Don’t forget figs and dates are fruit too. This fig-date bread is made with half whole wheat flour and loaded with fiber and heart healthy nutrients.
3/4 cup low-fat buttermilk
1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon rind
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
2/3 cup chopped dried figs
1/3 cup chopped pitted dates
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons canola oil
2 large eggs
3/4 cup whole wheat flour (about 3 1/2 ounces)
3/4 cup all-purpose flour (about 3 1/3 ounces)
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 350°. Heat first 4 ingredients in a small, heavy saucepan over medium heat just until bubbles begin to form around edge (do not boil). Remove from heat; stir in figs and dates. Let stand 20 minutes or until fruit softens.
Combine sugar, oil, and eggs in a large bowl; stir with a whisk until well blended. Stir in cooled milk mixture.
Lightly spoon flours into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flours, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl; make a well in center of mixture. Add milk mixture to flour mixture, stirring just until moist. Spoon batter into an 8 x 4-inch loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle walnuts evenly over batter.
Bake at 350° for 40 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in pan on a wire rack; remove from pan. Cool completely on a wire rack. Makes 12 servings.
Nutrition information per serving: Calories 192, Fat 5.8g, Saturated fat 0.8g, Protein 4.4g, Carbohydrate 32.5g, Fiber 2.9g, Cholesterol 36mg, Iron 1.4mg, Sodium 216mg, Calcium 55mg
Printable recipe available at: https://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/fig-date-walnut-quick-bread