Dried Apricot-Pear Loaf
Dried apricot and fresh pear makes an unusual, but incredibly tasty, pairing in this fruity bread.
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Makes 16 servings; Serving size: 1/2-in slice
1/3 cup walnut pieces
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup light brown sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup canola oil
1/4 cup low-fat buttermilk
2 large eggs
1 cup dried apricots, chopped
1 ripe pear, peeled and coarsely shredded (about 3/4 cup)
For the best flavor, make sure your pear is ripe: it should yield to gentle pressure at the base of the neck and have a fragrant aroma.
- Preheat oven to 350° F.
- Place the nuts in a small baking pan. Bake, stirring once, 5 to 8 minutes or until nuts are lightly toasted. Maintain oven temperature. Set the nuts aside to cool.
- Finely chop the cooled nuts. Coat an 8 x 4 loaf pan with cooking spray and set aside.
- Combine the all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg, and salt in a large bowl and whisk to mix well.
- Combine the canola oil, buttermilk, and eggs in a medium bowl and whisk to mix well.
- Add the oil mixture to the flour mixture and stir just until moistened. Gently stir in the apricots, pear, and walnuts.
- Spoon batter into prepared pan, smooth top of batter, and bake 35 to 40 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in center of the loaf comes out clean.
- Cool the bread in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes.
- Remove from the pan and cool completely on a wire rack before slicing. The bread can be covered in an airtight container and stored at room temperature up to 3 days or frozen up to 2 months.
Calories from Fat: 63
Total Fat: 7 g
Saturated Fat: 1 g
Cholesterol: 27 mg
Sodium: 119 mg
Total Carbohydrate: 28 g
Dietary Fiber: 2 g
Sugars: 16 g
Protein: 3 g
Not all recipes presented here are necessarily appropriate for all people with diabetes, nor will all recipes fit into every meal plan. No two meal plans are alike. Work with your health care provider, diabetes educator or dietitian to design a meal plan that's right for you, and includes the foods you love. A key message for people with diabetes is "Carbs Count." Foods high in carbs (carbohydrates) -- bread, tortillas, rice, crackers, cereal, fruit, juice, milk, yogurt, potatoes, corn, peas, sweets -- raise your blood glucose levels the most.
For many people, having 3 or 4 servings of a carb choice at each meal and 1 or 2 servings at snacks is about right. Keep an eye on your total number of servings. For example, if you choose to have dessert, cut back on potatoes.
Round out your meals with a serving of:
- Meat (such as fish or chicken) or meat substitute (such as beans, eggs, cheese, and tofu) about the size of a deck of cards and
- Non-starchy vegetables (such as broccoli or lettuce). If you have three (3) or more servings of non-starchy vegetables, count them as a carbohydrate choice. Three (3) servings is equal to 1 1/2 cups of cooked vegetables, or three (3) cups of raw vegetables.
Check your blood glucose to see how your food choices or these recipes affect your blood glucose. If your meal plan isn't working for you, talk to your dietitian about making a new one.
Along with exercise and medications (insulin or oral diabetes pills), nutrition is important for good diabetes management. By eating well-balanced meals in the correct amounts, you can keep your blood glucose level as close to normal (non-diabetes level) as possible.
The recipes on this page are only a part of what is offered in recipe books from the American Diabetes Association. Many also include information on meal planning, portion control, food buying and seasoning, as well as general cooking hints and tips for people with diabetes.
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