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Almond Flour Cinnamon Bread

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Olena Osipov
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Easy to make Almond Flour Cinnamon Bread with minimal ingredients, swirls of cinnamon and an irresistible streusel topping! Delicious, guilt free holiday bread with a light and fluffy texture.

This holiday bread is the perfect combination of healthy almond flour cake and cinnamon buns. In fact, add a healthy icing and you have a cinnamon bun cake!

Almond Flour Cinnamon Bread sliced on a plate

Enjoying a slice of this almond flour cinnamon bread recipe with a glass of milk compares to eating a bowl of cinnamon toast crunch cereal- but absolutely guilt free! It is packed with nutrients, low carb and you can even make it sugar free with erythritol.

Whether you’re making this bread for its list of healthy and nourishing ingredients or because you’re looking for a gluten free cinnamon bread recipe that will knock your socks off, this is one your whole family will love!

Why Make Healthy Cinnamon Bread Recipe?

  • Holiday bread: With a delicious cinnamon swirl and streusel like topping this quick bread will be a new Christmas baking favorite!
  • Nutrient dense: Cinnamon swirl bread without processed and bleached all-purpose flour and instead uses high protein almond flour.
  • Diet friendly: Gluten free, low carb, oil free and can be made sugar free makes this a holiday bread for everyone!
  • Versatile: Swap sugar for maple syrup in bread and replace yogurt with applesauce or mashed banana!
  • Easy to make: One bowl for the quick bread and a small bowl for the cinnamon sugar streusel, less mess and more time to enjoy holiday festivities.

Almond flour adds healthy fats and tons of nutrients to baked goods! Which is probably why I’m so obsessed with it from blueberry muffins to waffles. I also use it in almond flour banana bread zucchini bread, pumpkin breadchocolate chip cookies, chocolate cake, almond flour pancakes and have even made cobbler in the Instant Pot. I said it was a slight obsession!

Slice of Almond Flour Cinnamon Sugar Bread dipped into a glass of milk

Ingredients for Almond Flour Cinnamon Bread

  • Almond flour: Almond flour not almond meal, I buy Kirkland brand. If you want to make your own, grind blanched almonds in a food processor or blender until fine. Do not over mix or you’ll end up with nut butter!

I love using almond flour for a grain-free flour replacement in recipes! You can actually see a complete list of more than 20 almond flour recipes I have on the blog!

  • Eggs: Eggs act as “a glue” for almond flour. Do not skip and I personally have not tried any replacements.
  • Yogurt: Plain Greek yogurt works well or strained plain yogurt. It’s full-bodied which will help with the consistency of the bread.

Use plain or unsweetened yogurt to avoid added sugar!

  • Sweetener: Any liquid or dry sweetener will do for the cinnamon sugar bread. Maple syrup, honey, agave, cane sugar, coconut sugar or sugar free erythritol are popular for sweet bread recipes.
  • Baking basics: Baking powder, vanilla, baking soda, cinnamon (lots!), salt.
  • Swirl: Sugar and cinnamon make this a cinnamon swirl bread. Cane sugar, coconut sugar, or erythritol are great options.

While in the almond flour loaf you can use any liquid or dry sweetener, for the streusel swirl you must use a dry granulated sugar!

almond flour greek yogurt sugar maple syrup eggs for cinnamon swirl bread

How to Make Sugar Free Cinnamon Swirl Bread?

I have been using erythritol in many of my Christmas baked goods this year such as healthy sugar cookies, snowball cookies and almond flour shortbread cookies. I use the brand below which has monk fruit extract and does not leave an odd after taste. 

In this recipe for almond flour cinnamon bread, you can replace both the sugar in the bread and in the topping with this sugar free granulated sugar replacement.

How to Make Almond Flour Cinnamon Bread

  • Prep: Preheat oven and line a loaf pan with unbleached parchment paper, spray with cooking spray, and set aside. When lining the loaf pan with paper, make sure to keep an inch or two above the loaf pan for easy removal. In a small bowl, whisk dry ingredients sugar and cinnamon and set aside.
  • Mix: In a large bowl mix wet ingredients by whisking eggs, yogurt, sweetener, vanilla, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Add almond flour and mix gently with spatula to combine.

  • Pour: Pour half the batter into prepared loaf pan and sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar. Pour remaining batter on top, sprinkle with cinnamon sugar and gently swirl with a butter knife.
  • Bake: Bake until your house smells amazing, and cinnamon swirl bread is browned nicely on the outside. It will be a little darker due to the sugar and cinnamon. To make sure it’s done, insert a toothpick into the centre. It should be clean when removed.
  • Cool: Remove from oven and transfer to a cooling rack. Once slightly cooled, holding onto the side of the parchment paper, remove the loaf from the pan and cool completely.

