I made y’all some bread.
Some big, fat, in your face, whole wheat apple bread. It’s the kind of bread that will kick your morning coffee in the face… with love and respect.
I like to do things with love and respect… even if it’s yelling at the Los Angeles traffic gods… or channeling my snarky side while on the phone with the IRS. If I say it’s done with love and respect… totally ok, right?
I love when sweet treats are also filled with things like whole wheat, and walnuts and flax seeds. It’s full of health, despite the butter and sugar. This bread is tastes like home… if your home were in, say… rural Oregon.
I like the combination of grated and coarsely chopped apples in this recipe. You get all the flavor and moisture of the apples combined with big ol’ chunks too. Delightful. Walnuts are great in this recipe and flax seeds add all kinds of health. If you don’t happen to have flax seeds on hand. No worries. You can leave them out.
Make this bread. It has cinnamon and apples in it. Really… that’s all you need to know, right?
Quick note: I only needed two apples for this loaf. The third apple I ate with my face.
Apples. Walnuts. Flax Seeds.
Sugar topping gets crusty and extra yummy when baked. For serious.
This is the part that includes your face. Insert bread into face.
Oh! One more thing… if you like crazy healthy breakfast treats, you might also enjoy these Gnarley Muffins. I posted this waaaay back in the day when I had only been at this whole blogging thing for a month. The pictures? Pretty bad.
Apple Walnut Flax Seed Bread
makes one 9×5-inch loaf
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
generous pinch freshly ground nutmeg
2/3 cup buttermilk (if you don’t have buttermilk, try these substitutions)
1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup grated apples
1/2 cup coarsely chopped apples
1 tablespoon flax seeds
3/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts, divided
cinnamon and sugar for sprinkling
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Grease and flour a 9x5x3-inch loaf pan and set aside.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flours, sugar, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg.
In a small bowl, whisk together buttermilk, eggs, melted butter and vanilla extract.
Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Add the grated apples, chopped apples flax seeds and half of the chopped walnuts. Fold to incorporate thoroughly.
Spoon batter into prepared pan and top with granulated sugar, cinnamon and the rest of the walnuts.
Bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean.
Let cool in the pan for 15 minutes then invert onto a cooling rack to cool before wrapping.
Serve slightly toasted with butter. Yumtastic.