apple bread recipe

A Simple Spiced Apple Bread Recipe
(Plus the Benefits of Apples)

As the days are increasingly shorter and colder, I’m relishing cozy time by the fire with my favorite autumn treats.

I love the renewed energy of the spring and the sun filled summer, but there’s a special feeling at the end of it all, taking time and space to enjoy the fruits and labors of the previous seasons. We’ve roasted and frozen lots of tomatoes and peppers, I’ve got several batches of blanched and frozen nettles, and our cool basement is filled with onions, potatoes, and squash that we can enjoy all winter long.

I’m especially grateful to have storage apples!

apple bread recipe

We have 20 apple trees, gifting us a bounty of fruit in the fall. Each year we press many apples for juice and cider, make lots of apple butter, and then have fun making tasty treats like the following Spiced Apple Bread recipe. At first glance it may seem odd to include an apple recipe on an herb blog, but apples are fabulous plant medicines!

Apples as Medicine

Apples are sweet treats that are also highly nutritive — making my Spiced Apple Bread recipe a tasty and healthy treat.

They contain important nutrients like fiber, potassium, magnesium, and vitamins C and E. But not all apples are created equal! In fact, many modern day apples are missing nutrients that were once present in their ancestors. Author Jo Robinson, in her book Eating on the Wild Side, reports that Braeburn, Fuji, Gala, Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, and McIntosh apple cultivars are high in phytonutrients. Among those with the least phytonutrients are Golden Delicious and Pink Lady.

apple bread recipe

Apple cider vinegar is a home folk remedy that is commonly recommended for a mind-blowing amount of uses! A 2019 human clinical trial showed that apple cider vinegar can reduce fasting blood sugar and oxidative stress in patients with type 2 diabetes.1

Apples are also great medicine for children with a tummy upset. As Emily Han and I wrote in the apple chapter in our book, Wild Remedies, “Applesauce is a delicious and easy-to-digest food that can be especially helpful after stomach upset. Taken by itself, it can gently support bowel movements to address constipation. If loose stools or diarrhea is the issue, then stir some ground cinnamon into the sauce. One study showed that children with mild dehydration caused by gastritis were better hydrated with diluted apple juice followed by preferred fluids than children given an electrolyte blend.”2

apple bread recipe

Spiced Apple Bread Recipe

This simple apple bread recipe is easy to make and is a delicious treat filled with fiber, spices, and the many gifts of apples. Serve warm with your favorite cup of tea!

What you’ll need…

  • 1 1/2 cups flour of choice
  • 1/2 cup oat bran
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon powder
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves powder
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 2 cups applesauce
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup butter (melted, not hot)
  • 1 cup chopped apples (skin removed)
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 1 9×5 loaf pan very well with butter or other oil.
  2. In a medium size bowl, mix together the flour, oat bran, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.
  3. In another medium sized bowl combine the eggs, applesauce, honey, and butter and whisk together to combine.

apple bread recipe

apple bread recipe

  1. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir to combine. Don’t over-mix.
  2. Fold in the chopped apples and optional nuts.

apple bread recipe

apple bread recipe

  1. Pour the batter into the loaf pan and bake for 60–75 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

apple bread recipe

  1. Let cool for 10 minutes in the pan, then remove to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  2. Store on the counter in a tightly sealed container. It’s best within 4 days. It can be sliced and frozen for later enjoyment.

Enjoy this simple Spiced Apple Bread recipe!

Yield: 8–12 servings

apple bread recipe

Now I’d love to hear from you!

Are you enjoying the sweet treats of the season?

Are apples a favorite food as medicine at your house?

Please share in the comments below.

Show 2 footnotes

  1. Gheflati, Alireza, Reihane Bashiri, Akram Ghadiri-Anari, Javad Zavar Reza, Marjan Tajik Kord, and Azadeh Nadjarzadeh. “The Effect of Apple Vinegar Consumption on Glycemic Indices, Blood Pressure, Oxidative Stress, and Homocysteine in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes and Dyslipidemia: A Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial.” Clinical Nutrition ESPEN 33 (October 2019): 132–38. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.clnesp.2019.06.006.
  2. Freedman, Stephen B., Andrew R. Willan, Kathy Boutis, and Suzanne Schuh. “Effect of Dilute Apple Juice and Preferred Fluids vs Electrolyte Maintenance Solution on Treatment Failure Among Children With Mild Gastroenteritis: A Randomized Clinical Trial.” JAMA 315, no. 18 (May 10, 2016): 1966–74. https://doi.org/10.1001/jama.2016.5352.

15 comments
  1. Can this be made using almond flour as my husband is diabetic.

    • I am not sure that substituting almond flour would work in this recipe. However, next week I’m sharing an almond flour cookie recipe that I am really excited about. Stay tuned!

  2. I have a cold and dry constitution and I am wondering what kind of flour is the least likely to be drying?

    • Hi Frances, thank you for your question! I’m not sure what flour would be the least drying for your constitution, but the baked apples, apple sauce, and warming spices in this recipe tend to complement a cold/dry constitution.

  3. Can this be made with gluten-free flour? ( I use King Arthur’s brand.)

    • Hi Paula, yes this can be made with gluten-free flour. Enjoy! :)

  4. Can I put it all together, put the pan in the refrigerator over night, take it out and bake it for breakfast?

    • Hi Chris, thank you for your question! It would be best to bake the bread immediately after combining the ingredients rather than letting the mix sit over night.:)

  5. Hello,
    I am a pastry chef and health coach. I can provide some answers to the questions about alternative flours. I think the King Arthur flour that is marked all-purpose gluten free will work for this quick apple bread recipe. Avoid using fillers and gums flours as they hinder proper absorption of nutrients in the small intestine. The KA all-purpose gluten free flour contains no xanthan gum.
    The question about using almond flour, I think it will work, but few changes might need to be made. Swap the flour for the almond flour, reduce the oat flour to a 1/4 cup, add 1 tablespoon arrowroot, 1 tsp.,organic psyllium husk powder. I would recommend you mix all the dry ingredients together with the almond flour and bake right away as instructed in this blog.
    The question about mixing the ingredients and baking the quick bread the next day: I don’t think it will work as the recipe has more wet ingredients than dry. I think you would miss the original texture and even flavor of the apple bread and not to mention the nutritional benefits as well.
    You can find more information about alternative ingredients in the Why Not Desserts?Artisan Baking Book.

  6. Is there a reason apart from texture that you call for removing the apple skins?

    • Hi Rosalie, you can probably leave the apple skins on, if desired.

      Have a great day,
      Li

  7. I made this bread this morning and it is so flipping delicious! I used 1/4 cup molasses and 1/4 cup maple syrup in place of the honey for sweetener. This is my new obsession! Such a great use for the less than perfect apples hanging out in my fridge from the end of the season. Thank you for sharing!

    • I am so glad you enjoy Rosalee’s recipe, Lauren!

      Have a lovely day,
      Li

  8. This bread is moist and delicious. I used maple syrup instead of honey. I highly recommend this recipe.

    • Hi, Deb, I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed the Apple Bread recipe. Thanks for sharing! :)

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