Celebrate Applesauce Cake Day June 6th!
By: Jodie Shield, RD
In honor of Applesauce Cake Day (yep, there really is such a day!) check out my recipe on Playdate Place for Homemade Applesauce Cake. My family gave it two thumbs up. Still feeling inspired, plus I had some leftover applesauce, I decided to lightened up my mother-in-law’s applesauce bread. She gave me her recipe twenty-five years ago and let’s just say, it was time for an update. For starters, I cut back on the sugar. To add fiber and grains, I used whole-wheat white flour instead of the usual all-purpose white flour. Rather than butter (I know it tastes so rich), I used heart-healthy canola oil. The makeover was worth it! Thanks to the applesauce and buttermilk, my Whole Grain Applesauce Bread was super moist and still had a buttery flavor. I have no idea who came up with National Applesauce Cake Day but I love applesauce! Check out my recipe for homemade applesauce. It’s so easy and fun to make with your kids. In the mean time, enjoy my applesauce bread. I wonder what my mother-in-law will think?
Whole Grain Applesauce Bread
Makes 12 servings
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 1 hour
1 1/2 cups whole wheat white flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon baking powder
3 large egg whites
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup canola oil
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup raisins
1/4 cup buttermilk
- Preheat oven to 350-degrees. Coat a 9 X 5 inch loaf pan with nonstick spray.
- In a large bowl, mix the flour, cinnamon, baking soda and baking powder together. Set aside.
- Beat the egg whites, sugar and oil. Blend in applesauce and buttermilk. Add flour mixture and stir until moistened. Stir in raisins. Pour batter into the prepared loaf pan.
- Bake for 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the bread comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
Nutrition Information per slice:
228 calories, 3.5 grams protein, 33 grams carbohydrate, 9.5 grams fat, 0.5 grams saturated fat, 0.5 milligrams cholesterol, 2.5 grams dietary fiber, 78.5 milligram sodium