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An energy-boosting loaf with walnuts and raisins, by Madeleine Shaw

A recipe for energy-boosting loaf with walnuts and raisins, by Madeleine Shaw

A fruit loaf like this is such a great pre-workout snack, writes Madeleine Shaw. The nuts, dates and dried fruit are all high in energy, so a bite or two of this and you’ll be able to get the most out of your exercise session.


  • 120g unsalted butter
  • 200g coconut sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 200g Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 vanilla pod, seeds scraped
  • 2 apples, grated
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 280g rice or buckwheat flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 200g walnuts, chopped
  • 75g raisins
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 100g ricotta or Greek yogurt/coconut yogurt
  • 200g seasonal berries, such as raspberries or blueberries


Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/gas mark 4. Line a 1kg loaf tin with baking paper.

Cream the butter and sugar in the food processor, add in the egg, dates, vanilla and grated apples and pulse to combine. Sift in the baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and flour with a pinch of salt and the cinnamon. Fold in the walnuts and raisins and process for five seconds so the nuts and raisins are mixed in well but not too broken up.

Pour the mixture into the tin, smoothing over the top gently, and bake for 50 minutes–1 hour until just cooked through. To see if the loaf is cooked, insert a skewer in the middle – if it comes out clean, it is done. Leaf the loaf to cool in the tin for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Cut into inch-thick slices and toast. Serve with the ricotta/yogurt and berries.

:: Taken from Madeleine's new book, Ready, Steady, Glow.