Cinnamon, spice, and all the fall feels are baked up together in this moist, healthy Apple Bread. This quick and easy bread is FULLY LOADED, nearly to the breaking point, with apple chunks and walnut pieces. Once you try a bite, you won’t want it any other way.

Healthy apple bread made with applesauce and apples

I’ve been making this special apple bread recipe every fall for more than 15 years. I was first introduced to it my freshman of college when my friend Elisabeth’s mom mailed her not one but TWO loaves in a care package.

Little wins friends or elicits envy quite like a dorm care package. Fortunately for me Elisabeth is generous, especially since this apple bread is outstanding.

Packed to the max with cinnamon, walnuts, and juicy apple hunks, this apple bread makes quite the impression. I can still remember my first slice—and the four slices that followed.

I’m not sure if Elisabeth was annoyed at my rather cavalier attitude towards her apple bread, but she emailed her mom for the recipe and I’ve been baking it myself ever since.

Healthy cinnamon apple bread recipe made with applesauce and apples

The Very Best Cinnamon Apple Bread

Like this classic Gluten Free Apple Crisp, this apple cinnamon bread recipe is special. The first thing that you will notice about it is that it is stuffed nearly to the point of falling apart with apples and walnuts.

Call me a purist, but I’m not a fan of recipes that fail to deliver on the flavors their names promise. When I call something apple bread, I expect there to be a lovely piece of apple in every bite. This apple bread lives up to its title.

Over the fifteen years (!!!) that I’ve been baking this apple bread, I’ve been tweaking the recipe to see what healthy changes I could make without losing the wonderful flavor, texture, and all-around warm cinnamon apple goodness that originally stole my heart. Today’s recipe is it!

Cinnamon apple bread made healthy with applesauce and apples

Apple Bread Recipe Ingredients

This apple bread is made with simple, fresh ingredients that I bet you already have in your pantry.

  • Apples. The star of the show! This bread contains a full TWO CUPS of apples, which is a lot more than you find in the standard recipe. Have lots of apples and need something to bake? Look no further than this apple bread or one of my other healthy apple recipes!

Like with these Baked Apple Slices, you can use any variety of crisp baking apples for this recipe. A few excellent apples for baking are Honeycrisp, Cortland, and Granny Smith. This article has suggestions for other apple varieties too.

  • Applesauce. This moist apple bread uses applesauce to replace nearly all of the oil. At some point, I want to bake it with homemade Crockpot Applesauce (if I can ever stop myself from eating all the applesauce first anyway…)
  • Cinnamon. Let there be no apple recipe without cinnamon! Apples and cinnamon are life partners, and I have no intention of separating the two, so apple cinnamon bread we shall bake.
  • Sugar. The original recipe called for nearly a full cup, which I found to be a bit too sweet. I’ve pared it down here significantly. As the recipe reviews report, it’s perfectly scrumptious with the lesser amount.
  • White Whole Wheat Flour. Higher in fiber and protein than white flour, and it tastes so mild, you’ll never suspect the swap.
  • Walnuts. Be sure to toast them first. It’s an extra step but SO worth it. You’ll notice a much richer flavor and better, crisper texture. You can also swap the walnuts for pecans or omit them entirely if you’d like the apple bread nut-free.

Cinnamon sugar topping on apple bread recipe made with applesauce and apples

How to Make Healthy Apple Bread – Recipe Steps

  1. First, grab a 8×4 inch loaf pan and spray a light coating of cooking spray.
  2. Now, let’s toast those walnuts! Spread them out in a single layer on a baking sheet and toast in the oven at 350 degrees F for about 8 to 12 minutes. STAY NEARBY! Nuts can burn very easily.
  3. Grab a large mixing bowl and combine your dry ingredients. Using a separate bowl, whisk together your wet ingredients until smooth.
  4. Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients, then pour in the wet ingredients. Using your hand, mix them until combined. Don’t over do it or you’ll end up with tough bread. As soon as the flour disappears, it’s good to go.
  5. Fold in your apples and walnuts next. The batter will be ridiculously thick, but stick with it. I recommend using a rubber spatula to distribute the apples and walnuts.
  6. Pour your batter into the loaf pan, and smooth the top.
  7. For the yummy cinnamon sugar topping, stir together cinnamon and sugar (the fall baking dream team!) in a small bowl. Sprinkle over the batter like fairy dust.
  8. Bake for 25 minutes at 350 degrees F. Loosely tent the bread with aluminum foil, and bake for 20 additional minutes. When a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean, it’s done (YAY).
  9. Let the bread cool in the pan for about 10 minutes, and then set it out on a wire rack to cool completely.
  10. Finally, grab a big slice (or four) and ENJOY!

