Cinnamon Apple Swirl Bread

If you are like me, this is the time of year to start planning for holiday meals. I have already bookmarked dozens of recipes that I would like to try, and eventually I will find a balance between trying new ideas and making old favorites.

That said, we have a few more weeks before the culinary celebrations truly begin, and with a marathon in just over two weeks, I plan to preserve my healthy diet until Thanksgiving.

This cinnamon apple bread strikes a nice balance between indulgent seasonal flavors and health consciousness. It is sweet enough to serve as a treat or dessert, but whole grain, low in saturated fat, and full of fiber.

You could give away loaves of this bread as a holiday gift. It is beautiful and delicious, and your friends will appreciate a treat that won’t affect their waist-lines.

Ingredients

filling/topping:

2 apples, peeled and chopped

1/4 cup raw sugar

2 teaspoons cinnamon

bread:

1/2 cup raw sugar

1/4 cup melted butter or neutral flavored oil

1/4 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup almond milk

1 cup whole wheat flour

1/2 cup old fashioned oats

1/4 cup all purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

1. Mix together the cinnamon and sugar for the topping. Set aside. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a loaf pan with cooking spray.

2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together butter, sugar, eggs, almond milk, Greek yogurt, and vanilla extract. Add the flours, oats, baking soda, and cinnamon. Stir until fully incorporated.

3. Pour half of the bread batter into the prepared pan. Top with half of the chopped apples and half of the cinnamon sugar. Pour the remaining batter over the top, completely covering the apple filling. Top with the remaining apples and sprinkle with the remaining cinnamon sugar.

4. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until a tester inserted at the center comes out clean. Cool for at least 15 minutes before slicing.

Makes 1 loaf.

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