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Makeover Apple Bread Recipe

Makeover Apple Bread Recipe

We're confident that anyone who tries this will be thrilled. The bread has a hearty texture and sweet, home-baked flavor, but none of the fat and calories. —Liz Titler, Madison, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling YIELD:24 servings


  • 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 eggs
  • 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. In a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients. In another bowl, whisk the eggs, applesauce, oil and vanilla. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in apples. Transfer to two 8x4-in. loaf pans coated with cooking spray.
  • 2. For topping, combine the flour, sugar and walnuts; cut in butter until crumbly. Sprinkle over batter.
  • 3. Bake at 350° for 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Yield: 2 loaves (12 slices each).

Nutritional Facts

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

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jnestler User ID: 1140894 241911
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2016

"I discovered this delicious bread recipe three weeks ago. My family absolutely loves it. The topping is crunchy and fabulous! I use chopped almonds in lieu of the walnuts, though. I use 1/2 cup Stevia , 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1/2 cup white sugar. I also use 1 cup of whole grain wheat flour in the place of one of the cups of white flour. It still tastes great and is a bit lower in calories and a bit higher in fiber.

I have made 10 loaves in the past 3 weeks and can barely keep up with my family's demand!"

fnstlug User ID: 3658849 225830
Reviewed May. 3, 2015

"Really tasty! I left off the topping and used 1 C of sweetened applesauce and 1 tsp of pumpkin pie spice."

IslandWife User ID: 6007790 216328
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2014

"Very yummy! I also added extra applesauce, and used butter instead of oil. I also added a little allspice, nutmeg and cloves. Thanks for sharing!!"

danielleylee User ID: 4484886 180229
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2013

"I made this recipe with early apples (more tart) from my grandpa's orchard and it turned out wonderful! I took it to work and everyone asked me for the recipe! !!"

ritaschwim User ID: 7074038 96731
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2013

"This was fantastic! I did wind up adding more applesauce because the batter seemed dry."

menkens User ID: 5877182 111326
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2012 Edited Jun. 28, 2016

"Like others suggested, I used 1 cup of unsweetened applesauce and added 1 cup of mashed banana and more cinnamon & vanilla (personal preference). Omitted topping but sprinkled mini chocolate chips on top -- might add to batter next time! Preferred this to the first one which I made by directions -- good but not as moist!

06/28/2016 -- I turned this into 36 mini-muffins (cooked for ~16 minutes) & 1 5-3/4x3 loaf. Also, substituted Splenda for the sugar .... no chips because trying to keep diabetic friendly as much as possible.... I filled the mini-muffins a bit over the top because the batter was "firm" and they turned over very good!"

jshb920 User ID: 3383062 166328
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2012

"I used Splenda in place of the sugar to lower the calories and doubled the apple sauce to increase the moisture. It was wonderful and will be my go-to recipe for left over apples!"

[email protected] User ID: 2819056 180144
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2012

"I make this bread often, I usually double the amount of apple sauce for a more moist bread. It never last long in our house."

jbsebas User ID: 3296968 164692
Reviewed Aug. 19, 2012

"I absolutely loved this recipe, no one knew it was a healthier version and it freezes so well too."

annaf27 User ID: 5217952 166266
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2011

"I love this bread! It is VERY moist and I love that it's lower in calories! Excellent choice for a sweet bread."

anbrowne User ID: 1930897 96729
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2011

"This bread turned out quite yummy, but I had to put more applesauce in and even dump in some buttermilk too because the batter was so dry! In the end it was very good though."

Sascha18 User ID: 4667359 161937
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2011

"Delicious and moist! Didn't last an entire day."

lzbraley User ID: 398626 161933
Reviewed Aug. 2, 2010

"I have made this recipe numerous times and it has always turned out delicious. I do leave the nuts out of the topping, but other than that, I don't change a thing!"

beezx4 User ID: 1361009 161932
Reviewed May. 6, 2010

"this is very good, i added extra sauce as it seemed to dry. i used peach sauce instead of applesauce. didn't add nuts to topping. yummy"

lani.ellingsworth User ID: 4636327 164657
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2010

"This bread gets an 11 on a 1-10 scale. It is HANDS DOWN the best bread I have EVER tasted!"

sillinana User ID: 4920254 179285
Reviewed Apr. 10, 2010

"Just made this bread this morning, and it is yummy. I left off the topping, and added a small half cup of nuts along with the apples. Had to cook it a tad longer because it was still wet in center, but I am very pleased with the outcome and I will make this over and over again. Thankyou for such a moist, delicious recipe."

