Orange Apple Quick Bread

Shredded apples and orange juice combine with white whole-wheat flour for a quick bread that’s wholesome enough to eat at breakfast, but sweet enough to call dessert. Double up on heart-healthy and brain-healthy flavonoids: hesperidin from Florida Orange Juice (FLOJ) and quercetin from apples appear to reduce inflammation and support blood vessel health, which may help reduce the risk of both heart disease and stroke.

This sponsored recipe is brought to you by the Florida Department of Citrus as part of Food & Nutrition‘s Recipe Roundup program. Click for more FLOJ recipes!

SERVINGS: 20 (makes 2 loaves)
SERVING SIZE: 1 slice
PREP TIME: 18 minutes
COOKING TIME: 30 minutes

Ingredients

1 cup Florida Orange Juice (fortified with calcium and vitamin D)
2 large eggs
2/3 cup canola oil
3 cups grated apple, unpeeled (~ 3 apples)
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon orange zest
2 cups white whole-wheat flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
¾ teaspoon ground cloves
½ cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. In a large mixing bowl, beat the eggs and canola oil with a fork. Add the grated apple, brown sugar, vanilla extract, orange zest and FLOJ. Mix well with a mixing spoon.

In a medium mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and cloves. Pour the contents of the flour mixture into the large mixing bowl and mix the wet and dry ingredients with a wooden spoon or other mixing spoon. Using a spatula, gently fold in the Greek yogurt. Pour the batter into 2 standard loaf pans that have been prepared with nonstick baking spray or additional canola oil. Bake until a cake tester placed into the center of the loaves comes out clean, 30 minutes. Cool in the pan on a wire rack for about 10 minutes before removing and allowing to cool further directly on the rack.

NUTRITION PER SERVING: CALORIES 180; TOTAL FAT 8g; SAT. FAT 1g; CHOL. 19mg; SODIUM 188mg; CARB. 25g; FIBER 2g; SUGARS 15g; PROTEIN 3g; POTASSIUM 127mg

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