Tomorrow is one of the best days of the year. That’s right friends – it’s the first day of fall! It also happens to be my dad’s birthday. Two reasons to celebrate!
In honor of the first day of the best season, I wanted to share a recipe that will fill your house with yummy smells and provide you with a warm afternoon treat.
I made homemade applesauce last week with the intent of enjoying it as a side and using it for baking, so when selecting a recipe to share to welcome the season, I knew it had to include applesauce. Applesauce bread came to mind first, but then I thought about peanut butter and decided to marry the two together in bread form and see what happened. It was a good thing!
This bread is moist thanks to the applesauce and is exploding with peanut butter flavor! There is a slight hint of banana, an earthiness from the whole wheat flour, and a warmth from the cinnamon and vanilla additions. Though this recipe is titled Peanut Butter Applesauce Bread, it’s almost cake-like. I’d eat this for breakfast, a snack, or dessert any day!
So bake a loaf for yourself and one for a friend/family member/neighbor, and welcome the new season with yummy food and good people.
Happy fall, friends!
- ¾ cup whole wheat flour
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup creamy peanut butter
- ¼ cup mashed ripe banana (see note)
- 1 large egg, at room temperature
- 1 cup unsweetened applesauce (homemade or store-bought)
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Applesauce or apple butter for topping, if desired
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x5-inch loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
- In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together both types of flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat sugar, peanut butter, and mashed banana together until well-mixed and creamy, about 2 minutes.
- Beat the egg into the sugar mixer until incorporated. Mix in the applesauce and vanilla.
- Gradually add the flour mixture to the sugar mixture until everything is just mixed and flour is not visible. Be careful not to over-mix.
- Spoon batter into greased loaf pan. Bake in the center of the preheated oven for approximately 50-55 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out mostly clean with a few crumbs attached.
- Cool bread in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes, then remove bread from pan and cool completely on wire rack, about an hour.
- Slice and serve topped with applesauce or apple butter, if desired. Enjoy!
Adapted from Food.com