Lately I’ve been trying to make an effort not to bring home so many snacks and treats from the grocery store. I really do think that a treats ARE important and should be appreciated, and thoroughly enjoyed. So, if it’s not THAT tasty (store bought cookies, I’m talking about you), then I’d rather just pass and indulge a little more the next time we go out. This week in particular, we have a lot of exciting eating escapades, so I thought I would whip up something healthful and delicious to tuck into as an evening treat in place of Halloween candy (yep- still working my way through, though admittedly, I’ve eaten all the Reese’s and am left with the less exciting Kit Kats and Smarties). I figured if I made a tasty low-fat whole wheat fruit loaf that it could also double as a breakfast item and make waking up THAT much sweeter. So without much more chit chat, this is what I did:
Healthy Tropical Loaf
Healthy Tropical Loaf
- 1 cup dried tropical fruit (I used pineapple, banana, and mango)
- 1/2 cup boiling water
- Canola oil for greasing
- A bit of all-purpose flour for dusting tins
- 2 large egg whites
- 1 large egg
- 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/3 cup plain fat-free vanilla yogurt
- 1/4 cup vegetable or canola oil
- 1/2 teaspoon real vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon dark rum
- 3/4 cup light brown sugar
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- Zest of 1 lime
- 1/3 cup flaked sweetened coconut
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- Put the dried fruit in a bowl and cover with 1/2 cup boiling water. Let it stand while you work on the rest of the batter.
- Lightly grease 2 8-inch loaf pans and then dust with a bit of flour.
- Beat the egg whites and egg in a medium bowl, and then add the applesauce, yogurt, oil, vanilla and rum. Once combined, whisk in the sugar, making sure its fully dissolved.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, lime zest and coconut.
- Add in the egg/yogurt/applesauce mixture to the dry ingredients. Then drain the dried fruit (discard the liquid), and fold the dried fruit into the batter.
- Divide batter between the two pans. Bake at 350° for about 55-60 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans for 15 minutes on a wire rack.
- 8.Meanwhile, prepare the glaze. Whisk the powdered sugar with the lime juice and heat in the microwave for 30 seconds or so to help dissolve any lumps.
- Remove the loafs from pans and transfer to a wire rack. Drizzle the glaze (you can use as much or as little as you like, but just know that it does add sweetness and tart flavour). Allow to cool completely before cutting in and eating.
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Updated on June 11th, 2017
Abbey Sharp is a Registered Dietitian (RD), regulated by the Ontario College of Dietitians. She is a mom, YouTuber, Blogger, award winning cookbook author, media coach specializing in food and nutrition influencers, and a frequent contributor to national publications like Healthline and on national broadcast TV shows.