Yes, you read that correctly! I modified this loaf recipe from its original version to make a healthy, tasty snack. You can make it at Christmas time instead of a traditional Christmas cake or have it on hand for healthy snacking anytime!
I like this recipe because instead of using sugar-soaked and colour-laden cherries this uses dried cherries and cranberries. Both of which are very good sources of cancer-fighting phytonutrients. The Brazil nuts add a blast of selenium—an antioxidant mineral. The ground flax seeds add some omega-3 fats, as well as lignans—more cancer-fighting ingredients!
If you like, you can change the ratio of Brazil nuts and dates by adding 3 cups of dates and 3 cups of Brazil nuts. Sometimes, I have it adjusted this way because I love the taste of the Brazil nuts. You also may notice that there is no added sugar in the recipe! I find it just doesn’t need it. With the cherries and cranberries, there is enough sweetness.
Delicious and Nutritious Brazil Nut Loaf
- 2½ cups pitted dates, cut up
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- 1 cup dried cherries
- 3½ cups Brazil nuts
- 1 cup Whole Wheat flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- 4 eggs, well beaten (I suggest omega-3 eggs)
- 2 TBSP rum
- ¼ cup ground flax seeds
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Spray a loaf pan with cooking spray (mine is 5 x 9 x 2 ½).
- Mix fruit and nuts and add rum. Let sit.
- In a separate bowl, mix dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, salt, ground flax seeds).
- Mix beaten eggs with dry ingredients.
- Add rum soaked nuts and dry fruit. Continue mixing by hand until there is no flour visible in the batter.
- Pour into loaf pan.
- Bake in oven at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Check doneness by inserting a toothpick until it comes out clean. Let sit 10 minutes before removing from the pan.
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