Healthy cinnamon apple bread that tastes just like traditional amish bread

Serving, Storing and Reheating Apple Bread

  • For serving, I love a slice warmed up and smeared with apple butter (especially this Slow Cooker Apple Butter), a nut butter like almond butter or peanut butter, or a touch of softened regular butter.
  • It’s also delicious alongside Greek yogurt, either plain or vanilla (sometimes I sprinkle the yogurt with more cinnamon for good measure).
  • To Store. Store leftover apple bread in an airtight storage container or ziptop bag at room temperature for up to four days.
  • To Freeze. Place your baked apple bread in an airtight storage container or ziptop bag in the freezer for up to two months. I also love to wrap and freeze individual slices for on-demand breakfast portions.
  • To Reheat. Let the bread thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating. Place your apple bread on a baking sheet or wrap in aluminum foil, and warm in the oven at 350 degrees F for about 10 minutes or until warmed through. (Or if you are in a big hurry, the microwave works well too.)

Recipe Variations

9.99% of the time, I bake this apple bread with apples and applesauce, just as the recipe is written.

That said, if you’d like to change it up—say you’re overrun with apples and on your third loaf in a week—or add a bit of extra flair, here are a few easy additions.

  • Dutch Apple Bread. Start with this apple bread recipe, then add a cinnamon streusel topping and glaze! For the streusel topping, combine ¼ cup brown sugar, 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour, and ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon in a small mixing bowl. Mix together with a fork. Next, add in 2 tablespoons of softened, cubed butter and use your fingers or a fork to blend with the sugar mixture until small clumps form. Spread the topping evenly over the apple bread batter and bake as directed. While the bread is baking, whisk together ½ cup powdered sugar and 3 tablespoons milk or cream. When the bread is finished baking and has cooled completely, drizzle the glaze mixture over the top.
  • Snickerdoodle Apple Bread. Swap the walnuts for ¾ cups cinnamon baking chips (inspired by this classic Snickerdoodle Bread).
  • Amish Apple Bread. This recipe is VERY similar to Amish Apple Bread recipes I found online (just made with healthier ingredients). Be sure to add the cinnamon sugar topping. Most Amish Apple Bread recipes yield two loaves, so I recommend doubling this recipe, then giving the second loaf to a friend :). 

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Healthy cinnamon apple bread recipe made with applesauce and apples

Happy fall to you, my beloved Apple Bread! Here’s to 15 years of baking and eating your apple cinnamon goodness, with many more to come. I hope this easy apple bread recipe becomes a part of your fall tradition too!

Moist and healthy apple bread with fresh apples and walnuts

Apple Bread

4.98 from 34 votes
A moist, healthy apple bread made with applesauce, fresh apples, and cinnamon. Super easy to prepare and your house will smell like heaven while it bakes!

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 45 mins
Total: 1 hr

Servings: 10 slices (one 4x8 inch loaf)

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup walnut halves raw
  • 2 cups tart apples cored, peeled, and 1/2-inch diced, such as Cortland or Granny Smith (about 2 medium)
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat white flour or whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil or light olive oil or melted, cooled coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons milk any kind you like (I used skim)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For Topping (Optional)

  • 1 tablespoon sparkling sugar or turbinado (coarse, raw) sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and lightly coat a 8x4-inch loaf pan with baking spray. Set aside.
  • Spread the walnuts in a single layer on an ungreased baking sheet. Place in the oven and bake until toasted and fragrant, about 8 to 12 minutes, stirring once throughout. DO NOT WALK AWAY during the last few minutes and set a timer. Nuts love to burn the very moment you stop watching. Transfer to a cutting board. Once cool enough to handle, roughly chop and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the white whole wheat flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together the applesauce, canola oil, milk, sugar, egg, and vanilla until smooth.
  • Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients, then add the wet ingredient all at once. Mix in by hand just until combined. The batter was looking be very thick and stiff. Fold in the apples and walnuts. It will be hard to do because the batter is so thick. Use a rubber spatula and smush and push it around gently but firmly as needed. Distribute the apples and walnuts as evenly as you can.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan. With the back of a rubber spatula, press and smooth the top so it is mostly flat. For the cinnamon sugar topping, stir the cinnamon and coarse sugar together in a small bowl. Sprinkle evenly over the top of the batter.
  • Bake for 25 minutes, loosely tent with foil, then bake for 20 additional minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean without any wet batter clinging to it (quick breads can be hard to judge; the best way is to take its temperature with an instant read thermometer. When the bread hits 195 to 200 degrees F, it's done). Place on a wire rack and let cool 10 minutes in pan, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely. Enjoy warm, at room temperature, and/or smeared with butter, peanut butter, or almond butter.

