Applesauce Coconut Cranberry Walnut Bread

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This ‘Applesauce Cocnut Cranberry Walnut Bread’ is a pure form of enjoying the delicious coconut, cranberries, nuts and sweet bread without being distracted by too many competing spices…in fact, I didn’t put one spice in here, unless you consider the vanilla a spice.  You can vary the dried fruit you use or use a combination~~blueberries, tart cherries, currants, raisins~~whatever you prefer.

But, I highly recommend you stick with the walnuts…they’re chewy dense and just add the nuttiness that comes through with each bite!  This bread would be great toasted, slathered with whipped cream cheese, mascarpone, hey, you might even want to venture into peanut butter or drizzling it with chocolate ganache!
Preheat oven 350
Makes: 2 loaves
What you need:
½ cup canola oil
1 cup sugar
½ cup coconut milk
1 tsp vanilla (Rodelle Vanilla!)
1 ½ cups unsweetened applesauce
3 beaten eggs
3 ½ cups self-rising flour (sifted)
½ tsp sea salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup shredded sweetened coconut
Applesauce Coconut Cranberry Walnut Bread
What you do:

In a large bowl, combine the oil and sugar and blend.  Add the coconut milk, vanilla, applesauce and beaten eggs and whisk together.

In another bowl, sift n the flour, salt and baking powder.  Slowly add to the wet ingredients about a cup at a time blending thoroughly between adding each cup.

Pour equal amounts into two well-greased loaf pans.  Bake in a 350 preheated oven about 50-60 minutes.  After about 25-30 minutes, loosely cover with foil so the top won’t get too brown.

To test for doneness, do the toothpick test in the center.  If it comes out clean, it’s done.  Remove and let cool.
Applesauce Coconut Cranberry Walnut Bread
Applesauce Coconut Cranberry Walnut Bread
©Alice D’Antoni Phillips   Ally’s Kitchen


  1. Donna Tillman Bardocz

    Wonderful looking recipe Ally! It looks like some other fruit is in there besides the cranberries? Maybe golden raisins, or that is just the walnuts? Anyways, it looks delicious!

    Have a healthful and prosperous New Year 2013!

    • Hi, Donna! You’ve got a great eye! Those actually are cranberries, but the kind I bought at Fresh Market were like a variety of shades of color cranberries…they were big and plump, too! I wish for you a healthy and bountiful 2013!! xo

  2. This bread looks scrumptious! Happy New Year, sweet Ally. I have been super blessed by getting to know you this year. Thank you for your kindness and genuine heart that you reflect to everyone you come in contact with. You are a super star, darlin’. Love you much!

    • Tiffany! What a special gift post/comment! Thank you, my beautiful friend, and I, too, feel the same way…having special close and littl’ gems in my life, like you is all b/c of our passion and love for food, but now it extends so much further…you always have room for one more in your crowded kitchen, the heart of gold, the arms always outstretched welcoming you…Happy New Year, sweetums, and here’s to 2013 being even more glorious for you and yours! Love you, too, angel…nameste… xo Ally