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Prepare to “fall” in love with Cinnamon Applesauce Bread. Using mostly pantry staples, you can bake up this nutritious, mouth-watering sweet bread in no time.
Although this sweet bread is made with 100% whole wheat, it is still light, moist, and incredibly flavorful. I serve it to my kids as an after school snack or for breakfast in the fall and it goes fast!
Ingredients for Cinnamon Applesauce Bread
You might even have all the ingredients in your kitchen right now. Here’s what you need:
- Whole wheat flour – I highly recommend using white whole wheat flour, like King Arthur or Prairie Gold. It makes the bread turn out much lighter than the usual whole wheat flour (made with red wheat).
- Baking powder and baking soda – For leavening.
- Salt – I use fine Himalayan pink salt since it retains more minerals/nutrients than table salt.
- Ground cinnamon and ground nutmeg – Warm spices that give that “fall” flavor.
- Eggs – Helps the bread to rise and adds protein.
- Avocado oil – This neutral, healthy oil keeps the bread moist. You could substitute melted coconut oil or vegetable oil.
- Unsweetened applesauce – Adds apple flavor, a little natural sweetness, and moisture. Make sure to check the label to see that it doesn’t have added sugar.
- Pure vanilla extract – Avoid the imitation stuff.
- Sugar – You can use white sugar (it isn’t a huge amount), but if you want something slightly healthier, try Coconut Palm Sugar. It’s less refined, retains many of the nutrients found in coconut palm, and has inulin fiber in it.
Can You Freeze Cinnamon Applesauce Bread?
You betcha! I almost always bake two loaves so my family can enjoy one now and I can freeze one for later. To freeze it well, be sure to let the bread cool completely. Then, wrap it in several layers of plastic wrap and a layer or two of foil, squeezing out any extra air. Label it and place it in the back of the freezer. It should be good to go for 1-3 months. To thaw, just set it in the fridge or the counter. Warm slices in the microwave with a little butter on top.
Other Healthy Sweet Breads
If you like this recipe, be sure to try these other nutritious quick breads…
Chocolate Sweet Potato Bread from Thriving Home
Banana Pumpkin Bread from Thriving Home
Zucchini Coffee Cake from Sweet Cayenne
Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread from Thriving Home
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- 1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt (I use pink Himalayan salt)
- 1 1/2 – 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup avocado oil (or vegetable oil)
- 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla (try making your own)
- 3/4 cup sugar (a healthier alternative is Coconut Palm Sugar)
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Make It Now:
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 9 inch loaf pan (I like and use this metal pan) with cooking spray.
- In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, oil, applesauce, vanilla, and sugar.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry mix and stir until combined. Do not over mix.
- Bake until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the middle, about 40-50 minutes in a glass loaf pan and 30-40 minutes in a metal loaf pan.
- Let cool slightly before slicing. Serving suggestion: smear a warm slice with butter. For a sweeter treat, sprinkle with more sugar and cinnamon.
Freeze For Later: Bake and let bread cool completely. Wrap tightly in a few layers of plastic wrap and foil. Squeeze out all the air, seal, and freeze.
Prepare From Frozen: Let bread thaw on the counter or in the fridge. Or you can use the defrost setting on your microwave.