Start this January off with me by making homemade apple cinnamon bread with low sugar. I’ve made this bread twice within two weeks and love it. I used my banana bread recipe but used apples instead.
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Not only do the apples make it the perfect healthy bread to bake in January. The recipe contains no oil so it is low fat, and it’s low in sugar.
Since then, I made it again and discovered that I prefer to heat it up in a dish and top it with whipped cream.
This is a moist apple bread, so it reminds me somewhat of bread pudding. I don’t know about you, but I love bread pudding.
Whipped cream in the can from the dairy aisle or whipped topping in the frozen grocery store section will work. Or use heavy whipping cream.
Healthy Bread Recipe with Apples
If you’re looking for a healthy apple bread recipe, consider making one with apples and cinnamon. I think of this bread as ABC bread, “A” for apples, “B” for bread, and “C” for cinnamon. When you bake bread with the ABC concept, think of it as creating healthy homemade bread recipes with new ideas.
Actually, the first time I made this apple cinnamon bread, I had intended to make banana bread. But I happened to have apples on hand and thought apple bread sounded wonderful. The bread turned out amazing, and everyone loved it on Christmas Day.
Healthy Recipe Benefits of Apple Cinnamon Bread
Apple cinnamon bread can be healthy if you are careful with ingredients you include. First of all, it’s an apple bread recipe, and an apple a day keeps the doctor away, right?
I’ve attempted to keep this a low sugar recipe because my husband eats diabetic-friendly foods. So I recommend using a whole-grain or sprouted bread with high fiber for glycemic benefits.
And cinnamon can help to:
- reduce risk of heart disease
- lower blood sugar levels and support better blood sugar control
- may have anti-inflammatory properties
Check out my Mini Applesauce & Zucchini Bundt recipe that is diabetic friendly also.
Type of Apples to Use in Apple Cinnamon Bread
You can use whichever type of apples you prefer in apple cinnamon bread although some types of apples may taste better. I like to use Pink Lady or Gala. However, Granny Smith apples can be beneficial in balancing the sweet and tart flavors.
Special Ingredients Needed for this Apple Cinnamon Bread Recipe
- Zero Calorie Brown Sugar (diabetic friendly)
- Coconut Flour
- Whole Wheat Flour or White Whole Wheat Flour (whole wheat is healthier)
- Unsweetened Applesauce
- Raw Pecans
- Ground Cinnamon
Apple Cinnamon Bread with Low Sugar
homemade low sugar apple bread
- 1-1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder
- 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
- 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
- 1-1/2 Cup White Whole Wheat Flour Or use whole wheat flour
- 1/4 Cup Coconut Flour
- 3 Tablespoon Zero Calorie Brown Sugar
- 2 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
- 1/4 Teaspoon Ground Nutmeg (optional)
- 2 Eggs
- 1/2 Cup Unsweetened Applesauce
- 2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 2 Cup Pink Lady Apples, chopped Can use Gala, Granny Smith, or any apples that you have on hand
- 1 Teaspoon Zero Calorie Brown Sugar (Optional)
- 1/4 Cup Chopped raw pecans (Optional)
Heat the oven to 400°.
Mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
Bring the eggs to room temperature prior to mixing.
Then beat the eggs in another large mixing bowl.
Mix in the unsweetened applesauce and vanilla.
Combine the dry and wet ingredients, and mix well.
Add the chopped apples into the mixture, and pour the batter into the parchment paper that has been fitted into the loaf pan.
Mix a teaspoon of the Zero Calorie Brown Sugar with the chopped pecans and sprinkle on top. (Optional)
Bake at 400° for 60-70 minutes.
Test for doneness by inserting a wooden toothpick into the middle of the bread.
If the toothpick is clean, not wet, it's done.
Note: The estimated cost of this recipe was determined according to ingredients I did not already have on hand.
Hey, look at this other super easy dessert made with pumpkin. It’s called Pumpkin Dump Cake and can also be adapted to a diabetic-friendly treat as well. Of course, it’s great for holidays and fall days but tastes wonderful all year long.
To make the Pumpkin Dump Cake sugar free or with low sugar, use a sugar-free yellow cake mix. You’ll need to use an alternative to the cream for topping. But you should be able to substitute with a no-sugar added vanilla ice cream.
Okay, by now you can probably figure out that I do love sweets. So until your next visit to Kitchen Southern Hospitality, have an amazing week and I hope you visit my blog again soon to see what else I’ve been cooking.