Apple Cinnamon Bread

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling


2 loaves (12 pieces each)

Updated: Nov. 08, 2023
I'm confident that anyone who tries this apple cinnamon bread will be thrilled. It has a hearty texture and sweet, home-baked flavor, but none of the fat and calories. —Liz Titler, Madison, Ohio


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups chopped peeled tart apples
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
  • 1/3 cup cold butter


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine the first 6 ingredients. In another bowl, whisk eggs, applesauce, oil and vanilla. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in apples. Transfer to 2 greased 8x4-in. loaf pans.
  2. For the topping, combine flour, sugar and walnuts; cut in butter until crumbly. Sprinkle over batter.
  3. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 45-55 minutes. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.
Apple Cinnamon Bread Tips

What kinds of apples should you use to make apple cinnamon bread?

It's best to use a tart apple variety—think Granny Smith, Jonagold and Braeburn—for making apple cinnamon bread. These apples tend to be more firm and hold up better during baking. However, you can throw in some Honeycrisp or other favorites from your local apple orchard.

How should you serve apple cinnamon bread?

Enjoy your apple cinnamon bread any time of day! It's great served with a cup of coffee for breakfast, to end your meal for dessert, or even gifted to a close friend. Here are other apple bread recipes to enjoy.

How should you store apple cinnamon bread?

Store your apple cinnamon bread in an airtight container on your counter. Since this recipe makes 2 loaves, you can enjoy 1 right away and freeze the other loaf. Securely wrap cooled loaf in foil, then freeze. To use, thaw at room temperature.

Alicia Rooker, RDN, Taste of Home Senior Recipe Editor/Tester

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 200 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 24mg cholesterol, 192mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.