Apricot & Sultana Couscous Loaf

Apricot & Sultana Couscous Loaf

Couscous loaf?!  Whaaaat?  Yes, it’s true – the combination of couscous and yogurt is a thing, and a rather delicious thing it is too.

Some people think that the texture of couscous cake is weird.  And I suppose it is, a bit.  Sort of bread pudding-y.  It’s such an easy thing to make, and my little boy just loves it.  There is no refined sugar in here whatsoever – the sweetness comes from the dried fruit and the date syrup (I used Beloved Date Nectar in this recipe; it’s awesome, you should really try it!).  If you don’t have date syrup, you could try using honey instead.

100g couscous, made to packet instructions
200g yogurt (you can use absolutely any yogurt – I used a mixture of raspberry and apricot)
25g chopped apricots
25g chopped sultanas
1 tsp mixed spice
1 tbsp Beloved date syrup

1) Pre-heat your oven to 200c (180c fan)
2) Put all ingredients in a bowl, and mix (yes, it’s as easy as that)
3) Line a loaf tin with baking paper (I use these loaf liners from Lakeland – they’re brilliant!) and spoon the mixture in.  Level it off using a spatula.
4) Bake for 35 minutes, or until golden on top

I prefer to wait for this to cool, chill it in the fridge, and then slice it up.

Couscous is a great staple to have in your cupboards; it’s so cheap, quick, healthy and easy to make up.  Made into cakes it means that little hands can pick them up and enjoy them easily too.

Health benefits
Some of the ingredients in this recipe have possible health benefits:

Couscous – Couscous is a whole-grain food and a good source of B vitamins needed to keep you healthy. Specifically, couscous provides thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, B6, folate and pantothenic acid
Yogurt –
lowers blood pressure; calcium helps keep blood vessels more supple
Apricots – contains vitamins A (for eye health), C (for the immune system) and E (an antioxidant to help maintain healthy skin, eyes and strengthens the immune system)
Sultanas – good source of energy, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants
Dates – not only high in fibre and potassium, but also contains tannins, which have an astringent quality that is useful for treating stomach upsets

*Beloved sent me some goodies to try out, and so I used their date nectar in this recipe*