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Banana and Apricot Bread

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“From Jody Vassallo little ideas diabetes. I don't have a particularly sweet tooth for sugary foods but I do like savoury and or fruit breads which are not overly ladened with fruit through.”
1hr 20mins
1 loaf

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 cup dried apricot (135g/4 1/2oz roughly chopped)
  • 12 cup sultana (85g/2 3/4oz)
  • 1 cup unsweetened apple juice (low GI 250ml/8fl oz)
  • 2 14 cups self-raising flour (stone ground 360g/12 oz)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 12 cup oat bran (unprocessed 70g/2 1/4oz)
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar (or low-calorie sweetner suitable for baking)
  • 2 eggs (lightly beaten)
  • 1 cup buttermilk (250ml/8fl oz)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup mashed banana (just ripe 240g/7 2/3oz)


  1. Preheat oven to 180C (350F/Gas 4).
  2. Lightly grease and line a 10cm x 20cm (4inch x 8inch) loaf tin.
  3. Put the apricots, sultanas and apple juice into a pan and bgring to the boil and cook for 10 minutes or until the fruit has absorbed all the liquid.
  4. Sift the flour, baking powder and mixed spice into a bowl and stir in the oat bran and sugar or sweetener.
  5. Whisk together the eggs, buttermilk and oil and stir into the dry ingredients and then fold in the mashed banana and fruit mixture.
  6. Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 50 to 60 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean when inserted into the centre.
  7. Set aside for 5 minutes before turning out on a wire rack to cool completely.
  8. Serve the bread plain or with a low fat spread.

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