WARNING: This bread is not for the faint of heart.
A few weeks ago I was researching nutrition for young athletes. My son is in constant motion and we worry that his diet isn’t keeping up with his activity. Despite going through 5 gallons of milk a week and feeding him constantly throughout the day, Alfredo & I still have concerns about providing him what his body needs. I came across a lot of information that I already knew: keep hydrated, carbo-load, stay away from sugars. Yes, yes, yes – I get all that. What I was really looking for was an easy answer. Someone telling me “Feed your child this.” I didn’t exactly find something as straight forward as that, but I did find a great “common-sense” article & this recipe for Power Bread on iVillage.
Ingredient Group A
- 1 cup whole wheat
- 1 up all-purpose flour
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp baking soda
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 2/3 cup nonfat dry milk
- 3 cup wheat germ
- ½ cup packed brown sugar
- ½ cup chopped walnuts
- ½ cup unsalted, dry roasted peanuts
- ½ cup dried cranberries
Ingredient Group B
- 1/3 cup chopped dried apricots
- 1/ 2 cup canola oil
- 1 /2 cup molasses
- ¾ cup orange juice
- 3 eggs
- 2 medium bananas, mashed
- Mix together Group A in a large bowl.
- Whirl Group B (except apricots) in a blender (please note: too much liquid for an average food processor).
- Add apricots and whirl just to chop coarsely.
- Pour Group B into bowl with group A and blend until moistened.
- Pour into two greased bread pans and bake at 325 for one hour or until center is firm when pressed lightly.
This bread is best if wrapped tightly in plastic and stored overnight for flavors to blend. This bread is a good source of carbohydrates, protein, calcium, iron and vitamin A.
FINAL VERDICT: There is no denying that this is healthy. The bonus is that it’s tasty as well. We all enjoyed a slice last night, but no one asked for seconds. My son & I had a slice for breakfast…. I may have to freeze the second loaf for the next swim meet. For me, I have to resist the urge to spread cream cheese all over it or toast it & add butter. I do recommend trying this recipe, especially if you have an active child or if you act like a child – it’s good for you!