Paleo Fruit and Nut Bread




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This quick and easy Paleo Fruit and Nut Bread is grain, sugar, and dairy free.  This vegan quick bread is also amazingly versatile, and fabulous toasted!

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

Paleo Toasting Bread

This paleo fruit and nut bread 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

tips for the best paleo fruit and nut bread:

  • 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.


Reader Rave ~

“This is the healthiest, tastiest and the best fruit and nut bread I have ever made (or had). It’s easy to make and the 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”  ~Tesia


Paleo Breakfast Bread
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Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Category: bread, breakfast

Cuisine: American

Yield: 12

Calories per serving: 397.89 kcal

Fat per serving: 27.38 g

Saturated fat per serving: 6.51 g

Carbs per serving: 34.18 g

Protein per serving: 10.51 g

Fiber per serving: 7.07 g

Sugar per serving: 17.92 g

Sodium per serving: 95.83 mg

Trans fat per serving: 0.0 g

Cholesterol per serving: 31.0 mg

Paleo Breakfast Bread

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup melted 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.

Notes

Be sure to refer to the tips section in the post for additional information.

Nutrition label for Paleo Breakfast Bread


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  • Reply
    Stacey
    February 1, 2019 at 6:05 am

    This bread is amazing! So amazing I’m using my take on the recipe and posting it on my blog along with your original post…yours came out waaayyyy better than mine. I had a hard time cutting it, but it was still devoured & delicious ?

    • Reply
      Sue
      February 1, 2019 at 7:27 am

      The refrigerating step is critical to easy cutting Stacey, so be sure to do that!

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    Gaby
    January 23, 2019 at 9:39 am

    I made this “as written” and it was great!
    Next time I will make it with hazelnut meal and add in Cocoa nibs and chocolate chips.
    I will try leaving out the coconut oil as I wouldn’t mind the bread a bit drier and I am wondering if it’s necessary given all the nut meal.

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    Sue
    January 16, 2019 at 11:09 pm

    Love this bread, it satisfies me every time , love it <3 <3

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    Nicolle
    January 14, 2019 at 1:08 pm

    Fantastic recipe! When I try something online if I like it I write in in my recipe book so I won’t be coming coming here to see the recipe as I’ve written my own modifications down.

    I only used one banana
    I added cinnamon and nutmeg
    I used hazelnuts macadamias pistachios and almonds for the nuts
    I used less fruit but used a little apricot, dates and sultanas

    It turned out great!!
    I cut my first slice straight from the oven, it was a bit crumbly but delicious. Then I cooled and refrigerated and used it for about a week and a half!
    I almost made I in my thermomix!

    Thanks for a great recipe!

    • Reply
      Sue
      January 14, 2019 at 1:29 pm

      Sounds great ~ but I hope you come back to visit me occasionally ;)

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    Lynnette Morosky
    December 11, 2018 at 7:05 am

    Hello Sue

    This bread looks so amazing! Do you think that I could substitute the banana with applesauce?

    • Reply
      Sue
      December 11, 2018 at 7:14 am

      I would read through some of the comments, Lynette, because people have changed it up in a lot of ways. I haven’t tried applesauce, and while I usually feel safe substituting like ingredients, the only thing is applesauce has less ‘body’ than mashed bananas. The general wisdom is you can sub 1/2 cup of applesauce for one banana, if you use too much it will make the recipe too wet.

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    Susie
    November 27, 2018 at 1:49 pm

    Thank you so much. What a delicious way to use up the little bits of leftover dried fruit!
    Will try this as a Christmas fruitcake…can’t wait.

    • Reply
      Sue
      November 27, 2018 at 2:21 pm

      Hi Susie, just remember the recipe as written is more of a bread, and not super sweet like a cake. Hope you enjoy it!

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