(Chicago) – If you are wondering what type of healthy Christmas treat to leave for Santa and Santa’s helpers on Christmas Eve, Vital Bridges has a recipe that’s fit for a stocking stuffer: Christmas Applesauce Loaf.
From the folks at the Rutgers Cooperative Extension, the heart healthy Christmas Applesauce loaf has only 40 calories from fat and has 6% of necessary dietary iron.
And at only $3.09, you can feed 16 of Santa’s elves for only .19¢ each.
Here’s what you need to know:
|1⁄2 cup||walnuts (chopped)|
|1 1⁄2 cup||applesauce|
|1 teaspoon||vanilla extract|
|2 cups||flour (all purpose)|
|2 teaspoons||baking soda|
|1⁄2 teaspoon||cinnamon (ground)|
|1⁄2 teaspoon||nutmeg (ground)|
1. Wash hands well with soap and warm water.
2. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease 2 (8x4x2 inch) loaf pans.
3. Toast walnuts in an ungreased skillet pan. Stir while heating on medium-low heat for 5-7 minutes. They are done when they are brown and smell nutty. Set aside to cool.
4. Mix applesauce, egg, sugar, oil and vanilla in a large bowl.
5. Mix flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg together in a smaller bowl.
6. Pour flour mixture into applesauce mixture.
7. Stir in raisins and cooled toasted nuts.
8. Pour half of the batter into each greased pan. Bake for 45-55 minutes.
9. Remove cakes from the oven. Cool for 10 minutes. Remove from pans to finish cooling. For best taste, let cakes cool a few hours before serving.
10. Eat. Enjoy. Ho, ho, ho.
Per recipe: $3.09
Per serving: $0.19