Sweet Potato Quick Bread
Sweet potatoes are a great option because they are naturally sweeter than pumpkin. Actually, you can use any orange winter squash in this recipe. I haven't tried it with butternut squash yet, but I bet it tastes amazing! A real plus is that squash or sweet potatoes make the bread extremely moist. The food pantry clients commented especially on this. The streussel topping adds a bit of sweet crunchiness to the sweet moistness, making the bread a wondeful contrast of textures.
I love this recipe because it's a good, healthy snack or dessert option for kids if they like this kind of bread. First of all, any orange squash or sweet potato are loaded with Vitamin A, beta-carotine. The refined ingredients in the original recipe have been replaced, while the already healthy options stayed. Whole wheat flour vs. white flour. Oat flour. Coconut palm or Zulka Morena Sugar vs. white sugar (here's a link to a great article about morena sugar) . Flax seeds for some omega-3's.
Finally, I love the versatility of this bread. I have been making this bread for several years now. Almost every time I change the ingredients around and it always comes out great. There is very little you can do wrong with this bread. I encourage you to try it, then get creative and have fun. Just don't forget to share your wonderful results with the rest of us!
Sweet Potato Quick Bread
1 cup cooked, mashed sweet potatoes
1 cup coconut palm or zulka morena sugar
1/2 cup canola oil
1/3 cup soy milk (or any other non-dairy milk)
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup oat flour
1/4 cup ground flax seeds
2 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 x 5 x 3" loaf pan and set aside.
Place sweet potatoes, sugar, oil, soy milk and eggs in a large mixing bowl. Beat until thoroughly combined. Add flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Mix very well. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan. Sprinkle with topping (directions below). Bake for 50 minutes. Insert knife or toothpick. If it comes out dry or even very slightly wet, the bread is ready. If it comes out with a lot of batter, bake for 10 more minutes and check again. Let cool before slicing.
For Streussel Topping:
1 1/2 Tbsp. whole wheat flour
1 1/2 Tbsp. coconut palm or Zulka Morena sugar
1/3 cup rolled oats
1 Tbsp. coconut oil (may use margarine)
Pour ingredients into a small bowl. Mash together until crumbly. Sprinkle on top of prepared batter before going into oven.