Here we replaced butter and whole eggs with canola oil and egg whites, substituted buttermilk (or yogurt) for sour cream, and used half as many nuts as traditional apple bread recipes.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 1999


Recipe Summary

1 hr 10 mins




Instructions Checklist
  • To prepare streusel: Combine 1/3 cup flour, brown sugar, 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon and pinch of salt in a small bowl. Stir in walnuts. Drizzle apple-juice concentrate and 1 tablespoon oil over dry ingredients and rub in with your fingers until crumbly. Set aside.

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat two 8 1/2-by-4 1/2-inch loaf pans with cooking spray.

  • To prepare bread: Beat egg whites in a large bowl with an electric mixer on low speed until foamy. Add cream of tartar, increase speed to medium-high and beat until soft peaks form. Gradually add 1/2 cup granulated sugar (or 1/4 cup Splenda), beating until stiff peaks form.

  • Combine buttermilk (or yogurt), 3 tablespoons oil and vanilla in a small bowl. Whisk the remaining 1/2 cup sugar (or 1/4 cup Splenda), all-purpose flour, 1 cup whole-wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon cinnamon in a large bowl. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients; add the wet ingredients and stir with a rubber spatula until just combined. Fold in apples, then the beaten whites. Spoon the batter into the prepared pans, smoothing the tops. Sprinkle with the reserved streusel. Bake the loaves until lightly browned and a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean, 35 to 45 minutes. Cool in the pans on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove from the pans and finish cooling on the rack.


Make Ahead Tip: Wrap well and store at room temperature for up to 2 days or freeze for up to 1 month.

Storage smarts: For long-term freezer storage, wrap your food in a layer of plastic wrap followed by a layer of foil. The plastic will help prevent freezer burn while the foil will help keep off-odors from seeping into the food.

Nutrition Facts

193 calories; protein 3.8g 8% DV; carbohydrates 34g 11% DV; dietary fiber 1.7g 7% DV; sugars 18.3g; fat 5.2g 8% DV; saturated fat 0.5g 3% DV; cholesterol 0.6mg; vitamin a iu 13.4IU; vitamin c 1.6mg 3% DV; folate 35.7mcg 9% DV; calcium 43.8mg 4% DV; iron 0.9mg 5% DV; magnesium 22.2mg 8% DV; potassium 116.4mg 3% DV; sodium 270.4mg 11% DV; thiamin 0.1mg 14% DV.

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Rating: 4 stars
This could use lots more apples (if I make it again I will put in at least twice as many) and there is a bit too much sugar streusel. I will leave off the topping if I make it again or maybe top with very thinly sliced apples. The bread does have a nice texture and has a very buttery taste if you use buttermilk. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Wonderful Quick Bread I used granny smith and fuji apples. They were delicious in the bread. It's nice to have a quick bread that you can feel good about eating and serving to others. Pros: Just the right amount of sugar. Great bread and worth the effort. Cons: I agree with the other reviewer that it could stand a little less topping but it was still fine as Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Worth the Effort This bread was very good. Not too sweet and the topping added just the right amount of crunchy goodness. Nice to have a quick bread that you can feel good about eating and serving to others. Pros: Healthy but delicious Cons: None Read More