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Moist Cinnamon Apple Bread is made with applesauce for even more delicious apple flavor. This easy quick bread is ready for the oven in less than 10 minutes!

Sliced loaf of moist cinnamon apple bread on a cutting board.

This Apple Quick Bread is super moist. Many quick bread recipes use vegetable oil to keep the loaf moist, but that adds quite a few calories and a whole lot of fat. Instead, this recipe uses applesauce for a lighter version that’s just as moist. Plus, more delicious apple flavor!

This recipe uses green Granny Smith apples. Why? Granny Smith apples are tart which provides a great balance to the sweetness of the bread. Granny Smith apples also bake up nicely without becoming mushy which makes them a great candidate for baking inside of a bread.

When preparing your apples, start by peeling and coring them. You can do this by using a peeler corer slicer or simply peel using a knife or potato peeler and then cut the core out.  Be sure to cut up your apple pieces quite small. I hate having large chunks in my bread. I keep my pieces 1/4 of an inch or less.

Why is it called a quick bread when it takes so long to bake?

The term quick bread is a bit of a misnomer. It certainly doesn’t refer to the cooking time since most quick bread recipes take somewhere around 1 hour to bake, if not more. What it DOES refer to is the amount of time it takes to prepare the dough for baking. Since quick breads don’t use yeast for leavening, they don’t require any rising time and are therefore “quick” to get into the oven.

Unsweetened Applesauce vs. Sweetened

This recipe calls for unsweetened applesauce. If you try to use sweetened you may want to reduce the amount of additional sugar you add or your bread may end up quite sweet. Use unsweetened applesauce for best results and complete control over your bread.

Hand holding a slice of apple bread

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Sliced loaf of moist cinnamon apple bread on a cutting board.
Moist Cinnamon Apple Bread is made with applesauce for even more delicious apple flavor. This easy quick bread is ready for the oven in less than 10 minutes!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3 cups green apples peeled, cored, and chopped
  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Lightly grease 2 bread loaf pans.
  • In a large mixing bowl whisk together applesauce, eggs, and vanilla. Whisk in sugar and brown sugar until combined.
  • Stir in flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon until thoroughly mixed in, then fold in apples.
  • Divide batter into the two prepared pans. Bake in the 300 degree oven for 90 minutes.
  • Remove pans from oven and let cool 10-15 minutes before removing the loaf from the pan. Cool completely on a wire cooling rack.


Calories: 1741kcal | Carbohydrates: 392g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 245mg | Sodium: 1843mg | Potassium: 728mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 238g | Vitamin A: 495IU | Vitamin C: 9.8mg | Calcium: 188mg | Iron: 11.3mg
Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Apple Bread

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5 stars
Do it freeze well ? It’s a lot for one person lol


What size loaf pans and what brand are they,have to purchase new ones as they are ready for the trash(lol).Would like to know.Thanks


Love the bread. I cut the amount of sugar in half (1/2 brown, 1/2 white), and the bread was absolutely delicious.


Can I make this as muffins?


Is there a better way to get the carb count per slice? I’m diabetic and that can’t be per slice. I really want to make this! It does have a lot of sugar in it though

Frances Donohue

Is it really 1741 calories per serving or is that per loaf?

thelma harbonic

If i want to make cinnamon apple bread without apples is baking time still 90 minutes. also can canned apples be used?

Jack kruze

What rack position do you put racks in oven for bread


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Can I substitute a healthier flour like whole wheat? And if so, would the measurement be the same?
Also, is their any healthier substitute for the brown sugar you can recommend? I can use a stevia sweetener for the sugar. ?

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