Notes

Store leftover apple bread in an airtight container at room temperature for four days or freeze for up to two months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator.

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice (without cinnamon sugar topping)Calories: 188kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 4gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 16mgPotassium: 87mgFiber: 3gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 37IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 27mgIron: 1mg

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Fun fact: is the third time I’ve shared this apple cinnamon recipe on my blog (a serial perfectionist, I wanted to improve the photos). It was one of the earliest recipes I posted, back in 2012—I took the first photos with a flip phone! Sadly, I lost those original shots in a website migration, but I do still have the round I posted back in 2016. Here they are for posterity. It’s fun to see the photography progress. And to be clear: apple bread tastes delicious no matter what it looks like.

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  1. I have this baking in the oven now and it smells heavenly! If it tastes half as good as it smells its going in my permanent fall rotation. Thanks, E, E and E’s mom!

  2. I’m so excited that you tried it! Hope you enjoy–it’s like take a big ol’ bite of fall :-) Thanks so much for your comment and Happy October!

  3. I’m practically drooling over how chock full this bread is of apple chunks and walnuts! I can only imagine how excited college students would be to receive a care package with this sitting inside. I hope you’re having a great vacation!

  4. OMG this bread is everything!  I love quick breads and am fortunate enough to have a mother that is generous enough to send my quick bread from time to time!  Much better than getting money!5 stars

  5. I didn’t have any walnuts, but the bread turned out very nice anyway: tender and moist with a nice hit of cinnamon and soft chunks of apple throughout. I look forward to making it again WITH the walnuts. Thanks for sharing. :)5 stars

    1. Hi Marci! I’ve never tried multiplying this. I think you could safely double, but tripling would be riskier. For whatever reason, scaling recipes doesn’t always come out perfectly. If you decide to try it, I’d love to hear how it comes out!

        1. Hi Heather! While I have not made this recipe into muffins, other readers have reported success with it. Make sure to check your muffins much earlier (after about 20 minutes), as they will cook faster than the loaf of bread would. When a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean, they’re done. I hope you love the recipe!

  6. I’d love the original recipe as well!  This looks delicious and I will be baking it for a Ladies Brunch tomorrow.  Thanks!

    1. I hope you love the bread Regan! The original recipe had 1/2 cup canola oil, no applesauce, no milk, and 1 cup sugar. It was also made with all-purpose flour (vs. whole wheat).

  7. Yummy !!! Hope to make this soon !!!!!!!!!! How would the nutritional info change when the walnuts are omitted ?? We have a family member with tree nut allergies …………………………..thanks so much !

    1. Hi Doris! If you’d like to calc the nutrition info a different way than I have here, you can do so really easily (and for free!) at myfitnesspal.com. That’s how I calced it originally. You can just plug in the recipe the way you would like to make the bread, and it will give you the information. I hope you enjoy the recipe!

        1. Hi Brett! I have not tried the recipe with a gluten-free flour, but you could experiment with it. I suggest trying a 1:1 blend like this one. I hope you love the recipe!

  8. I made it and the mixture was crumbly like a cheese cake base ? The only thing I did differently was use coconut flour instead of whole wheat flour.

    1. Hi Rosalie! The reason this recipe didn’t come out is the substitution of coconut flour. Coconut flour and wheat flour behave VERY differently in recipes and cannot be substituted for one another. Coconut flour is very, very dry and reacts differently with the other ingredients in the bread. If you make this recipe again with wheat flour, it will come out as intended. I hope that helps!

  9. I made this today as a small loaf/muffins and it’s really delicious! The top was almost a little crisp coming out of my oven and I LOVED that on the muffin I sampled. I’m sure I’ll like them just as much when the tops have softened overnight, too. Quickbreads are always great the second day!

