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
- 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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