Being on the health train we’ve attempted lately, I have been craving bread, carbs and flat out junk food. I want anything and everything that is terrible for you. Craving sugar, bread and donuts has been anything but unusual for me lately. Although our cupboards are filled with fruit and veggies I opted for a healthy bread that I was by far impressed with. Being as I am a sugar and carb gal, I was beyond shocked I was able to enjoy a slice without butter. Yes, withOUT butter. My heart probably thanked me and my tongue didn’t ask for some. So all around we were good!
Michael on the other hand doesn’t really care for all the bread, tortillas, bagels, English muffins or cinnamon rolls that Cooper and I devour. So although he thought it was good he really had no true insight because he could easily live without bread. He was not my captive audience on this particular dish; Cooper was. :)
- 1 cup butter, melted
- 1 cup honey
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 eggs
- ¼ cup apple juice (orange juice works too)
- 1 ½ tbsp vanilla
- 3 ¼ cups whole wheat flour
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 ½ tsp baking powder
- ¾ tsp baking soda
- 1 tbsp sugar
- ½ tsp nutmeg
- ½ tsp allspice
- 2 large carrots, shredded (1 ½ cup)
- 1 large zucchini (1 ½ cup)
- 1 large apple (1 cup)
- ½ cup pecans, chopped
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large mixer blend butter, sugar and eggs until well beaten. Add apple juice and vanilla and stir well.
Add all dry ingredients: flour, salt, baking powder and soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. Cream well.
Meanwhile, in a food processor shred carrots and zucchini. (This makes for an easy step)
Add carrots and zucchini to mixture.
With a food chopper, chop the apples into small pieces. I make sure they are extremely small for my son’s sake. Add to the mixture.
In two greased bread pans evenly divide the mixture and cook in the oven for 45-60 minutes depending how hot your oven runs. When a toothpick inserted comes out clean, your bread is done!
While I was making this bread my son was in his tent playing with balloons. This has been a normal activity for him lately. He has been loving his tent. Today he got extremely quiet while I was baking and almost too quite I knew I needed to check on him.
Here is what I found:
He got into the container of Peach O’s that my husband left out…. This was the funniest sight I’ve seen in quite awhile. When I peeked in the tent he had the entire Peach O in his mouth gnawing extremely fast trying to get a bite off of it.
Hahaha oh how I laughed so hard that he tried even harder to suck off all the sugar before I swept them all away. Sweet boy! It was so precious to see this sight that I gave him some bites to enjoy!
Now that I rescued my little man from this choking hazard I gave him lunch with some Peach O’s for dessert. :) He deserved it!
Toothpick inserted came out perfectly clean. This bread is extremely moist and tastes awesome! No butter needed!