    It leans toward a dessert in sweetness than a breakfast/snack loaf, but that’s not a bad thing. ;) And it’s partly my fault — I didn’t have apple sauce so I used a mashed banana (1/2 cup mashed), I used two tablespoons of orange juice instead of two tablespoons of milk to keep it dairy-free, and my apples were not a tart variety. I also used regular (brown) whole wheat flour instead of white/bleached whole wheat; I don’t know if there’s any difference beyond the colour but it certainly worked just fine. I don’t think I’d ever guess these weren’t made with AP flour if I didn’t already know. :)5 stars

    1. I love quick breads on the second day too Kaya! Thanks so much for trying the recipe and leaving this kind review. For next time, white whole wheat flour has a milder, less “wheaty-y” taste and lighter texture than regular wheat flour, but as you saw with this bread, regular wheat flour works great too!

  10. I am one of the few people who do not like walnuts. I am going to try this recipe with either almonds or pecans. I hope that will work.

    1. Gail, this recipe would be delicious with either! Between the two, I probably pick pecans, but it’s totally up to you. Enjoy!

  11. Apple cake has a special place in my heart!  The huge chunks make it look sooo gourmet!  I will defnitely try this.

    1. Wow! Just WOW. This was such a great loaf of bread. I’ve never left a review for anything in my life but this warranted a quick note to you. My 10 month old is currently chowing down on this bread as I type. I love being able to offer her homemade, healthy and delicious finger foods and this checks all the boxes. My husband asked if I could bottle the smell of it baking. 5 stars all around. 5 stars

  12. I just made this and it smells fabulous! I wanted to omit refined sugar so I used a soggy banana, used cashew pieces (cuz I had them), used a chia egg instead of a real egg, and used one cup of whole oats/breakfast blend and 3/4 cup half whole wheat white flour. I had to bake it an extra 30 minutes b/c the knife test kept coming out a bit wet. I’m chalking it up to the extra moisture in the banana. The top is nice and firm. I put some dehydrated currants in there and they rehydrated beautifully. The bread is very tasty and very moist, not a problem for me but the apples are more of a mushy texture than a dried/bite. I would probably increase my dry ingredients a little bit more next time. But it was plenty sweet and perfect with my morning coffee. Thanks!5 stars

  13. I made this a few days ago. I used regular whole wheat, and “00” Italian in place of the wwpastry flour because that’s what I had. I replaced 1/2 of the white sugar with dark brown.  I made a small batch of unsweetened apple sauce and was amazed at how simple and how good it was. I baked it to an internal temperature of 205-208 Fahrenheit. In conclusion this was perfect! Lower in fat and sugar and totally satisfying. I like it even better toasted as the edges caramelize slightly. 
    Thanks,
    Bras5 stars

    1. I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed the recipe, Brad! Thank you so much for taking the time to share your tweaks and leave this nice review!

  14. I have made this recipe more times than I can count over the years. Thank you so much for sharing, it has served me very well and works every time.5 stars

    1. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave this review! I’m so glad to hear the recipe is a winner for you. :)

  15. Just made this recipe for Apple Bread. It was fabulous!
    Some alterations made (just for convenience) were using half whole wheat flour & white flour, did not add nuts, used vegetable oil, and used homemade applesauce. The big chunks of apples (and I did not peel them) made the bread so moist. Also doubled the recipe with no adverse effects.
    It was the best. The house smelled yummy while baking the bread. Thanks for the recipe!5 stars

    1. I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed the bread, David! Thanks so much for taking the time to leave this awesome review.

    1. Mia, I think that will be fine! Be sure to check the bread early, as it will probably bake more quickly in a larger pan. I hope you enjoy it!

  16. Good afternoon. I would love to try this recipe bit I don’t have whole wheat flour. Could I just use white flour in place of? And I also need something to sub with the white sugar. I’m making this for my grandfather whom can’t have much sugar. I do hope too hear from you.
    Thank you.

    1. Hi Kala, you can swap white flour for the whole wheat flour if that’s what you have on hand. When I made some healthy changes to the recipe, I already cut down on the white sugar quite a bit, so I’m not sure what to recommend to sub for that. Another reader used a ripe banana in place of the sugar, so you might try that! I haven’t attempted it myself, so it’d be an experiment. I hope you both enjoy the bread!

