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Apple Walnut Flax Seed Bread

Apple Walnut Flax Seed Bread

A tasty quick bread inspired by Joy the Baker, a fellow blogger. The combination of shredded and chopped apples give it extra flavor as well as dimension.MORE+LESS-


cup whole-wheat flour


cup brown sugar, packed


unsalted butter melted and slightly cooled


teaspoon pure vanilla extract


large eggs lightly beaten


cup coarsely chopped apples


cup coarsely chopped walnuts, divided

Cinnamon and sugar for sprinkling

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    Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour a 9×5×3-inch loaf pan and set aside.

  • 2

    In a medium bowl, whisk together flours, sugar, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg.

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    In a small bowl, whisk together buttermilk, eggs, melted butter and vanilla extract. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.

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    Add the grated apples, chopped apples flax seeds and half of the chopped walnuts. Fold to incorporate thoroughly.

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    Spoon batter into prepared pan and top with granulated sugar, cinnamon and the rest of the walnuts.

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    Bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean. Let cool in the pan for 15 minutes then invert onto a cooling rack to cool completely.

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More About This Recipe

  • I can't tell you how many times I wish I had this bread baked already for me, waiting in the refrigerator or on my kitchen table.

    Sometimes I can't quite put my finger on a craving, and then I think of this loaf, and nine times out of 10 it fits the bill. It is a Renaissance loaf, if you will.

    I first made this bread on my blog back when we first moved into our new apartment. Where I once had a bright, open, airy kitchen with pretty countertops, I ended up with a poorly lit kitchen, a tiny oven and very, very ugly countertops. Baking this bread was my way of coping with my sad kitchen transition, and I cheered up knowing that though my new kitchen was substandard, it delivered when it came to making breads -- especially ones that are so versatile in flavor.

    This Apple Walnut Flaxseed Bread is one part sweet, one part crunchy, one part crumbly, one part cakey and all parts delicious. It will make your kitchen smell delightfully like cinnamon, apples and sugar -- perfect for a chilly weekend afternoon. Plus, it's a quick bread, so you don't have to have too much patience when it comes to eating -- er, baking -- it.

    This bread leaves a lot of room for creativity, so add more ingredients, like oats or raisins, or extract ingredients that don't sound so appetizing to you. Just be sure to keep that amazing sugary walnut topping -- it might seem like overkill when you sprinkle everything on before putting it in the oven, but once it bakes in, you'll be glad you didn't hold anything back -- including your appetite.

    Stephanie (aka Girl versus Dough) has joined Tablespoon to share her adventures in the kitchen. Check out Stephanie's Tablespoon member profile and keep checking back for her own personal recipes on Tablespoon!

Gluten-Free Apple Walnut Flaxseed Muffins

These gluten-free apple flaxseed muffins offer all the health benefits of flaxseed, which is most beneficial when the flaxseed is ground, as it is in this recipe. When not ground, flaxseeds just pass through the gastrointestinal system in their whole form without having a chance to work their magic. The applesauce and apple not only bring a hint of sweetness to these muffins but as an added bonus they also increase the already generous amount of fiber that the flaxseeds contribute. The combination of flaxseed and walnuts adds plant-based omega-3 fatty acids making these extra heart healthy too. And because there is not any flour in the batter, these apple flaxseed muffins are naturally gluten-free.

Enjoy these muffins at breakfast or as a late-morning snack. Put one in your kid's lunchbox for a sweet and healthy treat. As with all quick bread recipes, you can make this into a loaf—just adjust the cooking time to about 40 minutes or so.​ Keep in mind, because there is no flour, the texture will be extra moist even after baking.

Fall Caramelized Apple Quick Bread Recipe with Walnuts and Flax Seeds

There&aposs really nothing more tempting in the fall than an apple quick bread, filled with warm spices and just the right amount of bright, fresh apple flavor. A lot of recipes call for apples to be grated right into the batter, but this recipe takes a touch of French inspiration from local tarte Tatin to create a cake where the apples take center stage.

While this apple quick bread is perfectly comfortable as dessert, I prefer it for breakfast. The protein and walnuts and flax seeds make it filling, and the molasses in place of part of the sugar means that it&aposs not too sweet.

Feel free to sub in whole wheat flour for up to half of the white flour in this quick bread. I prefer to bake it in a square pan so that each slice gets a good ratio of buttery apple topping and walnuts you could also bake it in a loaf pan, but the proportions of cake to topping are much nicer with a wider, shallower pan like a brownie pan.

Fall Caramelized Apple Quick Bread with Flax Seeds


2 Granny Smith apples
2 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp sugar
1 scant cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar, packed
1 Tbsp. molasses
1 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
½ cup yogurt
2 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
1 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon flax seeds
3/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts, divided

Peel the apples and remove the core. Cut each apple into 8-10 even slices, depending on their size.

Melt the butter in a frying pan and add the apples and the sugar. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the apples are caramelized, about 10-15 minutes. Place in a buttered brownie pan or square Pyrex dish.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices together in a medium mixing bowl.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the yogurt, butter and eggs. Add the dry ingredients to the wet, stirring with a wooden spoon until just combined. Lightly crush the flax seeds and stir them into the batter.

Sprinkle the walnuts over the apples in the pan. Pour the batter over the apples and walnuts. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of the quick bread comes out clean.

Run a knife around the edge of the pan and turn the quick bread out onto a plate while it&aposs still hot. Allow to cool before slicing.

Eggless Apple,Walnuts and Flaxseed Bread

I have loads of these Goodies to post and they are just piling up in my folder, I just made this 2 days back, when my H forgot to get bread for my children, as they take only sandwiches I was quite upset, especially my son gets very hungry and if he doesn’t eat at right time, he ends up having headaches :(, as I myself wasn’t feeling well, I was really not upto make anything, After 3 long years (except when I go to India) I went to a resturant and had some food and some chat. which didnt seem to help me in any way, I had a tummy upset and I was quite tired. The whole day I had just yogurt and in the evening I ate some rice with yogurt again. coming back to my recipe I made myself up and decided I will bake something for my kids with what I have in hand, I saw 2 apples and thought of using them up, that is when I started searching for a recipe and I ended up here, like I have found gold, I started digging through her recipe Index and this caught my attention. I thought this was quite an interesting recipe and absolutely healthy one too, I had walnuts and Flaxseed too. how good is that. I was so happy, This lady has such a wonderful recipe collection and her write was very interesting too., with a carefree attitude with her cooking and writing and beautiful clicks, she mesmerized me, such an young talented and gifted, spirited person she is. Thanks Joy wilson I had such a Joy in baking this bread with your culinary skills. Only thing is I tweaked it a little bit by making it Eggless, If you want to use eggs check out the recipe here.

Recipe Summary

  • ¾ cup vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup applesauce
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 ¾ cups white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups peeled, cored and cubed apples
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Lightly grease two 9x5 inch loaf pans.

In a large bowl, stir together oil, applesauce, eggs, sugar and vanilla extract. In a separate bowl, sift together flour cinnamon, baking soda and salt. Gradually stir flour mixture into wet ingredients, mixing just until combined. Fold in apples and walnuts. Pour batter into prepared pans.

Bake in preheated oven for 70 minutes, until a knife inserted in the center of a loaf comes out clean.

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