shannah_thelen User ID: 3105455 178771
Reviewed Apr. 9, 2010

"LOVED IT!! I did not make any changes to the recipe and it was great; I will be making this again!"

ichkoche User ID: 4338211 164653
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2010

"I made this recipe to take to Easter breakfast at church. When I sliced it, no matter how, the topping almost all fell off. I did not take it. The topping is the most flavorful part of the bread. So I wont make it again unless you can suggest some method (other than Elmer's glue)to make the topping stick."

sudzlife User ID: 4959531 166265
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2010

"This recipe was awesome and was my first attempt at making any time of homemade bread. It won rave reviews with my family. I did add just a pinch of allspice and choose a traditional strudel topping instead of one provided - but overall the basic bread was awesome!!!"

nancysk User ID: 3217625 161931
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2010

"My picky husband loved this - especially the crunchy top! Used Splenda, Egg Beaters, and a dash of grated nutmeg - delish!"

downundercanadian User ID: 4302163 180228
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2010

"Found it a little bit bland. Maybe try a bit more cinnamon next time?"

brooke4599 User ID: 3911034 180227
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2010

"I made this wanting to try something different. And it was fantastic! I added whole wheat flour and didn't add the topping. But when it was cooling I added cinnamon sugar on the top. So good and so moist! My family kept asking for more."

lovetocook91 User ID: 4694133 180143
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2010

"It's not super hard to make this meal healthier. Use organic sugar, wheat flour, replace 1 egg with some ground flax seed...You can make recipes healthy, you just have to be creative with it! Do research and you will find some great alternatives."

kgzarada User ID: 2502841 182941
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2010

"200 calories and 33 carbs in one slice,does not sound very healthy to me!!"

beekeeper100 User ID: 4016407 182938
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2010

"While this recipe is very moist and tastes wonderful the recipe pictured in the "More Recipes Like This" area sounds much healthier than this one."

maggie1642 User ID: 1469708 111302
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2010

"My husband loves "fruit" breads and this one was no different; my addition was 1/2 cup raisins or other dried fruit such as cranberries. I put the nuts in the bread mix as he doesn't care for sweet toppings. I made one small loaf and made the rest into muffins. That way I could have the topping on the one I ate and left his plain. It really was delicious baked either way."

tkarinas User ID: 4389335 143362
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2010

"Apple bread is so good, it's a delicious bread to try. I love it and so does my family and we will be making it many more times. It's a keeper for sure and going in my recipe box."

zucchinilady User ID: 3149814 179284
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2010

"I put Splenda in the recipe and added pecans and left off the topping - sure is nice and moist and great flavor - I also made mine into muffins, so I can freeze some if need be. My daughter loves to make things with apples and I gave this to her - my grandson requested them for a snack to take to school."

Katmom51 User ID: 634918 180031
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2010

"I LOVE this recipe. It is great for breakfast, snack or dessert. I have given it as hostess gifts and always receive the highest compliments."

katejudy311 User ID: 3820802 180226
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2010

"I tried to rate this 5 stars, but it wouldn't let me."

katejudy311 User ID: 3820802 178767
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2010

"I make this recipe once a is so good. I use whole wheat flour with great results. I make muffins because they are so portable. I don't add the topping and they are amazing. Definately a family favorite. Thanks for a GREAT recipe!"

Schmoo User ID: 213004 98145
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2009

"Love this receipe. I cannot find my magazine and have hunted all day to find it."

irishyee User ID: 2402643 143361
Reviewed Jul. 16, 2009

"I did send this recipe to my son who is serving in Iraq and he and his buddies loved it. I tried to send a banana bread and it did not hold up to the long trip. I will continue to use this recipe! Thanks"

aambrozich User ID: 2698174 112259
Reviewed Jul. 14, 2009

"My entire family loves this one! It's great in the morning with fruit and juice, or for a mid-day snack without the guilt!"

jessicastokes2 User ID: 2513884 120390
Reviewed May. 16, 2009

"Re: Makeover Apple bread

This bread it a hit! I have always been crazy for banana bread, but this tops the banana bread. I have a new favorie... Makeover Apple bread. P.S. my family raves for this bread!
Jessica Stokes"

sink User ID: 1061319 179281
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2009

"Delicious - moist and good flavor. Hard to believe it's reduced fat and calorie."

irishyee User ID: 2402643 182936
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2009

"I too have a son in the Army currently serving in Iraq. Trying to come up with new ideas for baked goods. This recipe was perfect. I always wonder how things I ship hold up. My son always raves about the cookies, but I was excited to read that this bread is such a hit."

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