    1. Hi Laura, yes, I think you could sub coconut oil. When I made some healthy changes to the recipe, I already cut down on the sugar quite a bit, so I’m not sure what to recommend to sub for that. Another reader used a ripe banana in place of the sugar, so you might try that! I haven’t attempted it myself, so it’d be an experiment.

  17. I made this into muffins, but added chopped pecans instead of walnuts, as a taste preference. They turned out to be moist and full of flavor, with a solid but light texture. Truly delicious and we’ll make them again!5 stars

    1. Joanne, I’m so glad to hear the recipe was a hit! Thanks for giving it a try and sharing how it went!

  18. Its so rare to get healthy and tasty when it comes to baked goods and just for good measure, add easy as well. One of the best overall recipes I’ve come upon in a long time. Hopefully more people will take the time to use the star rating to rate the recipe as I know that is a factor for how I choose recipes to try.5 stars

    1. Kelley, I am so happy to hear this (and you are so right about the ratings, which is why I appreciate this one SO MUCH. THANK YOU!)

  19. I went apple picking and thoroughly enjoyed making this bread afterward (I did the same last year!). I love the big chunks of apple and the toasted walnuts. This bread is nothing short of deeeeeelish!5 stars

  20. I love this-especially the fact that it uses so little sugar and oil.  I made it using a GF flour blend, dipped the apples in freshly squeezed oj first and added the zest of the orange.  It’s delicious!  Definitely a keeper.  Thanks!5 stars

  21. I followed the recipe exactly and the bread was DELICIOUS!! No changes needed. My Grandma even asked for the recipe, and she’s a fantastic baker! Thank you for a WONDERFUL recipe:)5 stars

  22. I just made this and it FAR EXCEEDED my expectations – smells great – tastes even better – you would never guess it is low fat – I will make it again and again thank you so much for sharing5 stars

    1. Hi Mike! I have not tried this recipe with out the walnuts, but I suspect it would be just as tasty. If you decide to try it, I’d love to hear how it goes!

  23. This looks amazing! Printing it now. Do you think a GF flour substitute would work? I read a comment that coconut flour didn’t work- but maybe an all purpose GF mix?

    1. Hi Lanna! I have not tried the recipe with a gluten-free flour, but you could experiment with it. I suggest trying a 1:1 blend like this one. I hope you love the recipe!

  24. I have a hard time rating a recipe before trying it, but I’ve had enough of your recipes to just know this will be delicious! I’ll be trying it in the next couple of days. ?

      1. Regarding bread pan sizes: 57 years ago (the year I got married) my sister made Apple Chunk Bread for Thanksgiving. However, she made it in a bundt pan! It looked so festive and tasted SO-O-O good. I’m sure this is the same recipe. I’m going to try it very soon.
        Jean

    1. Hi Barbara! I haven’t yet experimented with making this bread gluten-free. If you’d like to try, I would recommend starting with a 1:1 baking blend like this one. I hope you enjoy the recipe!

    1. Hi Phyll! While I have not tried the recipe this way, you could definitely experiment with it. If you decide to try it out, I’d love to hear how it goes. I hope you love the recipe!

  25. Erin, you’ve knocked it out of the park once again! When I read you’ve been making this recipe for 15 years, you had me sold. I love so many of your amazing recipes I knew I had to make this one-as an aside, I made the apple cake with the caramel frosting last year for MIL’s bday and everyone went back for seconds and thirds (which is saying a lot for such a formal, proper crowd : ) ).

    Bread this morning was simply divine- had a book deadline last Monday also and finally got around to making it last night. Husband said it’s a version of his beloved Original Pancake House apple pancake he used to get as a child (of course, way healthier and just as delicious). Thank you for the new fave and hopefully your book edits went beautifully!

    Oh, and for the reference of others, I used oat flour (not “officially” gluten-free facility, but still GF in my book) and it was perfect!5 stars

    1. This MADE my day! Thank you so much for sharing this incredibly kind story and review! I’m happy to hear that this bread was a hit for you!

  26. Just made this for a fun Fall treat and it is so tasty! Super easy to make. Delicious on its own. Haven’t even needed to use butter!5 stars

    1. YAY! I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed this recipe, Sydney! Thank you for taking the time to share this kind review!

