Sep 13, 2014

Applesauce Nut Bread



Moist cinnamon apple bread made with homemade applesauce, small chunks of fresh apples and walnuts in every bite. It's so moist and delicious, you won't believe it's low fat!

I'm going apple picking tomorrow upstate New York and I am totally planning on making my crock pot applesauce and this awesome applesauce bread so I thought I would revive this from the archives for anyone else out there who might also be apple picking. The scent of cinnamon and apples baking in the oven all morning makes my kitchen smell like Fall.


You can also make this with store bought apple sauce, but it is so much better with homemade so if you have lots of apples, I highly recommend you do so. I've made this with and without the apple chunks, but I love the extra sweetness and moistness the chunks add to the bread, I highly recommend them. Be sure to dice them small so they cook through.



Skinny Applesauce Nut Bread
Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 16 slices • Serving Size: 1/2 inch thick slice • Old Points: 3 pts • Points+: 4 pts
Calories: 122.1 • Fat: 3.7 g • Protein: 2.4 g • Carb: 23.9 g • Fiber: 2.5 g • Sugar: 14 g

Sodium: 134 g
 

Ingredients:

  • 1 large finely diced, peeled apple, diced into 1/4" pieces
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp agave
  • 1/8 tsp + 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups homemade applesauce (or store bought)
  • 1 1/2 cups King Arthur white whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, not packed
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • pinch allspice
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • baking spray
  • 1 1/2 oz chopped walnuts

Directions:

In a medium bowl combine apple, 1/8 tsp cinnamon, agave, and lemon juice. Set aside.


Preheat oven to 350°. Spray a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan with baking spray.

In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice and salt with a wire whisk. Set aside.

In a large bowl mix oil, egg whites, sugar, apple sauce and vanilla; beat at medium speed until thick. Scrape down sides of the bowl.

Add the flour mixture, then blend at low speed until combined. Do not over mix. Fold in apples and walnuts.


Pour batter into loaf pan and bake in the center rack about 55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.


Let the pan cool at least 20 minutes, bread should be room temperature before slicing.

110 comments :

  1. This sounds amazing! I love, love, love quickbreads.

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  2. Looks terrific!! If you use store bought applesauce do you want the unsweetened kind?

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  3. Oh wow, I love nuts and quick breads. This looks great.

    - Katie

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  4. This sounds awesome! I'm wondering if you could create a cranberry orange bread?? I'm going to the store more for the ingredients!

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  5. WHAAAT?! I am speechless and shocked at how low fat any dessert bread could be! This is amazing! I will definitely try this and let you know how it went!

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  6. This looks awesome. I still have to make your pumpkin bread and a few others. If I could, I'd make a quick bread every week...they're wonderful!

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  7. This sounds wonderful! So packed with goodies.

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  8. Could the agave be replaced with regular sugar? If so, would it be an exact substitution?

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  9. This looks so delicious! I've just made honey banana peanut butter muffins last night and beer bread this morning, but I feel like baking this right away! May wait for a few days until the other bread is all used up, and serve this for breakfast when my family is over next weekend. ^^ Thanks for sharing!

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  10. Is it important to use white whole wheat flour? Can I use my Bob's Red Mill Whole Wheat Flour? Thanks for the help!

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  11. Yum,this bread looks so good! I love Apple bread! Apples are one of those fruit that seems to go with about anything! Thanks for the recipe!!

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  12. I am sooooo excited. I am fixing this right away. SN...I made the cauliflower Fritters. They were the BOMB!!! Took them to work and everyone loved them. THEY NEVER KNEW. (LOL)

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  13. Just made this today after receiving the email recipe! Perfect for a snowed in New England family gathering today! Delicious..I also added a few praline pecans which taste yummy in it! Love your recipes!!

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  14. Very excited to try this, and also homemade apple sauce too! My fiance is on a diet, too, and the fact that each slice is very few calories is great!

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  15. Okay...it's in the oven. I'll let you know how it turned out.

