Easter fig and nut loaf

Here’s a healthy twist on Easter made easy with this is a soft, fragrant, gluten free loaf. Bursting with the scent of dried figs, vanilla and crunchy nuts, I serve it with pink pepper and marinated feta.
Makes 1 large loaf (I used an 18cm Le Creuset Rectangular Bakers Stoneware)
Prep 20 minutes | Cook 60-75 minutes *Gluten free, refined sugar free, Paleo


1 cup chia seeds
2 cups water
1 cup dried figs, finely sliced
1 cup dried fruit – e.g. currants, cranberries
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
1 cup water
1 dessertspoon vanilla paste
½ teaspoon cinnamon
4 large eggs
1 cup almonds
1 cup hazelnuts
1 teaspoon bicarb soda
Pinch salt

¼ cup coconut flakes
¼ cup hazelnuts
1 tablespoon cacao nibs


  1. Preheat fan forced oven to 150°C. Line an 18cm rectangular baking dish with baking paper.
  2. In a large bowl, add chia seeds and 2 cups water. Soak for 10 minutes. Stir briefly and soak until ready to use in step 7.
  3. Meanwhile place figs, currants, vinegar, water, vanilla, cinnamon and salt in a large saucepan. Simmer gently for 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Allow to cool.
  4. In the Breville Bakery Boss bowl, place eggs and slowly turn the mixer to CREAMING/BEATING setting and beat for 1 minute.
  5. In the Breville Kitchen Wizz® Pro place almonds and PULSE into almond meal. Transfer to Bakery Boss with beaten eggs.
  6. In the Breville Kitchen Wizz® Pro place hazelnuts and PULSE until roughly chopped. Transfer ¾ cup to Bakery Boss. Reserve remainder for topping.
  7. Add almond meal, hazelnuts, bicarb soda and soaked chia mix to the Breville Bakery Boss. Reduce speed to FOLDING/KNEADING.
  8. Fold in cooled fig mixture on FOLDING/KNEADING speed and fold in for 1 minute.
  9. Carefully pour mixture into lined baking dish. Scatter coconut flakes, chopped hazelnuts and cacao nibs over the top. Press down gently.
  10. Bake for 60-75 minutes. Test with a skewer. Bake longer if required. Allow to cool slightly before serving to firm. Store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

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