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Best Ever Nut Bread

A tasty treat for lunches or afterschool snacking!


  • 2 cups (500 mL) yellow split pea purée (uses 1 cup dry)
  • 2/3 cup (150 mL) butter
  • 2 cups (500 mL) sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2/3 cup (150 mL) water
  • 3 1/3 cups (825 mL) sifted all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) baking soda
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) salt
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) baking powder
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup (250 mL) chopped walnuts or pecans


Yellow split pea purée: rinse 1 cup (250 mL) dry yellow split peas under cool running water.  Place rinsed peas in a medium saucepan with 1 1/2 cups (625 mL) water, bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 45 minutes.  Cool slightly and do not drain.  In small batches, mash or purée cooked peas with a food processor, blender or potato masher until the consistency of canned pumpkin.  Add more water 1 Tbsp (15 mL) at a time to reach desired consistency.  Set aside.

Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).

Cream together butter and sugar. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Add split pea purée and water.

In a separate bowl, sift together dry ingredients, except nuts. Stir into creamed mixture along with chopped nuts.

Bake in 2 well-greased 5 x 9-inch (13 x 23 cm) loaf pans for 60-70 minutes. When a toothpick inserted into the centre of loaf comes out clean, the bread is done. Cool loaves and store in airtight plastic bags.


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Wonder if you could substitute whole wheat flour for part or all of the flour?


Great question! We haven’t tried this recipe with whole wheat flour. If you would like to give it a try, we suggest replacing a third of the all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour to start. After baking, if the loaves are moist, then you’ve got the right amount. If you use only whole wheat flour, the loaves may be too dry as this flour does absorb more moisture than all-purpose. Let us know what you tried and how it turned out!