I know you don’t typically eat apple fritters in the middle of summer, but I saw an apple fritter recipe somewhere and couldn’t get them out of my mind. I knew I didn’t want to make traditional apple fritters (deep frying is not my thing), so I decided on apple fritter bread instead. The bread itself is pretty healthy – low in sugar, with whole wheat flour – but to really give it that “apple fritter” taste I couldn’t forego a powdered sugar glaze =). Most quick breads are best warm, but I preferred this one completely cooled so that the glaze hardened and formed a nice crispy top. It’s perfect for dessert but still healthy enough for breakfast. Although, it doesn’t exactly taste like an apple fritter it does have all the same flavors – curbed my craving for sure =).  Enjoy!

{Healthier} Apple Fritter Bread

for the apple mixture:
1 cup chopped apple (about 2 small/medium apples. I used fuji.)
3 tbsp brown sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp canola oil
2 tbsp water
1/4 cup whole wheat flour

for the batter:
1 cup unprocessed wheat bran
1-1/4 cups whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup skim milk
1/3 cup molasses (or honey)
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 tbsp canola oil
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon

for the glaze:
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tbsp butter, melted
1-2 tsp milk

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray loaf pan with non-stick spray.
2. In a skillet, combine chopped apple, brown sugar, cinnamon, canola oil, and water. Cook over medium heat until apples are tender, about 10 minutes. Stir in 1/4 cup flour to coat.
3. In large bowl, whisk together milk, molasses, applesauce, oil, and vanilla until combined.
4. In separate bowl, combine wheat bran, flour, cinnamon, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and stir until just combined. Add in apple mixture and stir to combine.
5. Pour into prepared pan. Bake in preheated oven for 40 minutes or until top is golden brown and toothpick inserted into center of loaf comes out with only a few moist crumbs. Cool about 10 minutes and remove from pan. Whisk together glaze ingredients and drizzle over cooled – but still warm- loaf.

Nutritional info (per 1/2th): 193 calories; 4.4 g fat; 37.6 g carbohydrates; 5.1 g fiber; 2.5 g protein.

Categories: Breads, Breakfast, Molasses

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