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Healthy Cinnamon Crunch Bread

cinnamon crunch bread

The Ultimate Moist & Fluffy Bread

Fluffy bread, warm cinnamon, buttery crunchy oat topping…are you drooling yet? Well, you should be! This super healthy whole wheat cinnamon crunch bread is going to make you so happy. When I came up with this recipe I wanted it to be the perfect healthy and satisfying breakfast. I wanted moist and fluffy bread, great flavor, and no dense gummy texture like many healthy pieces of bread, cakes, and muffins have. I don’t know about anyone else, but those kinds of recipes are awful and not pleasant to eat. Lucky for you I have come up with a healthy bread that has the perfect texture. You’d have NO clue there is no oil, butter, or dairy. Unsweetened applesauce holds the place of fat in this recipe.

What really makes this recipe super special is the cinnamon crunch topping. Ok, so there is a small bit of butter in the crunch part – but it is hardly anything per serving and isn’t going to hurt you 😉 I love me some buttery, crunchy oat crumble topping and on top of this cinnamon bread it is outstanding. It’s almost like you are eating a decadent coffee cake. It is so satisfying and goes great with a morning cup of coffee or tea.

Of course, this recipe is filled with anti-anxiety ingredients like cinnamon, apples (vitamin C), oats, and whole grains! More about the details about these anxiety fighting foods at the bottom of this post!

cinnamon crunch bread

The Recipe

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and spray a bread pan with cooking spray. My bread pan is 9×13 and I use coconut oil cooking spray! Set aside.


In a small bowl mix the eggs, applesauce, vanilla, and honey together. If you’re not using honey this is where you will add your other liquid sweetener of choice.


In a large bowl mix the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and sugar together.


Pour the wet mixture into the flour mixture and fold together gently. Stir until just combined and there are no dry pockets of flour. You don’t want to overmix or you risk making your bread tough. We want fluffy bread here!
Pour the bread batter into prepared pan.

Now it’s time to make the crunch topping- aka the best part. Combine the flour, brown sugar, oats, and salt in a microwavable safe bowl. Add butter and microwave until butter is almost melted. Stir to combine. It smells so so so good. You know that brown sugar packet oatmeal you used to eat as a kid? It smells exactly like that, yummy! I mean, if you want to go ahead and do a taste test…not that I did that or anything…
Sprinkle crunch topping on bread batter.
Bake for 45 minutes. It may take some ovens longer to cook. If you do the toothpick/knife test and the bread isn’t done, bake for an additional 5 minutes at a time.

Anti-Anxiety Ingredients

anti anxiety ingredients

Cinnamon – is a great warm spice that helps control your blood sugar levels. When blood sugar levels spike or drop, it promotes increased feelings of anxiety. Therefore, when you suffer from an anxiety disorder avoiding blood sugar issues is important! Cinnamon helps control it, which will help keep anxious feelings away.

Oats – have tons of vitamin B, which is essential for helping combat anxiety. Oats also are one of the best foods to help produce more serotonin in the brain – one of the biggest stress/anxiety fighting chemicals. When your serotonin levels are low, anxiety increases. Oats will help your brain produce more serotonin so you can fight off anxious thoughts and feelings.

Apples/applesauce – are full of vitamin C. Vitamin C is believed to help anxiety by elevating your mood. Additionally, vitamin C can help clear out fatigued adrenal glands. Adrenal glands regulate your body’s ability to secrete hormones. If the glands are overworked and clogged, from stress, anxiety, etc., then anxiety can run wild. Vitamin C helps clean out your adrenal glands.

Healthy Cinnamon Crunch Bread

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Serves: 8 Cooking Time: 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup honey (or another liquid sweetener like agave, cassava, maple syrup, etc.)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour (or regular whole wheat flour)
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup cane sugar
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  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon white whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter

Instructions

1

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and spray a bread pan with cooking spray. Set aside.

2

In a small bowl mix the eggs, applesauce, vanilla, and honey together.

3

In a large bowl mix the flour, spices, salt, baking powder and soda, sugar.

4

Pour the wet mixture into the flour mixture and fold together gently. Stir until just combined and there are no dry pockets of flour.

5

Pour the bread batter into prepared pan.

6

Make the crunch topping. Combine flour, brown sugar, oats, and salt in a microwavable safe bowl. Add butter and microwave until butter is almost melted. Stir to combine.

7

Sprinkle crunch topping on bread batter.

8

Bake for 45 minutes. *

Notes

* Check to see if bread is cooked with a knife or toothpick - it should come out clean. (If it's not done after 45 minutes - bake for additional 5 minutes at time until cooked).

