Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Better Nutter Bread - a power snack

It is friday morning and I am pretty much out of snack-type foods (aka baking).  A new favorite recipe I discovered is a Nut Loaf which is filled with all sorts of nuts and things that are healthy for you - unless you live on Weight Watchers.
I have modified the original recipe to remove the sugars and white flour and am very very happy with the new results...plus it makes 2 loaves which doubles your efforts at one time.  One for you and one to give away!  Hope you enjoy it.

Better Nutter Bread

1 egg
1 c vanilla rice milk with 1 tbsp apple cider
1/4 cup butter – melted

1/3 cup unsweetened apple sauce
¾ cup apple butter*
½ cup toasted nuts - chopped (walnut, almonds)
1 – 2 Tbsp each coconut, wheat germ, ground flax, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, sunflower seeds
½ cup dates – chopped (optional)
2 cups spelt flour
1 tsp xanthan gum
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
Combine egg, milk, vinegar, butter and apple butter and apple sauce in a large bowl. Mix remaining ingredients (nuts, dates, and dry ingredients) in a separate bowl. Pour the wet mixture into the dry and gently stir. Pour into 2 greased 5x9 loaf pans. Bake at 350 F for 30 - 35 minutes or until done. Wait about 10 minutes before removing the loafs from the pans to cool on a rack.

Cook's Notes:
The only apple butter I use is Wellsley Apple butter which can be bought in the grocery store or in the Bulk Barn stores in Ontario (at least in the Niagara Area).  If you use a different one, please make sure it tastes sweet otherwise it will not be a good replacement for sugar.  The Wellsley brand has the consistency of a soft honey and is dark brown in color.  It is always in my fridge.


  1. Hi Jen, I just had some of this bread this morning. It's sooo good, I could eat the entire loaf. :-)

  2. Hey Jen, do you combine the ingredients in the order they are listed and just throw them all together?

  3. sorry about the incomplete directions Carolyn. I have added them in now. Hope that makes more sense.

  4. Could I use apple juice instead of apple cider? I never have that in the house.

  5. Nancy, I would tend to say no to the apple juice or cider to replace the apple butter. BUT what you could use if you don't have the apple butter is apple juice CONCENTRATE. It will possibly change the texture a little but worth a try. I would use equal amounts of concentrate to apple butter. Good luck.

  6. I read the recipe more carefully and realized it's supposed to be apple cider vinegar (which I have). Tried it and it's quite good. Even Trevor liked it and he has the biggest sweet tooth of anyone I know! By the way, in case you didn't know, we met in Myrtle Beach a few weeks ago (friends of Val)! Love your blog! I'm trying the banana date muffins next.

  7. Sorry, I missed the cider vinegar myself in reading your comments. For the future, if you ever don't have the cider vinegar, it would need to be replaced with another vinegar because the acid is needed for the recipe. Regular white vinegar would be best. Glad you found some in your cupboard. And thanks for clarifying who you are Nancy as I did not know it was you!!