A simple apple quick bread, prepared with whole wheat pastry flour, and studded with rolled oats, apple pieces, and toasted walnuts. 

Sliced Apple Quick Bread on Cutting Board

Cooking and baking have always been a form of therapy for me.

There is something wonderful about creating something from scratch and knowing it will produce similar results each time. It is familiar and comforting.

My go-to baked good (aside from homemade sourdough bread!) is a simple quick bread: banana bread, pumpkin bread, the everyday staples. This Apple Oatmeal Quick Bread is the latest favorite.

Though the warming spices and flavors are well-suited for the fall and winter months, it is perfectly delicious and acceptable all year long.

Baked Apple Quick Bread

This Apple Quick Bread is inspired by a Dorie Greenspan recipe that I made all the time growing up.

My version is easier to throw together, offers a more delicate, cake-like crumb (thanks to the addition of whole wheat pastry flour), and uses everyday staples.

Sometimes all it takes is baking up a delicious quick bread – one filled with oats, chopped apple pieces, toasted walnuts, and dusted with crunchy turbinado sugar – to brighten your day.

Tips for Success:

As is the case with many quick breads, this apple quick bread actually tastes better the day or two after baking, allowing you to enjoy it all week long.

Whisked Eggs and Brown Sugar in Bowl

Baking Tip: Whole wheat pastry flour is my favorite whole grain baking flour due to its lower protein percentage. Low protein flours are preferable for baked goods, such as quick breads, muffins, cakes, and pancakes, that don’t benefit from increased gluten development.

Flour Substitution Tip: If you can’t find or don’t wish to purchase whole wheat pastry flour, feel free to substitute with equal parts (preferably, by weight) unbleached all-purpose flour.

Apple Quick Bread Crumb Texture

How to Store Apple Quick Bread

This Apple Quick Bread actually improves in flavor and texture the day or two after baking.

Allow the quick bread to cool completely and store in a large Ziploc bag at room temperature for up to 3 to 4 days. To prevent gumminess on the surface (this occurs due to moisture escaping baked goods) set a paper towel on the top to absorb any moisture.

Though I haven’t tested this, I see no reason why this quick bread couldn’t be frozen for later (wrap tightly in plastic wrap than a layer of foil or sealed Ziploc bag). Thaw at room temperature before serving.

Sliced Apple Quick Bread on Cutting Board

Apple Oatmeal Quick Bread

Yield: One (9 x 5 inch) Loaf; 10 Servings

A simple apple quick bread recipe, prepared with whole wheat pastry flour, and studded with rolled oats, chopped apple, and toasted walnuts. Though this quick bread is great the day of baking, slightly warm out of the oven, I actually prefer the texture and flavor on the second day.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 1 and 1/4 cups (150 grams) whole wheat pastry flour (or unbleached all-purpose flour)
  • 1/2 cup (45 grams) old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt (Diamond Crystal brand)
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • pinch of ground cloves
  • 2/3 cup (130 grams) dark brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup (80 mL) avocado oil (or vegetable oil) 
  • 1/2 cup (115 grams) unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • zest of 1/2 lemon (optional) 
  • 1 large apple (7 oz; 200 grams), such as Pink Lady, peeled, cored, and chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/3 cup (45 grams) walnuts, toasted and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon (15 grams) turbinado sugar, for sprinkling

Instructions

    1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (176°C) with a rack in the center position. Grease a 9 x 5-inch (23 x 13 cm) loaf pan with baking spray and line with a parchment paper overhang (*see photo in post; this makes it easy to lift and remove the quick bread from the pan after baking). Set aside.
    2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the whole wheat pastry flour, rolled oats, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.
    3. In a large bowl, whisk together the dark brown sugar and eggs for 1 minute, or until lightly frothy. Add the oil, applesuace, vanilla extract, and lemon zest (if using) and whisk until smooth.
    4. Whisk the dry ingredients in the wet ingredients until the flour is just absorbed. Using a spatula, fold in the chopped apple and chopped, toasted walnuts. Transfer to the batter to the greased (and parchment-lined) loaf pan. Smooth the top and tap the loaf pan on a countertop to remove any air bubbles. Sprinkle the turbinado sugar evenly over the top of the batter.
    5. Bake for 40 - 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean (there may be some small moist crumbs from the apples). Place on a rack and allow to cool in the pan for 5 to 10 minutes before removing from the pan.
    6. Allow to cool before serving (*it is best to use a serrated knife for slicing). Note: Though the quick bread is good the day of baking, I actually prefer the texture and flavor on the second day.
    7. Storage Tips: Place a paper towel on the surface of the loaf to absorb any excess moisture, wrap in foil, and place in an airtight Ziploc bag or container. Store at room temperature.

Notes

Tips for Success:

  • How to Toast Walnuts: Spread the walnuts evenly on a small sheet pan and bake for 5 to 10 minutes at 350°F (176°C), stirring them halfway, or until they are golden and fragrant. Watch them carefully. Transfer to a bowl to cool.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 147Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 262mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 3gSugar: 7gProtein: 4g

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