  27. This bread was SO good! OMG! I used some of the homemade applesauce from your recipe and I swear it is the most delicious bread. Your web site is my new go to for recipes. Thank you!!!!5 stars

    1. This MAKES my day! Thank you for taking the time to share this kind review, Neile! I’m so happy to hear that this was a hit!

  28. Loved the idea of this recipe, but couldn’t stand the flashing ads all over the page and decided to use another blogger’s recipe instead. Couldn’t even get a whole phone screen’s worth of content without an ad. :/

    1. Hi Jenna, I’m sorry for any inconvenience the ads caused you! I will certainly keep paying close attention to the number of ads and how they load. I do truly appreciate your feedback!

  29. Thanks so much for this recipe! Made this with two over ripe red apples today and minus the sugar (catering for a diabetic grandfather). It was delicious!! I also added apple pieces on top with a cinnamon butter brushed over. 5 stars

    1. I’m so happy to hear that this was a hit, Elodie! Thank you for taking the time to share this kind review!

    1. Hi Hazel! I’ve never tried this swap, so I can’t vouch for the results. If you decide to experiment with it, I’d love to hear how it goes!

  30. Hello!

    This recipes sounds delicious!

    Thoughts on using soy milk instead of regular cow milk ?

    I have quite a few apples so I might do my own applesauce. How liquid does it need to be ? Can I leave it a bit chunky ?

    Thank you!

    1. Hi Camelia! You can use soy milk in this recipe, and you can leave your applesauce on the chunky side if you prefer. I hope you love it!

  31. I made this recipe today, I had 2 granny smith apples that were going to go bad. I didnt have wheat flour so I did use regular flour and I only had cinnamon applesauce , I added chopped pecans and 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg and I put it into 2 loaf pans and cooked it less time, but this is absolutely delicious!! I will be making this again !!5 stars

      1. I’ve made this twice in three days, it is fantastic! Looked all around for an Apple bread recipe, but most are high in fat and calories. I didn’t think I would like the Apple in bite sized pieces, but boy that was wrong. I left out the walnuts due to another’s preference, but will use them next time or maybe raisins. I did add the streusel topping on half and recommend that option as well. Txs!!!5 stars

  32. I have most everything to make this Apple bread other than wheat flour unfortunately, can the recipe be made with all purpose flour?

    1. Hi Katie! While I’ve never tried the recipe this way, other readers have had success with it. If you decide to try it, I’d love to hear how it goes!

    1. Hi Becca! Since I haven’t tried either of these changes, I don’t have any specific recommendations. Another reader used a ripe banana in place of the sugar, so you might give that a try! I haven’t attempted it myself, so it’d be an experiment.

    1. Hi Annie! Since I haven’t tested the recipe this way, I can’t recommend this swap. If you decide to play around with it, I’d love to hear how it goes!

  33. Hi Erin,  Thank you for this delicious recipe.  I never would have thought apple pieces would work so well in quick bread, but it is fantastic.  I added 1/3 of a mashed banana and was able to only use only a 1/4 cup sugar. It was still superb. This is a keeper.5 stars

  34. This bread is amazing – and adaptable! I substituted honey (~1/3 cup) and a little stevia for the 1/2 cup sugar. I was out of applesauce, so I used nonfat plain yogurt instead. Both substitutions worked great. My husband and I ate the entire loaf in less than 24 hours!5 stars

  35. Hi,
    I have Sweetned applesauce can I use that?
    I have a 9 by 5 inch loaf pan.. will I have to adjust the recipie?

    1. Hi Sierra! You can use sweetened applesauce, but it will make the bread sweeter. I think the 9×5 pan will work fine, but be sure to check it early, as it will probably bake more quickly. I hope you enjoy it!

  36. Is the recipe missing baking powder? I made mine and it tastes amazing, but it didn’t rise like yours. 

    1. Hi Erin, the ingredients listed have worked well for me (and many other readers), so I’m not sure what might’ve happened. I’m glad you still enjoyed the flavor!

    1. Hi Kathy! I think the 9×5 pan will work fine, but be sure to check it early, as it will probably bake more quickly. I hope you enjoy it!

