I haven’t really been in a baking mood which is odd since it’s fall and baking should come pretty naturally. Cinnamon, pumpkin, apples…those are all perfect flavours that work well on those wet and cool days. However, even with all that good stuff, I couldn’t dig deep enough to find my baking mo-jo.
So when I did finally feel like I should put my oven through a bit of a work out, I approached it cautiously. I wanted a treat – something gooey and sticky and loaded with butter, but I ended up baking this loaf which sits on the healthy side of the fence. There’s whole wheat flour, not a lot of sugar and not too much fat either. But don’t think this is one of those tasteless, bland quick breads that can easily turn to stone. This loaf is tasty! It’s delicious with a mug of hot tea when you’re curled up on the couch reading a good book. And it’s perfect for breakfast when eating cake seems almost decadent. And it’s got a crumb topping, people! Crumble!!
Yeah, I get excited about a good crumble topping. Don’t you?
cinnamon crumble quick bread
1/3 c brown sugar
4 T coconut oil, melted (most oils should work here, even melted butter)
2 large eggs
1/2 c low fat yogurt
1 t vanilla
1 apple, grated
1 c all-purpose flour
1 c whole wheat flour
2 t baking powder
1 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
2 t ground cinnamon
2 heaping T brown sugar
2 T flour
1/4 c walnuts, chopped
1/2 t ground cinnamon
2 T cold butter
Preheat oven to 350F. In a large bowl, mix together the sugar, coconut oil, and eggs together. Stir in the yogurt, vanilla and apple. In another bowl, blend together the dry ingredients. Add the dry ingredients into the sugar/egg mixture, giving everything a good stir until combined.
In a small bowl, use your fingers to blend together the crumb topping into large pea shaped blobs.
Pour batter into a greased & floured loaf tin. Sprinkle top with crumb topping. Bake for 35-40 minutes.
A good crumble is enough to get me to do just about anything. Especially make this lovely loaf! Whatever…if it’s healthier, I’ll just cut myself a bigger slice!
veganizing this today!
omg. Jeannette, it came out AMAZING.
Looks so moist. I can smell the cinnamon. I’m going to spread some peanut butter on my slice 🙂
I wouldn’t trust anybody who didn’t get excited about crumble topping!
Looks yummy. What size loaf pan did you use? And Tracy I agree peanut butter on it sounds good.
Joanne, big slices always help 🙂
Naomi, so glad you whipped this up so quickly!! And glad that it was so easy to veganize. Hooray!
Thanks Tracy, peanut butter would be good.
I know, Nervous Cook, who wouldn’t be excited about crumble? It’s the best.
Thanks Cindy! You know, I have no idea how big my loaf pan is. My loaf pans are handmade and have been passed on through family so there are no measurements. I’d say just a standard loaf pan would be fine. Not too big, not too tiny, just right 🙂
The texture looks terrific. I’m with the nut butter crowd too-almond butter for me!
i haven’t baked all the much these past couple of weeks either! maybe this weekend i’ll whip out something ;). that crumble looks fantastic!
Mmmmmm, can’t wait to give it a try. It sounds delicious!
This is right up my baking street. I love crumble toppings. I am craving gingerbread, molasses cookies and crumbles and crisps now.
wow, this looks great! i love baking with apples this time of the year. awesome looking recipe. i’ve always wondered about using coconut oil .. is it as healthy as everyone says it is?
I’ve just come across your blog, and love what I see. This quick bread is just up my alley, and baking it will be on my to-do-list for the weekend.
Yes! I do, too. My favorite banana bread recipe has a crumble topping, and you know, it has never occurred to me to try it out on other quick breads. As my seventh-grade self might say, “Duh!” Thanks for the inspiration, Jeanette. This recipe’s officially on deck.
It would be safe to say, that I live for crumble! I have yet to see anything baked that crumble did not make better. This looks delicious, thanks so much.
