This homemade applesauce bread was a happy accident. I had some pumpkin puree in the fridge that I wanted to use up one day, so I decided to make pumpkin bread. I pulled my mixing bowl down from the cabinet and started gathering the ingredients. Then I looked at my pumpkin bread recipe, and I realized that it called for 2 cups of pumpkin puree. I only had half a cup. Note to self: Read the recipe first next time!
This kind of thing is always happening to me. Usually an empty egg carton is the culprit. But anyway, I decided to turn my pumpkin bread recipe upside down and hope for the best. I used applesauce to bolster the wet ingredients and I adjusted the seasonings. The results were fantastic. My children couldn’t get enough of this applesauce bread, and they asked me to make it again. They can be a tough audience, so I knew I was on to something here.
The texture and flavor of this bread are perfect in my opinion. I’ve made it using both pumpkin puree and carrot puree, and it’s delicious both ways. If you’re not used to minimally sweetened snacks like this, feel free to increase the maple syrup to 1/2 cup or more, and add a little more cinnamon for extra flavor.
$.35 per serving
- 1 2/3 cups gluten-free flour or white whole wheat flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ginger
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
- 3/8 cup maple syrup
- 3/4 cup applesauce
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree or other mashed orange vegetable (e.g. squash, carrot)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9 inch by 5 inch loaf pan.
In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and ginger.
In a large bowl, mix together the egg, coconut oil, maple syrup, applesauce, and pumpkin puree. Add the dry ingredients and stir to combine.
Bake for 40 to 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean. Keep an eye on it starting a 40 minutes, because it will be dry if you let it bake for too long.
Applesauce Bread Price Breakdown
This recipe costs a total of $4.23 to make, or $.35 per slice. Applesauce Bread is a delicious snack full of healthy ingredients, and your family will be asking for seconds.