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Super moist and delicious vegan apple bread with hazelnuts and raisins. Easy to make and sure to please anyone.

Trail Mix Apple Bread

My kids both celebrated their birthday together on Friday (children party) and for Saturday (family party) I made this delicious vegan apple bread, a perfect cake for the hot weather, there is no whipped cream or buttercream in it that could go bad due to the heat… 🙂

This is a recipe I made a couple of times before using Studentenfutter, which is some kind of German trail mix I suppose, that is a mixture of different kinds of nuts and raisins, something my husband and I snack on a regular basis.

I have adapted the recipe to include goji berries and some cacao nibs. And what can I say: I like this version even better than the original, the goji berries add some freshness and sourness I couldn’t achieve when using only raisins and those cacao nibs were just great.

It was the first time I bought and ate some and I am a fan now. I am sure I will buy them on a regular basis now, to add to cakes, müsli or porridge.

Trail Mix Apple Bread

How to make?

  • Prepare the ingredients: roast the hazelnuts in a dry pan. Keep shaking the pan and remove the nuts to a plate as soon as they are roasted. Leave to cool and remove some of their brown skins by rubbing the nuts between your hands. Core and grate the apples (leave the skin on). Place in a large non-metallic bowl.
  • Mix and let rest: add the hazelnuts to the apples, together with the sugar, goji berries, raisins, and cognac if using any. Mix very well, cover the bowl with foil, place in the fridge, and let stand for about 5-6 hours or overnight.
  • Make the batter: mix the flour, baking powder, cacao nibs, and all the spices together. Add to the apples and mix well with the hand.
  • Bake: preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius/ 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Butter a 30 cm/ 12 inch loaf pan. Place the mixture into the prepared pan and bake for about 1 hour.
  • Check: the cake is very moist, see the pictures, it looks quite wet and undone, but it is really cooked through. You will not be able to check for doneness by inserting a skewer in the middle. I always take the cake out of the pan and if the bottom has a nice, rich, golden brown color and the crust feels rather firm I stop the baking process. If not, I place the vegan apple bread back in the oven without the pan, directly on the oven rack. I bake it for 5 more minutes and check again.
Trail Mix Apple Bread
sliced sweet bread with fruit and nuts

Vegan Apple Bread

Yield: 1 loaf
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Super moist and delicious vegan apple bread with hazelnuts and raisins. Easy to make and sure to please anyone.

Ingredients

  • 750 g/ 26 oz apples
  • 200 g/ 7 oz hazelnuts
  • 150 g – 200 g/ 5.3 – 7 oz cane sugar, to taste (I like it less sweet)
  • 100 g/ 3.5 oz goji berries (or other dried fruit)
  • 100 g/ 3.5 oz raisins
  • 2 tablespoons cognac or apple juice
  • 3 tablespoons cacao nibs
  • 400 g/ 14 oz white spelt flour (can be substituted with all-purpose flour)
  • 2 teaspoons Dr. Oetker baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 pinch of mace
  • 1 pinch of ground cloves

Instructions

  1. Core and grate the apples (leave the skin on). Place in a large non-metallic bowl. Roast the hazelnuts in a pan without adding any fat. Keep shaking the pan and remove the nuts to a plate as soon as they are roasted. Leave to cool. Remove some of their brown skins by rubbing the nuts between your hands. This is optional, you can leave the skin on if you wish but I prefer to remove it as far as possible, not all of it will come off anyway.
  2. Add the hazelnuts to the apples, together with the sugar, goji berries, raisins, and cognac if using any. Mix very well, cover the bowl with foil, place in the fridge, and let stand for about 5-6 hours or overnight.
  3. When ready to bake start by preheating the oven to 180 degrees Celsius/ 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Butter a 30 cm/ 12 inch loaf pan.
  4. Mix the flour, the baking powder, cacao nibs, and all the spices together. Add this mixture to the apples and mix well with the hand. Place the mixture into the prepared pan and bake for about 1 hour. The cake is very moist, see the pictures, it looks quite wet and undone, but it is really cooked through. You will not be able to check for doneness by inserting a skewer in the middle. I always take the cake out of the pan and if the bottom has a nice, rich, golden brown color and the crust feels rather firm I stop the baking process. If not, I place the bread back in the oven without the pan, directly on the oven rack and bake it for 5 more minutes, then check again.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 505Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 84mgCarbohydrates: 104gFiber: 6gSugar: 81gProtein: 7g

Nutritional information is not always accurate.

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