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  16. YOU GUYSSSSSS, IT IS SOOOOOOOOOOO GOOD!!! My sister made some homemade applesause with apples picked from an apple orchard in Charlottesville, VA. I used two of the small apples and her applesauce. I didn't have walnuts so I used pecans. We don't eat eggs so I replace the eggs with two tablespoons of baking powder. YUMMY!!

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  17. Isn't is SOOO Good! Just bought more apples to make more sauce to make this again!!

    I heard ground flax seeds make a great egg replacement!

    White wholewheat is my personal preference but regular whole wheat is fine as long as it's King Arthur or BoB's you're good!

    I would assume agave would work, it may make it moister so cooking time might need to be longer.

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  18. I could not find Agave in my supermarket, so used honey. Hope it didn't change the calories. It came out so delicious. I used store bought applesauce with the apple and walnuts. I think it's the best I ever ate! I made your clam chowder with it and loved the whole meal.

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  19. Sounds yummy! I'm not a nuts fan so I'm deciding if I nix those or not. My mother loves nuts so I'm sure she'd be all over this!

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  20. I am from charlottesville virginia too, and we have the BEST apples. I made this tonight, and it is really tasty. Thanks for this wonderful recipe! I topped mine with just a little bit of butter and it was great.

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  21. This bread is delicious! I made it today and I didn't have agave, so I just used a tablespoon of sugar instead. The bread turned out very moist. The husband and I both loved it!

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  22. Another recipe for my Thanksgiving table - thanks Gina!!!

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  23. Gina,

    Can you replace Agave with sugar and if so, what is the substitution amount? This sounds amazing but I don't have agave! I went to buy it in the store and it was incredibly expensive so I made a mental note to get it next time.

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  24. Thank you so much for sharing all of these wonderful recipies. I have lost 61 pounds on weight watchers and have been a lifetime member for 1 year. Visiting your website has been a blessing. Thanks Again.

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  25. Yum, I have a fav Apple bread I make each year for Christmas, but will try this one. Can it be frozen? For how long. Also make mine in small Alum. loaf pans for gifts. How many would this make (approx) and how long approx. to bake. Thanks for receipe.

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  26. I also have problems finding agave, can I use honey, or sugar, and what amounts? (I think the honey would be best)

    Plan on trying this for Christmas,

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  27. I ran out of your amazing sauce too! Just love the lemon slices stewing away in it. Lends such a nice taste.
    Somebody get the crock pot out please!

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  28. Honey or Sugar would be fine, use the same amount!

    Linda, I'm sure you can freeze it, I never have enough left in my house to freeze :)

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  29. Made this tonight to go with soup and it was absolutely delicious! Moist, wonderful apple flavor...hard to stop at one piece!

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  30. so u said to use wheat flour, that's a must?? I am not a fan personally of wheat flour :(

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  31. it looks really good! I love the big chunks of nuts in there

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  32. Gina this looks amazing....for store bought apple sauce do you recommend using no sugar added or just regular apple sauce? Thank you!

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  33. Gina,

    I got a different number of calories when I calculated it myself. Something closer to 115? Is the 84.5 for sure correct?

    Thanks,

    Katherine

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  34. stopped on the way home to get the ingredients. Made a fresh batch of applesauce (NY apples rock!) Only change I left out the nuts.
    I just had a piece warm from the oven and I don't know if I can resist having more! It is incredibly delicious! Yummy!

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  35. Katherine, thanks for noticing! I forgot to add the flour when I calculated, I think I need a vacation! Or a proof reader :) Thanks for letting me know.

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  36. It's a toos up for me. I love the crock pot applesauce and love this bread too. Guess I will just have to keep making the applesauce and enjoy both! Love the way the spices add to this bread. Skipped the nuts as I am not a fan. Lovely, moist and satisfying. Nice change from your delicious banana bread. See I love all of your recipes!

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  37. Do you use the Recipe Builder on WeightWatchers.com? I entered the recipe in Recipe Builder and it came out as 3 points plus per serving.

