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Healthy Apple Hemp Loaf

This moist, gluten-free, delicious and hearty loaf is a wonderful addition to brunch or the perfect cosy afternoon snack with a cup of tea. Kid-approved too!
Nov 3, 2023 | Joy McCarthy

This Healthy Apple Hemp Loaf is perfect for cozy mornings slathered with your fave nut or seed butter - but that coconut butter glaze - ohhhhh yeah! Do yourself a favour and do not skip that step. It’s the perfect finishing touch to this moist, delectable loaf.

Apple loaf with coconut icing glaze

Let's talk about these nourishing ingredients. I love using oat flour in baking because it’s such a versatile flour to cook with, especially if you typically use white or whole wheat flour. It’s a great transition flour to the world of gluten-free baking. That being said, if you have a sensitivity to gluten, it’s important to note that some people are still sensitive to other grains including oats.

Ingredients for apple cinnamon loaf

More reasons to love oat flour:

  • Energizing. Oat flour's complex carbs are here to fuel your day with long-lasting energy, ensuring you're ready to conquer anything that comes your way.
  • Bone Booster. Let's talk about strong bones! Oat flour contains magnesium and phosphorus, giving your bones the love they need to stay strong.
  • Gut loving. Oat flour's high fiber content is on a mission to make you feel satisfied.
  • Heart-healthy choice. Packed with beta-glucans, which help to balance our cholesterol by lowering LDL cholesterol.


Another incredible addition to this loaf is ground hemp. Not to be confused with hemp hearts, this is more like a flour. Hemp is ground down into a flour texture. If you don’t have ground hemp, you could try adding a little more oat flour or if you're really motivated and you have hemp hearts, you could put them in your food processor and make your own ground hemp.

slicing apple hemp loaf

As I mentioned above, you definitely do not want to skip the coconut butter glaze. When melting coconut butter down you have to be really careful not to burn it which means patience is a virtue! Coconut butter is very different from coconut oil as it contains the meat and the fibre of the coconut, not just the fat like coconut oil. Adding some coconut oil helps the texture of the glaze. It’s naturally sweet so you do not need to add any sweetener.


This recipe is..

  • Truly healthy, satisfying and comforting especially if you enjoy it with a Rise and Shine Tea Latte (hint, hint).
  • Gluten-free and nut-free (if you want to add chopped walnuts or pecans that would add a lovely texture)
  • Satisfying and blood sugar balancing especially if you enjoy it with some almond butter
  • Kid-and-picky-eater-friendly, it’s also lunchbox friendly since there’s no nuts
  • Packed with vitamins, minerals and anti-inflammatory compounds

Here's the recipe...

Apple Cinnamon Loaf

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  • 1 1/4 cup oat flour
  • 1/4 cup Manitoba Harvest ground hemp seed
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1⁄4 cup coconut sugar or monk fruit sugar
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup milk of your choice (I used oat milk)
  • 1⁄3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 small eggs
  • 1⁄4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 cup finely chopped apple
  • Optional: 1⁄4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 1/4 cup coconut butter
  • 2-3 tbsp coconut oil
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F (180 C). Line a standard size loaf pan with parchment paper or grease with coconut oil.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients together including oat flour, ground hemp, coconut flour, coconut sugar, ground cinnamon, baking soda and baking powder.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine wet ingredients including milk, applesauce, eggs, coconut oil, maple syrup and chopped apple.
  4. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix together. Fold in walnuts or pecans if using. Pour into loaf pan and bake for 60-70 minutes or until a knife inserted comes out clean.
  5. Once fully baked, remove from the oven and let cool completely before slicing.
  6. To make the glaze, slowly melt the coconut butter and coconut oil on a very low temperature on the stovetop. Pour over top of loaf once loaf has fully cooled.
  7. Refrigerate for up to 5 days or slice and freeze for up to 3 months in an airtight container.

I hope you enjoy this loaf as much as my family does!

Joy xo


rose   •   November 11, 2023

How much maple syrup did you add? It's in the directions, but not in the ingredients list.

Joy McCarthy   •   November 13, 2023

AngieMT2   •   November 14, 2023

Good morning! This recipe looks amazing! I love baking with oat flour and I would love to make your loaf however we use large eggs and your recipe calls for small ones. Would it make a big difference in the recipe if I used large eggs, or would one large egg be fine? Just curious. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Have a wonderful day ☺️

Joy McCarthy   •   November 14, 2023

Jessa   •   November 14, 2023

I'm wanting to make this but only have hemp hearts. Could I grind those and use it instead of ground hemp seeds? Or would ground flax seed be better?

Joy McCarthy   •   November 14, 2023
Joy McCarthy   •   November 14, 2023

Kim   •   November 14, 2023

Hi Joy !! Can you substitute the eggs at all ??

Joy McCarthy   •   November 14, 2023

Jessa   •   November 14, 2023

Im sorry. I did miss that and went back and read it after I commented. I used a coffee grinder and did the hemp hearts. I'll let you know how it turned out. It's cooling right now.

Joy McCarthy   •   November 14, 2023

Nancy M.   •   November 14, 2023

The loaf tastes delicious! I used whole hemp hearts, and 2T maple syrup. Baking it with another recipe at 325F CONV bake, it only took 30 minutes, so watch carefully! Thanks for the great recipe - will try grinding the hemp seeds next time.

Joy McCarthy   •   November 14, 2023

Julie   •   November 24, 2023

Mine turned out a bit crumbly (falling apart). I think I would reduce the bake time next time. I always love your recipes! Thanks!

Joy McCarthy   •   November 27, 2023

Stephanie   •   January 6, 2024

Hi Joy. This sounds delicious. Coconut butter, never heard of this. Is this in the health food section on grocery stores? Which brand do you prefer? Also, ground Hemp, are we blending the whole seeds or you purchase them that way? Thanks!

Joy McCarthy   •   January 9, 2024
stephanie fraser   •   January 11, 2024

Gisele   •   January 8, 2024

Can you make it as muffins?

Joy McCarthy   •   January 9, 2024

Kimberly   •   January 9, 2024

Hi Joy! I’m one of those that cannot have oats. I have celiac and grains in general are bothersome. Is there any other flour I could use instead of oat flour? This looks so delicious!! Thanks!

Joy McCarthy   •   January 9, 2024
Kimberly   •   January 9, 2024
Joy McCarthy   •   January 15, 2024

Liesje   •   January 9, 2024

I just made this loaf and absolutely love it! It’s in my lunch every day at work this week. I did make two flax eggs and it turned out fine! Baked it for 60 min. Love all your recipes Joy!

Joy McCarthy   •   January 15, 2024

Michelle   •   February 18, 2024

Awesome loaf! Tastes really good. It also took less baking time for me, about 40 minutes. Thanks for the recipe!

Joy McCarthy   •   February 19, 2024

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