This Healthy Walnut Streusel Quick Bread is light and moist with a caramelized topping of oats and chopped walnuts. Swap walnuts for pecans or omit them all together to make this a nut free quick bread.
I am so in love with this bread you guys. Even as I’m writing this post and looking at these photos I’m literally anticipating the next time I can make this walnut streusel quick bread again.
I may or may not be eating a slice right now.
I may or may not have eaten half of the loaf before I even sat down to write this recipe.
Who can know for sure? Not you, that’s who.
What is quick bread?
Quick bread is a general term that describes any bread that doesn’t use eggs or yeast as a leavening agent. A leavening agent is any ingredient that makes a dough or batter rise. The most commonly known leavening agents in baking are yeast and baking powder.
Why is it called quick bread?
Rumor has it that quick bread got its name for two reasons. One reason being that quick breads are generally baked right away. There’s no rising time like with yeast breads. This is because quick breads rely on a fast acting leavening agent, like baking powder.
Get it? Fast acting? Quick bread?
Though the original recipe for this walnut streusel bread was light on its own, I went ahead lightened it up just a bit more just because I knew I was probably going to eat a lot of it.
More of a fruit person? Try these Roasted Strawberry Shortcakes!
I ended up substituting the sugar in the recipe for a low cal stevia blend because that’s what I had on hand. Generally, I try not to use white sugar. Checkout the note at the bottom of the recipe if you prefer to use white sugar.
I also swapped out the brown sugar in the walnut streusel for Madhava Coconut Sugar, which I love the flavor of. You could absolutely use regular brown sugar though. Either way you’ll get that delightful, caramel-like flavor that comes when you melt brown sugars.
Full fat buttermilk works just as well as low fat buttermilk. You may need a splash or two more. Don’t like walnuts? I think pecans would be awesome here or even sliced almonds!
How do I know when my quick bread is done?
Inserting a toothpick into the middle of the bread is the easiest way to tell when your quick bread is cooked through. If the toothpick comes out clean then the bread is done! If the toothpick comes out wet or with clumps of dough on it, the bread should continue baking.
This recipe originally appeared on my blog, Bacon My Broccoli, in December 2015.Print
A light, moist, and perfectly sweetened quick bread with a walnut streusel that’s perfect with coffee for breakfast or as dessert. Adapted from Cooking Light 10/12
For the Streusel
- 1/3 cup Coconut Sugar
- 1/3 cup Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats
- 1/2 Tbs Cinnamon
- pinch of salt
For the Bread
- 9 oz All Purpose Flour
- 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
- 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 5 TBS Butter, softened
- 1/3 cup Truvia Baking Blend, or other sugar substitute
- 3 Large Eggs
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1 cup Buttermilk
If you would like to use sugar instead of a sugar free alternative just use ⅔ cup of white granulated sugar.
- Calories: 172