Note: This recipe is not intended to be part of a weight loss regimen. While healthful, it is rich and nourishing and should be enjoyed in moderation.
- 2 cups organic All-purpose wheat flower (to make it gluten free use Arthur's Gluten Free flour)
- 1 cup wheat or oat bran
- 1 cup dark brown sugar
- 2 tbsp. pure maple syrup
- 1/4 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. salt
- 2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 tsp. pumpkin spice seasoning
- 3 eggs
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 c. coconut oil
- 1 can pumpkin puree (you could use a can of crushed pineapple with liquid drained or mashed banana instead if you want to mix it up)
- 1 1/2 cups fruit and vegetables (shredded, finely chopped) – I use zucchini, carrot, apple
- 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut (can find at health food store)
- 1 1/2 cups chopped nuts, seeds & dried fruit (walnuts, almonds, pecans, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, dried cranberries, dried cherries and raisins are my favorites)
- Sometimes I add nutritional boosts like chia seeds, hemp seeds, spirulina or bee pollen, about a tsp, to a tbsp of one or two of those.
- Very important... don’t forget to add love and well wishes for the new mama! I literally think about the person I am making the bread for while I am baking it and I put all the love I can into it!
Preheat the oven to 325.
In a large bowl combine flower, wheat bran, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt and spices.
In a small bowl whisk eggs, oil and vanilla. Add to dry ingredients and mix well.
Stir in veggies, fruit, nuts, coconut and any ingredients that you have added.
Pour batter into two well greased 9×5 inch loaf pans. Bake 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes or until golden brown on top and cooked through so that a toothpick comes out clean. You can also use smaller loaf pans and make muffins too but bake time will need to be adjusted accordingly.
Leave out to cool completely but after it is cooled, it is best to store this bread in the refrigerator to keep from spoiling. It freezes well too. And...while good right out of the fridge, it's REALLY good warmed up with a bit of butter! Enjoy and share the love!
I’d love to hear about your recipe variations and any stories around the joy of sharing this recipe and the traditions that it may create within your circle. Love and blessings to you and yours.