Everyone needs a good, basic, dried fruit and nut bread for sharing at the holidays, or using up leftover pantry ingredients. This simple dairy-free recipe is a keeper. It uses basic supplies, and tastes delicious with whatever dried fruits and nuts you have on hand. You can even make it nut-free by substituting seeds or more fruit, if needed.
Special Diet Notes: Dried Fruit and Nut Bread
By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, peanut-free, soy-free, and vegetarian.
For egg-free and vegan bread, see our egg substitution guide.
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- ½ cup sugar
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup raisins, dried cranberries, or chopped dried fruit
- ¾ cup chopped walnuts, pecans, Brazil nuts, or other nuts
- 1 tablespoon orange zest
- 1 egg
- 1 cup unsweetened dairy-free milk beverage
- 2 tablespoons oil (can sub dairy-free buttery spread or shortening)
- Grease an 8x5-inch loaf pan.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add the dried fruit, nuts, and zest, and whisk or stir to combine.
- In a medium mixing bowl, beat the egg until frothy. Mix in the milk beverage and oil.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, and stir just until combined. Do not over mix.
- Transfer the batter to your prepared loaf pan and even it out. Let it sit for 20 minutes.
- As the batter rests, preheat your oven to 350°F.
- Bake the bread for 55 to 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean.
- Remove the bread to a wire rack to cool for several hours before slicing.
Orange Glaze Option: In a small bowl, whisk 1 cup powdered sugar with 1 tablespoon orange juice (fresh-squeezed, if possible) until smooth. Drizzle over cooled bread.