by Olena

Healthy Apple Bread

Olena Osipov
5 from 22 votes

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

healthy apple bread

Healthy Apple Bread

Healthy Apple Bread loaded with 4 cups of apples, cinnamon and whole foods. Easy, moist, sweet and absolutely delicious quick bread recipe.
5 from 22 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: North American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Servings: 10 slices
Calories: 210kcal
Author: Olena Osipov

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

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

    Nutrition

    Serving: 1slice | Calories: 210kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 354mg | Potassium: 172mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 75IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 77mg | Iron: 1mg
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    Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

    My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys, a wife to Alex and we reside on magical Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. This is our healthy family recipes blog. Originally from Ukraine, I grew up on real food. As an adult, I struggled with diets for years because none worked long-term. Now for over 10 years, I cook easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

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    1. 5 stars
      I used my kids pear fruit cup and smashed it up because we were out of applesauce. Also used a dark loaf pan so it only needed 55 minutes. I used a little less then half cup of honey. Tasty and makes the whole house smell delicious! I will definitely try more of your recipes.

      1. Glad you enjoyed the bread Mary! I haven’t tested this recipe out with any other fruit. But pears come to mind! Maybe another reader has tried another variation and will share!

    2. 5 stars
      absolutely loved this bread !!! I did add a cup of raisins i boiled for 3-4 minutes in 1/2 cup of water . When fairly cooled i added them to the apples . I also used allspice instead of nutmeg because I was out of it. This bread is very moist and so delicious.

    3. 5 stars
      OMG!! We were given several boxes of apples & I was looking for something to do with them that wasn’t crisp or apple sauce and I found you!! This bread is amazing! It is so easy to make. It tastes amazing! I’ve made several loaves and still have about 4-5 more to make. It is so good for breakfast toasted with a little pat of butter on it. We have given some to neighbors and plan on freezing the rest. Thank you for such a yummy easy recipe.

    4. 5 stars
      Hi I’ve been making your recipes for at least two or three years now and just letting you know that recipes like this have really helped me with fulfilling my need for sweets while guarding me against becoming diabetic. Thank you very much for such healthy sweet recipes. You really seem like you were born to cook and bake!

    5. Similar to another commenter, I also found that there was nowhere near enough liquid to incorporate the flour… I checked and double checked and I followed the recipe exactly (apart from the applesauce which I substituted for a cup of zucchini as you suggested) so I can’t understand it! So disappointed! I tried to rescue it by grating some apples to add more moisture, adding about 1/4 cup of milk and 2 more eggs…After 70 minutes it came out edible but very soft and dense… Help!!!

      1. So batter is thick. Normal for this bread. Zucchini should be finely grated. When they are their consistency is like applesauce basically. When you bake 90% of water comes out of zucchini moistening the flour and making perfect bread as pictured.

    6. 5 stars
      Very nice bread!! My husband and I loved it.
      Not a very sweet bread which we prefer.
      I added raisins and walnuts.
      Very nice.

    7. 5 stars
      OMG! This bread is sssoooooo good! Unbelievable!

      Even after a mis-hap… saw the measured coconut oil stil sitting on the counter two minutes after the bread was in the oven, duh! Took it out of the oven, poured the oil on top and mixed a bit to incorporate, back in oven and tada! The most delicious apple bread you could eat!

      So glad you have an apple tree that forced you to bake your apples?.

      We never had an apple bread before, it’s coming back for sure.

      Note: made without spices as I prefer fruit deserts with their ‘delicate’ flavours. Trying pumpkin cookies this am (will add the spices in these), can’t wait!

    8. Just popped this into the oven but am a bit nervous it won’t turn out! For some reason there was not nearly enough liquid to fully incorporate the flour and I had to add some milk. Didn’t want to add too much liquid or over mix so in the end of was more like a big ball of dough. I have no idea why this happened! We’ll see if it turns out.

