Apple Cinnamon Bread

Still no chocolate or copious amounts of butter or sugar to be found in the Brown Eyed Baker kitchen. I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m still operating in non-sweets mode over here. After the oatmeal muffins yesterday, I continued on with this ah-mazing quick bread recipe. Seriously amazing. As with just about all quick bread recipes, this one is, well, quick. Which is a welcome break after clocking some serious kitchen time over the holidays. The bread is tremendously moist, has awesome apple flavor thanks to both the chopped apples and applesauce in the batter, and last but not least – the topping. This bread gets a serious dousing of a cinnamon/sugar combo on top to create a fabulous crust. It all makes for, hands-down, one of the absolute best quick breads I have ever had.

Granny Smith is the recommended apple for this recipe, but I think just about any would work. I’m always a big fan of using what you have on hand, so whatever your favorite apple variety is, go for it!

I can personally attest to this bread being perfect for breakfast, a snack and dessert. I haven’t attempted it for lunch or dinner, but I’m certain it would more than qualify for those meals as well. Also, I’m very tempted to toast a piece of this and smear some peanut butter on it. Because I can’t help myself with the peanut butter. I just can’t. You know this. Forgive me. But I seriously think this bread + peanut butter could be an amazing invention. Tomorrow morning, it’s on.

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Apple Cinnamon Bread

Yield: One 8x4-inch loaf

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 50 to 55 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes


1½ cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground allspice
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
2 eggs
¼ cup canola oil
¼ cup applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup granulated sugar
2 cups peeled and chopped apples (about 1½ to 2 apples)

2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8x4-inch loaf pan, line the bottom with parchment paper, then grease the parchment paper; set the pan aside.

2. In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, allspice and cloves. Set aside.

3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the eggs on medium speed for about 30 seconds. Add in the oil, applesauce and vanilla and mix until smooth. Next, add the sugar and mix until well-combined.

4. With the mixer on low speed, gradually add in the flour mixture and mix until the flour is just barely combined. Gently fold in the apples with a rubber spatula. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan.

5. In a small bowl mix together the brown sugar, granulated sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle evenly over the batter in the loaf pan. Bake for 50 to 55 minutes, or until the loaf is golden and a thin knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

6. Cool the bread in the pan for 10 minutes, then run a dull knife around the sides of the loaf and turn it out on a cooling rack, remove the parchment paper and place right-side up. Cool completely before slicing. Wrap leftover loaf in plastic wrap and store at room temperature.

(Recipe adapted from Two Peas and Their Pod)


85 Responses to “Apple Cinnamon Bread”

  1. Amanda on January 7, 2011 at 5:06 am

    One of my favourite combinations! Apple and cinnamon- yum!


  2. Blog is the New Black on January 7, 2011 at 5:39 am

    I’ve yet to try making apple cinnamon bread, but I know I’d love it. Another great recipe to add my to growing list!


  3. MonicaB on January 7, 2011 at 7:00 am

    Wonderful timing. I was just looking are a few apples and trying to think what I was going to do with them….I’m making bread!


  4. Stephanie @ The Brunette Foodie on January 7, 2011 at 7:18 am

    I love apple-based breads. This looks delicious.

    Glad to see I’m not the only one detoxing after the holidays!! 😛


  5. Katrina on January 7, 2011 at 7:22 am

    Mmm this bread looks perfect!!


  6. Lauren at KeepItSweet on January 7, 2011 at 7:53 am

    I love any baked good loaded with chunks of apples! This looks terrific, saving the recipe!


  7. Lynn Brown on January 7, 2011 at 8:26 am

    mmmm…cinnamon, apples, and sugar, sounds delish! and one of my food goals is to bake more bread so perfect!


  8. Caroline on January 7, 2011 at 8:34 am

    I love the actualy chunks of apple instead of just using applesauce in the loaf – this looks hearty without me feeling guilt-ridden after eating a slice. I love apple cinnamon combos, so I know this bread would be a new favorite of mine!


  9. Kori on January 7, 2011 at 9:12 am

    I love apple bread with the big chunks of fruit like this. It’s such a fun variation on the usual quick breads…and especially so fun with freshly-picked apples in the fall 🙂 Thanks for sharing your recipe.