It’s important to let your cinnamon sugar bread with almond flour cool for at least an hour before slicing. Otherwise, if you cut into it while it is hot, your bread will fall apart.

Optional Add-In’s and Variations

  • Make Greek yogurt: If you only have regular yogurt on hand, use a cheesecloth or linen towel to strain and allow the liquid to release for 1-2 hours. Catch the liquid in a bowl and use the whey to make pancakes or discard. Measure the remaining yogurt for the recipe.
  • Egg free: I have not tested this almond flour bread, but chia egg works for almond flour banana bread and could be tried for this bread. You could try flax egg, too. Your bread may be flatter/denser.
  • Dairy free: Swap out the yogurt for applesauce or mashed bananas if you are avoiding dairy.
  • Healthier additions: Add in some flax, chia, or hemp seeds to increase fibre and protein among many other benefits.
  • Special holiday mix-in’s: Add in some dried raisins or cranberries or dark chocolate chips to make this already delicious cinnamon bread a little extra special.
  • Icing: Drizzle with a homemade icing like in gingerbread loaf or a chocolate drizzle like I use in almond flour shortbread cookies.
  • Chai spiced swirl: Add a pinch of cardamom, nutmeg and allspice to your swirl mix.
  • Brown sugar swirl: Swap your dry sugar for granulated brown sugar.

Tips for Best Results

  • Layer the swirl: Remember to pour half the batter, add the streusel mix and then top with remaining batter. 
  • Cinnamon sugar on top: Be careful not to over mix or you will lose the effect of the swirl.
  • Patience after baking: It will be hard not to slice into your loaf right away, but wait at least an hour, otherwise the bread will crumble if it is too hot.
  • Scoop, measure and level almond flour: The best way to measure almond flour correctly is to scoop it from the bag into the measuring cup and then level it with a knife. Scooping allows the flour to be light and fluffy and not packed. 

FAQs

Is this a keto cinnamon bread recipe?

That depends on if you are including Greek yogurt in your keto diet. If so, you can make the recipe as is, if not, you can try swapping the yogurt for applesauce or bananas.

Can I make vegan cinnamon sugar bread with almond flour?

To make this vegan, you will need to replace the yogurt with either a dairy-free Greek yogurt (Kite Hill brand makes a dairy free Greek yogurt) or use applesauce or banana. You will also need to omit the eggs, and try the bread with chia eggs. Note: I have not tested either of those so proceed with caution!

Can I use whole wheat flour for this cinnamon bread?

No, this recipe has only been tested with almond flour bread. You cannot use whole wheat, spelt, all-purpose or coconut flour. You might like to try gingerbread loaf with spelt flour, cranberry orange muffins with wheat flour or coconut flour banana bread.

Why did my almond flour bread recipe not rise?

A few culprits could be the issue. Your baking powder is expired, you over mixed the batter or you tried replacing the eggs and the it led to dense bread results.

Is this almond flour bread gluten-free?

Yes! Almond flour is naturally gluten-free which makes this a perfect gifting idea for your gluten free sensitive friends.

Healthy Cinnamon Bread on top of glass of milk

How to Serve Cinnamon Sugar Bread?

You will be so anxious to taste this healthy cinnamon bread. And for a good reason – it smells amazing and tastes delicious!

  • Topping ideas: Top warm slice with cream cheese or butter and watch it melt into the cinnamon sugar.
  • Spreads: Use your favorite nut butter, whipped butter or even for a decadent treat chocolate spread.
  • Make french toast: Dip bread in a mixture of eggs and cinnamon and lightly fry for a holiday breakfast!
  • Holiday brunch charcuterie: Gluten free guests will appreciate this cinnamon bread on a platter with fresh fruit, chocolates, hard boiled eggs, slices of breakfast casserole and gluten free muffins.

During the holidays, I often include this bread along with thumbprint cookies, gingerbread men and almond flour shortbread cookies on a dessert platter!

How to Store Cinnamon Bread with Almond Flour?

Reheating: Pop a slice into a toaster for 1-2 minutes. Bread will taste like freshly baked.

Storing: Bread will keep in an airtight container for up to 5 days in a cool dry area.

Freezing: Freeze in an airtight freezer-friendly container for up to 3 months.

