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Sweet Shades of Kwanzaa Bread

by Lauren Swann, MS RD LDN

Servings: 24 (1 Slice Per Serving)
Prep Time: 20
Cook Time: 50
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Slice
Amount per serving
Calories 180
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 
 Saturated Fat 1g 
Cholesterol 25mg 
Sodium 120mg 
Total Carbohydrate 32g 
 Dietary Fiber 2g 
Protein 4g 

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

This bread is attributed to Kwanzaa, the African-American harvest celebration, enjoyed in Philadelphia where I live and also by people throughout the world. The sweet potatoes, carrots and orange juice contribute not only to the rich orange color, but also to the sweet, robust flavor and an enviable nutrition profile.


Vegetable cooking spray
1 ⅓ cups all-purpose flour
1 cup wheat germ
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 cup oats (not instant)
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 ¾ cup cooked, mashed sweet potato
3 eggs, lightly beaten
⅓ cup extra-virgin olive oil
⅓ cup orange juice
1 carrot, grated
1 cup raisins, packed


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray two 9x5x3-inch loaf pans with the cooking spray.
  2. Combine the flour, wheat germ, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, oats and brown sugar in a large bowl; set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix the remaining ingredients, then add the wet mixture to the dry ingredients and stir just until combined.
  4. Spoon the batter evenly into the pans. Bake 45 to 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  5. Cool before cutting into 24 slices.

Cooking Tip

Substitution: Instead of cooked sweet potato, you can use one 15-ounce can yams, drained and mashed; 1 pound fresh yams, peeled, boiled and mashed or one 15-ounce can pure pumpkin.

Variation: Add some crunch by stirring in ½ to 1 cup walnut pieces before baking.

Variation: Spoon the batter into 24 muffin cups coated with cooking spray. Bake 30-35 minutes, or until the toothpick inserted in the middle of a muffin comes out clean.

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About the author:

Lauren E Swann MS RD LDN

Lauren Swann, MS RD LDN

Contributor to "American Dietetic Association Cooking Healthy Across America" by American Dietetic Association and Food and Culinary Professionals, a Dietetic Practice Group of ADA. John Wiley and Sons, 2005.




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