    9. 5 stars
      Second time making this delicious recipe! Really wonderful. I did some cheats. Our apple tree is dropping ’em like crazy, so I used bourbon apple butter instead of applesauce (which probably makes it sweeter than intended). I then used maple syrup, as my cousin has her own maple syrup business on her property in Upstate NY. And finally I used a 9×9 pan instead of a loaf pan because I’ve been unable to find my loaf pans since the move. It’s still fluffy, warm, yummy apple bread, though! Thanks, Olena!

    10. I’m reading the Nutrition Facts label for the healthy apple bread recipe and can’t believe it has so much cholesterol (12%). Is it a misprint or is this correct percentage? If it’s so, how can I lower the cholesterol in this recipe? Txs!
      Cuca

      1. Most cholesterol in this recipe is from 2 eggs. I am not a nutritionist but there is good and bad cholesterol and you can Google their difference. Also I have not tried this recipe with egg replacement but feel free to experiment.:)

    11. 5 stars
      Wonderful recipe. I used carrots, did not have apple sauce, and added 1/4 cup of maple syrup. Family devoured it in two days. My daughter loved it warmed up with regular and nut butter. Getting ready to make it again with apple sauce.Thank you for a great recipe.

    12. 5 stars
      Excellent healthy cake. I actually tried it to use apples that were not so crunchy anymore… still so good !! Thank you again! .

    13. 5 stars
      Tried this apple bread recipe for the first time (because I was out of bananas!). What a surprise. My whole family loved it. Healthy and delicious!!! Thank you so much

    14. 5 stars
      Loved this recipe! I also added in 2 tbsp of pureed ginger and some crumbled crystallized ginger on top. Would absolutely recommend. I love that this bread is not too sweet.

      I also used all-purpose flour instead of whole wheat, and bumped it up to 2.5 cups. Seemed to work out quite well with a little extra baking time!

    15. I love your recipies. I observe Passover therefore I can not use most grain flour.
      What can I use instead of oat flour or grain flour in recipes such as carrot banana or apple cakes or muffin .
      Waiting eagerly for your reply.

    16. 5 stars
      My husband and I absolutely LOVED this recipe!!! I wouldn’t change a single thing, it’s perfect the way it is! So simple, so healthy, and I didn’t have to run around getting special ingredients to make it. Aside from the fresh apples it only requires ingredients most cooks/bakers already have. I did not have the whole wheat flour and did not want to go to another store to find it so I made it with all-purpose and it was perfect. This kind of recipe is exactly what I want when I want to bake but I don’t want to feel guilty or sick from eating too much fat and sugar. This bread is the perfect amount of sweetness on its own with the cinnamon, the apples, and the syrup. It is out of this world moist. Honestly one of my favorite things I’ve probably ever made and it will definitely get made again! Thank you for the high quality recipe and I’ll be trying more of your recipes for sure!

    17. 5 stars
      Thank you for the recipe, I’ve enjoyed it a lot! Swapped applesauce for grated apples and banana, came out great!

    18. 5 stars
      Mamma mia! I sound like a broken record by now but you have done it again with a wholesome, unique bread/healthy snack, proving that wholesome ingredients truly make delicious dishes. My hubby said, “If you sold this at the store it would fly off the shelves!” So, well done Olena! I read your notes at the end of the recipe and finely grated a cup of carrots instead of the applesauce and then added a mixture of raisins and raw pumpkin seeds to equal a 1/4 cup. Thank you again for another masterpiece 🙂

    19. Hi Olena, I wonder how much is 4 cups of cubed apples in grams? I have no idea. I can figure out the rest of the recipe but not sure about the apples…

      1. I have not weigh them. Can you chop and measure them with a measuring cup or a small glass ? 3-4 apples. Buy 6 and eat the rest just in case.:)

        1. 5 stars
          I used around 350g that was my guess and it turned out perfect. I actually grated them just like zuchinni. Worked well.

    20. 5 stars
      It’s delicious. I used sprouted whole wheat flour ( it was all I had). The proof is my husband ate it and loved it. I used gala and Granny Smith apples.

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