Pecan and date bread

Looking for a breakfast alternative from gluten free bagels and fruit bread that you can toast or eat as it is? Well I think this could be the answer. Not only gluten free but grain free too ! With a sweet flavour it makes for a delicious breakfast treat.



Free from yeast or refined sugar this bread is easy on the tummy and most importantly very yummy.



Pecan and date bread

130g ground almonds

30g flax seeds

1 tsp baking powder – gluten free

1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp salt

150g pitted dates

70g finely chopped pecans ( i used my food processor )

3 free range large eggs

50ml melted unsalted butter or 50ml of melted virgin coconut oil

100ml almond milk or regular cows milk


Pre heat oven 170c 35-40mins

grease 81/2 in x 4 1/2 in loaf tin

put the ground almonds, cinnamon, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder, salt, nutmeg and flax seeds into a bowl stir well together.



chop pecans in a food processor and add



Put the pitted dates in a food processor and cut until it forms a paste add a splash of hot water to help loosen the paste.



Add the date paste to the dry ingredients along with 3 beaten eggs , the melted fat and the milk.



Stir all ingredients together well



spoon into a greased loaf tin . I lined the bottom of the tin with greaseproof paper too.



and pop in a pre heated oven 170c

check after 35 mins



leave to cool before turning on to a wire rack

slice and serve on its on or with butter or nut butter . Good toasted in the morning with your favourite low sugar jam or marmalade. Homemade no sugar jam would be perfect. I like homemade blueberry jam. Cut thicker slices for toast for best results.



You could try using a different finely chopped nut like walnuts or add 50g of raisins

This bread freezes well, ready sliced or whole.



Happy Baking!




Homemade Panettone using a grain free Ugg Foods mix

Looking through my pantry yesterday I spotted a new bread mix that I hadn’t tried before from UGG Foods, Chia Seed and Nut bread mix.



It has clear instructions on the reverse of the packaging and lists other ingredients needed to make the bread. What I had missed when I bought the bread mix originally was that it required  vinegar which unfortunately I am intolerant to. Not to be put off I decided to look at the other recipe ideas UGG Foods has suggested to make with this mix. I was pleased to see a recipe for Panettone which used the added ingredients of raisins, dark chocolate chips, nut milk etc to make a rich semi sweet bread.




1  chia seed and nut bread mix from UGG Foods

Inspired by the UGG Foods recipe idea I then added –

6 eggs

1 1/2 cups of unsweetend almond milk ( about 250mls )

3 tbsp vanilla essence

4 tbsp coconut oil melted

1/2 cup raisins and cranberries

1/2 cup dark chocolate chips ( I used taste the difference 70% dark choc chips from Sainsburys gluten free )

4 tbsp maple syrup

Click here for the UGG Foods Panettone recipe

all set!

all set!


I used lucy bee coconut oil

I used lucy bee coconut oil


I mixed all the wet ingredients

I mixed all the wet ingredients

and whisked the egg whites

I added to the bread mix

I added to the bread mix


I stirred in the egg whites

I stirred in the egg whites


I added raisins, cranberries and chocolate chips

I added raisins, cranberries and chocolate chips


I used a greased ring tin

I used a greased ring tin ring tin then check after 45mins

Bake for 40-45 mins if using a ring tin . slightly longer for a regular loaf tin.

I cooled before removing from the tin

I cooled before removing from the tin

After tasting the panettone when it was baked , I think when I make this for Christmas I will add more raisins and cranberries and maybe add a good quality mixed peel to the bake.


tiny chocolate, raisin and cranberry jewels

tiny chocolate, raisin and cranberry jewels

The Panettone was lighter in texture than I expected and had risen really well. My version was not very sweet, but you then have the option to add a low sugar jam if preferred. There is a good vanilla flavour and the dried fruit looks like little jewels in the bread very pretty and perfect for Christmas.

Due to being gluten and yeast free I have never been able to have a slice of panettone before. This recipe is also grain free using ground almonds and seeds. This would be a good substitute for a croissant or pain au chocolat for a continental breakfast for those like me who are yeast free. I was really impressed how good this tasted .

It’s not a cheap option but I imagine Panettone is always quite expensive to make.

For Christmas breakfasts or a slice with a hot drink mid morning would be perfect.




the recipe also works well adding cherries

UGG Foods make a range of mix’s from muffins to bread which are all grain free. Check out the website here >

lots of exciting recipes to inspire you too check here> UGG Foods

The Chia seed and nut bread mix was a Winner at the Free From Food Awards 2014 in the store cupboard category . 

I would love to see more stores stocking UGG Foods products, hopefully this would bring the price down. At present the mix’s are £6.95 each for a large bag


Happy Baking!