Just when I think I couldn’t possible come up with another quick bread recipe this happens and I realize the possibilities for quick breads are endless. For this I am grateful. The low in Charlotte this morning was 14 degrees. I don’t know if it ever got out of the 30’s because after we got home from our morning activities we didn’t leave the house again. I did go out to get the mail but even that was a sprint as I tried to get in and out of the cold as fast as possible. I love the thought of all things cozy; scarves, sweaters, and boots but I am actually a complete wimp when it comes to cold weather. I cope by turning on the fire and baking. The outcome was this healthy and hearty bread topped with crunchy goodness. I guess not all unseasonably cold days are a terrible thing.
I love having quick breads and muffins on standby for my morning breakfast or afternoon snack, which is why I pretty much keep our countertops and or freezer stocked at all times. It’s perfect for when you are needing to grab something on the go or you simply want to linger over a hot mug of coffee or tea with a tasty treat. This bread is not overly sweet so I like to add a smear of peanut butter on top but butter or jam would be a nice addition as well.
This quick bread has crunch from the granola and it’s kept moist with the use of applesauce and greek yogurt. Since I already had low-fat granola on hand I used that but if you have the time you can make your own or try my homemade granola or Pumpkin Spice granola to give it a fall twist.
- 1 cup applesauce
- ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1½ cups all-purpose flour
- ¾ cup sugar
- ¾ cup granola, divided
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- In a large bowl, whisk applesauce, yogurt, eggs and vanilla
- In a separate bowl whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, baking soda, nutmeg and ½ cup granola.
- Fold the wet ingredients in with the dry ingredients. Pour mixture into a 9 x 5 inch greased loaf pan.
- Sprinkle ¼ cup granola down the center of the loaf.
- Bake 50-60 minutes on 350 degrees.
- Allow bread to cool before removing from pan.