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Applesauce Bread

July 28, 2014

Inside: A super moist applesauce bread recipe. 

With lots of applesauce and some dried apples for extra flavor, this bread is super moist and makes a wonderful breakfast treat.

applesauce bread

Although apples feel more like an autumn fruit, I’ve been craving spicy apple-based sweets all summer! After making this homemade applesauce, all I could think of was this applesauce bread. It was hard stopping Erez from nibbling so I had plenty to work with, but I’ve found a good way to hide food from him in the fridge. All I have to do is place it on the back of the shelf somewhere – he never even thinks to look.

applesauce bread recipe

How to Make Applesauce Bread

This is a quick bread that you can make in just minutes! All you need to do is put all your wet ingredients in one bowl, all your dry ingredients in another bowl, and mix them together.

Applesauce: Like I said earlier this applesauce is wonderful to use in this applesauce bread recipe. It doesn’t provide a very strong apple flavor though. It really helps add both moisture and flavor to this bread.

Moisture: Of of the great things about this recipe is all the different components of moisture. The applesauce, oil, brown sugar and yogurt continue to add to the moistness.

Spice: Although there are spices in the recipe, the cake isn’t very spicy, but you can play with it a bit if you like. You can use just cinnamon, or add some all-spice or ginger, or use fresh nutmeg instead of ground. You can increase the amounts of these spices to make stronger flavors, all depending on taste.

Want a Strong Apple Flavor?

The applesauce doesn’t provide a very strong apple flavor, though, so I like to add dried apples to make it more intense. Even without them, this cake is delicious, boasting a wonderful delicate flavor.

moist apple cake

Healthy Substitutions

Not only this bread is delicious, but it’s quite healthy and low in fat. Plus, with a few substitutions, you can make it even healthier.  For example, you can replace 1/2 cup of the all-purpose flour with whole-wheat flour (which will result in heavier and denser texture), use reduced fat yogurt, and reduce the amount of sugar to 1/2 cup.

apple bread

I like to sprinkle the batter with some sugar before baking, which gives it a sweet and crunchy top. Although it’s very tasty this way, the top may crack (as you see in the photos), so if you don’t like the look of it, you can sprinkle the cake with some nuts or oats instead, or don’t top it at all.

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applesauce bread
Applesauce Bread

  • 1 3/4 cups (250 grams/8.8 ounces) all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup (150 grams/5.3 ounces) light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup canola , vegetable, or safflower oil
  • 1 1/4 cups (300 grams) applesauce (unsweetened or slightly sweetened)
  • 1/4 cup yogurt or whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 - 1 cup walnuts , pecans, dried apples, plumped raisins, or a combination, roughly chopped
  1. Preheat oven to 350F/180C degrees. Butter a 9×5-inch loaf pan.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, and salt. In a small bowl, mix together sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Reserve 2 tablespoons of sugar mixture for topping the cake and add the rest to the flour mixture (please see note regarding that step). In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, oil, applesauce, yogurt, and vanilla until well combined, then pour into flour mixture and fold just until combined. Do not over mix – the less you mix, the lighter the bread will be. Fold in nuts.
  3. Scrape batter into prepared loaf pan and sprinkle with reserved sugar topping. Bake for 45-60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean. Let the bread cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack, then turn out from pan and let cool completely.
  4. Store bread at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 4 days. Bread can be frozen for up to 2 months. Thaw on counter, covered, or overnight in fridge.

If you can’t get enough of a yummy apple dessert, check out this Apple Bread Pudding and these baked apple cider donuts! 

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  • Reply
    Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps
    July 28, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    This bread looks SO moist!! Best way to eat a quick bread!

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    Crystal | Apples & Sparkle
    July 28, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    I think that sugar top looks so enticing! And I really love the addition of dried apples. Yummy!

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    Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy
    July 28, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    This sounds like a delicious moist bread that would be amazing peanut butter. Yum!

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      July 28, 2014 at 6:53 pm

      I get you – I will gladly add peanut butter to almost anything!

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    Thalia @ butter and brioche
    July 29, 2014 at 4:44 am

    what an awesome idea to use apple sauce.. i can imagine how moist the bread is! definitely taking the idea to my kitchen, thanks for the inspiration!

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      July 29, 2014 at 8:51 am

      Thanks Thalia 🙂 The bread is super moist, even after a few days!

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    August 1, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    שירן העוגה ניראית מעולה!!
    והאמת שישי רסק תפוחים אבל אני כבר חודש וחצי עם רגל מגובסת ולמעלה (אחרי ניתוח)
    אני שומרת את המתכון, כי אני אשמח להכין אותה שאוכל לאפות שוב

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      August 1, 2014 at 6:29 pm

      Thanks Winnie! What happened?? I really hope you’ll feel better soon!

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    April 14, 2015 at 4:25 am

    Hello. I just had a great tea time with this apple bread. thank you for sharing your recipe 🙂 I will try your another recipe soon !

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      April 14, 2015 at 7:37 am

      Thank you Hyeri! I’m glad you enjoy it 🙂

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    November 25, 2017 at 2:16 am

    I have a can of applesauce I was wondering what to do with – and here’s what! Thanks for a great idea, will definitely make it soon.

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    October 30, 2021 at 4:55 am

    Lovely autumn cake ,warm and spicy, came out wonderful.
    I added sultana’s and chocolate chips because i can’t digest nuts and it’s amazing, didn’t change anything in cake recipe and it was perfect.
    Thank you x

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