This apple bread recipe is just right - 100% Wheat-Free Whole Grain, naturally sweetened with apples, applesauce and a touch of honey. Prefect for any healthy kid's lunchbox or snack!
بِسْــــــــــــــــــــــمِ اﷲِارَّحْمَنِ ارَّحِيم
السلام عليكم و رحمة الله و بركاته
Nutrition and hydration are part of a foundation for healthy brain development. Our muscles, bones, lungs, liver, brain and secretions are made from the products we feed it. If we provide the factory with junk materials, the factory will not produce tough bones, strong muscles, good pump (heart) and clean pipes (vessels). By nourishing the brain with healthy food and water, you will optimize the internal factory that is our body.
And with more than half the world's children taking snack or lunch to school, it's quite important for them to have healthy and nourishing meals to fuel them throughout the day. But thinking up inspiring ideas can be a challenge. It's tempting to fall into the trap of using packaged and ready-made options. Although these seem like the easy answer, they tend to be high in fat, saturated fat, salt and sugar.
Since my children were little, I've tried instilling in them healthy habits when it came to food. We often discuss food, go shopping and cook together. And I make sure most, if not all our meals are eaten together. No distractions like TV, phone or computer allowed! I've found that eating meals together has helped me develop healthy attitudes toward food and eating. And even when my children went through their " picky food stages" I found when they were active in the meal process they were more likely to eat those foods they didn't want to try before. I've also adopted many of the habits of the French of sitting down always for meals, not grazing and speaking openly about food.
While my children all come home for lunch, like most Algerian children I do send snacks with them to eat at school. And I've been it's important for me that they continue these healthy habits outside our home too. While I often see children stopping off at corner shops buying a snack like chips, candy, chocolate, cookies or cakes. I myself prefer to pack them something myself that is healthy and avoid all the unhealthy temptations at these shops altogther.
So finally we come to the recipe of the day. An apple bread that's prefect for breakfasts, school snacks or for on-the-go. It's healthy, tasty and very moist without being laden with fat or sugar. You won't have to feel guilty about giving this to your family. You can prepare double or triple recipes, slice, freeze then take out for packed lunches or random snacks. They can easily be made into sandwiches by spreading some almond butter or homemade Nutella. Or cut into dunkable sticks to serve along side applesauce or the nut butter of your choice
This quick bread is not overly sweet, just the right balance as it's naturally sweetened only with applesauce, apples and a touch of honey. It also uses the Sunnah food barley. It has a versatile cereal grain with a rich nutlike flavor. Our Prophet Mohammed (عليه السلام) advised its consumption for the sick and grieving. Barley has 18 amino acids of which eight are the essential amino acids that the human body cannot produce, sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium antioxidants, glucan, iron, copper, phosphorus, manganese, zinc, beta carotene, vitamins B1, B2, B6, C, folic acid and pantothenic acid. It also contains amylase, dextrin, phospholipids, maltose, glucose, sulfur, niacin and protein.
Please beware barley is not suitable to people with gluten sensitivities. To make this gluten-free replace the barley flour in this recipe for all oat flour, sorghum, buckwheat, teff or amaranth flour.
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