This wholesome quick-bread recipe is just what you need; whatever berries you have on hand go into a versatile, whole-grain buttermilk batter that can be baked into muffins, loaves or even doughnutlike mini Bundts.

Stacy Fraser
Source: EatingWell Magazine, October/November 2005


Recipe Summary

1 hr 15 mins
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  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F for muffins, mini loaves and mini Bundts or 375 degrees F for a large loaf. (See pan options, above.) Coat pan(s) with cooking spray.

  • Whisk whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda and salt in a large bowl.

  • Whisk eggs, buttermilk, brown sugar, butter, oil, vanilla and almond extract in another large bowl until well combined.

  • Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients, pour in the wet ingredients and stir until just combined. Add berries and almonds. Stir just to combine; do not overmix. Transfer batter to the prepared pan(s). Top with additional almonds, if desired.

  • Bake until golden brown and a wooden skewer inserted into the center comes out clean, 22 to 25 minutes for muffins or mini Bundts, 35 minutes for mini loaves, 1 hour 10 minutes for a large loaf. Let cool in the pan(s) for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack. Let muffins and mini Bundts cool for 5 minutes more, mini loaves for 30 minutes, large loaves for 40 minutes.

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Nutrition Facts

221 calories; protein 5.7g; carbohydrates 33.3g; dietary fiber 2.9g; sugars 11.5g; fat 7.5g; saturated fat 1.8g; cholesterol 36.4mg; vitamin a iu 118.2IU; vitamin c 2.4mg; folate 7.3mcg; calcium 59.9mg; iron 0.8mg; magnesium 13.8mg; potassium 88.2mg; sodium 183.9mg; thiamin 0.1mg.

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4 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 2
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 0
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Rating: 5 stars
These are really good. I used white whole wheat flour (no white all purpose) substituted egg beaters for one egg omitted the salt substituted 2 T. applesauce for the butter (keep the canola oil!) and cut the sugar in half. I made muffins. If you spray paper liners with nonstick cooking spray the muffins are easy to remove and the muffin won't stick to the paper when you remove the liners from the muffins before you eat them. Be generous with the cinnamon and extracts---this is where the flavor is coming from. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Yummy! I love this bread much more than I thought I would. It's delicious and hearty and looks appetizing. I'm planning to try the other recipes here that use this same bread base. This recipe is nearly perfect as-is but next time I am trying the other reviewer's suggestions with the white whole wheat and applesauce to see if it still tastes amazing even more healthed-up. The only con as usual with me is it was too sweet the first time. I'm going to reduce the sugar next time. Very good bread I highly recommend it. Pros: easy bakes well multi-use easily adaptable Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Good! But easy to overcook I made the large loaf which called for 1 hour and 10 min. of baking time. I pulled it out at 45 to check and my skewer came out of with some batter on it still so I let it go the full 1 hour and 10. But when I pulled it after that the top was way overcooked and slightly burnt. The inside was still yummy but I hated having to slice off the top! next time I'm going to let it bake 50 min. at the most. Pros: The almonds and almond extract gave it a nice nutty flavor yet the berries helped keep it moist Cons: Easy to overcook Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Love this quick bread recipe! This bread is so light and tasty it's become my basic quick bread recipe. I substitute organic coconut oil for canola and whatever fruit is available. The slivered almond topping adds special appeal to the loaves or muffins. Pros: This recipe uses less oil and sugar than most quick breads and bread is light even with whole wheat Read More