There’s a reason an apple a day keeps the doctor away — it’s high in fiber and antioxidants. This bread’s so tasty, you’ll forget it’s good for you!
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 50 minutes
- Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes
1 1⁄2 cups whole-wheat pastry flour
1 1⁄2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1⁄2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1⁄4 teaspoon ground allspice
1⁄4 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1⁄2 cup raw brown sugar (turbinado) or packed light brown sugar
1⁄4 cup canola oil
1⁄4 cup plain low-fat yogurt or buttermilk
1 cup applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1⁄2 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped (or 1/2 cup raisins, plumped for 5 minutes in warm water and drained)
- Preheat the oven to 350F degrees with a rack in the middle. Lightly oil a loaf pan and line with parchment paper. Oil the parchment paper.
- Sift together the flours, baking soda, spices and salt. In a large bowl, beat together the eggs and sugar until the mixture is thick. Beat in the oil, yogurt or buttermilk, applesauce and vanilla.
- Whisk in the flour mixture without overbeating, and fold in the walnuts or raisins.
- Scrape into the loaf pan and bake 45 to 50 minutes, until the bread is firm, and a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
- Let cool in the pan for 15 minutes. Turn over onto a rack to cool completely.