Fall Apple Fig Whole Wheat Bread, www.mountainmamacooks.com

I haven’t talked much about it on the blog or maybe not all (mostly because I don’t like to revisit) but I had a pretty nasty case of postpartum depression after my first son was born. It was lonely and dark and definitely a place I hope never to return to. Every decision I made was based from fear. I didn’t trust anyone or anything. I lost about 20 pounds and my sleeping patterns and diet were less than favorable. It took a solid year to come back to my new self. For better or worse, it changed me. On the positive, I have more empathy for others going through difficult times. I’ve learned to be more present in my day to day and I learned a set of coping skills that have become invaluable as I navigate motherhood and the various stresses that come up in life. On the negative, anytime I’m not getting enough sleep or it’s a particular stressful time in my life, it manifests itself as anxiety. Not fun at all I tell you.

Apple-Fig Quick Bread Recipe, www.mountainmamacooks.com

I’m lucky to have an incredible set of parents that are always there for me. Even at 35 I can call my mom when I’m having a bad day and it always makes me feel better. I have a dad with incredibly large shoulders that come in very handy when I need a hug or a shoulder to lean on. I have a handful of friends that I can confide in and they know exactly what I’m going through because they’ve been there themselves.

Apple Fig Bread, www.mountainmamacooks.com

I learned that just making little changes are instrumental in the way I feel. Laying off caffeine makes me less anxious though it makes for a nasty headache the first few days of no coffee. Eating a well balanced diet and every few hours regulates my blood sugars. Getting some exercise and fresh air everyday is essential. I’m also blessed to have friends (husband & wife) that are both acupuncturists. They have “set me right” more than once.

acupuncture Park City Utah

I scheduled an appointment last friday since I could feel myself starting to unravel. I sat down in the chair to take my shoes off and when I looked up, this was the view. Immediately I was brought into the present moment. I saw the sun, the colors, felt the warmth and just like that I knew this was only a phase and I would get through it. My treatment hadn’t even started and yet I already felt my light shining a little brighter. After an incredible session I then took the afternoon off. I laid in bed, drank chamomile tea, read my book and ate apple bread. It was just what I needed.

Apple and Fig Butter Bread, www.mountainmamacooks.com

One thing that never seems to fail when I’m feeling blue is baking. It’s so cathartic for me. I enjoy nothing more than a little solitude in the kitchen to escape the busy world of kids, work, social media, you name it. I suppose this apple-fig bread is the silver lining. Not to make light of a pretty shitty week but it was one of the best things that came of last week. This bread is pure comfort. Spiced apple sauce mixed with the depth of the fig preserves, I think I have a new favorite quick bread. It gets gust from whole wheat flour, it’s not overly sweet and seriously not dry bite throughout the loaf.

I feel a world times better this morning. Thank you for letting me share and thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for reading. Enjoy your week and enjoy the recipe, it’s a keeper!

Apple Fig Bread

This whole wheat quick bread is perfect for fall with a base of spiced apple sauce and fig preserves.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup turbinado sugar
  • 1/4 cup grapeseed oil
  • 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 3/4 cup applesauce
  • 1/4 cup fig preserves or fig butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  2. Prepare a standard size loaf pan with either butter and flour or baking spray.
  3. In a small bowl, sift together both flours, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves and salt; set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, combine eggs and turbinado sugar with a wire whisk. Add oil, greek yogurt, applesauce, fig butter and vanilla extract. Whisk until all ingredients are thoroughly combined. Stir in dry ingredients just until combined.
  5. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan and bake for 45 minutes or until done. Remove bread from oven and let cool for 10 minutes before removing bread from pan to cool completely.

Notes

This is a high altitude recipe adjusted for my kitchen which sits at just below 7000 feet. If you're not adjusting for high altitude, increase sugar by 2 tablespoons and decrease oil to 3 tablespoons.

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33 Responses to Apple Fig Bread

  1. This looks beautiful and super yummy. I think it’d make anyone feel better ;-) I have a jar of this fig butter in my fridge right now!

  2. kellie says:

    i’ve never dealt with postpartum depression, but i do deal with anxiety. It’s awesome that you have people that you can lean on and things you can do that you know will help. Thanks for sharing your story and your bread recipe, too! The bread looks and sounds delicious! I’m sorry you had such a crappy week. Hoping this one is starting out better!

