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Applesauce Cinnamon Bread

This whole wheat apple cinnamon bread recipe contains quite a bit of applesauce, which provides natural sweetness so you use less sugar. As a bonus, it also allows for a minimal amount of oil to be used. —Sherry Craw, Mattoon, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 50 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    1 loaf (16 slices)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1-1/4 cups unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine the flours, sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, baking soda, salt, baking powder and nutmeg. In a small bowl, whisk the eggs, applesauce, oil and milk. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened.
  • Transfer to a greased 9x5-in. loaf pan. Combine brown sugar and remaining 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon; sprinkle over the top.
  • Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 50-60 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack.
    Freeze option: Securely wrap cooled loaf in foil, then freeze. To use, thaw at room temperature.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Canola oil is high in monounsaturated fat, a type that helps to decrease blood cholesterol levels, and low in saturated fat, which can increase blood cholesterol. Olive oil would also taste great in this recipe and has the same healthy-fat properties.
  • Dark brown sugar contains more molasses than light or golden brown sugar. The types are generally interchangeable in recipes. But if you prefer a bolder flavor, choose dark brown sugar.
  • If you love this recipe, you'll crave our other apple desserts.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 slice: 142 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 23mg cholesterol, 179mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.

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    • Tracy
      May 3, 2020

      Very bland. My kids ate some of it, but had to put butter on it. Probably will not make it again.

    • Nicole
      Sep 22, 2019

      A really great fall bread! I actually used 2 cups of wheat flour and it still came out amazing.

    • Gord
      Oct 27, 2018

      very tasty. Next time i will add a bit more cinnamon just to give it an extra punch of flavour. will definitely be making this again.

    • auntgigi53
      Mar 14, 2014

      This is a great bread. A cross between a bread & a cake. I'm a recipe follower the first try and would not change anything. I covered the bread with plastic wrap and the top got mushy after a few days. Does anyone have a tip for storing this bread?

    • mamamarie
      Aug 16, 2013

      This was very tasty and had good flavor. The applesauce made it moist.

    • lodgebaker
      Feb 28, 2013

      Excellent taste and texture. I will be placing this recipe in my favorite's recipe collection.

    • RachelE
      Nov 20, 2012

      I didn't love this recipe. Not too fond of the nutmeg, I'd say- not expecting that flavor in a cinnamon bread. Not too sure about the brown sugar in the topping, either.

    • mesrecettes
      Feb 5, 2012

      Anyone have ideas on how to convert this to a muffin recipe? I love the loaf but muffins are portable for the kids' lunches so I am curious how I could convert thisThanks much

    • mesrecettes
      Jan 26, 2012

      The cake is delicious, it does not reveal its lower fat ingredients at all! A moist, apple- ful cake with a tender crumb. The topping, although simple, really elevates it. When I've been out of whole wheat flour, I have used all white with still excellent results. Everyone I've given this to has enjoyed it.Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe. I will try flavoured applesauces next for variety.

    • RaOwBe
      Dec 13, 2011

      These are very tasty!