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My Mom is always spoiling my Dad with homemade treats to take to work in his lunch. Usually it’s some type of cookies, like her classic peanut butter cookies, or a simple pound cake. Occasionally when I was growing up she would make him this apricot bread, which we also loved to eat toasted for breakfast. I’m a huge fan of quick breads that don’t require any yeast and are ready in half the time.
As a firefighter, James doesn’t ever take his lunch to work. (The thought of that makes me laugh a little actually.) They have a fully stocked pantry and working kitchen, so there is no need. I do, however, like to keep homemade treats available at home for him and the kids. I also like to sneak in extra nutrients whenever I get a chance. We’ve started adding butternut squash to alfredo sauces, pureed cauliflower to mashed potatoes, and using other tricks to get added veggies into our meals.
Ian is just starting to eat solid foods and when I saw the container of Gerber Oatmeal Cereal on the counter I decided to add some to this bread recipe. The Gerber Cereal is fine enough that it works wonderfully in recipes, such as muffins, smoothies, or even meatloaf! Not only is it iron-fortified, but it has a Vitablocks blend of B Vitamins, Vitamins E and C, iron, zinc, and calcium. Perfect for packing in those extra nutrients.
There are four Nestle Gerber varieties available at Walmart: Oatmeal Cereal Single-Grain, Multigrain Cereal, Oatmeal & Banana Cereal, and Lil’ Bits Oatmeal Banana Strawberry. To show you that these products are not just baby food but also a great recipe substitute as well, I’m giving away $50! Use it to try the products for yourself and make this Apricot-Orange Oatmeal Bread.
Apricot-Orange Oatmeal Bread
- 3 medium oranges
- 1 beaten egg
- 2 tbsp coconut oil melted
- 4 oz Gerber® Apricot with Mixed Fruit
- 2 cups flour
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/3 cup Gerber® Oatmeal Cereal Single Grain
- 1 cup snipped dried apricots
- Finely shred peel from one orange; reserve peel.
- Squeeze juice from all oranges and measure 3/4 cup of the juice.
- In a small mixing bowl, combine the 3/4 cup orange juice, 1 teaspoon of the shredded orange peel, apricot baby food, and egg.
- Allow the mixture to come to room temperature before adding the melted coconut oil.
- In a large mixing bowl, stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, baking soda, and oatmeal cereal.
- Add orange juice mixture to dry ingredients; stir just until moistened.
- Pour boiling water over the dried snipped apricots and let stand for five minutes.
- Drain well and fold into batter.
- Turn batter into a lightly greased 8x4x2 loaf pan.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes, or until wooden pick inserted near center comes out clean.
- Allow to cool 10 minutes in pan before removing and cooling thoroughly on a wire rack.