  10. Michelle on January 7, 2011 at 9:24 am

    I love peanut butter toast for breakfast! It’s been my go-to choice for weeks now. I’m definitely going to have to give this recipe a shot. It just looks soooo good. Thanks for sharing!


  11. Kathy on January 7, 2011 at 10:09 am

    I wonder if one could use apple butter in place of the apple sauce? I have a jar in the pantry that needs attention!


    • Michelle on January 10th, 2011 at 12:51 pm

      Hi Kathy, Hmmm good question. I think apple butter has more of a consistency of peanut butter, but you could always give it a try. Let me know how it goes!


  12. Cathy B. @ Bright Bakes on January 7, 2011 at 10:19 am

    honestly? My kitchen is in full savory mode too!! I’m cookie-d and cake-d out! HOwever, I did wake up with a yen for baking something today…something not too sweet, but just enough to ease back into the whole homemade baked goods thing…:) This looks perfect.
    cathy b. @ brightbakes


  13. foodlvr on January 7, 2011 at 10:20 am

    The bread looks amazing. So moist and filled with apples.

    I am also not into sweets lately. The container with the Puppy Chow just sits there staring at me, same with the chocolate covered whole grain krispy treats. No interest whatsoever. The only baking interest is either low calorie OR whole grain for my son. Anything to get more nutrients into his long & lean body.

    Thanks for all the wonderful recipes.


  14. Maria on January 7, 2011 at 10:30 am

    So glad you liked the bread!


  15. Jenny Flake on January 7, 2011 at 10:35 am

    I could definitely eat my fair share of this fab looking bread!!


  16. Rachel on January 7, 2011 at 11:13 am

    This bread sounds perfect – no need for chocolate or copious butter and sugar! Apple and cinnamon are such a classic combination but now that I think of it I’ve never tried them as the main flavors in a quick bread. Those hunks of apple and a cinnamon sugar topping grabbed me immediately!


  17. Alisa Fleming on January 7, 2011 at 11:26 am

    You couldn’t have hit my cravings more spot on! This bread is exactly what I wish I had for breakfast right this minute! Sigh, maybe tomorrow 🙂


  18. bianca on January 7, 2011 at 11:42 am

    wowee – think i’ll make this for breakfast tomorrow! YUM!


  19. Lauren B. on January 7, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    This apple bread just looks so healthy! My husband would love this!


  20. heather on January 7, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    A bread perfect for this time of year. I make a bundt cake similar to this, and it’s amazing — kind of like Amish friendship bread meets tea cake. So moist and apple-cinnamon-y.




  21. Chrissy on January 7, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    I am a big fan of home-baked breads of deliciousness. My mom always made zucchini, banana, or pumkin, but never apple! Great idea!


  22. Cookin' Canuck on January 7, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    This sounds like the perfect quick bread to go along with an afternoon cup of tea. Love the cinnamon sugar crust!


  23. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking on January 7, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    Mmm, this would be so wonderful to wake up to on a weekend morning. It looks delicious, Michelle. Thanks for sharing!


  24. Kimberly on January 7, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    This recipe was a huge hit! Yum, I’ll definitely make it again. Love the fresh apples in it and I’m always looking for a place to use my homemade applesauce.


  25. Kim on January 7, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    Oh man if I would have JUST waited a “day”!!! I made Cinnamon bread yesterday…it was a BOMB (not in a good way!) in my house…no one liked it but the apples and that awesome cinnamon, sugar topping would have made ALL the difference…ugh – and YES, I agree with you as I was making it yesterday I thought, what about adding peanut butter…lol.


  26. Elizabeth Holli on January 8, 2011 at 12:11 am

    This bread is in the oven and if the batter is any indication it is going to be phenomenal. I vegan-ized it by subbing 2 tbsp of unsweetened applesauce in place of the egg so it might need to cook just a tad longer, but I can’t wait. Thanks for posting this!


  27. Brittany on January 8, 2011 at 2:41 am

    At our house, apple cake is always a huge hit. So naturally, any apple cake recipe is very welcome! Good luck with your peanut butter experiment 😉


  28. Chris on January 8, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    I made this bread this morning and it was awesome! Crispy and sweet on the outside…moist and delicious on the inside…very nice! The only thing I noticed is that the vanilla isn’t listed with the ingredients (though it is called out in the steps so it’s all good). Thanks for sharing this recipe. I love your blog!


