Today's recipe is another healthy bread to taste in the an afternoon snack or at any other time of the day...
This bread is between regular bread and cake. It has some sweetness (only natural sweetness from fruit) but it is not too sweet. You can serve it simple or garnish it with either a sweet or a savory spread.
The ingredients' list is very simple and prone to adaptations. Instead of oats you can use a ready-to-use whole flour (oat, wheat or spelt work fine). Apples can be from any variety you like and instead of dried figs you can use dates, for instance.
You can also enrich your bread with chopped nuts or seeds. This bread turns out dense, satiating and it spreads a lovely perfume throughout the kitchen.
I like to have it simple with a cup of tea. Sometimes I enjoy dipping it in natural soy yogurt and sprinkle it with granola too.
Apple Fig Whole Bread
Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Baking Time: 45 minutes
Difficulty Level: Easy
Cost: ~2,40 € (in Portugal)
Nutritional Information (per two slices): 209 Kcal, 7 g protein, 33 g carbs, 3,4 g fat
2 cups Oats (~210 g, or flour)
2 + 1/2 Apples
1/3 cup dried Figs (~65 g)
2 tbsp ground Flax (thickened in 6 tbsp water 15 min.)
1 tbsp ground Cinnamon
1 tsp Baking Powder
1. In a small bowl, mix together flax and water and let it thicken for about 15 minutes.
2. Place oats into the food processor or coffee grinder and process until you get a fine flour. Alternatively, use ready-to-use oat flour.
3. Transfer the flour to a mixing bowl and whisk in the baking powder and cinnamon.
4. slice the dried figs, save some for garnish and add the rest to the flour mixture. Stir to involve.
5. Shred one of the apples and add it to the previous mixture. Reserve.
6. Peel, core and quarter the other apple and place it in the food processor along with a tbsp of water. process until it turns into puree. Pour it over the flour mixture and stir to incorporate.
7. Add in the thickened flax and stir well to combine until it turns into a ball that detaches from the bowl.
8. Pre-heat the oven to 320 F/160 ºC and prepare a baking tin lined with parchment paper. Transfer the prepared dough into the tin and garnish the top with the remaining sliced 1/2 apple and the reserve fig slices. Place in the oven to bake for about 45 minutes or until it gets golden brown and firm on top and a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the center.
9. When done, remove from the oven and let it cool down in the tin for about 5-10 minutes. Transfer it to a cooling rack and let it cool down to room temperature. Slice it and serve it.
I hope you enjoy this recipe. How do you like to serve your bread? Comment below!