Get your warm cup of tea or coffee ready. Because this apple walnut bread is perfect with a hot beverage and to share with family and friends. Bring it to a holiday party or a casual brunch. It’s sweet and tasty but low in fat thanks to the shredded apples and low-fat yogurt that keeps the bread moist but replaces some of the oil that might typically be used in similar recipes. We also used a mix of white and whole-wheat flour to add a bit more fiber.
This Heart Smart® recipe makes two loaves so you can serve one and freeze the other for later. Or make one for your family and give one away as a hostess gift or to a friend.
Apple Walnut Bread
Yield: 24 servings (12 slices per loaf)
Baking spray with flour
3 cups shredded apple (about 3 large apples)
1 (5.3-ounce) container low-fat plain Greek yogurt (about 2/3 cup)
1/3 cup canola oil
1 3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups white whole-wheat flour
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
For the glaze:
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 1/2 Tablespoons reserved liquid from grated apples
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray two 8-by-4-inch loaf pans with baking spray; set aside. Grate apples, enough to yield 3 cups. Squeeze grated apples well, using a muslin or fine net cloth, reserving the liquid. In a large mixing bowl, beat 1/4 cup of the reserved apple juice, yogurt, oil, sugar, eggs, and vanilla with an electric mixer on medium speed. In a separate bowl, combine whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir flour mixture into sugar mixture until just moistened, being careful not to overmix. Gently fold in shredded apple and walnuts. Divide mixture evenly between the 2 prepared loaf pans. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
For the glaze:
Combine powdered sugar and 1 1/2 tablespoons reserved apple juice; stir until smooth. Poke shallow holes in top of bread with a toothpick and spread glaze over top of bread while warm. Cool bread in pans on wire rack for 20 minutes. Remove bread from pans and cool completely on wire rack.
NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING: 184 Calories; 5 grams Fat; 1 gram Saturated Fat; 16 mg Cholesterol; 115 mg Sodium; 32 grams Carbohydrates; 2 grams Fiber; 3 grams Protein
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