    • Michelle on January 10th, 2011 at 12:52 pm

      Hi Chris, My apologies about the vanilla. I have updated the recipe above, but the amount is 1 teaspoon.


  29. caitlin on January 8, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    Mmmm. This looks like a great breakfast bread! I love the apple chunks!


  30. Christina on January 8, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    I just made this today- delicious, moist, I love the sugary coating. 🙂


  31. Leslie on January 8, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    Beautiful photos! I love love love apple breads. This looks amazing


  32. Stacy on January 8, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    Yum!!! This bread is soooo good! My picky 5 year old could barely wait for it to cool before having some…he’s already downed 3 slices! Thanks for the great recipe!


  33. Tracy on January 8, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    This looks wonderful! Love the big chunks of apple in there!


  34. Stefanie Marsh on January 9, 2011 at 10:45 am

    How much vanilla should be added? It calls for it to be mixed with the apple sauce and canola oil bu tthe measurement is not noted…


    • Michelle on January 10th, 2011 at 12:54 pm

      Hi Stefanie, 1 teaspoon. Sorry about that, I fixed it above.


  35. Inna on January 9, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    Wow, this looks incredible! I’m a complete bread addict and love quickbreads since I’m not always all that patient.


  36. Marjorie on January 10, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    Made the bread this weekend. Moist and delicious! Plus it smelled so good baking. Great recipe, thanks!


  37. Evan Thomas on January 10, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    This looks terrific! I’ve been trying to eat more fruit in the new year to curb sugar cravings. Well, “trying” at least.


  38. Steph@stephsbitebybite on January 10, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    Loving the big huge apple chunks!


  39. Alyssa - fashion fitness foodie on January 10, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    Chunks of apples in bread looks AMAZING!!!! You always have the best recipes 🙂


  40. Terri on January 10, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    We had a snowday today and made this bread! It was fabulous! Keep up the great work!


  41. Sandra on January 10, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    A slight smathering of cream cheese would be awesone with this!


  42. Kate @ on January 10, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    That bread looks perfect for any time of the day! Beautiful loaf!


  43. Vicki @ Wilde in the Kitchen on January 11, 2011 at 11:55 am

    I love a good quick bread! This one sounds great, apple is my favorite!


  44. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction on January 11, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    This bread looks fabulous, and I love that it isn’t super sweet. I will add this to my list to bake as soon as I can get back in the kitchen!


  45. The Kettle Corn Guy on January 11, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    Your website rocks! This is the second recipe going on my to do list.

    I favorited your blog, and will definitely be checking back in.



  46. Jacqueline W. on January 12, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    Just made this today while kids were home for a snow day. DELICIOUS!!!!! My house smells wonderful. The bread is crisp on the outside and moist on the inside. The whole family loves it. Thank you!


  47. Heather (The Menu Mama) on January 12, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    Yummy! I made this off of the Two Peas and their Pod website a couple of months ago, this post reminds me that I want to make it again!!


  48. Tameka on January 18, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    I made this bread this weekend. Pretty awesome. The cinnamon/sugar crust is such a nice touch! The amt of vanilla was not listed in the recipe, I assumed it was a tsp. It turned out wonderfully.


  49. Carolin on January 20, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    Great recipe! I couldn’t wait to try it and HAD TO EAT the first slice though the apple bread was still warm. The only thing, I don’t like that much is the oil in the dough. I think I try melted butter next time.

    Thanks for that yumyum recipe! I love it …. and this blog, by the way!
    Greatings from Germany


  50. Quinn on January 20, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    I made this tonight and it was Amaaazing! Thanks for another great recipe.


  51. Molly on March 12, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    I just made this bread and it smelled and tasted delicious. I used yogurt instead of applesauce. Thanks for the recipe 🙂


  52. Betsy on April 2, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    I replaced a little over half the oil with more apple sauce and half the flour with whole wheat flour and IT IS AWESOME. go make it. like right now. It’s bakery good.


  53. Joyce Petersen on September 19, 2011 at 12:06 am

    Made this bread today. By far the best apple bread I have ever made! Thank you for this wonderful recipe!


