Healthy Holiday Fruit Bread (Recipe)

Writers need fuel, preferably healthy fuel.  I’ve been fiddling around in the kitchen, trying to create some healthy holiday fare.  This bread worked out quite well, so I thought I’d share…


Festive Fruit Bread

(adapted from High Fiber Bread Machine Bread recipe at

1  3/4 cups skim milk
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup skim milk powder
1 tbsp sugar
3 tbsp Splenda (optional)
2 1/2 tbsp prune puree (or just finely chop 3 or 4 prunes and add at beginning of cycle, the kneading process usually incorporates them well)
1 cup white all-purpose flour (or white bread flour)
2 1/2 cups Robin Hood Multigrain bread flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
3/4 cup natural wheat bran
1/4 cup whole flax seeds
1/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1/4 cup gluten
2 tsp bread machine yeast

1 generous cup mixed chopped dried/candied fruit.  I used fat-free, apple juice sweetened dried cranberries, golden raisins, glace diced citron peel, and dried apricots.  (next time I will add some crystallized ginger)


  1. Place all ingredients, except for the mixed fruit, in the pan of a bread maker, in the order listed.  Choose the “dough” cycle and select “mix-ins”.
  2. When the bread machine beeps for mix-ins – add the mixed fruit.
  3. When the dough cycle finishes, remove the dough and lightly punch down.  Shape into a large loaf, two smaller loaves, or buns. Cover with a damp paper towel and place in a warm, draft-free spot.  Allow to rise until almost double in bulk.
  4. Remove the paper towel and bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for ten minutes and then turn the heat down to 350 and bake until done, approx. forty minutes.

Lemon Glaze (optional)

1 cup icing (powdered) sugar
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 to 2 teaspoons water

Mix ingredients together until smooth. Drizzle over loaves or buns while they are still warm.  Allow to cool completely.

Festive Fruit Bread



  1. Oh, this looks delicious–this is on my to cook list for the week

  2. I’m assuming this was the recipe for the yummy slice you brought us last night? I also have a favourite fruitbread recipe, but I don’t think it’s nearly as healthy as yours. I made it today to take the loaf to my aunt tomorrow, so am suffering through the mouth-watering fragrance around here. I might have to give your recipe a try this weekend. :)

    • Yes, Carol. Glad you liked it!

      I am making it again today. This time I am using some cut up crystallized ginger as part of the fruit add-in, and I am shaping it into buns.

      Thanks for dropping by.

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