A lighter bread sweetened with brown butter apples, greek yogurt, apple sauce and butterscotch chips is the the perfect treat to welcome fall! Indulge with this healthier apple bread!
How would you say one would celebrate after being victorious over a task that they once failed at?
Treating yourself in some fashion, correct?
Let’s say that task is baking. And never succeeding. Cookies and cakes that looked like something you would see on the Pinterest fail site. #hotmess
Well internet friends, I have finally succeeded at baking! If you have followed along for some time, then we both know baking and I are more frenemies than besties. Bu,t I believe we turned a page lately.
Let me introduce you to your new favorite snack, dessert, heck even breakfast. I managed to nail the flavor, consistency, the whole schbang of this bread in two tries. That is unheard of in my kitchen. When I told my husband I was attempting this bread, his eyes blew up as if I just told him I was going to become the next president. I would like to think my hubby supports my baking attempts but after so many fails, he can only consume so many not-so-delicious treats. Poor guy.
For the record, he couldn’t keep his hands off this bread.
First off, brown butter apples. Oh ya. Honestly, you could just stop there and be completely happy. Browning the butter brings out a nutty flavor that is incomparable to regular butter. Once the butter is browned, add a thinly sliced apple until slightly softened. Make sure your apples are thinly sliced. If you add thick slices, they will be too large once they are tossed into the bread; and after it bakes, the bread will crumble due to the large apple slices. I know this from experience. Save yourself and the bread…thin slices!
Next up, greek yogurt and apple sauce provide extreme moisture. Where as oil is usually added to baked goods for moisture, I swapped it out for some healthier ingredients that contribute to the flavor. The apple sauce helps to heighten the natural flavor of the bread and the greek yogurt ensures the bread is not too sweet with its tangy notes. Feel free to use vanilla greek yogurt if you have it on hand. I am sure it would rock.
I have been obsessed with coconut sugar lately for its more natural state and it works perfect here. I reduced the sugar since I did throw in butterscotch chips. I don’t know what it is, but fall just screams butterscotch to me. It’s buttery, caramel notes I can’t get over. I am lucky that some even made it into the bread…I may or may not have ate one too many spoonfuls. You know quality assurance.
Saying I am excited for this bread is an understatement. I am ecstatic! Guys, I don’t bake, but I think I can finally venture into the baking world. The moisture is on point here; moist, fluffy and not too sweet. This bread is perfect slightly warmed up and slathered with butter for a light breakfast. Or ideal for an afternoon or late night treat. There is no right or wrong way to enjoy it.
I would go even as far as saying this bread is slightly healthier for you; with no oil, reduced sugar and additions of greek yogurt, applesauce and apples you are pretty much hitting almost every food group. So don’t feel guilty indulging a bit. We didn’t!
The bread is the perfect reason to get into the kitchen, welcome fall and celebrate some successes! Now go get em tiger!
- 2 cups all purpose flour (I used Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free)
- 2 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp nutmeg
- 2 large eggs
- ½ cup coconut sugar
- 1½ Tbsp milk
- ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
- ½ cup plain, non fat greek yogurt
- 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup butterscotch chips
- 1 Tbsp butter
- 1 apple, cored and thinly sliced
- ½ cup chopped pecans
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 Tbsp coconut sugar
- Preheat oven ot 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9x5 loaf pan with a nonstick spray. Set aside.
- In a small sauté pan, over medium heat, add butter. Constantly stir the butter to ensure it melts evenly. About 30 seconds after your butter is entirely melted, it will start to bubble and foam. Keep stirring! As the foam begins to subside, keep stirring and keep a really close eye on the color of your butter. It will start to brown quickly. Once it is light brown and smells like toasted nuts, add your apples and stir around until they are slightly soft.
- Remove from pan and set aside to cool.
- In a small ramekin, combine the pecans, cinnamon and sugar for streusel.
- In a medium bowl, add flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Stir well.
- In a mixer bowl, add eggs and sugar. Mix and cream for a minute. Add milk, applesauce, greek yogurt and vanilla extract. Mix until completely incorporated, another minute or two.
- Add flour mixture slowly and mixture for a few more minutes until there no more flour lumps .
- Add butterscotch chips and apples. Gently fold in. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan. Sprinkle evenly with streusel.
- Place in oven and bake for 1 hour, or until a toothpick comes out clean when stuck in the middle.
- Allow to cool before slicing.
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