  54. Angela on September 20, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    Just made this for the last camping trip of the year-this weekend. Just wondering if anyone has frozen it ?


    • Michelle on September 22nd, 2011 at 10:27 pm

      Hi Angela, Yes, it freezes wonderfully! Wrap in plastic wrap, then foil, and place in a freezer bag. Should be good for a couple of months.


  55. RobinAnn on October 7, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    Wow! This bread was amazing…the best I’ve ever made! Moist in the middle with a nice bit of a crust on the edge. I love it! I will certainly be making this when guests come over too! This is the first recipe I’ve made from your blog and now that I’ve looked at what you have to offer… I can’t wait to try your other recipes as they look fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing!


  56. Anna on October 23, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    I am a bread eater all the way. My normal breakfast is toast with butter, or English muffins with butter. I have been wanting to make muffins for a quick breakfast and had some apples on hand, and searching apple quick bread brought me to your website. I am so glad, this is the best apple cinnamon quick bread I’ve tried, and your other recipes are perfect for what I usually have on hand. I am making your american sandwich bread recipe as we speak!


  57. Michele on November 8, 2011 at 1:17 am

    Hi, this recipe looks fabulous and would love to try it using muffin tins. I have a 6 year old boy who is diabetic and its so much easier measuring the carbs if I am using a muffin tin. Do you think this would work?


    • Michelle on November 10th, 2011 at 1:26 am

      Hi Michele, I don’t see why not. I would just start checking for doneness around 15 minutes or so, just to make sure you don’t overbake them.


  58. Melissa on November 8, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    I’m very excited to try this recipe…looks delicious! I’m just wondering why it doesn’t have milk or buttermilk in it like a banana bread? How does it change the texture without it? After trying your mocha cupcakes with espresso buttercream, I can’t wait to try more recipes. They were a hit at work…people were begging for the recipe!! Thanks in advance!


    • Michelle on November 10th, 2011 at 1:29 am

      Hi Melissa, A lot of quick breads use canola or vegetable oil instead of a buttermilk for the liquid, just a case of recipe preference. The texture isn’t changed – both create a moist bread.


  59. mary on December 2, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    I was wondering have you ever done this in muffins?

    I”m gonna try this out on my sunday school class, we eat breakfast in class!! I”m always looking to try new breads!!

    Lookingforward to the yummieness!! =)


    • Michelle on December 3rd, 2011 at 10:11 am

      Hi Mary, I haven’t tried making this into muffins, but I bet they would be delicious! Enjoy!


  60. Paula B. on November 4, 2012 at 4:21 am

    Made this a few weeks ago, and although I never had any (it was a thank you gift) I have heard how good it was. So easy to make and the house smelled wonderfully! The recipient wants the recipe because her husband loves apple bread, this one , in particular, so am going to make it again today.


  61. Annalise H. on November 22, 2012 at 9:33 am

    It’s baking now for our Thanksgiving breakfast. Smells delicious!!


  62. Gala on December 15, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    This turned out to be delicious! If I wanted to make muffins with this recipe, how long should I bake them? Thank you =)


    • Michelle on December 15th, 2012 at 11:05 pm

      Hi Gala, I’m glad you enjoyed it! I’ve never made it into muffins, but I’d probably start checking them around the 15 or 20 minute mark, just to be safe.


  63. Samantha on February 4, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    I really want to make this bread but I do not have mixer. It is possible to make the bread without a mixer and if so how?


    • Michelle on February 4th, 2013 at 7:28 pm

      Hi Samantha, Yes you could whisk together the “wet” ingredients (eggs, oil, applesauce, vanilla and sugar) and then just fold together with the flour and rest of the ingredients.


  64. Karren on April 6, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    I just tasted my first batch and OMG…. so yummy!! I hate that I know how to make this.


  65. Rose on May 14, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    I made this today and it was wonderful!! I added two full Granny Smith apples and made my own apple sauce (out of necessity) from a Gala apple (just peeled, chopped, and stuck it in the microwave for 3 minutes) and excluded the cloves (again, out of necessity), and it turned out moist and fragrant with just the right amount of cinnamon and spice.

    Thank you for the wonderful recipie!!!


