I wish some things in life had a switch. I wish I could just turn on creativity. And just turn on performing well. Just turn on having things together.
In the words of my sidekick who just turned five “sis, being old is hard work.”
Preach it little man, preach it.
Life is messy and life is difficult and acting like it isn’t either of things … it’s hard work. Hard work that isn’t productive or worthwhile. So here’s to a week of being real and honest about where I’m at.
Guys, college has been a lot rougher than I thought it would be. I’ll just get that out there. There are no switches to flip on or off, it’s a learning process that will require patience and endurance. So there’s that.
And two, I’ve eaten so much coffee cake and quick breads and banana muffins in the last two weeks than I thought was possible.
I’ll just get that out there too.
So of course, I made more bread! This one is a winner in every area. The flavor combo is just right – apples and cinnamon and orange. You get the zesty, the spicy, and the juicy all in one bite. Pretty wonderful. The bread itself is moist and thick and topped with crunchy oats and hazelnuts. On top of all this, it’s good for ya. Coconut oil and applesauce work together to keep it soft and moist without needing any butter or oil and the combination of whole wheat and apples gives it a fiber boost.
Plus. The way the apples are arranged on top? I love it. Thank you Pinterest and Cannelle et Vanille.
- ½ cup applesauce
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ½ cup orange juice
- zest of one small orange
- ⅓ cup coconut oil, melted
- 1 Tablespoons cinnamon
- 1-1/2 cups flour (I used half all purpose, half whole wheat)
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 2 Granny Smith apples, washed and sliced thinly
- ¼ cup hazelnuts
- 2 Tablespoons old fashioned oats
- 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
- Preheat oven to 350. Lightly grease a 9x5 metal loaf pan.
- In a large bowl, whisk applesauce, sugars, orange juice and zest, coconut oil, and cinnamon together.
- Add flour, salt, and baking powder and stir until combined.
- Pour into prepared pan.
- Arrange/layer apple slices on top of batter. Sprinkle hazelnuts, oats, and brown sugar on top.
- Bake for 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let cool before slicing and serving.