One of my favorite things about this recipe is that it’s not only gorgeous to look at, but it tastes amazing. Fresh apples, raisins, carrots, coconut and walnuts make this hearty Amish Friendship Bread recipe the perfect grab-and-go morning treat.
This Amish Friendship Bread variation does well as muffins, mini loaves and mini Bundt cakes. Dust them with powdered sugar and you’re good to go. For this round we ended up with two mini loaves and four mini Bundt cakes. We kept a mini loaf for us and gave away the other mini loaf to a neighbor. We kept one mini Bundt cake for us, gave one to some vacation rental guests who were staying the night, and the last two to our oldest son’s best friend’s family. In other words, we got a lot of mileage out of this recipe, with just enough left over for us.
Here’s a cross-section of the mini-Bundt cakes. We’ve eaten up our share, but just looking at this picture makes me want to whip up another batch. Enjoy!
Morning Glory Amish Friendship Bread
- 1 cup Amish Friendship Bread Starter
- 3 eggs
- ¼ cup oil
- ¾ cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 cups carrots shredded (about 2 medium carrots)
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 2 cups flour
- 1 small box vanilla instant pudding
- ½ cup walnuts chopped
- ½ cup raisins
- 1 cup apple cored and chopped
- ½ cup unsweetened coconut shredded
- Preheat oven to 325° F (165° C).
- In a medium bowl, whisk starter, eggs, oil, applesauce, carrots, sugar and vanilla.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients. Toss raisins, walnuts, apples and coconut in the flour mixture and make a well in the center
- Stir in starter mixture until just incorporated.
- Grease muffin tins or line with paper muffin liners.
- If desired, dust the greased muffin tins with a cinnamon-sugar mixture.
- Pour the batter evenly into loaf or cake pans and sprinkle the remaining sugar-cinnamon mixture on the top.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the tops are golden and a toothpick inserted in the center of the bread comes out clean.
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This sounds amazing! My husband and I are on different morning schedules and this would fit the bill for both of us!
This year I have made a pact with myself to try new things and get outside my comfort zone.
That’s a good pact, Debra! Let us know if you try baking these! They really do come together pretty easily and are delicious. ❤️
Charlotte Moore says
This sounds really good. I may try it using the no starter method. I really like that in the chocolate and coconut flavors.
Ooh, that sounds delicious. Let us know if you try it, Charlotte!
Oh my! These sound delicious! So many great sounding recipes on your website! Thanks for sharing all of those and your knowledge about the starter. I had made the starter many years ago and made the bread, but didn’t try to learn anything more about it than that. I am so glad to have found your website and have also joined your Facebook group as well. I made bread yesterday and saved a cup to continue feeding. I have shared starters with 4 people, but I have 2 starters left. Today is day 2. I had hoped to be able to give the other two starters away, but not sure that is going to happen. So…. My question is, since it is day 2, is it ok to freeze those since it is day 2 already, or should just toss them? I don’t have time to make more bread today! Thanks!
Hi Janice! So glad you found the website (and the our Facebook group, too)! As long as your starters are still active and healthy, then it should be totally fine to freeze them! When you revive them (https://www.friendshipbreadkitchen.com/tutorial-reviving-frozen-amish-friendship-bread-starter/) and feed them, you should be able to see if they are still active and healthy looking! Let us know if you have any other questions!
Laura Anderson says
Hello Amish Friendship Bread Goddesses! I have been baking AFB for a few months now. I am so glad I discovered your website because while I love the bread I was beginning to despair of giving away all these bags of starter. I have a question about the above recipe, Morning Glory AFB. When you say one cup of starter do you mean one of the one cups I divded out this morning or one cup from day 6 or one cup from day 10? I did read on your website that if the starter has been well fed and is an active starter you can steal a cup whenever you want? Thank you!
Hi Laura! So glad you found our website and have been discovering new recipes for your AFB starter! Yes, if you starter is well fed and active, feel free to grab a cup when you’re in the mood for baking (especially quick bread recipes like this one that don’t use the starter as the main leavening agent)!
