Dried Fruit Bread

Makes 3 small loaves

A heavy, sweet bread, high protein. Good for snacks with peanut butter and Dried Fruit Jam or toasted for breakfast with honey.

• 3 cups rolled oats
• 1 cup chopped dried apricots (may be cut with scissors)
• 3 cups water
• 1 cup raisins
• 1 cup dates, pitted and chopped
• 1 cup mixed nuts, chopped
• 1/4 cup honey
• 1/4 cup oil
• 1 teaspoon anise seed (optional)
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 4 to 4 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
• 1 cup millet flour
• 1/2 cup rye flour
• 1/2 cup soy flour
• 1/4 cup milk powder

In a large bowl, soak oatmeal and apricots in water for 15 minutes. After soaking, add raisins, dates, nuts, honey, oil, anise, and salt. Stir well. Slowly add mixed flours and milk powder and mix well with hands. Turn out on floured board and knead about 150 times. Form into three small loaves, place on flat cookie sheet, and put aside for 10 minutes, Slit tops of loaves, brush lightly with oil, and bake at 375º F for 1 1/2 hours. Cool well before packing.

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