Applesauce Bread

I hate wasting food. So sometimes I pick what to make by what I have to use up. This time it was applesauce - no one was eating the rest of a big jar of it. I searched around for a healthy bread. And an easy one. And a forgiving one, because I’m a pretty reckless ingredient subber. I made this and it lasted about three hours. So I made a double batch the next day, slightly differently, and it still tasted really good. (Found a second jar of applesauce in the pantry - yay!)

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup applesauce, unsweetened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil or good quality butter
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk - made with milk (almond works, but use cow if you like) plus two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 large egg, or for vegan, 1/4 cup water with a tablespoon of ground flax or chia seeds
  • 1/3 cup sugar - date or unrefined cane or brown - whatever you have
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon (total) other spices you like - I used a chai tea mix - cardamom, cloves, nutmeg, ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour, or sub some almond flour, which I happened to have to use up
  • 1/2 cup oat flour (blend some oats for a few seconds) - or use more wheat flour if you don’t feel like this step
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a loaf or square baking pan.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the applesauce, vanilla, oil, and buttermilk until completely combined.
  3. Add in the egg (or egg sub) and sugar. Mix.
  4. Add in the salt, spices, baking soda, and baking powder.
  5. Add in the flours - whatever combo you’re using.
  6. Stir until JUST combined.
  7. Pour into the prepared bread pan.
  8. Sprinkle a little cinnamon sugar on the top (I did once, then forgot once).    
  9. Bake for 55-65 minutes (longer for a loaf, shorter for a baking dish) or until a knife comes out clean.

Tip: don’t leave it out in the counter with a knife next to it, or it’ll be gone way too fast. :)