Square Harvest Muffins, AKA Harvest Bread

For History Jemma and I have been working through The Story of the World. I can’t recommend this series enough, especially the adjoining Activity Book that is full of supplemental ideas and book recommendations.

We’ve alternated a week of reading with a week of activities which has led us up to studying the Jewish People and Hammurabi. Have you ever tried to explain ancient civilizations or BC and AD to a kindergartener? It’s so amazing watching someone’s scope of time be born! 

Anyways, Jemma read Dance, Sing, Remember about Jewish holidays during quiet time one day and after she informed me that she had read a recipe from the celebration of Sukkot. And, more importantly, she thought we should make it. 

In an effort to declutter the kitchen in preparation for our move I had packed the muffin tin. So, I convinced her that we could use the same batter to make bread. It didn’t sound as exciting as muffins, but she agreed. And for Max, we called them square muffins once we sliced the bread so he’d give it a try. 

harvest bread


  •  2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup oil, we used melted coconut
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1 apple, peeled and chopped
  • 1 large carrot, grated
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup raisins, cranberries would be good too!
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips, or a 1/2 cup :)


Prep apples and carrots before preheating the oven to 325 degrees.

In a mixing bowl, blend eggs and oil. Add sugar, vanilla, and applesauce. Mix until smooth. Stir in dry ingredients. Gently fold in harvest ingredients – apple, carrot and raisins. And finally, chocolate chips. 

Pour batter into a muffin tin or, if you go the square muffin route like us, a 8×8 pan. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown. 


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  1. janie vezina says

    this looks very tasty. wondering if it qualifies as breakfast. lol

  2. Lauryn R says

    Yummy ! Harvest Bread sounds absolutely delicious! I love healthy bread like this, they go great with coffee, tea, or even milk for the little ones! :) Thanks for sharing!

  3. Jamie says

    Square muffins – genius!

    • Gretchen says

      Oh the things we make up to convince our littles, lol!

  4. Patricia DeHoag says

    This looks so good! Sounds like something I can try for Christmas Eve breakfast!

    • Gretchen says

      Definitely! Cranberries would add a festive red :)

  5. Caitie Hurley says

    I’m going to tryou these gluten free! :-D

  6. Kimberly Stoessel says

    This looks yummy and like something I would throw together on a winter day.