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  38. I made the homemade applesauce the other day. I can't wait to use it to make this bread. It looks wonderful!!

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  39. Oh my goodness! Just finished a slice of this bread with a cup of hot green tea with lemon for my evening snack. I just noticed that you are supposed to slice it into 16 slices not 8. Oh well, I just downed two servings (-: Maybe my slice tomorrow I'll cut in half. Either that or work out an extra 20 minutes on the treadmill.

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  40. I made this for dessert tonight! Because my husband said I "flavored" the applesauce recipe too much with spices, I only added a touch of pumpkin pie spice to the apples and nothing more. I used Whole Wheat flour instead of white whole wheat and I had about 2 cups left of the applesauce and that was great because it made the bread extra moist! I also used my nut grinder to make the walnuts extra small. This was outstanding!

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  41. Made this yesterday. Gone today. Need I say more.

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  42. Made the applesauce Wednesday, so I could make the bread Thursday.. so yummy.. cut it into 8 big slices for breakfast, popped a few in the freezer to see how they do.. making MORE tomorrow YUMMY!

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  43. UPDATE: I wouldn't recommend freezing, pulled out 2 slices last night, left one wrapped up and the other unwrapped, both were very spongy/smushy/water logged this morning... flavour is still great just terrible texture!

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  44. i noticed in your comments that you said you have to use king arthur or bobs flour...i dont have either what would happen if i used the whole wheat flour i have?

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  45. I made the crock pot apple sauce over night and woke up to an amazing smelling apt. I used some of the apple sauce in my oatmeal this morning...Yum! And later in the day, I made the applesauce nut bread -- AMAZING!!! I just had a slice and debating whether I should have another slice.

    Gina, great recipe! Thank you for sharing.

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  46. Gina, made the applesauce and the bread the next day. Both were absolutely delicious! My 17 month old grandaughter went for the bread (which I made as muffins) and was saying mmmmm mmmmm with each bite, lol. Then she finished off the applesauce! I was so proud, knowing how good it was for her and that I knew each ingredient that was in it :) Thank you so much for what you do!

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  47. I made the applesauce and it was easy and delicious. It gave me a chance to use my nifty apple peeler/corer gadget where you stick the apple on the prongs, twist away and it's done. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  48. Made this last night... the whole house smelled delicious. Enjoying my first slice now! My husband had it for breakfast, and has told me 3 times since, just how much he enjoyed it. Thanks, Gina!

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  49. Its really mouthwatering especially when paired with applesauce. I guess nuts and applesauce come together with harmony that's why it taste good. ;-)

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  50. Just made this. My house smells wonderful! Thanks for your great recipes! :-)

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  51. Looks delectable! What kind of apple did you use for this?

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  52. I made this today it is YUMMY!!! Thanks for all your great recipes.

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  53. Just made this. SO DELICIOUS. Love the crunchiness of the nuts in the bread. Thanks for the recipe!

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  55. Looks delicious!! Do you have a "skinny" recipe for Banana Nut Bread?!

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  56. Here Cindy!

    http://www.skinnytaste.com/2008/11/makeover-banana-nut-bread-3-pts.html

    The search function at the top of the page is really helpful to find all the different recipes Gina has posted!

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  57. This was great! Even though I left out the brown sugar (accidentally), it was a hit in our house.

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  58. what size bread pan did you use?

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  59. It's in the oven now. Can not wait to try this. Used the homemade Apple sauce. Thanks for all the amazing recipes.

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  60. Could you use apple butter instead of applesauce?

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  61. Oh my gosh , this is so good. I used coconut oil instead of the vegetable oil and its so caramel-y !

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  62. This came out really great. My wife and I were on Jenny Craig and were buying the banana nut loaves from JC and this is a great equivalent. I refigured the calories and if you cut it into 12 slices (better for breakfast) it comes out to 162.8 calories per slice. I believe that is slices that are 3/4 inch wide.

    Great recipe and made my house smell delicious too.

