Paleo Cinnamon Apple Loaf
And other things
Okay I have to tell you something.
I almost forgot to add the maple syrup to this recipe. We all eat batter, right? If you tell me you haven’t licked the spoon after any cookie, brownie, or cake you’ve made you’re lying. A little raw egg never hurt anyone.
Well. Thank goodness I did. Otherwise, this recipe would have been a disaster.
I poured the mix into the loaf pan, took it over to the oven, gave my rubber spatula a taste, and instantly realized my mistake. I know I bake on the healthy side, but that was downright terrible. But don’t worry, we poured it back into the bowl, added the maple syrup, poured it back into the loaf pan, and sprinkled some coconut sugar on top just for good measure.
At the beginning of lockdown we saw a lot of banana bread. I did it. I bet you did. Your friends were doing it. But today? As lockdowns are easing up? Today we are going with cinnamon spiced apple bread.
I love my fruit. And I’m a brat because I like to have an assortment of fresh and juicy berries and melons at my disposal. Well. We’re locked down and minimizing grocery trips and you know what doesn’t have that long of a shelf life? Berries and melon. Enter: apples.
I used a lot of warm and lovely spices in this recipe. Nutmeg, allspice, cardamom, and lots of cinnamon. It’s warm and delicious with real chunks of apple in there. And of course paleo friendly.
I’ll be honest, I haven’t been doing a ton of creative cooking and baking lately. In fact, my diet has been even more boring than it already is because on one hand, it makes shopping and cooking easier, and on the other, it keeps me to a routine designed to alleviate the bit of bloat and fluff that quarantine has added..
I know you understand.
But today I was inspired. And wanted to make my place smell warm and fuzzy.
This apple loaf is something that I would make if you want to have a something healthy and subtly sweet around the house. It would make a lovely addition to breakfast, especially smeared with a little peanut butter or more butter and cinnamon. Or could be a healthy dessert, maybe warmed up with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on it.
Either way, it’s healthy and delicious. But not the kind of cheating must-have-dessert-now type of bread.
It’s May 18th today. How crazy is that? Just over two months of lock down here for me and JerBear. And while I’m no stranger to being home alone, wow we had some hard weeks in there. I am very happy and ready to see things start to things ease up. But, as is human nature, there are now more reasons for people to be idiots and make this whole thing harder than it needs to be. Wouldn’t it be cool if we could all trust each other to simply do the right thing and play by the rules for a little while longer? Our attention spans suck.
I realize we have a long way to go. This situation is not even close to ‘over,’ whatever ‘over’ means anymore. Nothing is ever really over, is it. Hard times and bad circumstances are accepted for what they are, our actions and lives are adapted to address whatever type of suck we are going through, and in the process, hopefully we learn a thing or two about ourselves and grow in some way.
But that’s a lot to ask of people it seems. I mean if someone somewhere isn’t unhappy, confused, or offended are we even doing it right?
And like most things in life, this will get a lot more challenging before it gets better.
But I for one am here to see it through. And be part of the wave of reopening with grace, composure, and hope. Not pages and pages of rules that only add to unnecessary fear. Not a free for all of zero procedures or protocols. But cool, calm, and collected practices that start to get the world back on our feet.
And I mean that quite literally, because I will happily hop around my gym six feet away from people, respecting the space and decisions of others.
No, it doesn’t look the same as it used to. Yes, I have to stand away from people and wear a mask as I coach classes. But hey. We’re lucky to get to do it. And I’d rather live and be smart than hide and be scared.
I’m feeling good dudes. Things are happening. The weather is warming up, the stars are aligning, and everything is going to be okay! Life is a game and we’re playing a long game right now, holding on to our goals and visions for reopening and living our lives.
This mentality goes for anything. The long game. If it takes months or years, doesn’t matter. You keep playing. This goes for anything. You won’t all of a sudden get the job you want, you have to earn it, build trust, and cultivate relationships. And you don’t cultivate those relationships or earn that trust in weeks or even months. It takes a long time. And frequent self reflection. Look who is around you. Are they helping or hindering your progress? Look at your day. Are you willing to put in the daily boring actions that will get you one step closer to the goals you have set for yourself?
Hopefully whatever you’re experiencing right now, know that it is temporary. But if, and only if, you are consciously making the actions and doing the daily boring grind that it takes to get through. I’m hopeful. Even when I’m pissed off, I keep the hope and keep putting one foot in front of the other. Every day of quarantine, and every day of the last four years of my life.
So I ask you not to lose hope. The only way out is through. And the only way through is with grace and composure. Whatever rules we have to abide by, do it gracefully. Don’t look back on this and remember the emotional outbursts and freak outs you had. Because, look, I had them too. Read back on a few of these posts, I’m far from well some of the time. But I want to be able to look back not only on quarantine but on the years of my life and know that I actively did what I could to keep my cool, control my reactions, and be the calm and collected person others might need to hear. Always putting one foot in front of the other.
And what that didn’t work, I baked bread.
Happy Monday all.
Paleo Apple Cinnamon Loaf
- 1/2 cup coconut flour
- 1/4 cup almond flour
- 2 tbs arrowroot, tapioca, or cornstarch for texture
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tbs cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp allspice
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp cardamom *optional
- 1 medium apple, diced
- 3 eggs
- 3 tbs melted coconut oil
- 1/3 cup coconut milk *or buttermilk, you want something with a little fat to it for the richness and thickness
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 1 tbs coconut or brown sugar I like the mix of the two here, but could use all maple syrup, or all coconut sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees, grease and line a loaf pan with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients: coconut flour, almond flour, starch, salt, all spices, and baking soda.
- In a seperate bowl combine the eggs, oil, milk, maple syrup, sugar, applesauce, and vanilla extract.
- Pour the wet into the dry mix and stir to combine.
- Fold in the diced apples. Save a few to sprinkle over the top!
- Pour batter into prepared loaf pan. Sprinkle over remaining diced apples.
- Bake for 50-60 minutes. Mine took right around that 60 minute mark!
- Make sure the center is set and a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool completely before slicing!
- Serve with tea, coffee, more butter and cinnamon sugar, or nut butter! It's healthy and a great mid day treat. And makes your place smell lovely.