Slices of Cardamom Applesauce Bread with Granola StreuselMr. Big Flavors and I just recently went on a spice shopping spree. And, I’m not talking about restocking the pantry with some staples that we were running low on. I’m talking $60 dollars in a whole new plethora of spices. We went to this great little shop called Penzeys spices. Maybe you’ve heard of it? We sniffed our way through the store, smelling almost every seasoning and herb in the place.  We discussed the many uses for each spice with the enthusiastic saleswomen, and made a pile of potential candidates at the checkout stand. When all was said and done, we left with a pretty vast assortment of spices. For baking, I bought a bag of cinnamon chips, some pure vanilla extract, and real cocoa powder.  And, we also picked up some savory spices, too, like turmeric, fennel, and coriander seeds (just to name a few).

Freshly Baked Cardamom Applesauce Bread

One of my very favorite picks from this shopping trip was the jar of cardamom seeds. These tiny black seeds have a very distinct aroma and predominant taste.  One whiff and you’re blown away by an intense smoky and peppery smell. Cardamom can be used in all sorts of different cuisines, from Indian to Vietnamese and in both cooking and baking.  After this spice shopping binge, I began searching for new ideas and inspirations to highlight all of our new, unique spices. I came across this quick bread on Pinterest (where else!?) and quickly added it to my list of must-makes. I love having an easy baked good on standby for my morning breakfast, especially if that means not having to dirty any dishes before work. I also love having a sweet and savory treat that perfectly accompanies my morning cup of dark roast coffee.

Cardamom Applesauce Bread with Granola Streusel Cut and Sliced

This bread is a great balance of savory and sweet. The cardamom is definitely the star flavor and lends that bold and smoky taste. But, the honey and brown sugar keep the cardamom from being too overpowering or spicy.  The addition of applesauce is more for texture than for flavor. It keeps the bread very light and moist but the bread still has more of a savory spice than apple flavor.

Freshley Baked Cardamom Applesauce Bread with Granola Streusel

While the bread has a great texture on it’s own, I really wanted to add some sort of extra crunch factor.  Since I practically fell in love with the granola bars I made last week, I thought it might work to add a granola-like mixture right to the top of this bread. This half-granola-half-streusel idea turned out great! (And, you know how much I love a streusel topping!) The chunks of walnuts, oats and pepitas bake up into an extra crunchy crust for each slice, creating a textural contrast to the bread’s moist and tender crumb. Plus, I’m a firm believer that streusel makes the world a better place (and this granola version makes this bread look much more rustic). So really, what are you waiting for? All it takes is a little cardamom to create a savory and sweet quick bread that’s perfect for breakfast or dessert!

Cardamom Applesauce Bread with Granola Streusel

Serves 10
Prep time 30 minutes
Cook time 50 minutes
Total time 1 hours, 20 minutes
Meal type Bread, Breakfast
Website Traditional Foods



  • 1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup softened butter (1 stick)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup applesauce

Granola Streusel

  • 3/4 cups oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup pepitas
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cold butter (cut into small pieces)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl combine flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and cardamom. Set aside.
2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, add butter. Mix on medium speed until butter is fluffy. Add sugar, honey, egg, and applesauce mixing well on medium speed between each addition.
3. Remove bowl from the mixer. Pour in half of the flour mixture. Use a wooden spoon or spatula to fold dry ingredients into the wet mixture. Then, add rest of the flour mixture, continue folding until all dry ingredients are incorporated.
4. Pour into a 9" bread pan that has been greased with coconut oil or butter. Spread and smooth out batter.
Granola Streusel
5. In another mixing bowl, combine oats, walnuts, pepitas, brown sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Mix to combine. Add in the pieces of cold butter. Use your hands to thoroughly combine butter into the dry ingredients. Mixture should look like moist clumps of sand.
6. Generously top the bread batter with streusel, gently patting the streusel into the batter.
7. Bake for 45 - 50 minutes until toothpick stuck into center of the bread comes out clean. Streusel should also be golden brown. Let cool completely. To store - wrap with plastic wrap and eat within 3 days.

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7 Responses to Cardamom Applesauce Bread with Granola Streusel

  1. Great bread recipe! I love it!! I love the topping!! I was planning on making bread this weekend and now I am kicking myself for not making any!! I wish I could call in sick from work and just bake!! Have a great week!

  2. Me again! I wanted to let you know I nominated you for the Liebster Award. It’s on my blog today!!

  3. Michelle says:

    Visiting from Mealtime Monday. This bread sounds wonderful! Pinned!

  4. Ruthie says:

    WOW… this loaf looks amazing! I hope you’ll come share it at my Show & Tell party :)

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