Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Home Sweet Home! (And delicious Nut Loaf)

After a whirlwind trip to Seattle I made it home safe and sound, and got right back in to the swing of things - the girls have been on kindy holidays so we have been spending lots of quality time together to make up for the days I was gone! I really missed the little rascals though, and I cannot write this post without giving huge credit to my amazing husband for taking care of things while I was away. He did an amazing job of looking after the girls, and even managed to keep on top of the washing and vacuuming - bonus points!

Aside from the most stunning wedding and an amazing day at the baseball in a supremely beautiful city, I ate a lot of fantastic food in Seattle. Coming from New Zealand where we are absolutely spoilt for lovely fresh food, it was really nice to visit a city where they share a similar passion for great, fresh food. 

I am getting incredibly frustrated writing this, as my computer seems to be operating at snails pace tonight which is making typing very tedious. I have a few cool photos of the trip and some great foodie stories to tell, but I think I will save them for tomorrow after I have managed to get this machine working to the standard I am used to!

A quick recipe though - after all that's what this is all about...

I finally got around to making my own almond milk today (bit of a story there too - will save it until tomorrow), and as a result I had a couple of cups worth of almond pulp leftover. Being the frugal 'non-waster' that I am I couldn't possibly throw it out, so instead decided to turn it into something tasty. The end result was a yummy fruit loaf that was gluten free, dairy free, soy free, free of refined sugars, and most important of all very delicious! 

Fruit Loaf - choc full of fruit and nuts


Fruit and Nut Loaf


Ingredients:

2 cups almond pulp (or almond flour)
1 cup chopped dried mixed fruit (I used dates and raisins - apricots and figs would also be good in the mix)
1/2 cup choc chips (optional)
1/2 cup chopped nuts fo your choice (I used walnuts)
2 eggs
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla essence
1/4 cup sweetener of your choice (honey, coconut sugar, date puree) optional depending on how sweet you like it
1 tbsp orange zest

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 170C. Grease and line a standard loaf baking tin.
2. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl until well combined(you may need to melt the coconut oil if it's a cold day!)
3. Tip mixture in to the prepared baking tin and smooth down with a spatula
4. Bake for around 20 minutes or until golden brown on top and no longer soft to the touch
5. Cool in tin for 10 minutes then tip on to cooling rack. Enjoy while still warm with a little butter or eat as is either warm or cold. 

Incredibly easy to make, and very delicious!

I am going to leave this post now before I throw the computer at the wall in frustration - I think a good old fashioned reboot is going to be in order...the great fixer of all computer problems!!

I hope everyone has had a great hump day - not long now until the weekend

x