This easy Cinnamon Apple Bread recipe is loaded with chunks of cinnamon apple for a warming loaf that is perfect for Fall! It’s made directly in a mixing bowl for easy prep, no stand-mixer needed!

3 slices of cinnamon apple bread on a cooling rack

Easy apple bread recipe

It’s riddle time. 

What do you get when you cross an apple bread with cinnamon apples? CINNAMON APPLE BREAD

Yeah. you heard that right. We’re taking a good old regular apple bread and giving it some flare with cinnamon sugar apple filling and topping. Because I’m feeling fancy like that today and sometimes we need some glammed-up recipes amiright? After all, we kept things pretty simple with this healthy maple pumpkin bread, so let’s mix it up a bit!

If you love apples and cinnamon rolls, then this apple loaf is for you. The bread is made with apple sauce and cinnamon, and then gets apple cinnamon filling in the center and topping for maximum apple goodness!

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • The perfect Fall bread. Seriously, this Cinnamon Apple Bread has all the flavours you could possibly want for a cozy Fall day. Enjoy it on its own or alongside your favourite cup of tea.
  • No mixers are needed. Because who really has time to bust out their stand mixer? This apple bread is made simply in a mixing bowl.
  • Freezer-friendly. While it’s unlikely that you’ll have leftovers, this apple bread is freezer-friendly and can be stored in the freezer for up to 2 months.

What apples are best for apple bread?

There are several different types of apples you can use for this Apple Cinnamon Bread recipe. The key to deciding which type of apples to use will depend on if you care if the apples keep their shape and texture.

Some types of apples will soften more and almost “melt” into the apple bread, while others will stay as little chunks of apples. Generally, we want to use apples in baked goods that hold their texture. Here are the best types to use.

  • Granny smith apples
  • Gala apples
  • Honeycrisp apples
  • McIntosh apples
  • Fuji apples
  • Pink lady apples

Cinnamon Apple Bread ingredients

  • Flour: you can use all-purpose flour in this recipe, half whole wheat flour and half all-purpose flour, or a 1-1 gluten-free flour blend. (This means it can be substituted equally for regular flour.)
  • Baking soda & baking powder: both of these are used in this recipe to help the bread rise and give it a light and fluffy texture.
  • Cinnamon & nutmeg: the two key spices for a warm and cozy Fall bread!
  • Eggs: these are important to bind everything together.
  • Applesauce: use unsweetened applesauce for this recipe. You can use either store-bought or homemade applesauce.
  • Butter: you can also use coconut oil if you prefer.
  • Maple syrup: this is used as the sweetener in the bread. The maple syrup in the recipe pairs so well with the apples!
  • Almond milk: you can substitute any type of milk. This is just a splash to keep the loaf moist.
  • Vanilla extract: for flavour.
  • Apples: I like to use granny smith, McIntosh or Honeycrisp apples.
  • Brown sugar: this is added to the apples to give some sweetness to each bite!

How to make Cinnamon Apple Bread

Step 1

Mix the wet ingredients together in a mixing bowl and the dry ingredients together in a separate mixing bowl.

Step 2

Mix the wet and dry ingredients together gently just until combined. Then peel, core and chop the apples into small cubes and toss with some brown sugar and cinnamon.

Step 3

Grease an 8×4 inch loaf pan or line the pan with parchment paper. Add half the loaf batter to the pan, and half the cinnamon apples. Then add the remaining loaf batter to the pan and the remaining cinnamon apples.

Step 4

Bake the Apple Cinnamon Bread in the oven at 350 degrees F for 45-44 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let the bread cool completely then enjoy!

How to store and freeze

Storing: Store any leftovers of this Cinnamon Roll Apple Bread covered with plastic wrap or in an airtight container on the countertop for 2-3 days or in the fridge for up to 5-6 days.

Freezing: This bread is freezer-friendly and can be stored in the freezer for up to 2 months. To freeze let the bread cool completely, then wrap it tightly with plastic wrap and place it into a freezer-safe bag. When you want to defrost the bread let it thaw on the countertop.

Expert tips for making apple bread

  • Let the melted butter cool. Do not add the hot butter directly to the eggs as this will cook the eggs. Let the melted butter cool down to room temperature.
  • Don’t overmix the batter. Overmixing the batter will lead to dense apple bread. Gently mix just until the ingredients are combined.
  • Let the loaf cool before slicing. You want to leave the loaf in the loaf pan until it’s cool enough to handle before transferring it to a plate or cooling rack. You should ideally let the bread sit for 45-60 minutes after baking before slicing, otherwise, the bread can become crumbly.
  • Don’t slice all at once. For optimal freshness, leave the loaf whole and slice off a piece when you want one. This will keep the bread more moist and fresh.
  • Customize this apple bread however you like. Try adding in some chopped walnuts, pecans or any nuts you love. You can also add raisins or chocolate chips.

Cinnamon Apple bread FAQ

Does apple bread need to be refrigerated?

Apple bread can be stored on the counter well sealed for up to 3 days. To make the bread last longer you can store it in the fridge for up to 6 days.

Why is my apple bread so dense?

If your apple bread is dense, it’s likely because you overmixed the batter. Overmixing will pop all the air bubbles in the batter leaving you with a dense bread.

How many calories are in cinnamon apple bread?

Each slice of cinnamon apple bread has approximately 225 calories. The recipe should yield 8-10 slices.

Can I make this apple bread gluten-free?

Yes! Just swap out the all-purpose flour in the recipe for a 1-1 gluten-free flour blend. I like to use this one.

Can I make this recipe into muffins?

Yes! To make this recipe into muffins fill each muffin tin 3/4 of the way full with the batter and then add a few pieces of apple on top. It’s best not to add apples to the center of the muffins since the muffins are so small. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

a slice of cinnamon apple bread in a white speckled plate

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3 slices of cinnamon apple bread on a cooling rack

Cinnamon Apple Bread

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  • Author: Jessica Hoffman
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 60 minutes
  • Total Time: 70 minutes
  • Yield: 810 servings 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian


This Cinnamon Apple Bread is loaded with a cinnamon apple filling and topping, yum!


Units Scale


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/3 cup butter or coconut oil, melted and cooled
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup almond milk (can sub any milk)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Cinnamon apples 

  • 1 large apple (any kind you like)
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease an 8×4 inch loaf pan.
  2. Mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl and the wet ingredients together in a separate bowl.
  3. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix just until combined. Set aside.
  4. To make the cinnamon apples, peel the apple and cut it into small cubes. Then mix with the brown sugar and cinnamon.
  5. Pour half of the batter into the loaf pan, then add half the cinnamon apples.
  6. Then add the rest of the batter and top with the remaining cinnamon apples.
  7. Bake for 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean
  8. Let cool completely before serving.


Store leftovers covered on the counter for up to 5 days or in the fridge for up to 7 days. 



  • Serving Size: 1 slice
  • Calories: 225
  • Sugar: 20g
  • Fat: 9g
  • Saturated Fat: 5g
  • Carbohydrates: 34g
  • Fiber: 3.5g
  • Protein: 2g