Applesauce Bread

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Applesauce Bread is a simple quick bread made with applesauce, sugar, butter, and warm spices. Prep time is just five minutes and after baking in the oven your whole house will smell like fall. s and after baking in the oven your whole house will smell like fall. 

Applesauce Bread slices

Applesauce Bread Recipe

I love making fresh bread, especially what I call dessert bread (ya’ know, banana bread, chocolate chip coffee bread, cinnamon roll bread….). Especially in the fall, I get the urge more and more to bake in the kitchen and fill our bellies with warm pastry items.

This recipe just takes some simple kitchen staples and spices that you’ve probably already got at home along with some applesauce. It’s incredibly easy to make and takes just a few minutes to whip together. Go ahead and preheat your oven and let’s bake.

Of course this bread goes so good with cold milk, warm cocoa or cider, hot coffee and lots of delicious homemade jams. This is also a really great treat to share with others! I love baking extras and taking one to a neighbor or a friend. (I also love when I’m on the receiving end of that!)

Enjoy your fall bread and the delicious smells that are filling your house as it cooks!

slice of applesauce bread in a stack

What You’ll Need

  • Quick Bread Basics: This is a quickbread and the basic recipe is the same. You will need all purpose flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, brown sugar, and sugar. You will also need eggs and butter.
  • Apple sauce: You can’t make applesauce bread without apple sauce. The apple sauce replaces the vegetable oil or coconut oil.
  • Seasoning: This bread is seasoned with cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and orange zest.
  • Course Salt (optional)

How To Make Applesauce Bread

Our quick applesauce bread recipe is literally just three steps. That’s it! Take a look at how easy this is.

  1. Stir. Whisk together all the dry ingredients in a big bowl. In a different bowl, beat the wet ingredients.
  2. Mix. Combine them by adding the wet ingredients to the dry and mix until they’re totally combined.
  3. Bake. Pour in the coated pan and sprinkle with salt. Then cook for an hour and allow the bread to cool completely in the pan before removing.
slice of applesauce bread with the loaf behind it

Variations to Applesauce Bread

  • Add Nuts: You can mix in nuts like chopped walnuts or pecans for extra crunch and flavor.
  • Dried Fruits: Mix in dried fruits like raisins, cranberries, or chopped dried apricots for a burst of sweetness.
  • Chocolate Chips: For a touch of indulgence, throw in some chocolate chips or chunks.
  • Citrus Zest: Adding a bit of lemon or orange zest can give your bread a refreshing twist.
  • Yogurt: Substituting some of the applesauce with plain yogurt can make the bread more moist and add a tangy taste.
  • Whole Wheat: You can replace some or all of the white flour with whole wheat flour for a nuttier flavor and added nutrition.
  • Different Sweeteners: Experiment with other sweeteners like honey, maple syrup, or brown sugar instead of white sugar.
  • Oats: Adding rolled oats can add texture and make the bread heartier.
  • Remember to adjust the quantities of these ingredients based on your taste preferences and the original recipe. Enjoy your baking!

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Applesauce Bread

Applesauce Bread is a simple and spicy quick bread is made with applesauce, sugar, butter, and warm spices. Prep time is just five minutes and after baking in the oven your whole house will smell like fall. 
Servings: 12 slices
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 1 hour





  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and spray a 9×5-inch loaf pan with nonstick spray and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, beat together the eggs, applesauce, sugars, melted butter, and orange zest.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until combined.
  • Transfer the batter to the prepared loaf pan and top with coarse sugar.
  • Bake for 1 hour or until a toothpick comes clean when inserted into the center of the loaf. Allow to cool in the pan.
  • Run a paring knife around the edge of the loaf and then flip it over to release the loaf.

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Recipe Notes:
2½ teaspoons of apple pie spice may be used in place of the other spices in the recipe.
Orange zest may be omitted or substitute for lemon zest.


Calories: 193kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 297mg | Potassium: 135mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 180IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 1mg


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12 comments on “Applesauce Bread”

  1. Dorothy Dohner

    5 stars
    So I made this with a few tweaks. I substituted 4 egg whites for the eggs, only used 1/4 cup of light brown sugar total no white sugar at all. No butter just did a equal swap out with more applesauce and I used whole wheat flour no white flour. I also grated a small carrot to add in.So that dropped the calories per slice from 193 to
    roughly 136. It was fabulous thanks for sharing this recipe

  2. 5 stars
    I made this tonight with daughters & it tasted great! I had unsweetened strawberry applesauce to use up & homemade gingerbread spice mix I added in, along with the orange zest. We ate or slices with honey butter for dessert & plan to have it with cream cheese for breakfast. It’s so so moist!

  3. I wont rate as the bread came out very dry and probably my faulti did follow the recipe exactly but must be my oven cooks hot. Should gave removed at 45 minutes

  4. 5 stars
    Oh my gosh… delicious!!!!! I tripled the batch, made large loaves and in one bite you instantly were reminded of the fall/holiday season. The loaves were extremely moist. I lined the pans with Parchment Paper to easily remove from the pan. I only made 1 alteration -:I replaced the orange zest with 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Make it and share it, you’ll love it!

    Hugs to you Jill for sharing this recipe with us!

  5. 5 stars
    We love this recipe! The orange zest really adds a great flavor and they are always moist and delicious. I reduce the sugar a little (~2/3 cup total) and make muffins instead of a loaf (simply because it’s faster). I bake at 350 for ~20 minutes and they’re delicious.