Are you looking for a sweet treat that's both delicious and healthy? My Apple Bread is moist, vegan and sweetened with a combination of brown sugar and maple syrup. Best part: it's super easy to make!
If you love trying new recipes with apple, you need to make my Instant Pot Apple Butter! In less than 40 minutes you'll get an amazing fall spread - that goes great with this cake.
🍎Why bake this bread
If you love fall flavors, this recipe will be in your top five after the first bite! Bake this delicious apple bread if you:
- Are looking for a nut/peanut-free sweet treat;
- Want an easy recipe that can be prepared in less than 10 minutes;
- Need an eggless apple bread recipe.
And if you're looking for an eggless cookie recipe, you should try my famous cornstarch cookies: they're made with only 4 ingredients and melt in your mouth like shortbread!
🍏Ingredients and substitutions
Apple. I prefer to use apples that are both sweet and tart, like honey crisp or golden delicious. But you can use any apple you prefer for this recipe.
Apple sauce. Use unsweetened apple sauce. I don't recommend substituting it, as it will affect the flavor of the cake.
If applesauce is not easy to find where you live, check how to make applesauce and apple butter using an instant pot.
Brown sugar. Light or dark brown sugar are both good for this recipe. It can be substituted with demerara sugar.
Cinnamon. The spice that goes perfect with apples! If you can't have cinnamon, or don't like it, you can omit this ingredient.
Flour. For this sweet bread, I use both all-purpose white flour and whole wheat flour. You can use only whole wheat, but the texture won't be as soft.
I've never tried substituting wheat for spelt flour in this recipe. If you did, let me know how it went!
Baking powder. Don't replace it for baking soda, or the recipe won't work. Always check for expiration date before starting any recipe that uses baking powder.
Salt. Use fine sea salt for this recipe.
Oil. You can use refined coconut oil, or canola oil for this sweet bread.
Maple syrup. Use 100% maple syrup for this recipe. If you don't have it or it's not a common ingredient where you live, it can be substituted for agave syrup, or this vegan honey.
If you're a beginner baker, be sure to check my tips for foolproof baking!
🥣How to make it
Start by preheating the oven to 325°F, and lining a 9x5'' loaf pan.
Step 01. Wash and peel the apple. Core and cube it into small pieces.
Step 02. Mix the cubed apple, 3 tablespoons of brown sugar and ⅓ teaspoon of cinnamon, tossing the ingredients to coat.
Step 03. Mix the remaining brown sugar, cinnamon, all-purpose and whole wheat flour, baking powder and salt.
Step 04. Add applesauce, canola oil and maple syrup and mix only until combined.
Step 05. Add apple cubes and mix only until there are no more visible dry spots left.
Step 06. Pour the batter into the loaf pan and bake it for 45 to 50 minutes.
Let it rest in the pan for 5 minutes, then remove and let it cool in a cooling rack for at least 30 minutes before serving.
Don't overmix the batter. Only mix the ingredients until no dry spot are visible. Overmixing makes tougher cakes.
Cube the apple into small pieces. The smaller, the more you'll get apple pieces in every bite. Also, don't forget to peel the apple for a better texture!
It's better to weigh the ingredients. Specially the dry ones. If you must use cups, be sure to check my tips for weighting when baking to learn how to properly cup the flour.
Check with a toothpick. As every oven might vary regarding temperature, always use a toothpick to check for doneness after 40 minutes. Insert the toothpick in the middle of the loaf: it needs to come out with only a few crumbles on it.
Top with granola before baking. To add a crunchy texture to the top, try topping with granola before baking! For this recipe, I would go with pumpkin granola or my favorite - cereal cornflake granola.
Storing and freezing
Wait for it to cool and store it in a cake keeper or any airtight container to keep the sweet bread from drying out.
If stored correctly, it keeps moist for a week.
You can also freeze it and always have a quick snack minutes away. I prefer freezing this sweet bread sliced. Store the slices in an airtight container, or place them in a plastic bag and squeeze the air out before sealing. It keeps for 2 to 3 month in the freezer.
To thaw, place it in the refrigerator overnight, or leave in the counter for about 1 hour. Reheat it in the microwave for 20 to 30 seconds.
🍂More Fall Recipes
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Apple Bread (Vegan)
- 1 Loaf Pan 9x5''
- 1 apple peeled and cubed
- 2 tablespoon brown sugar
- ⅓ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ cup brown sugar packed
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- ¾ cup whole wheat flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- ⅓ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup canola oil
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
- Preheat your oven to 325°F. Line a 9x5 loaf pan with parchment paper, or grease it with cooking oil.
- In a medium bowl, mix the cubed apple, 2 tablespoons of brown sugar and ⅓ teaspoon of cinnamon, tossing to coat.
- In another medium bowl, mix ½ cup of brown sugar, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, all purpose and whole wheat flour, baking powder and salt.
- Add applesauce, canola oil and maple syrup and mix only until barely combined.
- Add the coated apple cubes and mix only until there are no more dry spots left. Careful not to over mix.
- Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake it at 325°F for 45 to 50 minutes, or until the top and edges are golden brown, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with only a few crumbs.
- Let it rest in the loaf pan for 15 minutes. Wait for it to cool before serving.