Chocolate Fruit Bread

Chocolate Fruit Bread - No Added Sugar, Gluten Free, Dairy Free

Traditional fruit bread got a healthy and tasty makeover with this chocolate fruit bread by using fresh fruit and adding cocoa! Fruit bread is not just for the holidays anymore, this one is great all year long.

Chocolate Fruit Bread - No Added Sugar, Gluten Free, Dairy Free

When you think of fruit bread, the first words that come to mind might be dry…stale…tasteless….or something as equally unappetizing.

Well, let me tell you, this is the fruit bread that’ll change your mind! 

Maybe I should call this recipe, “Not your grandma’s fruit bread”.

Chocolate Fruit Bread - No Added Sugar, Gluten Free, Dairy Free

Besides being moist, chewy, dense, and full of flavor, it’s also CHOCOLATEY, which automatically makes anything more delicious, am I right!?

What I also love about this fruit bread recipe is that you can customize it to your liking by adding whatever fruit you are craving. For me, that’s usually a little bit of everything. I added frozen strawberries, cherries, blueberries, and raspberries, as well as dates and raisins.

Maybe I should call this recipe, “Everything but the kitchen sink fruit bread”.

Chocolate Fruit Bread - No Added Sugar, Gluten Free, Dairy Free

The preparation for this healthy fruit bread is really easy, as well. If you want to cut down on the prep time, just throw the berries and other fruit in whole. No need to chop them up into tiny pieces. 

Side note: using fresh or frozen fruit instead of dried fruit (like that used in traditional fruit bread) helps cut back on the calories and sugar. Since dried fruit is more condensed than it’s fresh counterpart, you end up using less fresh fruit than if you used dried. 

Back to the prep – this bread is made using only 1 pot, which makes clean up a breeze!

Maybe I should call this recipe, “No fuss fruit bread”.

The preparation for this healthy fruit bread is really easy, as well. If you want to cut down on the prep time, just throw the berries and other fruit in whole. No need to chop them up into tiny pieces. 

Side note: using fresh or frozen fruit instead of dried fruit (like that used in traditional fruit bread) helps cut back on the calories and sugar. Since dried fruit is more condensed than it’s fresh counterpart, you end up using less fresh fruit than if you used dried. 

Back to the prep – this bread is made using only 1 pot, which makes clean up a breeze!

Maybe I should call this recipe, “No fuss fruit bread”.

Traditional fruit bread got a healthy makeover with the use of fresh fruit, and a tasty makeover with the addition of chocolate! It’s not just for the holidays anymore, this fruit bread is great all year long.

Besides being moist, chewy, dense, and full of flavor, it’s also CHOCOLATEY, which automatically makes anything more delicious, am I right!?

What I also love about this fruit bread recipe is that you can customize it to your liking by adding whatever fruit you are craving. For me, that’s usually a little bit of everything. I added frozen strawberries, cherries, blueberries, and raspberries, as well as dates and raisins.

Maybe I should call this recipe, “Everything but the kitchen sink fruit bread”.


Yields 8 slices

Chocolate Fruit Bread

Gluten Free; No Sugar Added; Dairy Free; Soy Free; Nut Free; Low Fat

15 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

45 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 1/2 cups fruit mixture of choice
  • 2 egg whites (or 1/3 cup liquid egg whites)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (regular or dark)
  • 1/2 cup oat flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut four
  • 1/4 cup flaxseed meal
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup chococolate chips - optional (dark, milk, or dairy-free)

Instructions

  1. In a medium sauce pan, add the applesauce, water, and your fruit mixture. On high heat, bring the mixture to a boil. As soon as it starts to bubble, reduce the heat to low-medium. Cover the pot, and simmer for 8 min.
  2. Remove pot from the heat and allow the mixture to cool slightly, uncovered.
  3. Preheat oven to 300 F. Grease or line with parchment paper a 9"X5" loaf pan.
  4. Once mixture has cooled slightly, stir in the egg whites. *Note: it's important not to skip the cooling step, because you don't want to cook the egg whites in the hot mixture.
  5. To the same pot, add the cocoa, flours, flaxseed meal, baking powder and soda, and chocolate chips, if you choose. Stir together until everything is incorporated. The mixture should be thick, but still runny enough to be easily poured.
  6. Pour the mixture into the prepared loaf pan. Bake for 30-32 min. or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the bread comes out clean.
  7. Allow bread to cool in pan.
  8. Slice and serve your delicious fruit bread!
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