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Cinnamon Apple Nut Bread

I’ve had a relationship with ANYTHING cinnamon & sweet for most of my life. And it hasn’t always been a healthy one! Or a balanced one (I give and I give....) All good judgement would go out the window! So we had to break up when I started eating clean. (I’m sorry, Cinnabon!) But I think I’ve found a way to continue our star-crossed affair. (I’m letting you in on this!!) THIS bread has come pretty close to satisfying my severe cinnamon bread jones! It’s perfect for breakfast or a snack. My daughters even made French Toast with it recently. It’s also delicious as a dessert.

Tips/Notes: It’s possible to omit the honey and use granulated stevia instead. If you do that, you’ll use 1/3 cup granulated stevia (like Stevia in the Raw) PLUS 1 tbsp of water. But, in this case, use the honey if you can because the recipe needs the moisture of the liquid.  Sunflower seeds are optional, but they give the bread a great heartiness if you want to use it as a breakfast bread. If you use them, add 2-4 tbsp of water to get a moist dough. (Start with 2 and then add more if the dough seems stiff). As always, enjoy and send feedback!

Ingredients- • 2 cups almond flour • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon • 1 teaspoon baking soda • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt • 5 eggs • 1/4 cup honey • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted or liquid oil • 1 teaspoon vanilla • 1/2 cup diced apples • 1/4 cup chopped almonds (optional) • 3 tbsp sunflower seeds (optional, with 2-4 tbsp water)

Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a bread pan with parchment paper, leaving 2 inches hanging off each side. 2. Combine almond flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt in a medium sized bowl. 3. Combine eggs, honey, coconut oil, and vanilla in a large bowl. Using a hand mixer, blend until well combined. (If you use stevia in the raw instead of honey, don’t forget to add 1 tbsp of water). 4. Add the dry ingredients to the bowl with the wet ingredients. Continue mixing until everything is well combined and smooth. 5. With a spatula, fold in the apples and the almonds (and sunflower seeds with extra water, if you’re using them). 6. Pour the batter into the bread pan. 7. Bake for about 40-45 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center of the bread.

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