Whole grains make this easy apple bread with crunchy walnuts a healthy breakfast treat.
Several weeks ago I received two gigantic bags of apples my girlfriend snagged from her mini apple orchard. With just the two of us, it was tough to get through them as delicious as they were, so I sliced them into my slow cooker and made applesauce.
As you can imagine, while I no longer have an abundance of fresh apples, my freezer is overflowing with applesauce – perfect to make apple bread any time Mr. Mike wants a breakfast treat!
It’s taken me a few years to figure out how to make a whole grain quick bread that comes out of the oven moist and tender, but I finally have it down. The key ingredient is Bob’s Red Mill Whole Wheat Pastry Flour. According to Bob the difference between whole wheat flour and whole wheat pastry flour is “whole wheat pastry flour is milled from soft white wheat, whereas regular whole wheat flour is milled from hard red wheat. It has a lower protein content than regular whole wheat flour and it makes wonderfully tender whole grain baked goods. Our Whole Wheat Pastry Flour is a good source of dietary fiber and provides 3 grams of protein per serving.”
That’s a good enough explanation for me! Whole grain breads, cakes, cookies and muffins come out tender every time, so I’m happy and so is Mike.
To add flavor and texture to this apple bread we crumbled walnuts on top before the pans hit the oven. At less than 225 calories for a nice thick slice with your coffee or tea, the added healthy fat doesn’t hurt anyone.
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That’s my apple bread recipe for today. If apples aren’t your thing, you could easily turn this into a banana or zucchini bread. Simply add a little more milk to the batter to make up for the moisture in the applesauce.
Have a terrific week!
Whole Grain Apple Walnut Bread
20 minPrep Time
60 minCook Time
1 hr, 20 Total Time
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil
- 3 cups sugar free applesauce
- 2 large eggs
- 2 large egg white
- 1/2 cup honey
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
- 3 cups whole wheat pastry flour
- 1 cup walnut pieces
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and generously spray two loaf pans with cooking spray.
- Melt coconut oil in the microwave for 30 seconds on high in a large glass bowl.
- Add applesauce, and stir well.
- Add eggs and honey stirring to combine.
- Add baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and flour and combine well.
- Pour the mixture into loaf pans and top with each pan with walnuts, lightly pressing them into the batter.
- Bake for 50 - 60 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Food energy: 211kcal
Weight Watchers PointsPlus 6
Saturated fatty acids: 2.95g
Monounsaturated fatty acids: 1.11g
Polyunsaturated fatty acids: 3.96g
Total fat: 8.03g
Calories from fat: 72
Carbohydrate, by difference: 31.48g
Total dietary fiber: 3.53g
Total lipid (fat): 8.66g
Total sugars: 13.34g
I was compensated by Herbal Papaya with a small package of their products.