  3. Cassie says:

    This bread definitely looks comforting! I’m so glad you enjoyed the day Friday. I can see why a view like that would immediately put things into perspective! And I love your healthy take on life, I can definitely learn from you!

  4. i LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE that fig butter! so delicious :)

    thank you so much for sharing your story. i didn’t have postpartum depression after having Wes, but my anxiety has been through the roof a lot lately. it’s nice to be reminded to come back to the present and understand that phases come and go. and baking will always be there :)

  5. I’m glad you’re feeling better. :) I think a facial with that fig butter would do the trick.

    And that bread, I mean seriously. Duh-larsh.

  6. Maria says:

    I am glad you are feeling a bit better. I know a slice of that bread would improve my mood! Deep breaths and take one day at a time…and let’s get together for a fun day!! xoxo

  7. Karista says:

    Love your post Kelley. Thanks for sharing, it’s what I needed to read today. Hugs to ya!
    PS: Love the Apple Fig Bread!

  8. Becky says:

    Oh my!! I love figs and this bread just sounds perfect.

    I hope you are feeling better. My sister also deals with anxiety… I’ll have to tell her to try acupuncture. Blessings and love to you friend :)

  9. Sometimes it’s good to take a break and to breathe and to look up at gorgeous leaves to just be like ‘wow’. I’m glad you were able to enjoy that and have your day. This apple fig bread would definitely make my day any day! :)

  10. Baking always makes me feel better too. So nice that you have a great network to turn to. We need to bake together soon.

  11. I will have loads of canned applesauce and now a new recipe to try. I like it paired with the fig sauce and may put some dried fig bits in there too.

  12. Baking is definitely comforting for me too. Hope you’re having a better week! :)

  13. carrian says:

    I’m glad you’re feeling a bit better. Not feeling like yourself or feeling like you’re in a bit of a dark hole is so much harder than it sounds. I’m sorry you went through that.
    :( I hope you continue on the up side. And this bread sounds lovely.

  14. Annalise says:

    I was just thinking about my own postpartum issues yesterday, how dark those first few weeks were, and how happy I am that I was able to get help so quickly. I’m sorry you had a bad week, but I’m glad you’re feeling better and that you have people to turn to. Baking always makes me feel better too! It seems like forever since I’ve seen you, get together soon?

  15. Deborah says:

    I sometimes get so caught up in cooking for the blog, that I forget how cathartic it can be to just cook something because I want to. this is a great reminder – and something I’ll probably need to remember even more as my life becomes even more crazy in the next few weeks!!

  16. I find cooking better than therapy, at least for me. Feeling creative and feeding people I love nurtures me. I’ve never tried acupuncture, but I know a lot of people that have been really helped by it. Maybe it’s time to give it a try…

    I find myself getting a little down in the fall also. I just love summer so much in the mountains that it’s hard to say bye…

    Take care of yourself and be easy with yourself…

    xxoo,

    RMW

  17. Melissa says:

    That is a pretty sweet window view… Thank you for letting me be a part of your process, for being so real, and for sharing your inner world with the rest of us. Your vulnerability is one of your greatest strengths. (Not to mention your cooking!)

  18. I love that your so open on here! I was really depressed a couple years ago, and talking about it on my blog was definitely hard, but the outpouring of love and support from the blog community is great.
    It’s always hard to feel yourself falling back into a slump, and I agree, baking is definitely a savior. It always helps me make my day just a little better! This bread looks phenomenal as well. It looks so rich and moist, I just wanna slather it with some butter and take a bite! Can’t wait to try it.

  19. omg I love all of these ingredients! Off to tweet this

  20. Cindy says:

    Thank you for sharing your experience… I love the recipe and your willingness to be so honest with your personal experience with postpartum depression. After giving birth to twins, I experienced the darkest time of my life and could not make sense of it since I had been so blessed with two beautiful daughters. I am always grateful to moms like you who are so willing to share your experience and to help others with the guilt/shame that is so often associated with postpartum depression. Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe and your story!!!

    • Kelley says:

      We have to stand together- we are stronger that way. I’m sorry for your pain as I truly know how dark and awful a place PPD is. Thank you for the kind comment. Have a wonderful day!

  21. Olga says:

    This sounds so yummy! Thank you for the recipe. Can I use pumpkin or apple butters?
    Also, why did you use turbinado sugar?

    • Kelley says:

      You could use any butter! Pumpkin would be amazing!! I like the molasses and deeper flavor of turbinado in this bread but any granulated sugar will substitute just fine!

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