I was making banana bread this morning out of 2 ripe bananas and when I realized I didn’t have enough bananas for the recipe, my mom suggested adding applesauce to the recipe as a filler. This totally blew me away, because I’ve never heard of using applesauce in a bread recipe!
Feeling inspired, I thought, what if I made applesauce bread? And then feeling a little creative, I thought, what if I added actual chunks of APPLES, and cinnamon, and raisins, and maybe even walnuts…?! I searched online at many different recipes and was not able to find one that looked or sounded like what I was craving (I blame my pregnancy hormones LOL), so I decided to create my own recipe!
This loaf of bread is AMAZING, and surprisingly easy to make. It came out very moist, yet sweet and chunky at the same time. It’s the best bread I’ve made so far, by far, and I cannot wait to see the raving reviews I get in the comments when you make it yourself! And as a bonus, I added two scoops of Super Seed, as a secret ingredient, so the kids would get the healthy fiber benefits without even noticing a difference in the taste! 😉 Here are some health benefits of Super Seed. http://www.gardenoflife.com/Products-for-Life/Digestive-Health/Super-Seed.aspx
Chunky Cinnamon Raisin Applesauce Bread
1 cup All-Purpose flour
1 cup wheat flour
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup honey (I used clover honey)
1 t baking powder
1 t baking soda
3/4 t salt
2 t ground cinnamon
1/2 t ground nutmeg
1 stick butter (melted)
1 cup applesauce
1 cup raisins
1 over-ripe Gala apple, chopped up into tiny 1/4 inch pieces (Gala apples are the yellow and red ones, and their flavor is tart, yet sweet. The one I used had been sitting in my fridge for over a month and was starting to wrinkle and soften)
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)
2 scoops Super Seed (optional; Super Seed is a fine mixture of flax seed, legumes, chia seeds, etc. It has a cinnamon scent, and is a nice way to throw in something healthy that the kids won’t even notice, Haa!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix all powders together, with Super Seeds, then add in all ingredients except fruits and nuts.
Beat on medium speed for about a minute, or until all ingredients are mixed well.
Chop up apple into 1/4 inch chunks.
Fold in raisins, walnuts, and apple chunks into the batter.
Prepare a loaf pan by spraying it with non-stick cooking spray. Sprinkle flour over that if desired.
Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until toothpick inserted comes out dry and clean.
Let sit for an hour or two to cool, then enjoy!
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