Festive and Healthy Brazil Nut Loaf

 

Nut loaf with Brazil Nuts and Dates

Cooked and sliced nut loaf with Brazil nuts and Dates is ready to eat

I’m not a fan of traditional Christmas Cake, so I modified this nut loaf recipe from its original version to make a healthy, Christmas treat. Now that the Christmas season is upon us, you can make this nut loaf instead of a traditional Christmas cake.

I like this recipe because instead of traditional fruit cake which uses sugar-soaked and artificially coloured cherries this recipe 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 fibre and 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. In this version, I use more nuts that dates, 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 dried cherries and cranberries, there is enough sweetness.

Festive and Healthy Brazil Nut Loaf

Ingredients

  • 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

 

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray a loaf pan with cooking spray (mine is 5 x 9 x 2 ½).
  3. Mix fruit and nuts and add rum. Let sit.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, salt, ground flax seeds).
  5. Mix beaten eggs with dry ingredients.
  6. Add rum soaked nuts and dry fruit. Continue mixing by hand until there is no flour visible in the batter.
  7. Pour into loaf pan.
  8. 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.

Enjoy!

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Ingredients for nut loaf include Brazil nuts, dried cherries, dried cranberries, dates and rum

The Brazil nuts, dates and dried fruit soaking in rum.

The nut loaf including Brazil nuts, dried cherries, dried cranberries, dates, eggs, and ground flax seeds are ready to go into the oven

The nut loaf is in the pan and ready to go into the oven

The nut loaf with Brazil nuts, dates and dried cherries has finished cooking

The finished nut loaf is done cooking and is cooling on a rack.

 

Please leave comments regarding my nut loaf. If you need help making some of your favourite comfort food recipes healthier, then get in touch with me at jean@jeanlamantia.com

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