Gluten-free Spiced Apple Loaf

Normally gluten-free baking sucks.  But I recently made this and it was amazing!  Even the Artist loved it.  It is moist and has a great texture!

Recipe for gluten-free spiced apple and oats loaf.

Makes 4 mini loaves.

  • 3 small grated apples (I used gala and left the skins on, use less if they are larger apples)
  • 2 cups of oats (I used Old Fashioned and wanted to pulse them a tad to make them smaller and accidentally made the first cup into flour, but left the second cup more chunky)
  • 1/2 cup of olive oil (scant)
  • 2/3 cups whole milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup of white sugar (scant)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • to taste: extra cinnamon, nutmeg, ground clove, ground ginger

I know there is all kinds of reasons to first mis wet ingredients, then add the dry, etc. but I just added everything and mixed it, adding the oats last. I greased by mini loaf pan with butter and baked at 350 F until a toothpick came out clean.

Next time I am going to add walnuts 🙂

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I love Good Food.

I love good food.

I love making good food.  Mostly, just because I love eating it.

That is all.

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I made this for the Artist. All his favourite toppings and sauces.

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A view from the other side to see more of the layers.

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Brushetta topping to toss with a pasta dish.

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I didn’t make this, but bought it for $1. So good. Nice and warm, and healthy. Whole grain grain bread, provolone, chicken breast, spinach, loads or green pepper, onion, and black pepper. No condiments or sauce- yuck.

I am not a condiment girl.  I don’t like most of them.  I like sweet chili sauce sometimes on my chicken nugget, or plum sauce.  But mostly I like nothing 🙂  Especially on sandwiches!  The closest I get to a condiment is a smear of pesto or hummus.

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Apples are in season 🙂

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Love the size!

My ideas for apple-cooking-and-baking so far include: Apple crisp and apple cheese danishes- the Artist’s favourites.  Apple cake with caramel topping- a new recipe I would like to try.  Apple chips- something I have never had before.  Caramel apples- my Halloween day treat.  Applesauce- unsweetened to use as a sugar substitute in baking.  Apple cider- but I don’t have cheesecloth, and the recipes I like so far call for that.

I think I might need more apples haha.  I don’t know if I will get to all of these or not.

Some apple sauce to start:

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Home made snack mix. Shredded wheat, almonds, Grape Nuts, peanuts, a spoonful of canola, flax, seasonings and spices. Toasted nicely in the oven.

This turned out pretty good.  Maybe next time I will skip the flax, it didn’t stick to everything as well as I had hoped.  Maybe less seasonings too, I think I over did it a little.  Less is more for this recipe I think.

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Homemade Cheddar Bay Biscuits- see my Copycat Recipe blog about these 🙂

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The Artist wasn’t feeling well, so I made him a hot breakfast.  He asked for cream of wheat.  It smelled so good when I was making it.  I had to have a bite.  But then, as always, I quickly remember that the smell is deceiving because it tastes like nothing.  Mushy nothing.

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I made these next, and tried a new recipe.  Bad idea.  They turned out too cakey.  Not moist enough.  But the Artist had no problem loading them with ice cream and caramel sauce.

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Banana-Chocolate-Protein Muffins.

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Dark chocolate covered pretzels- not healthified haha.

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Roasted pork with carrots and onions, edamamme, and cous cous taboule with fresh mint from our plant 🙂 My FAVOURITE way to have cous cous.

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Roasted chickpeas with some herbs and spices for a crunchy, and extremely delicious snack.

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Pesto chicken, grilled red pepper and onion, and low fat mozzarella on a toasted bun.  BEST sandwich of life.

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Baked chicken and orzo mediterranean inspired flavours.  AMAZING dish.

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Homemade granola bars- tried to make them with chocolate protein powder….I didn’t like the texture, and they didn’t turn out too good. Definitely need to play with this one.

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Ravioli stuffed with cheeses and tossed in pesto.  These raviolis are from Costco, and are fresh pasta that gets frozen- SO GOOD!

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Plantain chips- thick cut with a knife and roasted in the oven with canola oil- the worst way!

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Cut with a mandolin and roasted with canola in the oven- they are ok, the taste of the oil comes through.

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Cut with the mandolin and used my Chipster- the best way! No oil or anything, just plantains and a pinch of salt. Delicious! Super healthy, crunchy, and tasty.

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Substituted banana and applesauce for sugar, and used chickpeas, no flour, and even melted chocolate chips on top in a thin layer, and still only 4g of sugar and low carbs per generous serving 🙂 I call them “banana muffin squares”.

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Whole wheat pasta with kale, baked chicken, onions, and asiago sauce (just asiago melted and thinned with milk). I don’t like kale, check out my “done with kale” blog post! I prefer spinach.

I am going to try a healthfied version of homemade butterfingers later 😉