I came across the original version of this recipe a few months ago while looking for food/snack ideas for labor and postpartum. It is described as a great source of energy for childbirth, breastfeeding, and school lunches. Even if you’re not looking to make something for any of those purposes, this is a great bread to bake this time of year. It is filled with all sorts of nourishing ingredients and I think most people will find it tastes delicious! I tweaked it a little and changed the name to something more appetizing. 🙂
It does make quite a lot (2 9×5″ loaves or the equivalent), so feel free to freeze one loaf for later. You can also make it as one bundt, 24 muffins, or 4-5 dozen mini muffins.
Nourishing Spice Bread
Makes 1 bundt, 2 9×5″ loaves, 24 muffins, or 4-5 dozen mini muffins.
- 3 cups whole wheat or spelt flour, preferably sprouted (I used sprouted spelt flour)
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 Tablespoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 1/2 cups grated apple (You can peel it if you want. I didn’t.)
- 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts or pecans (I used pecans.)
- 1 large carrot, grated
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup canned pumpkin
- 3/4 cup melted coconut oil or butter (cooled but liquid)
- zest from 2 oranges
- 1/4 cup molasses
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 1 cup sugar (I used raw sugar. You can use sucanat or honey if you would like.)
- Preheat oven to 350 F and grease your pan(s).
- Sift together the first five ingredients in a large bowl.
- Stir in the grated apple, nuts, carrots, and raisins. It may look a little strange at this point, but don’t worry. It will be delicious!
- In a different bowl combine the eggs, pumpkin, oil/butter, zest, molasses, almond extract, and sugar. Whisk until smooth.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix well. The batter will be very stiff. If it is so stiff that you can’t mix it, add a bit of liquid (the original recipe says to add orange juice or milk). Spread the batter into your chosen pan(s) and bake until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
- Mini muffins: 15-18 minutes
- Muffins: 22-26 minutes
- Loaves: 40-45 minutes (I put both loaves in and just made sure there was adequate room for heat/air circulation between them.)
- Bundt: 1 hour and 10-20 minutes
Enjoy this nourishing bread recipe and let me know what you think!
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