Grain-Free Apple Crumble Bread
Happy Sunday, loves! Today I’m sharing this INCREDIBLE apple crumble bread, which definitely took me a few attempts to get right – but maaan was it worth it. I think we all know by now how obsessed I am with bread/loaf recipes, like this incredible coffee cake (which I def need to make again asap), this sugar -free + paleo number, and of course this old fave. What can I say?! They just make the best breakfast/snack/dessert/anything you want them to be, really 🙂
Since I am currently fully obsessed with fall and every food it has to offer, I wanted to bake up something featuring sweet apples + spicy cinnamon (better known as one of the best combos of all time). This treat also features an amazing streusel that is both layered in between the loaf and sprinkled on top, for maximum deliciousness. The finished product is a HIGHLY addictive loaf, which also just happens to be grain-free and naturally sweetened. And by the way, I learned of its addicting nature the hard way – I may or may not have eaten so much of it one morning that I physically couldn’t eat anything else for the rest of the day. Lol true story. Oops?
I also wanted to share something on here, because I tend to do that when I want to hold myself accountable for things (hah). I went to this awesome wellness event on the weekend called Refresh + Reset, which was hosted by the team behind Memory Ball, a local Toronto event that they hold every year in support of Alzheimer’s Society of Toronto. This is a cause close to my heart + family, so when they asked me to attend this pre-Memory Ball fundraising event for a day of yoga + meditation, I happily obliged.
We had an incredible yoga session before having a 15-minute meditation session in a room specially designed for just that. Even cooler was the fact that we used Muse headbands, which track your brain activity and provide you with signals to demonstrate whether your mind is in a calm or racing state. HOW cool is that?! Technology these days…I tell ya!
Anyway, all is to say that I learned SO much about the benefits of meditation on not only one’s overall health, but specifically on the brain and the deceleration of Alzheimer’s symptoms when done on a regular basis. WILD! Needless to say, it really inspired me to begin a meditation practice again, even just for 10 minutes a day. I anticipate some pretty amazing results in terms of improving my memory (which absolutely needs improvement, ha) and focus. So! I’m going to begin that tonight. I might even create a little meditation nook in my bedroom. Too far? Hopefully not. If anyone has ideas or inspo, holler!
Okay my rant is over. Hope everyone had a beautiful weekend, and go make this bread immediately. And try not to eat half of it in one sitting. Good luck. 😉
- 1 c. fine almond meal/flour
- ¼ c. + 1 tbsp. coconut flour
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- ½ tsp. salt
- 2 tsp. cinnamon
- ½ tsp. nutmeg
- ¼ tsp. cloves
- ½ c. applesauce, room temp
- 1/3 c. maple syrup, room temp
- 2 tbsp. almond butter
- 3 tbsp. coconut oil, melted + cooled
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 2 eggs
- 2 large apples, chopped into small cubes
- 2 tbsp. coconut oil
- 4 tbsp. coconut sugar
- ½ c. almond meal (or gluten-free or regular flour)
- 1 tbsp. coconut flour
- ⅓ c. finely chopped nuts (I used pecans)
- 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
- Pinch of salt
- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees and grease or line a standard loaf pan.
- In a large bowl, whisk together your wet ingredients (applesauce through eggs) until thoroughly smooth + combined.
- Add in your almond flour, coconut flour, baking powder + soda, salt and spices, and use a spatula or wooden spoon to gently mix everything just until you have a smooth + uniform batter. Fold in half of the chopped apples.
- To make the streusel, combine all ingredients in a small bowl and use clean fingers or a fork to combine. It should be crumbly but slightly moist.
- Pour half of your batter into the prepared loaf pan, then top with half of the streusel and the other half of the chopped apples, pressing everything down slightly. Top with the second half of the batter and then the streusel on top. Top with extra sliced apples if desired, then press down slightly again.
- Bake for 35-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the centre of the bread comes out clean. Let cool completely (at least 1 hour) before slicing and serving, Leftovers can be kept on the counter or in the fridge for a few days!