Blenders aren’t just for smoothies and soups! In this blog post, Holley Grainger of our Kitchen Council shows you how to make a breakfast bread with one handy small kitchen appliance – a high-powered blender. Be sure to give this recipe a whirl – it’s that easy!
I love making quick breads like banana, zucchini, or pumpkin but I usually dread having to pull out the stand mixer (and attachments) so I find that I don’t make them as often as I would like. But when Stemilt offered me a Nutri Ninja® | Ninja® Blender Duo with Auto-iQTM to use to create recipes, I figured that making a quick bread in a blender had to be tried.
What I love about this blender is that it takes large chunks of whole fruit (like an apple) and pulverizes it down to applesauce in just seconds.
Now, you may be thinking that there is no need to make your own applesauce for this bread since you could easily buy a jar at the store but let me stop your thinking right there because the applesauce used in this special bread isn’t just from any ol’ apple. It’s from a Piñata apple that boasts the most amazing sweet, crisp flavor with a tropical twist. Nothing on the shelf stands up to that description and in this super simple applesauce bread, it is perfect!
A few notes about the bread that I learned after a bit of trial and error…
- Save your energy and leave the peel on the apple when making the applesauce. The blender’s power breaks it down so you’ll get the benefits of the nutrients found in the peel.
- Stick to 1 cup of applesauce as any more will cause the bread to become too dense and “sink.” The 2 apples called for in the recipe may yield a bit more applesauce than needed so just eat any remaining as a snack to hold you over until the bread is ready (or freeze for the kids to enjoy later).
- Avoid overprocessing the batter once the dry ingredients are added. You’ll only need to pulse 5 to 7 times to incorporate the ingredients.
- A simple base quick bread like this one boasts many opportunities to jazz up the flavor. Consider swapping walnuts for pecans, topping with coconut to play up the tropical flavor, or you can make this more of a “holiday” bread by warming up the spices with nutmeg and cloves.
- Make sure to check the bread’s doneness after about 50 minutes since oven temperatures will vary. When the bread browns on the edges, the edges pull away from the sides, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, it is ready to be removed from the oven.
- If you decide to vary the size of your loaf pan, or make mini loaves, muffins, or even a sheet cake out of the batter, make sure to keep an eye on the cook time.
- 1 large Piñata apple, cored
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 6 Tbsp butter, softened
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger
- 1/2 cup chopped toasted pecans
This Blender Applesauce Bread is the perfect sweet breakfast pastry, and it could not get any easier (just throw the ingredients in a blender, then pour into a baking dish and bake!).
- Cut apple into quarters (apple peel can remain).
- Combine apples and lemon juice and blender and beat until almost smooth (the consistency of chunky applesauce). Set aside 1 cup to use in the recipe.
- Rinse blender and blades with water. Beat together butter and sugar in the blender until combined and thick.
- Add egg, applesauce and vanilla and pulse until combined.
- Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and ginger.
- Add to blender and pulse until flour is just mixed without overbeating (about 5-7 pulses).
- Remove blade, add pecans and fold in gently.
- Add batter to a lightly greased 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until the bread is firm and a wooden pick inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Let cool in the pan for 15 minutes, and then turn out onto a rack to cool completely.
- Calories: 527
- Fat Content: 27.2g
- Cholesterol Content: 69mg
- Sodium Content: 597mg
- Carbohydrate Content: 68.2g
- Fiber Content: 4.2g
- Sugar Content: 35.5g
- Protein Content: 7.1g