what a coincidence, I made yesterday some energy bars that I found in a paleo site, they turned out very good. No sugar at all, just chopped dates.

    at some point I’ll blog about them – but for now, I am pinning your materpiece, seems quite amazing!

    • Sue says:

      Thanks Sally, the whole Paleo thing is something I haven’t experimented with much, especially when it comes to baking, but this bread was fun, I’d definitely make it again.

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