Makes approximately 12 servings • Adapted from The Mayo Clinic
- 2 cups assorted chopped dried fruit, such as cherries, currants, dates, or figs
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/2 cup crushed pineapple packed in juice, drained
- Zest and juice of 1 medium orange
- Zest and juice of 1 lemon
- 1/2 cup unsweetened apple juice
- 2 tablespoons natural vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/4 cup flaxseed flour
- 1 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup crushed or chopped walnuts
- In a medium bowl, combine dried fruit, applesauce, pineapple, fruit zests and juices, and vanilla. Let soak for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Line the bottom of a 9-inch-by-4-inch pan with parchment (baking) paper.
- In a large bowl, whisk together sugar, oats, flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Add fruit and liquid mixture to dry ingredients and stir to combine. Add egg and walnuts and stir to combine.
- Pour mixture into loaf pan and bake at 325 F for 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let the fruitcake cool for 30 minutes before removing it from the pan.