  37. A total winner! I cut back the sugar a tiny bit but otherwise  made it as written. I used half Honeycrisp and half Gala apples. I am a walnut fanatic in baked goods and all those big chunky apples! A keeper. Thanks Erin5 stars

  38. I don’t usually comment on recipes but I LOVE this recipe!!! I found the recipe a month or two ago and have made it probably 10 times. I can’t have walnuts so I usually put in dried cranberries or raisins instead. I put a few shakes of nutmeg and allspice in too. Thanks for sharing this amazing recipe!5 stars

  39. I made this recipe the other day. It is good but I will say I found it to be more cake like than bread. Reason for my four star rating. Flavor wise, it was very good, not too sweet, just that right amount. But we all agreed to try this next time as a dessert item, perhaps even in an 8”x8” or small pie pan. Recipe wise, easy to follow directions given. It does take a long while to bake. So, as directed, I found checking that internal temp a necessity. 
    Thanks for sharing your Autumn recipe!4 stars

    1. Kathy, this bread definitely has a sturdy crumb and some sweetness; I find it less sweet than many other “breads” out there, but to each their own. I’m glad you enjoyed it which is the most important thing!

  40. My goodness that recipe is delicious! I substituted the sugar for monk fruit sweetener and the applesauce for two ripe bananas. We served it with a small scoop of low sugar ice cream and some whipped cream (after warming it in the microwave) great treat for my diabetic husband. Can’t wait to enjoy a slice with my coffee. My grandmother in law used to make a delicious apple cake which I tried to make twice and it never came out like hers but this is almost similar. Thank you so much for this recipe.5 stars

  41. I made this yesterday and boy was it amazing. I added 2 tablespoons of vanilla yogurt cause i thought my batter was a little to think and I also cut the sugar in half and boy was it amazing. Me and my family demolished all of it in less than 5 minutes.5 stars

  42. This bread is so easy to make and absolutely DELICIOUS! I made a second loaf this evening to drop off to my apple-loving parents tomorrow as a surprise :)5 stars

  43. Really delicious and easy to follow, thank you. Have a tonne of apples to use up so as soon as I’ve finished eating this loaf I’ll probably just start again!5 stars

  44. I have probably made this recipe 10+ times during this fall- for family, friends, neighbors, small get together a etc. It is always such a hit!! I usually end up having to lower my oven temp and cook it for 10-15 minutes longer but it’s so worth it. I also cut the sugar down to 1/4 cup. My husband has said this bread is now one of my hallmark recipes.5 stars

  45. I want to try this recipe with my son. Any chance you have the metric measurements as we like to use a food scale to measure ingredients?

    1. Hi Sima! Unfortunately, I don’t have the information for this recipe in metric measurements. You should be able to find some charts online that will help you convert the ingredient amounts. I hope this helps!

  46. Can these be made in muffin form? If so, does there need to be a change in baking temperature or time? Thank you kindly!

    1. Hi Lynn! While I have not made this recipe into muffins, other readers have reported success with it. Make sure to check your muffins much earlier, as they will cook much faster than the loaf of bread would. When a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean, they’re done. I hope you love the recipe!

  47. I LOVE your recipes Erin!!! Can I get your opinion on if I would need any sugar if I used apples that are not tart? Thank you kindly!

    1. Hi Lynn! When I made some healthy changes to the recipe, I already cut down on the sugar quite a bit, so I’m not sure what to recommend to sub for that. Another reader used a ripe banana in place of the sugar, so you might try that! I haven’t attempted it myself, so it’d be an experiment.

  48. It’s great bread! I did a mix of Whole Wheat Pastry flour and All Purpose flour, reduced the sugar to five tablespoons (and it would also be good with a little less), and I didn’t use the tinfoil on top, which made the recipe zero waste as well! Just a reminder to always check quick breads/muffins with a knife or fork to see if they’re cooked inside, because sometimes they take longer than the recipe says they will to finish cooking. THANK YOU for this amazing apple bread recipe! I’ll have to make more soon.5 stars

  49. I skipped the sugar and used 2 tbsp of maple syrup instead. And used all purpose white flour, and almond milk (all I had on hand).
    I think I could’ve used more maple syrup or more sweetener as it was a little bland. somehow party way through the mixing, I got scared of how much apple chunks I was adding so I didn’t add as much (it wasnt until the video that I saw how many apple chunks you used). I wish I put the full 2 medium apples worth of chunks in there. Oh well. The texture came out perfect though!!

    I will definitely remake and add more sweetener and the full apple amount. Really easy to make too!5 stars