4 Ingredient Real Fruit Cake, whole grain and no sugar!

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I deliberately waited until after Christmas to post this recipe, because I did not want it to be confused with that kind of fruitcake. Which don't misunderstand me, I love that kind of fruitcake also, but this is different.

This is real dried fruit, not candied or dyed. This is real fruit juice, not sugared. This is real whole grains, and really good! This also keeps very well tucked in the back of your fridge, and cut in half one part can be frozen for later. This is perfect for relaxing with a cup of coffee or tea or taking along on a hike for some serious prevention of fatigue and hunger.

When I did a quick google search, this is an old-time classic. There are many versions, some made with coffee or tea instead of fruit juice. One recipe suggested using coffee with cream, and honestly, that is intriguing.....

4 Ingredient Real Fruit Cake, whole grain and no sugar!

But I did not see these recipes until checking this cookbook out from the library, so I shall say thanks to the author, including this book as a reference to the recipe.

This is also my first 4-ingredient recipe of 2018 which means before the end of the week I have kept in touch with my food goals for the year....

4 Ingredient Real Fruit Cake, whole grain and no sugar!
4 Ingredient Real Fruit Cake, whole grain and no sugar!

Easy Dried Fruit Cake
adapted from: 4 INGREDIENTS Christmas
275-degree oven

1 pound mixed dried fruit*
1 1/2 c unsweetened fruit juice of choice (I used pomegranate juice)
1 1/2 c self-rising flour 
NOTE: if using whole wheat self-rising flour increase to 1 3/4 c
1 c coarsely broken walnut pieces

Combine the dried fruit and fruit juice, stir well.

4 Ingredient Real Fruit Cake, whole grain and no sugar!

Cover with a tea towel or plate, let rest overnight. The following day, stir fruit mixture, stir in the self-rising flour and finally the walnut pieces.

Turn batter into a prepared loaf pan.

Bake 2 hours or until done in your oven. If it seems (smells like) the cake is baking to fast, reduce heat to 250-degrees for the last 30-45 minutes.

Let cool completely, wrap and store 24 hours before slicing.

4 Ingredient Real Fruit Cake, whole grain and no sugar!

* I place a bowl on my scale and returned to zero weight. I then took dried fruit from the cupboard, cutting and snipping until I had one pound. I used raisins, cranberries, dates, dried cherries, and prunes. Next time I will leave out the prunes, I love them, but the texture is too moist for this cake.

4 Ingredient Real Fruit Cake, whole grain and no sugar!


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  1. This looks great! I like that fruitcake too, but this is much more appealing. I'm going to make it to enjoy with my morning cup of tea. Thank you for a great recipe. --Rocquie

  2. That sound really good. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

  3. I hope you like it! I am working more and more on whole grain, less refined sugar recipes. Thank you for stopping by!

  4. This recipe sounds right up my alley, Melynda. It's going to be one of the first things I make after my season ends and I get settled for the winter in my next location!


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