Jennifer Bedwell says
I made these as muffins. I’ve found my family prefers muffins over loaves…I know, same thing just a different shape. I substituted crushed pineapple for apple sauce. As I was stirring up the batter, the smell was amazing. I couldn’t get over how great the batter was smelling until they started baking and smelled even better. They came out super moist and with so much flavor. I really could eat three or four at one time. This is a must try recipe. You will not be disappointed.
I haven’t tried this recipe yet. I am thinking about it before winter is over. The muffins sound just right and hearty too! I will make these for myself. No tweaks, it is apparent from the comments that this recipe is perfect as it stands!
BELINDA WILLCOX says
Hello! I just discovered this recipe and want to bake TODAY, which means I’m behind the curve with the starter and don’t want to wait! Do you have a similar recipe that I can make today (not requiring the starter)?
Darien Gee says
Hi Belinda! Well, technically you could search the web and find and morning glory recipe…that might be a better way to go instead of trying to adapt this recipe to work well without the starter. We have a no-starter recipe on the website (for the cinnamon-sugar bread), but it’s not really meant to be used with the recipes here. These recipes work because of the sugar and tang that comes through the starter, so the flavor profile would definitely change if it didn’t use the starter. I’m sure there are tons of great morning glory recipes (without starter) out there! 🙂 And for the future, keep a bag of starter in the freezer so you CAN bake anytime!
JUST SEEING THIS! THANKS DARIEN!
I made this into muffins and small cakes. It is awesome!! One of the most flavor filled recipes I have tried in a long time!! Very tasty!!!
Corry Oosterhouse says
Ohhhh, I have a mini bunt cake pan that makes 6!!! I’m trying these in 6 days when my next batch is ready to be used!!! So cute!!!???
Hi Hannah, first, thank you so much for sharing all these recipes?. Now, I have one question, do I have to use the instant pudding mix? Not sure what purpose it serves? Thank you again.
Hi Sharon! So glad that you are enjoying the recipes. You can make the recipes without pudding mix, but we recommend using pudding mix because it adds both moisture and flavor to your Amish Friendship Bread creations. Happy baking!
What size were your mini bread and bundt pans?
Hi Michelle! Our mini loaf pans and mini bundt pans were the standard size. The mini loaf pans were 5.5″ x 3″, and our mini bundt pans were 4″ across.
Jen Dantuma says
What a lovely recipe…perfect to bake in advance for Mother’s Day breakfast.
These muffins are sooo good.
These mini muffins look like a great item for a Mother’s Day brunch!
Cathy V. says
I can’t wait to try these! They look so yummy!
I’ve been looking for something I can have with my cup of coffee in the morning and this sounds so good! Going to make them as muffins. Can’t wait! Thank you!
Being from England I couldn’t get hold of the instant vanilla pudding so I made my own with the recipe on this site. These muffins were so good. A perfect recipe to introduce my friends to before I begin handing out my little jars of starter.
These muffins were so good , the only thing I changed was I put 1/2 cup of white sugar and !/@ cup of brown sugar. delicious, Thank you
This sounds so good! I am going to make it using Splenda since my husband is diabetic, but this sounds fantastic and very healthy as well.
I made this recipe in a bundt pan and it turned out very well! Was a bit confused since there is milk in the instructions but not in the ingredients list. I decided to go ahead and make it using the ingredients listed and would add milk if it looked a little dry. No milk seems to be needed, it is a very moist bread.
Darien (FBK) says
Hi Emily! Thank you so much for pointing this out–we just fixed it (to exclude the milk). We’re baking them into muffins later this week–so glad you have a chance to give the recipes a try. Welcome to the Kitchen!
Pamela Romines says
I made these into muffins and just now enjoyed one for breakfast! They’re crazy moist and flavorful. I used 1 cup wheat flour and 1 cup all purpose flour, and used services zucchini instead of carrots, since that’s what I had available. They are perfect in every way! Thank you! I love this website, it’s such a great resource for deliciousness! ❤️
Pamela Romines says
*Should read “shredded zucchini,” and not “services.” Ha!
Darien Gee says
LOL — thanks so much for letting me know how much you loved them, Pamela! 🙂