This moist and delicious Whole Wheat Apple-Walnut Chai Bread is packed full of the good stuff like apples, walnuts, whole grains, and chai spices for a fall/holiday kick...
I know when most people think of the flavors of the holiday season, they think of pumpkin and peppermint & chocolate. But for me it is all about the chai spices... and the apples! We go apple picking as a family every single fall, and I go to work over that next week or so making apple butter, baking a pie or two, and trying my hand at a few new apple inspired recipes as well.
This recipe for Whole Wheat Apple-Walnut Chai Bread is definitely an exception to my usual holiday (ahem... indulgent) baking. My inspiration for creating this holiday perfect quick bread that you can also feel good about indulging in? The sack of Bob’s Red Mill Organic Whole Wheat Flour that I received in the mail. :) Bob's Red Mill wheat flour is stone ground from organic hard red wheat, leaving all of the nutritious bran and germ still intact. All of the wholesome goodness is retained in the process of grinding the flour. And when I read that their whole wheat flour was ideal for bread baking, I knew that I just had try my hand at making a bread with it.
Keeping with Bob's Red Mill's practice of keeping all of the good stuff in their products, I decided to add in a lot of the good stuff in my bread recipe as well- coconut oil, almond milk, organic apples, walnuts, and of course the menagerie of spices that give chai spice it's kick and holiday toastiness...
Whole Wheat Apple-Walnut Chai Bread
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 50-60 minutes
Ingredients (1 loaf)
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup coconut oil (liquefied)
- 1/4 cup nonfat sour cream or plain Greek yogurt
- 2/3 cup almond milk
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups of Bob's Red Mill Organic Whole Wheat Flour
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 3/4 tsp ground cardamom
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 3/4 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 1/2 cups diced, peeled apples (about 2 medium apples)
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1-2 tbsp of strongly brewed chai tea, cooled
Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. Spray a loaf pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, beat together the egg, sour cream or yogurt, and coconut milk. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, the brown sugar, all the spices (the cinnamon through the cloves), the salt, baking soda, and baking powder. Add the flour mixture in thirds to the wet ingredients, mixing well after each addition. Add in the coconut oil and stir well. Now fold in the chopped apples and walnuts.
Pour the bread dough evenly into the prepared loaf pan. Bake at 325 for 50-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan for about 10 minutes and invert onto a cooling rack to cool completely.
Once the bread has cooled, prepare the chai tea glaze. Whisk together the powdered sugar and cooled chai tea until smooth. Drizzle over the loaf.
Slice and serve!
Store any leftovers tightly wrapped in the fridge.
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This Whole Wheat Apple-Walnut Chai Bread was moist and perfectly spiced. And while you might expect a gritty, denser texture when using a whole wheat flour in your baking, this was not the case at all when using Bob's Red Mill Organic Whole Wheat Flour. It actually gave the bread a nice nuttiness, and the texture was much lighter than I had anticipated. :)
Have you used Bob's Red Mill products in your baking? Which one is your favorite? :)
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