[Mood Tip: Wheat germ is an excellent source of vitamin E, a nutrient that helps lower the risk for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.]
While other fruit breads supply 160 to 200 calories a slice and up to 9 grams of fat, this tasty, festive bread is 30 percent lower in calories and contains a third the fat. It’s a great gift bread, addition to a buffet table, appetizer for a holiday party, or breakfast bread. Top with sugar-free marmalade or marmalade mixed with fat-free cream cheese, and serve with a glass of nonfat milk or cup of Frothy ‘n Rich Hot Chocolate.
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup toasted wheat germ
2/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon orange zest
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons dried cranberries
1 generous cup apple butter
1/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup liquid egg substitute (equivalent of 1 whole egg)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Coat bread pan with cooking spray.
1) In a large bowl, blend flour, wheat germ, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and fruit zests with a wire whisk until thoroughly mixed. Stir in cranberries and set aside.
2) In a medium bowl, thoroughly blend apple butter, oil, egg substitute, and vanilla.
3) Add apple butter mixture to flour mixture and blend only until dry ingredients are wet. Pour into bread pan. Bake for 50 minutes, or until wooden toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.
4) Cool on wire rack for 10 minutes, remove from pan, and continue to cool to room temperature. Slice and serve. Makes 18 slices.
Nutrition Information per slice: 158 Calories, 20 percent fat (3.5 grams), < 0.5 grams saturated fat, 74 percent carbohydrate, 6 percent protein, 1 gram fiber.