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Ode to Joy

April 1, 2010


Joy the Baker

She’s awesome, and she’s brought us all sorts of wonderful yummy recipes and great stories.  If you’re not familiar with Joy, you should drop by her super blog!



Peanut Butter Bacon Cookies?  This was not MY idea!  I borrowed it from Joy and don’t be intimidated, they’re great!



Vegan Avocado Cake?  It’s chocolatey and delicious!  Joy left her frosting bright green….I thought people might be suspicious if I left it bright green so I added chocolate.


And Apple Walnut Flaxseed (minus the flaxseed because I didn’t have any) loaf. YUM.

Thanks Joy the Baker for all of the great baking inspiration and yummy recipes!

Apple Walnut Loaf recipe from Joy the Baker

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • generous pinch freshly ground nutmeg
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup grated apples
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped apples
  • 1 tablespoon flax seeds
  • 3/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts, divided
  • cinnamon and sugar for sprinkling

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a 9X5″ loaf pan with parchment paper.  (You could also grease and flour the pan but I always get things stuck that way…parchment paper is my best friend)

 Whisk together flours, sugar, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg and set aside.

In another bowl, whisk together buttermilk, eggs, melted butter and vanilla and set aside.

Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.  Add grated and chopped apples as well as half of the walnuts and the flax seeds and fold to combine. 

Spoon batter into the prepared pan and top with cinnamon sugar mixture and remaining walnuts. 

Bake for 40-50 minutes (I baked closer to 60 minutes)

Let cool in the pan for 15 minutes then invert onto a cooling rack.  Once the loaf has completely cooled you can can wrap in with plastic wrap.

Perfect with a cup of coffee in the morning 🙂

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