22 March, 2012

Grain Free Apple Walnut Bread

It's 8pm on a Thursday in Dubai. I am running the last half marathon of the season tomorrow morning at 6.30am. Everything is laid out, including the banana that I will force myself to eat before the race. I am still arguing with myself at what time I should wake up for this.
I am also arguing with myself, if I should eat some more now. I just had a light dinner with eggs and veggies. And only half a glass of wine, not a full one, like I normally have. But I still feel hungry, or rather peckish. What can I eat now? And when will I get up tomorrow morning? Decisions, decisions.

I had a box of little chocolate pralines in my race goodie bag. I haven't had those kind of things for ages. My sugar-reduced lifestyle has been going on for long enough that I am by now happy with 85% dark chocolate. I admit, on bad days, I can eat a whole 100g/4oz bar of it.
I have never had one decent and healthy food item in a race goodie bag. It ranged from spaghetti to chocolate cookies and dodgy "energy" drinks. If you have all or just any of those, the race might become a true challenge.

So I should actually stick to what I usually eat. That's the usual advice: before a race, do what you do before a training run. Alright, a whole bar of dark chocolate might not be the best idea now. Something sweet would be nice though. Or some roasted pepitas, that would be the savory option.

If I go for sweet, I have this grain free apple cake in the fridge.
This apple cake is actually a lazy recipe because I simply changed the fruit of the Grain Free Banana Date Bread. A fellow Dubai blogger was asking me after I posted the banana bread recipe, if one could somehow substitute the banana. Apples, I said. Why didn't it cross my mind before? Honestly, I'd always prefer apples over bananas myself.  I added a little more dates and date syrup to the apple cake, as apples are naturally not as sweet as bananas. The result: a moist and apple-fresh cake with a lovely nut crunch.

I think I am gonna have a slice of apple cake now. I am only left with the decision about what time to get up tomorrow morning. 5.15am? Sounds so terribly early.......
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GRAIN FREE APPLE WALNUT BREAD


3/4 cup almond meal
1/4 cup coconut flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon sea salt

3 eggs (at room temperature)
2 tablespoons coconut oil (liquefied)
1/2 cup grated apple with peel (one medium apple)
1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
4 tablespoons date syrup (or honey)

1/4 cup chopped dates
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Yields 1 loaf
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Preheat oven to 175C/350F. Grease or line regular loaf tin with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, sift together almond meal, coconut flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
In another bowl, lightly beat the eggs. Stir in date syrup/honey, apple sauce, grated apple and coconut oil. Combine wet and dry ingredients and stir until  no longer lumpy. Stir in chopped dates and walnuts, keeping a couple of chopped walnuts aside.

Transfer batter to prepared loaf tin. Sprinkle remaining walnuts on top. Bake for 40 minutes, or until cake tester comes out clean. Let cool on wire rack.

6 comments:

  1. Lovely looking bread- texture looks a bit like manna bread! Good luck on the race tomorrow, you're super inspiring :)

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  2. Hi Anja! A reader of my blog who also reads your recommended I check it out. I am so glad she did because I really love your site! :)

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  3. Good luck on the race. Your bread looks fantastic and healthy. I'm going to make it tonight so I can have a slice for breakfast tomorrow!

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  4. I love bread with bits of fruits and nuts...I am tempted to add more apricots, raisins, and a lot more. I hope they wont be overpowering the walnut and the dates...Thanks for sharing!

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  5. I just made this and it was divine!

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  6. This is incredible. I loved it!

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