Chocolate-Applesauce Bread

Serve a slice of this moist chocolate bread with cream cheese and a mug of hot cocoa for a morning snack.

Chocolate-Applesauce Bread
Servings: 16 Prep 15 mins Bake 350°F 1 hr to 1 hr 5 mins Cool 15 mins

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened applesauce
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2/3 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup dry-roasted unsalted peanuts, chopped
Garnish:
  • 1 teaspoon confectioners sugar
  • 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder

Make It

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat nonstick loaf pan (11-1/2 x 5-1/2 x 3 inches) or 2 loaf pans (8-1/2 x 4-1/2 x 2-3/8 inches) with nonstick vegetable cooking spray.

2. Beat butter and sugar on medium speed in large bowl until smooth and fluffy, 2 minutes. Add eggs; beat 1 minute. Beat in applesauce (mixture will look curdled).

3. Mix flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg in large bowl. Make well in center. Add applesauce mixture, chocolate chips and peanuts to well; stir into flour mixture until just combined and flour mixture is evenly moistened. Spoon mixture into prepared pan(s).

4. Bake in 350 degrees F oven 60 to 65 minutes, until toothpick tests clean. Let cool in pan(s) 15 minutes. Turn out onto rack; let cool completely.

Garnish:

5. Dust with sugar, cocoa.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe: 16; Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 287, Fat, total (g): 11, chol. (mg): 44, sat. fat (g): 6, carb. (g): 43, fiber (g): 2, pro. (g): 5, sodium (mg): 226, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.