This Applesauce Quick Bread Recipe and the Benefits of Healthy Snacking post has been sponsored by Musselman’s applesauce but all opinions expressed here are my own.
This applesauce quick bread recipe is the perfect after-school snack. Homemade applesauce bread can be made with store-bought or homemade applesauce. It adds loads of moistness to this easy quick bread recipe and it is seriously one of my favorites! Keep reading for the applesauce quick bread recipe as well as some applesauce benefits for healthy snacking.
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Is Applesauce Bread Healthy?
And the key to proper snacking is that you choose healthier, good for you options! Not too long ago, I read an article which suggested that snacking is unhealthy. I started doing some research on why they would suggest such a thing.
I found that 90 percent of the articles assumed that people were snacking on junk. The word ‘snack’ automatically assumed you were eating cookies, candy, chips, and other not so good for you foods. There are a number of benefits of healthy snacking and I will share those with you here, as well as a delicious applesauce quick bread recipe that I made this weekend.
Like this applesauce quick bread recipe? Try these apple recipes, too!
- Frosted Apple Spice Mini Muffins: A delicious little bite of apple and spice! You will seriously love these frosted applesauce muffins!
- Cinnamon Apple Energy Bites Homemade apple energy bites that make healthy snacking delicious.
- Caramel Apple Parfait Recipe A delicious yogurt parfait recipe that is perfect for breakfast or dessert!
The key to healthy snacking is to choose your foods wisely. Pick foods made from scratch. Look for whole grains, nuts, fruit, and high fiber foods. Skip the artificial ingredients whenever possible. While applesauce bread may not be as healthy as a bowl of carrot sticks, life is all about balance.
About Mussleman’s Applesauce
Musselman’s is a grower-owned cooperative that’s been making apple sauce for over 100 years. They use only 100% American-grown non-GMO apples. The sweetened variety contains no high fructose corn syrup and instead use natural cane sugar.
They come in family-size jars, single-serve cups, and convenient squeeze pouches. You can use the family size jar when you make up a batch of this applesauce quick bread recipe or put the single serving options in your child’s lunchbox.
Applesauce Benefits And Healthy Snacking
I snack frequently because I have problems with low blood sugar. Snacking every few hours keeps my blood sugar up and keeps me from getting cranky and occasionally passing out. That being said, I try to focus on including as many healthy snacks in my diet as I can. The benefits of healthy snacking include things like:
Increase Nutrient Intake:
As long as you include snacks loaded with healthy nutrients, you are doing your body a favor by boosting your overall nutrition.
Sustained Energy Levels:
Our body’s cells are fueled by the nutrients we take in. That means regularly supplying them with energy boosting nutrients can help us keep up our energy levels.
Going 6 hours between meals means that by the time dinner rolls around, you are STARVED. Hungry people tend to overeat and do not have very good decision-making skills when it comes to the food they put in their mouths.
Hunger tends to wreak havoc on our concentration. This is a particular problem for children in school, as evidenced by the skyrocketing number of prescriptions for ADHD medications.
Using Applesauce in Baking
Since healthy snacking really does have so many great benefits, try getting creative when it comes to the snacks you offer. Find ways to include more fruits and vegetables into your child’s snack routine.
Bake things from scratch rather than buying them premade. While some snacks are definitely bad for your health, this homemade applesauce quick bread recipe is a healthy alternative to the junk most kids find in their pantry! If you want another variation on this bread, try my apple oatmeal bread or whole grain cranberry bread as well!
Unsweetened applesauce can be used to replace part or all of the butter or oil in a recipe. It can be swapped in equal quantities, although I generally only replace half of the oil with applesauce.
Applesauce Quick Bread Recipe
This homemade applesauce quick bread recipe is loaded with flavor. With walnuts and raisins, it is moist and delicious!
- 4 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 3 cups Musselman's applesauce
- 2 sticks unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 1/2 cups walnuts, chopped (optional)
- 1 1/2 cups raisins (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 350°F and lightly grease two loaf pans
- In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon and mix well. Set aside.
- In a mixing bowl, combine the eggs and sugar. Beat on high 2 to 3 minutes, or until the mixture takes on a lemon yellow color.
- Add the melted butter and applesauce to the wet ingredients, mixing well.
- Into the wet ingredients, slowly mix the dry ingredients as well as the nuts and raisins. Mix gently but thoroughly.
- Gently pour the batter into the prepared pans. Bake loaves for 1 hour, or until knife inserted into center of loaf comes out clean.
- Let the applesauce bread cool in the pans for 5 to 10 minutes before turning onto a wire rack to cool completely before eating.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 454Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 82mgSodium: 417mgCarbohydrates: 62gFiber: 3gSugar: 37gProtein: 7g
Nutrition information not always accurate
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*While Musselman’s uses GMO-free cane sugar in all of their apple sauce, the Honey-Cinnamon flavor contains honey, which cannot be verified GMO-free.
Diane is a professional blogger and nationally certified pharmacy technician at Good Pill Pharmacy. She earned her BS in Microbiology at the University of New Hampshire and has worked in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging and freelance writing to share this knowledge with others. Learn more about her HERE.