Low-fat fruit loaf

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Fat-free fruit loaf recipe
Fat-free fruit loaf recipe
  • Serves: 10 - 12

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    (may need an extra 5 mins)
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  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Costs: Cheap as chips

This delicious low-fat fruit cake won't ruin your diet or your purse. It takes just 15 minutes to prepare and costs 13p per slice - bargain!


  • 1 tea bag
  • 200g sultanas
  • 100g dried apricots, chopped
  • 175g soft brown sugar
  • 2 medium eggs, beaten
  • 225g wholemeal flour
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 1tsp mixed spice
  • 1kg loaf tin

Top tip: If you flour nuts and dried fruits before adding them to cake recipes, they won't sink to the bottom.

Allyson Price, 72, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire


1. Soak the tea bag in 300ml boiling water and steep for 5 mins. Add the fruit and soak for 2-3 hrs.
2. Preheat the oven to 180C (gas mark 4). Grease and base line the 1kg loaf tin.
3. Mix the sugar and eggs into the fruit mixture. Mix the flour, baking powder and mixed spice together and stir into the fruit mixture.
4. Spoon into the prepared tin and bake for 45-50 mins or until firm to touch and a skewer comes out clean. Allow to cool slightly before removing from the tin.

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Nutritional information per portion

  • Low
  • Med
  • High
  • Calories 225(kcal)
  • Fat 2.0g
  • Saturates 0.4g
  • Sugars 36.0g
  • Salt 0.2g

This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.

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  • 4
(106 ratings)

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London baker

Such a tasty loaf- thanks for the earl grey tip. I used rye flour and 5 tsps of baking soda plus some sunflower and pumpkin seeds sprinkled on the top. Delicious!


Cake too sweet for us with way too much sugar - baked again using less than half the sugar and some agave - much nicer. Also used organic fruit and spelt flour which is healthier


This has now become a regular in our house, and we use Earl Grey tea-bags - just right with an afternoon cuppa.


Yummy with a cup of tea in the afternoon. :)


Made for the first time last night using 2 orange flavoured tea bags. Just one question, was I supposed to drain the fruit after soaking?? I did drain it, but ended up adding half the juice back in, either way it tasted delicious! ;)


I decided to not use tea, but fresh orange juice instead, also used less sugar, and I think it is delicious!


i have just made this loaf have not baked for sometime now so thought i would start again my version of this taste better than it looks plus all the fruit sunk to the bottom aaaaahhhh and it looks really moist ?.


Gorgeous :)


Nicest fruit cake ever and so easy to make! Tried the fruit t-bag trick - fantastic!


This is a fabulous cake just as it is, but if you want to make it a bit more fruity switch the t-bag for a fruit t-bag. It's an old trick but a good one!!

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