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  63. Can I make muffins with this recipe? If so, how much time should they bake?

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  64. This recipe looks so delicious! Why do you insist on King Arthur's or Bob's flour? What is the difference between those and regular flour?

    Thanks!

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  65. Homemade applesauce is way too easy to make. Don't even consider the store-bought stuff. This looks like a great recipe...I'll try it this week.

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  66. I used a can of Chunky spice apple sauce,, turned out moist and De-li-cious,, saved a lot of time too, !

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  67. I just made this in muffin form for portion control. So, so good. I added a little extra apple and cinnamon but followed everything else. Muffins take about 22 minutes. Everyone I shared with loved them as well. Will definitely be making again soon.

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  68. I just found your blog and it is fantastic! I've been in a rut lately with my old recipes and this recipe just screams fall to me and has me excited to bake again! I plan on baking this bread this weekend. I am going to use oat flour to give this bread more protein as well as stevia instead of sugar to cut down on the calories. I always add a scoop of vanilla protein powder to my breads as well. Can't wait to try!

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  69. This was delicious! I actually only used half a cup of brown sugar and I actually added cranberries which was delicious!

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  70. Hi I am nee at this..how do you figure out the points for Weight Watchers for this bread..
    Many Thanks
    Marcia

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  71. If you look at the top of ginas recipie you will notice she has the point value for both Old and the New point plus program. For future you need fat, carb, protein and fibre for all recipes to find out your point+ value.

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  72. I made this today without the nuts or nutmeg (I have a son with allergies.) I used more cinnamon that it called for and a little pinch of ground cloves. I used a muffin tin instead of a loaf pan for better portion control - they were delicious and a huge hit with my family. Thanks!

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  73. Can these be made into muffins? What adjustments would I have to make??

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  74. Have you tried replacing the veggie oil with coconut oil?

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  75. I made the applesauce then the bread. YUM! I did not have agave so I used honey and I would peel the apples for the applesauce. Delish warm. Can't wait for breakfast.

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  76. Could I just sub apple pie spice for the cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg? would 2 tsp work??

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  77. Hi, Gina. I don't know if you'll see this comment because it's been so long since you've posted it. However, if I wanted to make this without the apple chunks, do I still need to add the ingredients that cooked with the apples? When and where should I add them? Thanks! Love your site and currently filling my recipe box with tons I want to try!

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  78. I just made 2 loaves of this... I didn't have enough applesauce, so I used half applesauce and half puréed pumpkin. It is SOOOOOOOOOO good!

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  79. Hi Gina -

    If using Store Bought Applesauce - sweetened or unsweetened?

    thanks a bunch!!! I"m a fan of your blog!

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  80. I don't know what went wrong, but after 55 minutes of baking, my bread was still runny... I replacend 1/3 of flour with hemp flour, maybe it was that. I baked it for 30 more minutes and it was very dark brown almost black but still wet inside. maybe my applesauce (storebought) had too much liquid, I don't believe it was the flour... will try it again but with only half cup of applesauce.

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  81. I'm not familiar w/ "AGAVE" What is it ?

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    1. It's akind of nectar available in health food stores. You can just omit it and the recipe works fine.

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  82. This bread was AMAZING!! I will definitely be making this regularly.

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  83. I am going to make this bread, but my WW points are very carefully apportioned throughout the day. If I delete the nuts from this bread (I don't like nuts anyway) would it change the points per slice? Everything on your website has been AMAZING! Thanks for sharing!

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  84. Is there any way to make this bread sugar free? It is absolutely delicious the way it is, and that is the problem, I want to eat a lot of it! Haha I was hoping you knew of a substitution for the brown sugar?

