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Chocolate-Walnut Soda Bread
Walnuts are a terrific source of those important omega-3 fatty acids you read about everywhere. Not only do these fatty acids have anti-inflammatory benefits to the body, but also there's promising evidence that a diet of foods rich in omega-3s can boost mood and combat depression. A modest amount of dark chocolate can also help lift your mood if it's chocolate you crave. Try a piece of this hearty bread with nonfat cream cheese. May be frozen.
1 cup white whole wheat flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 egg, beaten
1 1/4 cup nonfat or reduced-fat buttermilk
1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips (optional)
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Chocolate-Walnut Soda Bread

Chocolate-Walnut Soda Bread

Chocolate-Walnut Soda Bread
  • Servings:Serves 12
  • Prep Time:15 minutes
  • Cook Time:45 minutes
Note: If you don't have buttermilk on hand, add 1 Tbsp. white vinegar to a scant 1 1/4 cups skim milk to substitute.
1. Set oven rack to middle of oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Spray an 8-inch round cake pan with cooking spray, then line bottom of pan with a round of parchment paper. Spray paper lightly with cooking spray.
2. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together flours, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, andsalt. Stir beaten egg into buttermilk, then pour buttermilk mixture into flour mixture. Using a wooden spoon, stir batter just until flour is barely incorporated. Dough will be thick. Add nuts and chocolate chips, if using, and stir just until combined.
3. Pour batter into prepared cake pan. With a sharp knife, cut an X across top of bread. Bake for 45 minutes or until a wooden skewer poked into middle of bread comes out clean. Cool bread in pan on wire rack for 10 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature. Wrapping bread well in plastic wrap will keep it fresh for a day.
Source: Hannaford fresh Magazine, January - February 2009