Breakfast/ Eggs/ Single Serve

Kale & Sausage Whole Wheat Biscuit & Egg Cups

eggs cups

The Perfect Savory Make-Ahead Breakfast

I love myself a yummy egg breakfast. Sometimes I love to make fresh eggs in the morning and other times I want something super quick that can literally just be reheated in the microwave. So, the perfect solution? Make-ahead egg cups!

These are really special because they are filled with nutrient rich kale – which is great for combating anxiety – yummy sausage and the wheat biscuits are made from scratch. A healthy and wholesome breakfast is one of the easiest ways to start off your day on the right foot, especially for anxiety sufferers.

Gather your biscuit ingredients

Add the flour, baking soda, and salt into the food processor. Pulse until combined. I used pink Himalayan salt since it’s filled with super healthy minerals.

Cut butter into small pieces and add to the flour in the food processor. Pulse the butter into the flour until it resembles coarse sand/small pebbles. If you wind up taking it too far, don’t worry about it too much! It will still come up buttery and flakey. Aim for it to look something like the picture above.

Add in your milk of choice and let the food processor go to work. It should start pulling away from the side and begin forming into a ball. The dough may appear pretty sticky at this point. If it is too sticky and having trouble getting to this point add a tablespoon of flour at a time until it comes together better.

Once it comes together like pictures above, turn out on a floured surface. My dough was still pretty sticky, so I added a tablespoon of flour at a time until the dough wasn’t sticky and became smooth like pictured above!

Divide your dough into 12 equally sized balls and press each one into the muffin pan. Make sure the dough comes all the way up the sides so you have a good vessel to hold all those yummy ingredients.

Now it’s time to gather your ingredients for the egg part of these egg cups. These steps aren’t pictures but, mix your eggs and milk together, add salt and pepper to taste. Chop up the kale into small pieces and the sausage into small circles. Add the kale and sausage to the biscuit cups than evenly pour the egg mixture into the 12 cups. Top with cheese if desired!

I did 6 with a raw sharp cheddar and 6 without. Garrett hates cheese…that weirdo…I ALWAYS give him a hard time about it, because seriously, who hates cheese??

Put cups into a preheated oven ay 400 degrees for about 30 minutes. All oven cook a bit differently so start checking on them at 20 minutes or so. You’re looking for the eggs to fully set and turn slightly golden brown around the edges.

Anxiety Fighting Ingredients

 

 

Kale & Sausage Whole Wheat Biscuit & Egg Cups

Print Recipe
Serves: 12 Cooking Time: 30

Ingredients

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup milk (I use Silk coconut milk)
  • 4 tablespoons butter
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  • 5 eggs
  • 1/2 cup any milk
  • 1 cup finely chopped kale
  • 1 package of sausage (I used Applegate natural pork sausage ~ 9 sausage links)
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Instructions

1

In a food processor, add the flour, baking powder, and salt. Pulse a few times until the dry ingredients are incorporated.

2

Cut butter into smaller pieces and add the food processor. Pulse together until small crumbs form. It should have the appearance of small pebbles.

3

Add milk. Let the food processor combine the milk into the dry ingredients fully and the dough starts pulling away from the sides and creates a ball. The dough may be pretty sticky, but that's ok.

4

Turn out onto a floured surface. If your dough is pretty sticky this is your time to add flour so it fully comes together and you can handle the dough without it sticking everywhere. Knead in about 1 tablespoon at a time until the dough is the right texture.

5

Spray your muffin tin with cooking spray. Divide dough into 12 balls and press the dough into your muffin tin - make sure it comes up along the sides all the way!

6

Chop the kale and slice the sausage and distribute evenly into the biscuit cups.

7

In a medium sized bowl, whisk the eggs and milk.

8

Add salt and pepper to taste - about 1/4 teaspoon pepper and 1 teaspoon salt.

9

Pour egg mixture evenly into the muffin tin.

10

Bake at 400 degrees for about 30 minutes or until the eggs are slightly golden brown and there is no raw egg on top.

Notes

*You can customize these any way you'd like! Remember, always be creative in the kitchen and use the ingredients you have on hand. You can make them vegetarian, add any combo of veggies you have on hand, add some gooey cheese, use bacon or turkey sausage...anything you want 🙂 *Use organic ingredients whenever possible *Practice mindful cooking! See this post to learn how to use mindfulness while in the kitchen and how it's such an awesome way to help calm anxiety. Print out my handy "Mindful Cooking" guide to always keep in your kitchen. The guide is a great reminder for how to use cooking to ease your mind and keep your mind focused on the task of cooking.