One of my childhood favorites is fruit bread - or "Früchtebrot" how we call it in Germany. Früchtebrot is an absolute Christmas Classic here in Germany. Though, I truly believe that a cake or bread that is so delicious and healthy at the same time should be enjoyed all year round. The specialty of my personal interpretation of the Christmas classic - It is 100& VEGAN, it mainly consists of natural sweeteners (orange juice and apple sauce plus dried fruits), it is loaded with whole grains and it doesn't contain any additional fat or oil aside from the natural "fatty nuts". If you ask me - this German Früchtebrot is a MUST-TRY for all breakfast, brunch and tea time lovers out there. Curious? Read on!
To make this deliciously healthy nut bread you basically only need an oven, loads of nuts, a handful of your favorite dried fruits (dates, figs, aronia berries, mulberries, plums or apricots for example) a little bit of apple sauce and freshly squeezed orange juice. It's a single bowl dough - so there's really little to pay attention to.
Though, what is always key is the quality of your ingredients. Low-quality ingredients will not improve in taste once thrown all together. In this case, this is crucial for your sweetener - the orange flavor, the apple sauce, the dried fruits and the nuts. I usually buy most ingredients from local, nearby organic stores, super- and farmers markets, What I can't find locally though, I shop online. In my shop here you can find the links to some of my favorite staples.
As much as I love cakes and bread hot and straight out of the oven, I like to follow the rules for a perfect taste. In this case, the secret is called "patience". If you wait until the entire bread has cooled, you will taste the crispy and crunchy nuts forming perfect harmony with the contrasting and super soft dried fruits. I personally would even dare to say: The longer you wait, the better this fruit bread aka Früchtebrot gets!
And if you already know, you won't be able to finish the entire loaf within 3-5 days, pop it into the freezer. This is at leas what I usually do with this delicious creation as there is literally no sacrifice in taste and I always have a perfect snack or breakfast at hand when needed. Before I put the Früchtebrot into the freezer, I usually cut the whole bread into serving sizes and then just take them out as needed. Usually, I grill the slice on my toaster for a few minutes and serve with yoghurt and fresh fruits.
I hope you enjoy this deliciously healthy fruit bread (German Früchtebrot) recipe. In my opinion, it's a brilliant addition to a brunch table as it can definitely be considered as the "healthy cake" on the buffet. Like always, I would love to see your delicious nut bread creation and repost it on my social channels. So make sure to tag me on Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook. Besides, if you have any feedback for me, questions with regards to the recipe or if you just want to say "hey", comment below or shoot me a personal message through my contact form.
Love & Plants, Karo