Simple Fruit Loaf

apple cakeThe great thing about this fruit loaf is that it has no refined sugar and it’s not too sweet. It’s also high in protein and gluten free. Almonds are inflammatory for the human body and are high in vitamin E, an antioxidant that can help to fight off free radicals for a healthy immune system. Almonds are also a great source of potassium, a mineral necessary for nerve transmission and the contraction of all muscles including the heart. Apples contain both soluble an insoluble fibre which is great for you digestive system. The soluble fibre is known as pectin and the beauty of it is that it has the power to help lower cholesterol, keep you regular and stabilise your blood sugar. The olive oil in this recipe is velvety and teeming with health benefits. Olive oil is a rich source of antioxidants and mono-unsaturated fatty acids. One of the main reasons why a traditional Mediterranean diet can contribute to good heart health is because of this oil.

Here’s how to make this simple fruit loaf.

Ingredients

2 red apples cut into small dice, leaving skin on.

2 cups almond meal

1/4 teaspoon bi-carb soda

1/4 cup olive oil

2 Tablespoons honey

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Zest from 1 orange

1 teaspoon vanilla bean extract

2 free range eggs

80g dried apricots

60g dried raisins

Garnish with flaked almonds or walnuts

 

Method

Preheat oven to 160 degrees celsius

Combine almond meal, olive oil, bi carb, orange zest, cinnamon, honey, vanilla and eggs

Mix through until well combined

Fold in the apples, apricots and raisins

Prepare a loaf baking tin- line base and sides with baking paper

Press the cake mixture carefully into the tin, making sure all the fruits are pressed down firmly into the mix

Garnish with walnuts or almonds

Bake for 60 minutes

Rest in the tin for one hour before removing

Serves 10