by Olena

Healthy Apple Bread

by Olena

5 from 2 reviews

Easy and Moist Healthy Apple Bread loaded with 4 cups of apples and warm spices. Sweet, hearty and absolutely delicious quick bread recipe.

Healthy Apple Bread

Apple Bread

This healthy apple bread recipe is the best way to use up an abundance of apples. It is absolutely loaded to the brim with real apple chunks, warm spices and wholesome ingredients.

There is nothing better than a slice of warm apple bread with butter and a cup of tea on a dark fall night.

I am an advocate for eating fruit and berries raw. But the last 11 years I happen to live in a house with an apple tree. And since we do not spray our trees, some apples have bugs and worms.

Perfect excuse to bake an awesome apple bread!

Apple Bread in a loaf pan

Ingredients You Will Need

  • Apples
  • Applesauce
  • Eggs
  • Whole wheat or spelt flour
  • Maple syrup or honey
  • A bit of oil
  • Spices

apples, applesauce, maple syrup, flour, eggs, spices

About Apples

What are the best apples to use for apple bread? To be honest, you can use any apples with a bit of tartness to them. For example, McIntosh, Granny Smith, Fuji. More sweet variety like Gala and Red Delicious would work too.

Every region has different varieties that are popular. I have no idea what my apples are haha. They are a bit tart.

You do not have to peel apples.

How to Make Healthy Apple Bread

  1. Dice the apples. The most important tip for delicious apple bread is to take time and dice the apples. So every bite you take has lots of apples. Remember, no peeling.
  2. Whisk eggs, wet ingredients and spices together in a large bowl. There is no need for 2 bowls if you make sure baking powder and soda are completely dissolved. Whisk until no lumps are floating.
  3. Add flour and stir gently. The top of measuring cup with flour should be flat. And when mixing the batter, give it 10 seconds to absorb before stirring again.
  4. Add apple chunks and stir just enough to mix in. I doubled the recipe so that is why my bowl was so full.
  5. Bake for 60-70 minutes in preheated 350 degrees F oven. We have lots of juicy apples in here, so it takes a bit longer to bake an apple bread.

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Substitutions

Applesauce can be substituted with equal amount of finely grated raw carrots or zucchini. No need to squeeze anything.

Flour has to be wheat and whole grain like whole wheat or spelt flour. I have not tested this homemade apple bread with all-purpose flour. From my experience, I know that baking is precise. You can’t use gluten free flours like almond, coconut etc.

Sweetener in a liquid form like agave, brown rice syrup, date syrup etc. is acceptable. This bread is not overly sweet. If you like very sweet bread, increase amount to 3/4 cup.

Use any oil like avocado oil, coconut oil (melted) or olive oil. Because we use only 2 tbsps, which oil you use doesn’t matter.

healthy apple bread slices

Tips for Best Apple Bread

  • If you like very sweet bread, increase maple syrup amount to 3/4 cup.
  • Apple bread bakes faster in dark loaf pan than in light or glass one.
  • Bread will be much easier to slice if you let it cool to barely warm. It has a lot of apples.
  • Add up to 1/4 cup of raisins, walnuts, pumpkin seeds or any other mix-ins.
  • Bake as muffins at 375 degrees F for 22-25 minutes.

healthy apple bread with apples

How to Store Apple Bread

Day 1-2: I like to place cooled apple bread back into the loaf pan and keep covered with a towel on the counter. Sliced bread dries out faster.

Day 3-5: If you have any bread left at this point, refrigerate it tightly wrapped in plastic or in a plastic bag.

Freezing: Freeze baked and cooled bread in a plastic bag for up to 3 months. Thaw on a counter for 3-4 hours. Again, it’s better to freeze apple bread loaf whole and not sliced.

More Healthy Quick Breads

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Healthy Apple Bread

5 from 2 reviews

Healthy Apple Bread loaded with 4 cups of apples, cinnamon and whole foods. Easy, moist, sweet and absolutely delicious quick bread recipe.

  • Author: Olena of ifoodreal.com
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 60 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 10 slices 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: North American
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Ingredients

  • 4 cups any apples like McIntosh, Granny Smith, Fuji, cored and diced
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup applesauce, unsweetened
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup or honey
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 1/4 cups whole wheat or spelt flour

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and spray ceramic non-stick 9 x 5 loaf pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk the eggs for 10 seconds.
  3. Add applesauce, maple syrup, oil, vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder, baking soda, salt and whisk until well combined.
  4. Add spelt or whole wheat flour and stir gently just enough to combine. Be careful not to over mix.
  5. Add apples and give a few more gentle stirs to combine.
  6. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan and level gently with spatula.
  7. Bake for 60-70 minutes our until the toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  8. Remove from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes. Then transfer to a cooling rack to cool off almost completely.
  9. Cut into 10 slices with serrated bread knife and enjoy!

Store: Store covered in a cool dry place for up to 2 days. Refrigerate covered for 3 more days. Freeze in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

Notes

  • Applesauce can be substituted with equal amount of finely grated raw carrots or zucchini. No need to squeeze anything.
  • Flour has to be wheat and whole grain like whole wheat or spelt flour. I have not tested this apple bread with all-purpose flour but from my experience, I know that baking is precise. You can’t use gluten free flours like almond, coconut etc.
  • Sweetener in a liquid form like agave, brown rice syrup, date syrup etc. is acceptable. This bread is not overly sweet. If you like very sweet bread, increase amount to 3/4 cup.
  • Use any oil like avocado oil, coconut oil (melted) or olive oil. Because we use only 2 tbsps, which oil you use doesn’t matter.
  • If you like very sweet bread, increase maple syrup amount to 3/4 cup.
  • Apple bread bakes faster in dark loaf pan than in light or glass one.
  • Bread will be much easier to slice if you let it cool to barely warm. It has a lot of apples.
  • Add up to 1/4 cup of raisins, walnuts, pumpkin seeds or any other mix-ins.
  • Bake as muffins at 375 degrees F for 22-25 minutes.

 Did you make this recipe? Please give it a star rating in the comments.

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Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog. I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

What You Will Find Here

Healthy family recipes with simple ingredients. Many are inspired by my Ukrainian heritage. I share mostly dinner recipes because it just never ends... I’m obsessed with healthy freezer meals. And more than in love with my Instant Pot.

A Little More About Me

Originally from Ukraine, I now reside on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with my family. I started this blog in 2012 when I ended up at home with 2 small kids unemployed and a wee bit chubby.

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