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This Caramel Apple Bread is a simple fall dessert filled with real apple pieces and a salted caramel apple granola.
Melinda and I spent our weekend in her kitchen baking up a storm. I wouldn’t normally consider myself a baker. I can do it, I just prefer the a little bit of this, a little bit of that method I use in cooking. I do however love to EAT baked goods, therefore I do more baking than you would expect. This Caramel Apple Cake Bread was Melinda’s idea and it was so good I have already baked it a second time!
She was inspired by the new flavor of Bear Naked granola, Sea Salt Caramel Apple, that she had picked up at BJ’s on a recent shopping trip. She originally bought it as an afterschool snack for the kids. They love to add crunchy granola to their yogurt, and granola is a great way to fuel them up after a long day at school and give them a little energy boost before homework begins. After she tasted it though she decided it had to be made into a dessert. It has a has tangy dried apple pieces, and salted caramel bits that give it a sweet and salty flavor, and we both thought it would be great in a sweet, dense, fall apple bread.
We mixed fresh apple pieces, cinnamon, and brown sugar with the Bear Naked granola, and chopped pecans. The fresh apple kept the cake moist and the cinnamon and brown sugar gave it that delicious baked apple fall flavor. The granola and chopped pecans gave extra texture and a little bite, and the little caramel bits in the granola melted into the cake giving it a subtle caramel flavor. It was so good right out of the pan but Melinda had one more thing she wanted to add…
OMG, that brown sugar glaze!! It totally bumped this cake into the I-have-to-make-this-again category. If the speed at which my office consumed this cake on Monday is any indication, this recipe should be at the top of your fall baking list.
- 1 1/4 cup flour
- 1 3/4 cups Bear Naked Sea Salt Caramel Apple Granola
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- 1 cup peeled and cored apples cut in 1/2-inch chunks
- ⅓ chopped pecans
- 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
- ¼ cup packed brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon milk
- ½ cup powdered sugar sifted
Preheat the oven to 350°F.
Grease an 8 1/2 x 4 ½-inch loaf pan.
Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
In a separate bowl mix an egg, brown sugar, buttermilk, and oil together until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is smooth.
Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients. Mixing gently until they are just combined. Then fold in the apple pieces.
Pour the batter into the pan and bake for 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in to the bread comes out clean.
When done baking remove from the pan and cool on a wire rack.
You can find Bear Naked Sea Salt Caramel Apple Granola at your local BJ’s Wholesale near the oatmeal and cereals. It retails for $8.99 but right now you can save $2 with the Ibotta app and get another $2 off with an in-club coupon that can be found at the front of your BJ’s. The coupons can be combined for a total of $4 off! That’s a pretty good deal.
If you haven’t used Ibotta before it is simple. Just download the app and then open it up and pick a store from the list and see what offers they have. Then head to the store and buy those products. When you get home take a picture of the receipt with your phone and upload it to Ibotta. The savings will be added to your account within 24 hours (sometimes faster!). You can withdraw the cash by transferring it to Paypal or Venmo. Pretty cool right?
If you want a chance to try before you buy BJ’s Wholesale locations will have demos on September 5th sampling Bear Naked’s new flavor of granola- Sea Salt Caramel Apple. There will be a $2 off coupon presented at the in-store demo!