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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
  • -------------------------------------------------
  • 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/ Extra Fast/ Single Serve/ Waffles

Peanut Butter Granola & Banana Waffles

I’m not even sure if I can consider this a recipe since it is so easy. You can make it is 5 minutes, so it is perfect for a weekday morning breakfast or before kids go off to school. It’s nutritious, sweet, crunchy, and creamy.

What makes this breakfast particularly easy is that it uses frozen waffles. Yes, frozen…if you buy the right kind. You can find healthy and delicious waffles in the freezer section of your grocery store. I always buy Van’s organic waffles. Van’s waffles are USDA organic and non-GMO Project certified. They are also dairy-free, egg free, nut-free, kosher, and have absolutely no artificial flavors or preservatives. You can pronounce all of their ingredients so you know you’re not eating anything scary. I used the Totally Original flavor for this recipe.

The Recipe

Prep 2 frozen waffles of your choice in the toaster.

Slice half of a banana as thick or as thin as you like.

In a small microwavable safe bowl add one tablespoon of natural peanut butter and 2 teaspoons of maple syrup. Microwave for 10 or so seconds so it gets melty and you can mix it together well. I always use natural peanut butter with no added oils, salts, or sugars. And please, always use pure maple syrup, none of the factory made stuff. Remember, always organic ingredients when at all possible 😉

Now, it is just time to assemble. Take your toasty waffles, lay the slices of banana on top of the waffles, drizzle over your sweet maple peanut butter. Garnish with a handful of peanut butter granola (I used homemade…I’ll do a recipe post for that soon) for a delicious crunch and some chia seeds!

 

Anxiety-Fighting Ingredients

  • Bananas: These creamy, sweet, and delicious fruits are full of vitamin B9 (also known as folate), which are proven to help fight depression. Bananas increase serotonin, the happy hormone, that make us feel better and happier of course. Studies show that about 50% people who are suffering from depression have a folate deficiency. Doctors have even recommended for those patients to increase their folate consumption to help boost the effects of depression meds. Bananas ALSO help stress and anxiety. Bananas contain tryptophan, which works along with serotonin production – both some of the most important natural anti-depressant and anti-anxiety remedies. I’m not even done yet…bananas also contain norepinephrine – this helps control our mind and bodies fight or flight response, leading to reduced feelings of stress, anxiety, uneasiness, and fear. For more banana benefits and to read where I got this info, click here.
  • Whole wheat: whole wheat and healthy carbs help increase serotonin, leading to happier thoughts and feelings of ease!
  • Peanut butter: peanut butter is a great source of healthy and natural protein, and protein help with fighting anxiety. Protein contains norepinephrine and dopamine, which are great mood-boosting brain chemicals.

Peanut Butter Granola & Banana Waffles

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Serves: 1 Cooking Time: 5

Ingredients

  • 2 frozen whole wheat/whole grain waffles (I use Van's)
  • 1/2 of a banana
  • 1 tablespoon natural peanut butter
  • 2 teaspoon pure maple syrup
  • Small handful peanut butter granola
  • Sprinkle of chia seeds

Instructions

1

Prep 2 frozen waffles of your choice in the toaster.

2

Slice half of a banana as thick or as thin as you like.

3

In a small microwavable safe bowl add one tablespoon of natural peanut butter and 2 teaspoons of maple syrup. Microwave for 10 or so seconds so it gets melty and you can mix it together well.

4

Assemble - Take your toasty waffles, lay the slices of banana on top of the waffles, drizzle over your sweet maple peanut butter. Garnish with a handful of peanut butter granola some chia seeds! *

Notes

* You can use any type of granola you want, it doesn't have to be peanut butter. You can also omit the chia seeds if you don't have any.