    Jennifer

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  85. Hi Gina,

    I made this last Friday and it is absolutely amazing! Still moist and delicious stored in the refrigerator after 5 days. With hardly any fat, I don't feel guilty slicing it extra thick :)

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  86. I cut back the sugar to 1/2 cup and it was sweet enough, used unsweetened applesauce, left out the agave, increased the spices a lot to 1 /14 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp nutmeg and 1/4 tsp allspice. It was not nearly spicy enough for me. Omitted the vanilla and used half whole wheat and half all purpose flour. Increased oil to 1/4 cup. Used 1 whole egg and 1 egg white. Added 1/2 tsp baking powder and increased salt to 1/2 tsp. Added walnuts, raisins and a few dried cranberries. I sprinkled the top before baking with a little brown sugar and cinnamon. Next time I'm going to add 1/4 cup cocoa and make a chocolate applesauce bread.

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  87. Just made this for the second time using homemade applesauce that my son & his wife canned and gave us. Extremely moist and absolutely delicious. The first time I baked as a loaf, this time as muffins - I got 18 using my 1/4 cup scoop. I did not add any sweetener to the apples, just the lemon to keep from browning, I measured the brown sugar very loosely, and baked the muffins about 20-22 minutes. Yum!

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  88. I'd love to make this! Can I use gluten-free flour instead of whole wheat flour?

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  89. Man, this looks so good! And it's been feeling like Fall here, I'm really in the mood for baking...I'm saving this page. Especially as you mentioned crock pot applesauce. ;)

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  90. This bread looks delicious! I'm heading out apple picking in a few days and I'm super excited!

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  91. Mmm that looks like one fabulous bread! Almost like cake, maybe if you added a little bit of vanilla glaze...just perfect! Saving this for apple picking later in the season :)

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  92. This looks so yummy!

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  93. This looks too good to be true! Definitely making this for our family dinner this weekend :)

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  94. I am gonna try this right away! It looks sooo good:)
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  95. This looks so yummy !

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  96. Nice touche with the nuts, just missing some chocolate on top if you ask me. I'm on Loaded Gun Diet and I'm hoping to get to my goal this October. My goal is zero body fat and 90lbs. I'm allowed to eat sweets and that's what keeps me going.

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  97. This Apple cake sounds wonderful. I make one from my mothers and it is about the same. Also I want to make some applesauce. Have never made it in a crock pot before. Sounds simple and easy. Will give it a try when I get some delicious apples from the orchard.

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  98. I think this is perfect to make for all of the Fall bake sales that are coming up. It has the flavors and smells of Fall - for sure!!! Plus, it sounds like a perfect, yummy, healthy treat for all of our cool New England evenings.....a nice warm slice with cream cheese spread on it and a steaming hot cup of coffee !!!!!!!!

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  99. Can you use almond meal instead of the flour and stevia instead of the honey? Will it work as well as those ingredients?

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  100. Hmmm..

    I can smell it, just by looking at the pictures.

    Those apples, walnuts and the cinnamon is making me hungry now :)

    I love baking different breads, and this should make a great companion to any other type of bread served.

    Thanks

    Dave

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  101. I am allergic to nuts :-(
    Any idea what the nutritional info is w/out them?

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    1. Here you have nutritional info of 1,5 oz walnuts http://happyforks.com/nuts/walnuts/3870?i=1.5&j=6

      1 serving of this cake without walnuts have 104 calories, 2g protein, 23,5g carbohydrates, 1,9g fat and 2,3g fiber :)

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  102. Gina, what type of immersion blender do you use on your applesauce? I want to make that and the bread!

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  103. The apples with the cinnamon all over them look amazing!

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  104. Can this be made as muffins?

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  105. What a perfect low-fat loaf of bread! I love using applesauce in my baked goods to cut the fat and add moisture:)

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  106. Made this now and it´s cooling - totally love it! My daughter always gets to lick the bowl and it was sooooo good I thought she was going to crawl into it!!!! (I mde it vegan so no prob with the eggs) I will never buy store made applesauce again - Super easy to make and love the smell on the stove (no crockpot) and the applesauce here in Spain is awful and hard to find anyway - love the recipes!! Can´t wait for the cookbook and thanks A LOT for the recipes Gina!! ME ENCANTA!!!

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