Monday, August 24, 2009

Apple Treats -- Sweet Potato Apple Bread and Applesauce Spice Bars

Two apple recipes in one week, so I'm doing a double post!

Joy, of Hot Oven, Warm Heart chose Banana Apple Bread for Sweet Melissa Sundays; and Karen, of Something Sweet by Karen chose Applesauce Spice Bars for Tuesdays with Dorie.

Both recipes were delicious, but then I'm a huge apple lover. The spice bars were sweet but still full of apple flavor. And instead of raisins, I added dried cranberries. I did not add the topping to the bars since I thought that they were plenty sweet as is. Instead, I just used a bit of powdered sugar.

I had to make a major change to the bread. The original recipe calls for bananas, but at 3:30am Saturday night--when I was baking, I realized that we had no bananas in the house. In fact, the only fruit we had was apples. (Yes, I definitely need to do some grocery shopping.) So, I took a big chance and substituted cooked sweet potato for the banana. I'm so glad I did because the apple-sweet potato combination was amazing! The bread stayed nice and moist, and almost tasted like a sweet potato pie--which is one of my favorites. I love when an emergency substitution works out well. I followed the recipe exactly, but just used the same amount of mashed, cooked sweet potato in place of the banana.

Here is the recipe for the applesauce bars:

Here is the recipe for the banana apple bread:

You can find all the Sweet Melissa bakers here:

And the Tuesdays with Dorie bakers here:


  1. That actually sounds wonderful! I love sweet potato bread and I'm sure the apples tasted wonderful in it.

  2. apple and sweet potato? Sounds interesting and I'm glad it worked out for you!


  3. I'm happy I saw that sweet potato worked so well since I didn't really like the banana taste in this bread, but I loved the apples. Brilliant idea, Michele!

  4. Hi Michele!

    Thank you so much for baking along with me this week! I’m really glad to hear you enjoyed the recipe, even with your on-the-fly FANTASTIC substitution! Never in a million years would I have thought of adding mashed sweet potatoes, but that is such a smart idea and a wonderful way to change up this recipe seasonally. Your version SCREAMS fall, and I think I'll definitely be giving it a try this coming November around the holidays. I’m sorry I didn’t have a chance to stop by and comment sooner- I’ve been really under the weather for the past two weeks, so unfortunately I haven’t been on the computer too much… but I’m glad I had the chance to see what you did with your bread. I LOVE your creativity and I really admire your adventurous attitude in the kitchen!

    I hope you’re doing well- have a great rest of your week! Hope to hear from you again soon!


  5. Sounds delicious with the sweet potato!
    Very creative!

  6. Both look great! Sweet potato sounds interesting and delicious.