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Almond Flour Cinnamon Bread {Sugar Free Option}

Easy to make Almond Flour Cinnamon Bread with minimal ingredients, swirls of cinnamon and an irresistible streusel topping! Delicious, guilt free holiday bread with a light and fluffy texture.
5 from 6 votes
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Course: Muffins and Quick Breads
Cuisine: North American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 10 slices
Calories: 268kcal
Author: Olena Osipov

Ingredients

For the Swirl:

  • 3 tbsp cane coconut sugar or erythritol
  • 1 1/2 tbsp cinnamon

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, line 9 x 5 loaf pan with unbleached parchment paper and spray with cooking spray. Set aside.
    Almond Flour Cinnamon Bread
  • In a large mixing bowl, add eggs, yogurt, sweetener, vanilla, baking powder + soda, cinnamon and salt. Whisk well until combined.
    Almond Flour Cinnamon Bread
  • Add almond flour (don’t forget to skim the top of measuring cup with a knife) and mix gently with spatula to combine.
    Almond Flour Cinnamon Bread
  • In a small bowl, whisk sugar and cinnamon. Set aside.
    Almond Flour Cinnamon Bread
  • Pour half batter into previously prepared loaf pan and sprinkle with half amount of cinnamon sugar.
    Almond Flour Cinnamon Bread
  • Pour remaining batter on top, sprinkle with cinnamon sugar and swirl with butter knife.
    Almond Flour Cinnamon Bread
  • Bake for 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Bread will brown nicely on the outside because sugar plus brown cinnamon.
    Almond Flour Cinnamon Bread
  • Remove from the oven and transfer to a cooling rack to cool off for 10 minutes. Holding onto the flaps of parchment paper remove bread from a loaf pan and let it cool off for another 30-60 minutes before slicing with sharp serrated knife. Because of crusty streusel like topping, bread might fall apart if you attempt to slice it whole hot.
    Almond Flour Cinnamon Bread

Store: Store covered in a cool dry place for up to 5 days

    Freeze: Up to 3 months in an airtight container.

      Notes

      • Sweetener: I have used maple syrup in loaf and made swirl with both sugar and erythritol.
      • For the swirl, it’s important to use dry sweetener.
      • Dairy free: I believe you can replace yogurt with applesauce or mashed banana.
      • Egg free: You can try to use chia egg, results may be more dense/flatter.
      • If you have regular yogurt, strain it through a cheesecloth or linen kitchen towel for 1-2 hours. Measure after and use leftover whey to make pancakes or discard.
      • Nutritious additions: Add in some flax, chia, or hemp seeds to increase fibre and protein among many other benefits.
      • Special holiday mix-in’s: Add in some dried raisins or cranberries or dark chocolate chips.
      • Icing: Drizzle with a homemade icing of icing sugar (sugar free if needed) and water.
      • Chai spiced swirl: Add a pinch of cardamom, nutmeg and allspice to your swirl mix.
      See post for additional tips and FAQs.

      Nutrition

      Serving: 1slice | Calories: 268kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 256mg | Potassium: 43mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 71IU | Calcium: 130mg | Iron: 2mg
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      1. 5 stars
        I made this recipe last night & found it dry. Wondering if maybe some oil would help? Love your website. I have learned so much from you. Thank you for taking the time to explain why some things work & some may not.

        1. So glad you enjoyed it! Ovens can vary, I would try cooking a few minutes less next time and see if that helps.

      2. 5 stars
        Great! I used a combination of mostly monk fruit sweetener w/ coconut sugar. I reduced the monk fruit since I find it too sweet. I used one TBSP less in the batter and 1-2 tsps less in the swirl. I used a 8×4 loaf pan. Also used a dairy free Greek style unsweetened yogurt. Added toasted nuts in the swirl which made for a lovely texture.

        1. Generally you would need a triple amount of BP instead of BS but I am afraid your bread will be bitter. Try total of 2 tsp BP. Almond flour is more forgiving. Good luck!

            1. Hi! This recipe has not been tested with only baking soda, but you should be able to use 1/3 teaspoon baking soda for every 1 teaspoon baking powder.

      3. 5 stars
        Delicious! I used applesauce instead of yogurt. And made the swirl out of brown sugar and cinnamon. I made the substitutions because they are what I had on hand. The bread sliced beautifully and tasted like a soft, yummy coffee cake. It also got a thumbs-up from the three people I shared it with. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

      4. 5 stars
        Easy and healthier then making the old fashioned way. Thanks for sharing your receipts. I will be trying more! Yummy 😋

      5. 5 stars
        This recipe is so delicious! I added some fruit to my batch but would be good as is.
        Thanks for sharing

      6. 5 stars
        Great recipe!! Used sour cream instead of yogurt and maple syrup in the batter. Doesn’t taste gluten free. Will be making again.

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