Apple Walnut Flax Seed Bread

Apple Walnut Flax Seed Bread

I made y’all some bread.

Apple Walnut Flax Seed 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.

Apple Walnut Flax Seed Bread

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.


Ingredients.  Essential.


Apples.  Walnuts.  Flax Seeds.


Sugar topping gets crusty and extra yummy when baked.  For serious.

Apple Walnut Flax Seed Bread

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

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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.

139 thoughts on “Apple Walnut Flax Seed Bread

  1. I wonder if this bread would be enough to hide the flax seeds from my husband. He claims they make him “cough” when he eats them on cereal or in oatmeal. He has a strong aversion to healthy. I might just have to try this!

  2. Looks yummy indeed, but I have to say I’m getting curious to see your new kitchen, please please please…

  3. Totally love the health aspect since it’s not long to swimsuit season. After all butter and sugar get neutralised in the presence of nuts and wholegrains, my mum told me so it must be true.

    1. ha! nope. that was all me. lemme tell you. i looked at that recipe for ten minutes straight this morning. i couldn’t… for the life of me… figure out what was missing! thank you!

    1. I have always heard that you need to grind flax seeds to get any benefit from them. I would give them a quick run in a coffee grinder or food processor.

      1. This is true. i’m a registered nurse, so not to be vulgar, but you literally send the seeds out the other end when you eat them whole. Grind them or you won’t get any benefit but some roughage! This is one of my “flax” pet peeves.

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