Healthy Apricot Fruit Loaf (no added sugar, gluten free)

My afternoons often consist of “Mummy my tummy’s hungry” from Miss K (age 4) and “Mor Mor” with a sign for “Eat” from J-boy (17 months). I swear the toddler boy could graze all afternoon if allowed! I’m constantly on the look out for tasty, healthy snacks for my kids. Generally I prefer to have some savoury snacks around – with some veggies involved when I can sneak them in. However this week, after spending time talking to clients about malt loaf, I was fancying a chewy, sweet but healthy loaf cake that is dense to keep hungry tums full.

This one was knocked up in about 20 minutes with J-boy helping me. He ate some of the apricots, tipped out the flour and licked the spatula clean! I cooked at the same time as our chicken tray bake was in the oven too. That meant both the kids sneaked a piece with their yoghurt after tea šŸ™‚  Let’s just say it was devoured pretty quickly.

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Mis K: “It’s the goodest cake Mummy, its the goodest cake with fruit in it”

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Although I made this for the kids, I made it wheat and gluten free so that I can join in the fun too!

Healthy Apricot Fruit Loaf
Serves 15
This is a healthy, no added sugar, low fat, gluten free recipeā€¦ completely suitable for toddlers and adults alike.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
40 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
40 min
196 calories
45 g
0 g
2 g
3 g
0 g
89 g
6 g
16 g
0 g
2 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 196
Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g
Saturated Fat 0g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 6mg
Total Carbohydrates 45g
Dietary Fiber 2g
Sugars 16g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 200g dried apricots
  2. 2 oranges
  3. water
  4. 225g rice flour
  5. 1 tsp xanthum gum
  6. 2 tsp baking powder
  7. 1 tsp cinnamon
  8. 50g ground almonds
  9. 350g raisins
  1. Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 3. Grease and line a loaf tin.
  2. Cut up the apricots into small chunks and place in a small saucepan.
  3. Juice the 2 oranges into a measuring jug, make up to 350ml with water and add to the saucepan. Heat to boiling and then turn the heat off.
  4. Mix the flours, xanthum gum, baking powder, cinnamon, ground almonds and raisins together.
  5. Now add the apricots and liquid in, mix well.
  6. The mixture will be thick and sticky (but tasty). Spoon into the loaf tin and bake.
  7. Leave to cool a little in the loaf tin if you can before cooling properly on a wire rack.
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