Have dessert for breakfast with this pecan pie quick bread recipe. Prepared with pecan butter, chopped pecans and topped with maple pecan halves there are some serious fall-vibes going on with this quick bread. Vegan, and easily made gluten-free, this breakfast bread will become a cozy new family favorite on crisp autumn mornings.
I think pecan butter may be my new obsession. It’s amazing. And you know what? It’s even better when it’s homemade. Nut butters are so simple to make at home. They’re cheap, customizable and oddly gratifying to watch come together. But more on homemade pecan butter later, let’s get back to the recipe at hand.
So I made this pecan butter and though that a dessert-type quick bread would be amazing. So here it is: Pecan Pie Quick Bread. Yeah. It’s a dessert that you can eat at breakfast. You’re welcome.
Pecan Pie Quick Bread
There’s nothing complex about this pecan pie quick bread. No crazy ingredients, no special kitchen gadgets, and (thankfully) no yeast. Yeah, I’ve yet to master the yeast bread. But I’m working on it.
I decided to drastically cut down on the amount of sugar in this bread. There’s a full cup of applesauce to give it some sweetness and I don’t really like my breads to be overly sweet. That being said, if you’d like to make yours a bit more dessert-like, feel free to add more sugar. It’s customizable that way.
I also understand that not everyone has access to pecan butter. There are two options here: either make your own (see notes at end of recipe), of substitute in your favorite cashew or sunflower butter.
Maple Pecan Topping
To give this bread a little more of the pecan pie vibe I decided to decorate the top of this quick bread with some maple pecans. I picked out the prettiest pecan halves and simple tossed them in some maple syrup. Not too hard right? Then I layered them on top of the pecan pie bread right before going into the oven. Just make sure that you keep an eye on the pecans while they’re baking. You don’t want those glorious little beauties to burn.
Ingredient Health Benefits
Apple- Vitamin C
Flax- Omega-3 fats; soluble and insoluble fiber
Pecans- Thiamine; Vitamin E; magnesium; protein; fiber; antioxidants; oleic acid; phytochemicals
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Pecan Pie Quick Bread
- 1¾ cup all-purpose flour
- ⅓ cup sugar
- 1 tsp baking soda
- ¼ tsp salt
- ⅔ cup pecans chopped
- 2 flax eggs 2 tbsp flaxseed meal and 6 tbsp water
- 1 cup applesauce
- ½ cup vegan butter
- ⅓ cup pecan butter
- 1 tbsp vanilla
- ⅓ pecan halves about 30
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- Preheat oven for 350°F. Spray a loaf pan with cooking spray.
- Mix gound 2 tbsp flaxseeds with 6 tbsp of water. Set aside for 10 minutes.
- In the mean time, melt vegan butter. Combine with applesauce, pecan butter, and vanilla.
- In a seperate bowl combine flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and chopped pecans. Add flax egg and melted vegan butter mixture.
- Mix until just combined and pour into prepared loaf pan.
- In a small bowl, combine maple syrup and pecan halves stirring to coat evenly.
- Line the top of the pecan pie batter with the maple pecans.
- Place in the preheated oven for 1 hour, 15 minutes. Check loaf at 45-50 mintues to make sure that maple pecans aren't burning. Tent with aluminum foil and continue baking if pecans are browning too quickly. Loaf is done when toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Allow to cool completely in loaf pan before cutting.