Sounds just about perfect. I love a good sweet Fall bread! Sadly, the doc told me to lay off the bread for the remainder of my pregnancy, but I may sneak bites here and there! xo
I’m in, anything with crumble and I’m sold! Looks so good!!!
SusieBee, well hop on the nut butter train! I’m sure this bread would be great with a nutty spread.
Thanks Heather. I wonder why it is we haven’t been baking? I’m sure we’ll get more into it as the weather cools down.
Nicky, thanks. It’s a good one.
Cate, I understand those cravings!
Karen, I’ve seen a lot of coconut oil recipes popping up too (which is why I caved and bought some). I think if used in moderation it should be fine, but I wouldn’t believe all the health benefits that seem to exist online!
Michelle, thanks for stopping by & commenting! I hope you enjoy the bread making 🙂
Duh is right, Jess! Crumble forever!
Redmenace, oooh, that would be hard! I probably should lay off the bread, but I’m in too deep.
Anything with cinnamon is my best friend! Even in stews with chick peas, cinnamon smells and tastes incredible. I’m curious as to how you enjoyed baking with the coconut oil? I know that it doesn’t make the food taste or smell coconuty as I’ve used it before but it didn’t work well for me when I used it as a lubricant to prevent sticking. I’m going to have to make this loaf soon!
This looks lovely! I love cinnamon year round, but it is particularly irresistable this time of year. I love that this is healthier! Look forward to trying it soon.
I desperately needed to make this loaf tonight – I was snackish and in a baking mood, and I couldn’t get the crumble topping out of my mind. But I was too lazy to grocery shop, so I made do with what I had on hand instead of following the recipe. My resulting loaf is absolutely delicious, and now I’m even MORE curious what it would be like if I had made it exactly as written. Yummmmm. Next time. 🙂
(My travesties/substitutions were canola instead of coconut oil, grated zucchini instead of apple, mashed banana and greek yogurt instead of low-fat, and oats instead of walnuts in the crumble)
Whole wheat flour + yogurt + crumb topping = I’m sold. Sounds really fabulous (this is what you were tweeting about the other day, no?) I should pass on a little of my baking mood your way as I was just thinking today how I needed to, every now and then, make some real food on my blog 🙂
Bijoux, I agree completely. I love cinnamon & it’s so lovely in the fall. I’ve used coconut oil in baking and instead of oil when sauteeing. I find it works just fine.
Thanks newlywed, it’s healthy which means extra slices without the guilt!
elsewise, this is easy to create variations. Glad to find out it worked well for you!
Megan, I was tweeting about this! Yes, let me absorb your baking goodness…I need some!
What a delicious looking desert! I have 3 apple trees with loads more apples than I know what to do with, thanks for the idea 🙂
3 apple trees, hh? Call me jealous!
I made this last night and it is excellent! I brought it into work for a meeting and I’m positive it’s going to be a big hit. Yummy! I love that it’s sweet, but not overly sweet. Hooray!
Brie, so glad you made this! Yay for happy coworkers!
Ooo yumm I want to make this asap!! I love that it’s mostly healthy but also has a crumble.
It is pretty healthy and super tasty, ashley, make it!
I’ve never come across crumble toppings before so gave this a go as it sounded and looked yummy! I left out the walnuts as my son as a nut allergy, I’m not sure what I did wrong but I don’t have a crumble look on the top, just weird blobs! Cake tastes very nice though.
UK Helen, hmmm, not sure what went wrong with the crumble topping. If everything blends well together, with no large chunks of butter, than you should have a good crumble topping. But were they delicious blobs? Maybe you’re not a fan of crumble toppings (can’t be!).
Jeannette, this is lovely–not too sweet, and I don’t feel badly if my husband eats (too) much of it, or giving it to my 5yo son!
Question–you don’t say to peel the apple—I assumed that meant you didn’t…am I correct?
Also, have you ever tried freezing it? Thanks for a great recipe!
chrishpl, I didn’t peel the apple and I’m sure like most quick breads it freezes beautifully! Enjoy.