Apple Raisin Walnut Oatmeal Bread: Back To Normal

Well, friends, here we are. Officially at the end of the holiday season. Now, most of us are probably feeling full, tired, and ready to get back to normalcy. But, the powers that be (that damn calendar), tell us on a yearly basis, that New Years Day is the day for all of our lives to get on track. On that magical day, routines will be restored, waistlines will shrink, and exercise routines will be solidified. BUT ONLY IF YOU START ON THAT DAY. Well, folks, I don’t buy it. The time is now. Let’s get our crap together…in a yummy way of course.

Now, you guys know me, when it comes to routine, I’m pretty consistent with what I eat on a normal basis. For example, every weekday morning, you can find me munching on veggie omelettes, apples, and peanut butter toast. Well, my weekends are no different. What can you find on my pre-run plate Saturday mornings? Oatmeal. Oatmeal with apples, raisins, and walnuts, to be exact. (I freaking love oats of all kinds…as you can see here.) So, when the time came to brainstorm new bread concoctions, that combo was a logical choice. I mean, really, it just gave me an excuse to eat more bread for breakfast! I’ll take it! 

Now, this bread is a bit different than others I’ve cooked up in the past. Unlike my Peanut Butter Nutella Swirl Banana Bread, or my Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread, this guy goes light on the sweetness. In fact, you won’t find much sugar in here, besides a small amount of honey and a touch of brown sugar. Honestly, the natural sweetness of the apples does the trick perfectly. Not to mention, this oatmeal bread is filled with whole grains and healthy fats with it’s small amount of oil and Greek yogurt. If you really wanted to clean this recipe up even more (which, given it’s nutritional value, you don’t really need to…) you could replace some of the all purpose flour with whole wheat flour, and use coconut oil instead. Either way, we’ve got a winner here.
 
Let’s get to it! Start by peeling and chopping up those apples. Throw them in a bowl with our raisins and walnuts and set aside.
Then, for the dry ingredients. Easily enough, you’ll put your oats, flour, leavening agents, and spices all together and give them a good mix. 
Now for the wet ingredients. In a separate medium bowl goes the Greek yogurt, egg, vegetable oil, honey, brown sugar, milk and vanilla. See what I mean by very little sugar?!
You know the drill for the rest…slowly fold your dry ingredients into the wet, being careful not to over mix. No one likes a tough and chewy bread, now do they? Once that is well combined, mix in those apples, raisins, and walnuts that have been staring at you ever since the beginning of the process. 
Personally, I’m a fan of the petite loaf, so I put three ice cream scoops of batter into each cavity. If you want to do a full loaf with this instead, you do you, you strong independent woman who don’t need no man! …Sorry, I’ll stop there.
Bake these at 375 degrees for about 19-22 minutes, or until the tops are golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean when inserted. Because there isn’t much moisture in this dough, it doesn’t take too long.
Let those bad boys cool in the pan for a few minutes and then, you’re ready to FINISH the year right! Could you wait until January 1st to make these? Sure! Will they taste just as good today? You bet!

Next week, I’ll show you a festive way to ring in the New Year, using my favorite cold-weather flavors one more time.
 
Until then, stay tuned and stay hungry!
 
Erin 
 
Apple Raisin Walnut Oatmeal Bread
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A fruit and nut filled oatmeal bread, with just the right amount of sweetness!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup rolled oats
  2. 2 1/3 cups flour
  3. 2 ¼ teaspoons baking powder
  4. ¼ teaspoons baking soda
  5. 1 teaspoons salt
  6. 1 ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  7. 1 ¼ cup Greek yogurt
  8. 1 egg
  9. ¼ cup vegetable oil
  10. ¼ cup honey
  11. ¼ cup brown sugar
  12. 1 cup milk
  13. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  14. 2 apples, chopped
  15. ¾ cup walnuts, chopped
  16. ½ cup raisins
Instructions
  1. Combine oats, flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon in a medium bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine yogurt, egg, oil, egg, milk and vanilla.
  3. Slowly mix dry ingredients into wet ingredient bowl.
  4. Fold apples, raisins and walnuts into batter.
  5. Divide into petite loaf tins.
  6. Bake at 375 degrees for 19-21 minutes
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