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I did it.

I finally did it.

I finally made a fruit bread that turned out great!

No half-filled pan of banana bread, no gooey middle, no throwing half of the loaf away a few days later because neither one of us will eat it.

Thanks, fall.

The inspiration is all you.

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Apples. Walnuts. Cinnamon. Maple syrup.

All in one bread – warm and toasty and full of flavor.

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Don’t get me wrong – I love a good banana bread. But I think I love apple bread even more.

If you try this recipe, you may find yourself agreeing.

As long as I have fresh apples this fall and winter, this bread will be on the menu.

It’s delicious as a snack, perfect for breakfast, and would probably make incredible french toast…if you could save a few pieces.

Even better? It’s all whole wheat with some heart healthy oatmeal thrown in, just for fun.

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Maple Apple Walnut Bread

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup quick cooking oats
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup milk (I used evaporated)
  • 1 medium-large apple, cored and cut into small dice
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Heat butter on stovetop or in microwave until melted and let cool.
  3. In large bowl, mix together flour through ginger (all the dry ingredients).
  4. In separate bowl, mix the sugar, maple syrup, eggs, vanilla, milk, and butter.
  5. Add wet mixture to dry and stir until just combined.
  6. Fold in chopped apples and walnuts.
  7. Pour in bread pan and bake 70-75 minutes or until top is golden and toothpick comes out clean.
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Cinnamon Sugar Walnuts

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Do you make homemade Christmas gifts?

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Last year, my family decided to send more money to Jovenes (the orphanage we support in Honduras) and make as many Christmas gifts that we could.

Nick and I ended up putting together a basket for each “family” that had all kinds of goodies!

We made:

  • cinnamon sugar walnuts
  • sweet and spicy pecans
  • sugared cranberries
  • homemade chocolate covered toffee
  • chocolate dipped pretzels

And I was thinking the other day – I never posted those recipes! I think the time just got away from me during the holiday season, and I haven’t thought about them since. Until now.

Holiday baking is back on my mind.

So I’m finally going to share my cinnamon sugar walnut recipe!

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Cinnamon Sugar Walnuts

The warm, toasted cinnamon sugar coating makes these walnuts irresistible. Make sure to bake until the nuts are just toasted – the heat brings out the flavor of the walnuts and cinnamon, filling your kitchen with an incredible smell.

  • 2 cups walnuts
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1-2 Tbsp neutral oil or melted butter
  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Line baking dish with foil and spread out walnuts.
  3. Pour oil/melted butter over nuts and add cinnamon, sugar, and salt.
  4. Toss to coat.
  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes, stirring halfway through.
  6. Let cool completely before packaging.

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These would look great in a jar and tied with simple ribbon or tossed into a holiday printed bag.

I’d love to serve these at a holiday party, too – having a sweet roasted nut and a savory one would be a great appetizer or snack to have out for family and visitors.

Plus, homemade = cheaper and healthier, and I’m always up for that.

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