  66. KraftedKhaos on September 17, 2013 at 10:01 am

    Hi there! I have some apples off my parent’s tree that (if they haven’t gone bad) I planned on using up today. I’ve been in a bread baking mood the last few days (made Parmesan Oregano Bread yesterday… YUM! pics on my blog, including the resulting sandwich!) but I don’t have any ground cloves or allspice… but I *do* have some pumpkin pie spice (I think it’s all the spices already mixed together, including those two, plus a few more) and I think I am going to try making this with the pumpkin pie spice and see how it turns out… I’ll come back and let you know the results, or at least leave a link to my blog post about it 🙂
    Thanks for sharing! Can’t wait to try it.
    (PS- found your site yesterday while looking for something completely different, so since you’ve come up two days in a row, with two different searches, I’m definitely bookmarking you for future reference!)


  67. KraftedKhaos on September 17, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    Well, as far as flavor goes, it turned out fantastic (in my own opinion, lol).
    I made the following changes/substitutions:
    -Self-Rising flour instead of Plain Flour, Baking Soda & Salt
    -Pumpkin Pie Spice instead of Ground Cloves and Allspice
    -Some sort of Starbucks Vanilla Additive for coffee which had a main ingredient of Vanilla Extract instead of Vanilla Extract (hey, necessity is the mother of invention, and I had no vanilla extract!)
    -Added some chopped Macadamia nuts to the mix
    -Added a handful of oatmeal to the mix.
    -Baked in a 4 mini-loaf pan for 30 – 35 min, instead of the 8×4 inch pan for 50 – 55 min
    Tasty! The only issue I had was that the crust of my bread that was INSIDE the pan got a little too dark (like when you bake a cake too long, but it’s not actually burnt). I’m not sure if this was because of my dark pan, or if it was from over-baking, or a little bit of both! All in all, I was quite pleased with the way this came out, and since my parents have an apple tree, I’m pretty sure I’ll be making this again!

    Thanks again for sharing!


  68. Adele on February 4, 2014 at 10:07 am

    This seems like a lovely recipe. I was wondering if I could use a mixture of all-purpose flour and cake flour in this recipe, as my family usually likes breads and muffins lighter and fluffier 🙂 Or any other tips would be great!

    Thank you Michelle!


    • Michelle on February 4th, 2014 at 12:59 pm

      Hi Adele, I have not tried using cake flour here, so I can’t say for sure how it would turn out. If you try it, let me know how it goes!


      • Adele on February 5th, 2014 at 8:22 am

        Hi! I made this today and everybody loved it! I substituted 1/2 of the all-purpose with 3/4 cup of cake flour and it turned out well. However, I do recommend anyone who wants to make this quick bread to use granny smith apples as suggested, as using other kinds of apples (red apples perhaps) may reduce the crunchiness of the apples inside and pretty light colour as shown in the pictures above.


  69. Alisha on March 12, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    I made these as muffins, and they turned out perfect, especially with the topping! The recipe is exactly enough for 12 muffins. I just reduced the cooking time and mine were done in about 18 minutes.


  70. shelley on September 4, 2014 at 11:46 am

    I made your recipe today…along with some changes…cause that is what I do..
    used half whole wheat flour….did not peel the apples…well cause I hate peeling them….I chopped them in the food processor….used granny smith cause that is my favorite apple…eating and baking…and doubled the cinnamon, which I do on a regular basis…..I made 1 1/2 recipe cause I wanted to make 4 mini loaves, got 2 muffins also…so we ate those…husband gives this 2 thumbs up…it’s a keeper…thanks…


  71. Nicole F. on November 14, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    I’m going to attempt making this and your Pumpkin bread using flour from corn instead of all-purpose, because my friend has a gluten allergy. Do you have any recommendations so that it won’t turn out dense?


    • Michelle on November 16th, 2014 at 7:27 pm

      Hi Nicole, I really have no experience with gluten-free baking, so unfortunately I don’t have any specific tips… I’m sorry!


  72. Cynthia on October 3, 2015 at 4:54 pm

    Great recipe! Comes out perfect every time. Truly delicious ! Thank you for sharing it!


  73. Food, Faith, and Other Fabulous Finds on December 1, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    This bread was so delicious; it tastes like apple cider. Thank you so much for sharing such a delicious recipe.


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