I’ll admit, I’m not the best at time management.
It seems like every morning, no matter how early I wake up, I always end up leaving the house later than I want to. And I think we all know, leaving the house late just leads to traffic, never-ending stoplights, loud car horns, and more traffic.
Naturally, this only means that I almost never have time to sit down and enjoy a nice, long breakfast with a steaming cup of coffee. I actually usually don’t even have time to make breakfast in the morning, meaning I have to rely on either overnight oats or find another healthy alternative.
Since most granola bars are conventionally packed with hidden sugars and processed ingredients, unless I want to spend an exorbitant amount of money on an organic option, this breakfast item is pretty much out of the question. And although smoothies are great to take on the go, they can also take more time to make than I can grant.
Luckily, I’ve discovered a breakfast item I can slice, heat up, and devour all in less than 5 minutes. And it’s both low in sugar and super healthy, meaning you won’t be packing your stomach with processed ingredients that’ll leave you feeling tired and run-down an hour later. Topped with nut-butter, it’s both high in protein and packs in a variety of healthy fats, both of which will leave you feeling full and more satisfied for longer. So you won’t be reaching for that sugary donut at your weekly Monday morning meeting.
My solution? A slice of warm, delicious Cranberry Apple Bread.
This bread is made mainly with oats, which give it a fluffier consistency than denser, traditional healthy bread made with only whole wheat or spelt flour. It’s packed with cranberries and apple slices, which add a natural sweetness as well as a flavor reminiscent of a classic apple pie. Plus, it has about a week shelf-life (unless frozen, in which case it increases dramatically), so if made Sunday night you can enjoy this loaf for breakfast all week long. This saves both time and extra calories from added sugar and processed ingredients contained in another breakfast option.
Who knew a slice of healthy bread could save you from morning traffic and that Monday meeting donut?
Cranberry Apple Bread
- 1 1/2 c old fashioned oats
- 1/2 c spelt flour
- 1/3 c whole wheat flour
- 1/2 c stevia
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tbs flax seeds
- 1/8 c melted coconut oil
- 1/8 c applesauce
- 1 1/8 c milk of choice (I used almond milk)
- 2 tbs honey
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 c egg whites (or 1 egg)
- 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp all spice
- 1 medium apple, diced
- 3 tbs reduced sugar cranberries
Preheat oven to 350°F. Process the oats in a food processor or blender until they’ve reached the consistency of flour. Cream the coconut oil, applesauce, stevia, & honey. Add the egg whites, milk, and vanilla extract. Stir until combined. In a separate bowl combine the flours, processed oats, baking soda, flax seeds, cinnamon, and all spice. Slowly stir the dry mixture into the wet ingredients and mix on low until just combined. Scrape down the edges of the bowl and mix again until combined. Fold in diced apple and cranberries. Grease a 9″x5″ pan and pour batter into pan, tapping it slightly on the counter to level it. Bake for 55 min to 1 hr, or until toothpick comes out clean. Let cool, cut, and enjoy!
Nutritional Information (from myfitnesspal.com)
(Yields 12 servings)