I’ve never been one to eat breakfast – I could last on coffee until noon – so I’m always on the look-out for easy healthy breakfast recipes to make the thought of eating breakfast a little more enticing. This Apple Breakfast Loaf Recipe is almost like having cake for breakfast, and it’s simple enough to be a kids’ kitchen project, too!
This apple breakfast loaf is tender and cake-like, with soft bits of baked apple in the bread and a generous coating of cinnamon and brown sugar. It takes less than 10 minutes to whip together (less than 5 if you’re a quick apple dicer) and makes the whole house smell amazing in the process.
Ella made this delicious apple bread early one morning and it was the perfect accompaniment to that first coffee of the day.
How to Make Apple Breakfast Loaf
First, gather your ingredients:
- 1 large apple, chopped into small bite-sized pieces
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 2 Tablespoons ground cinnamon
- ⅔ cup white sugar
- ½ cup butter, room temperature
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1½ cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ cup milk
Gathering ingredients is always the first step for me in any recipe. There is no point in prepping your loaf pans if you realize that you are out of an essential ingredient!
Next, we lined our loaf pan with parchment paper to allow for easy removal (and it’s easier for Ella to do than ensure an even coating of butter & flour).
We grabbed Ella’s apple cutter out of her Kitchen Closet, and she set to work practicing that skill. My trick when kids are using apple cutters like this is to cut the apple in half so that the apple rests flat on the cutting board.
The apple cutter still left the chunks of apple a bit large for our recipe, so Ella used a butter knife to chop them down even further.
Next, she stirred the cinnamon and brown sugar in a small bowl, and set aside.
Cream the butter and sugar together in a separate bowl until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. We purchased this hand mixer because it is light weight, came with it’s own carrying case, and is easier for her to operate and hold than a stand mixer or mixers with more difficult switches – although I kind of want to get her the new mini KitchenAid Stand Mixers if they prove easy for kids.
Next, add in the eggs, vanilla, flour, baking soda, and milk. You want to ensure there are no lumps in the batter, but you also want to avoid over-mixing.
Bake at 350F for 45-55 minutes. The bread will be tender and crumbly. Ella loved it sprinkled over top of some greek yogurt while I loved it plain alongside my morning coffee.
Here’s your free printable version of this Apple Breakfast Loaf Recipe:
Are you a breakfast person? What’s your go-to breakfast for when you want something a bit special?
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