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!)
- 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
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a loaf or square baking pan.
- In a large bowl, stir together the applesauce, vanilla, oil, and buttermilk until completely combined.
- Add in the egg (or egg sub) and sugar. Mix.
- Add in the salt, spices, baking soda, and baking powder.
- Add in the flours - whatever combo you’re using.
- Stir until JUST combined.
- Pour into the prepared bread pan.
- Sprinkle a little cinnamon sugar on the top (I did once, then forgot once).
- 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. :)