Before I left home, my mother gave me a signed copy (signed by her) of The Purity All Purpose Flour Cook Book.  I used to love to bake and did so regularly.  When I was in university and broke, I would spend my evenings either at the gym or baking.  Thank goodness one balanced out the other.I recently resurrected this book when I wanted to make a morning bread on a drizzly fall morning.  I used only what I had in the cupboard and adapted it, which I always find fun. Here is the recipe. Use all organic ingredients whenever possible.  OR stands for Original Recipe.

Preheat Oven to 350 F

2 cups of oats – I ground these to a flour in the vitamix – original recipe (OR )= flour
3 large pitted dates –  OR = 1/2 cup of sugar
3 tsp aluminum free baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
Stir all of this together

Add in 1/2 cup of finely chopped nuts.  My first choice would have been walnuts but I only had almonds and they were a nice addition.

1 TBSP of ground flax – mixed with 3 TBSP of water =OR 1 egg
3/4 cup of juice – my mom had given me some homemade crabapple juice – she said it had no sugar but it tasted sweet so use something with sweetness if you only put in 3 dates or increase the dates and use something else like almond milk. OR = milk
1/4 cup melted coconut oil = OR vegetable oil or shortening
3 bananas  = OR 1.5 cups mashed – I am guessing that 3 is close to 1.5 cups
Mix the above together, then combine with the dry ingredients.  Put in a greased pan, I used coconut oil spray.  Could also use muffin tins.

Bake for 60-70 mins or until toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.
I also added 5 chopped unsulphured apricots on top and I think next time I would blend them in.
This recipe may be easily modified to be banana and blueberry or strawberry and rhubarb or apple and cinnamon, you just need to adjust the moisture to ensure that the batter isn’t too thick or too runny.
Last note: I made this the evening before and asked my boyfriend who gets up 2-3 hours earlier than me to pop it into the oven an hour and a half before I woke.  It was awesome waking up to fresh baked bread and felt very decadent to have it served in bed with tea!

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