Dried Fruit ‘n Nuts Bread Recipe (yeast and egg free)

Dried Fruits 'n Nuts Bread (Hälsobröd)

Sometimes I am amazed at how easy and fun it is to make a recipe from scratch. I was not raised to make cakes from scratch, so I always thought that everyone made cakes, pancakes, and anything of that nature from a box. Boy, was I wrong!

Lately, my husband and I have been into making homemade bread, also known as the Swedish bread - Hälsobröd. His upbringing was a bit different from mine, he grew up in Europe where buying pre-made ingredients from a box was unheard of. When we first started dating I found myself gravitating towards pre-made items in the grocery store and he would ask me, “why don’t we just make it fresh at home?!” OMG, what a concept – fresh, at home! 

I hate to admit it, but I was stuck inside of my own bubble and never took the time to prepare anything from scratch. I had no clue it would be so much fun experimenting and trying new recipes from scratch. Now, I find so much joy dabbling in the kitchen and coming up with new ways to make a recipe taste even better. 

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour


Dry Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour (3.5 dl)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds (60 ml)
  • 1/4 cup flaxseed (60 ml)
  • 1/2 cup walnuts (1 dl)
  • 1/2 cup raisins (1 dl) Trader Joe's Organic Thompson Seedless Raisins
  • 1/2 cup dried apricots (diced in smaller pieces) (1 dl) Trader Joe's Dried Apricots
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries (1 dl)

Wet Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups kefir (or substitute with buttermilk) (4 dl)
  • 1 tbsp date syrup (may substitute with molasses)
  • 1 tbsp agave


  1. Warm the oven to 350° degrees.

  2. In a large bowl, combine whole wheat flour, salt, and baking soda. Whisk all the dry ingredients together.

  3. Mix in kefir, date syrup, and agave.

  4. Then add dried fruits and nuts. Mix everything together.

  5. Let the mixture rest for 5 minutes. During this time, you can prepare a loaf pan by greasing and dusting with flour and sesame seeds. I use coconut oil as a healthier substitution for greasing the pan. Bake for 40 – 50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.