Recently I got a whole grain apple bread from the local supermarket and the thing I miss was apples in it. It has some tiny bits of apples but it was nowhere close to apple bread. So I decided to bake this whole wheat apple walnut cinnamon bread; full of my favorite fall flavors. Thank God ! I came across this nice recipe of Apple Bread by Erin. This recipe was healthier as it contains healthy ingredients and full of walnuts and apples.
I like apples and it is one of the fruits which is abundantly available at my native place . I am from a beautiful hilly state of Himachal Pradesh, India which is famous for its apples. So, it’s quite obvious for me to use apples in many recipes. This apple walnut cinnamon bread is packed with juicy Canadian Ambrosia apples, walnuts, cinnamon and seeds ( flax and pumpkin seeds). But feel free to use any apples of your choice ( sweet & tart), I have used Ambrosia apples as they are locally grown and one of the most suitable varieties of apples for kids too. It is naturally sweet so I need to add less sugar to my recipes.
The second most important ingredient of this recipe is cinnamon and you know that many apple recipes are just incomplete without cinnamon. Cinnamon not only enhances taste and flavor of baked goods it also adds health benefits to the recipes.
I have also added nuts and seeds to my delicious apple cinnamon bread. As nuts and seeds are a great way to add vitamins, minerals, fiber and essential fatty acids to the diet. So I have opted for three of the healthiest nuts and seeds for this recipe. I have used a flax egg instead of flax seed but you can also use flax seeds if you like.
1/2 cup walnut halves, toasted and roughly chopped
2 tbsp sunflower seeds, lightly toasted
Preheat your oven to 350 °F and grease 8x4 inch baking pan and keep aside.
Take a large bowl and combine wheat flour, salt, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda and allspice powder.
In a small bowl whisk together applesauce, flax egg, egg, yogurt, vanilla, sugar and coconut oil until creamy and smooth.
Gradually mix dry ingredients mixture with wet mixture. Fold in the apples, walnut and sunflower seeds ( reserving 2 tbsp of walnuts and sunflower seeds for topping).
Pour the batter into prepared loaf pan, gently press to even out and then sprinkle walnuts and sunflower seeds on the top, press lightly so that they stick to the batter.
Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven, cover with a foil and bake for another 15-20 minutes;or until the toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven and place on the wire rack and let the bread cool in the pan for about 10-15 minutes. Remove from the pan and let it cool for few minutes. Slice and serve warm with your favorite bread spread.