I have a fall-themed Brown Sugar Applesauce Bread coming at you today!
I love, love, love quick breads! Don’t you? They’re a breeze to whip up and are always so gosh-darn tasty! They’re great for breakfast, a lazy afternoon snack or giving as a gift! This recipe is no exception.
My only hesitation with most quick breads, is that they’re usually pretty high in calories and fat, so I feel a little guilty having a slice (or two). When I came across a lighter version in Taste of Home (August/September 2008 ) I knew I had to try it.
Now, don’t let the word “lighter” scare you away! I know associating this word with baked goods might make you think it’s going to be bland or dry, but that isn’t the case with this recipe! The applesauce makes it super moist and the spices give it great flavor! I don’t think anyone would ever know it has under 140 calories per slice. Apples, fall spice AND low in calories, what’s not to like about that?
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 2½ tsp. cinnamon, divided
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- ½ tsp. salt
- ½ tsp. baking powder
- ¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
- 2 egg whites
- 1 egg
- 1¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
- ¼ cup oil
- 3 Tbs. fat free milk
- 3 Tbs. brown sugar
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x5 inch loaf pan with cooking spray and set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine the first 7 dry ingredients listed, only adding 2 tsp.cinnamon
- In a small bowl whisk together the egg whites, egg, applesauce, oil and milk. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, just until moistened.
- Pour batter into prepared pan. Combine remaining ½ tsp. cinnamon with the 3 Tbs. brown sugar. Sprinkle on top of batter.
- Bake for 45-55 minutes, until top is brown and when tested with a toothpick, no batter remains on it. Remove from oven to cool on a wire rack.
*Recipe adapted from Taste of Home Healthy Cooking, August/September 2008 Edition