This healthy apple bread recipe is made with fresh apples, unsweetened applesauce, warm spices, and a handful of other wholesome ingredients to create the perfect Fall treat.
This quick bread recipe is full of apple flavor with plenty of natural sweetness to satisfy your sweet tooth without the need for regular sugar.
So, the next time you are looking for apple recipes after a day of apple picking, try out this deliciously moist apple bread.
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- Best Apples for the Best Apple Bread Recipe
- Healthy Apple Cinnamon Bread Ingredients
- How to Make Healthy Apple Bread Recipe
- Cinnamon Apple Bread Recipe Substitutions
- How to Make Healthy Apple Muffins
- More Healthy Versions of Your Favorite Desserts
Best Apples for the Best Apple Bread Recipe
When selecting the type of apples to use for this recipe consider your personal preference for sweetness and tartness. You can even experiment by mixing two or more varieties for a more complex flavor profile.
Regardless of your choice, using fresh, ripe apples will undoubtedly enhance the overall quality and taste of your apple bread.
Red Delicious Apples are one of the most iconic apple varieties known for their vibrant red skin and a mildly sweet, slightly tart taste. They are often enjoyed for their classic apple flavor and crisp, juicy flesh. Perfect dipping in peanut butter.
Granny Smith Apples are known for their tartness and crisp texture. They have a zesty, slightly sour flavor that makes them perfect for bread pudding.
Pink Lady Apples are sweet and slightly tangy. They have vibrant pinkish-red skin and a firm, crisp flesh that pairs well with almond butter.
Gala Apples are sweet and aromatic with a mild, floral undertone. They are one of the sweetest apple varieties which makes them a popular choice for eating fresh out of hand.
Fuji Apples are known for their crispness, juiciness, and a perfect balance of sweet and slightly tart flavors. They pair well with leafy greens, nuts, and vinaigrette dressings, contributing a refreshing crunch and fruity sweetness to the mix.
Healthy Apple Cinnamon Bread Ingredients
Below is the ingredient list for this recipe. Please refer to the recipe card for specific measurements and to ensure it aligns with your daily value.
- Almond flour
- Coconut flour
- Baking soda
- Vanilla extract
- Large eggs
- Olive oil or Melted Coconut Oil
- Ground Cinnamon
- Almond milk
How to Make Healthy Apple Bread Recipe
So, let’s get started by preheating the oven to 400 degrees and gathering all our ingredients.
In a large bowl, mix all of the wet ingredients and the dry ingredients together, except for the apples. Grease a loaf pan with butter or a cooking spray such as canola oil or avocado oil.
Once the batter is ready, pour half of the batter from the large mixing bowl into a prepared loaf pan.
Chop the apples into bite-sized chunks and place them on top of the first layer. Drizzle honey and sprinkle cinnamon over the apples. Alternatively, you can do this in a small bowl and then transfer to the mix.
Add the leftover bread batter on top and bake at 400 degrees for about 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
The apple bread should be golden brown when done. Allow the loaf to reach room temperature before storing it in an airtight container.
If wrapping with plastic wrap or aluminum foil it is recommended to place the loaf on top of a piece of parchment paper or store it on top of a baking sheet, to keep the loaf intact.
Cinnamon Apple Bread Recipe Substitutions
This recipe was created for the Specific Carbohydrate Diet so it contains ingredients that are deemed legal for those on SCD.
If you are not on a diet limiting your intake of sugar you can choose from a variety of sweeteners such as brown sugar, coconut sugar, refined sugar, or pure maple syrup if you prefer.
You could also use regular apple sauce instead of the unsweetened variety with less sugar.
You could also add in a little bit of sour cream to make this bread extra moist or pour in some chocolate chips for a great way to give this bread a new flavor.
If you love apple bread but large apple chunks aren’t some of your favorite things, you can use grated apples or shredded apples, the bread bakes the same.
You can add lots of apples in a variety of sizes for this recipe or use less, whichever you prefer.
Medium apples, small apples, it really doesn’t matter because this recipe is really easy to customize.
Can I Swap Baking Soda for Baking Powder in Bread?
Swapping baking soda for baking powder in a recipe is not a one-to-one substitution, as they have different chemical properties and functions in baking.
This healthy apple bread recipe uses baking powder as the leavening agent, so making the substitution without proper adjustments could yield unsatisfactory results.
If you want to use baking soda in this recipe, you would need to incorporate an acid, such as buttermilk, plain Greek yogurt, homemade yogurt, lemon juice, or vinegar, to activate the baking soda properly.
Can I Use a Different Flour for this Healthy Apple Bread Recipe?
Yes. This recipe calls for Almond flour which is gluten-free and provides a unique nutty flavor and moisture to baked goods. If you want to substitute it, consider using another nut flour, like hazelnut or cashew flour, for a similar flavor profile or adding in flax eggs which can produce a similar taste.
Keep in mind that these flours may yield slightly different textures and flavors. Alternatively, you could consider using spelt flour, which has a nutty taste and a texture that might work well in this recipe.
However, be aware that spelt flour contains gluten, so it may not be suitable for those with gluten sensitivities.
Coconut flour is highly absorbent and can’t be directly substituted with other flours at a 1:1 ratio.
If you want to use a different flour, consider using a gluten-free flour blend such as oat flour rather than using flours containing whole grains, such as rice flour, tapioca flour, or a blend designed for gluten-free baking.
White whole wheat flour is not a gluten-free option and should be avoided if you’re looking for a gluten-free alternative.
You’ll need to adjust the quantity of flour and possibly the liquid ingredients as well, since coconut flour absorbs more moisture than white flour or all purpose flour.
How to Make Healthy Apple Muffins
If you want to make healthy apple muffins instead of a whole loaf of bread, pour batter into a muffin tin and fill each muffin cup about two-thirds full with the apple bread batter. This will allow room for the muffins to rise as they bake.
Just like with the loaf, you can customize your muffins by adding apple chunks on top drizzling honey, and sprinkling cinnamon for extra flavor and visual appeal.
Bake the muffins at 400 degrees for approximately 20-25 minutes. Keep a close eye on them and check for the perfect texture by inserting a toothpick into the center of a muffin; it should come out clean when they’re ready.
Once done, let the muffins cool in the muffin tin for a few minutes, then transfer them to a cooling rack to cool completely.
More Healthy Versions of Your Favorite Desserts
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This healthy apple bread recipe is perfect for breakfast or snack time. Gluten-free, no added sugar, easy, and brimming with apple goodness!!
- 1 Cup of Almond Flour
- 1/2 Cup of Coconut Flour
- 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
- 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 2 Eggs
- 1/2 Cup of Honey
- 1/4 Cup of Olive Oil
- 1 Tablespoon Cinnamon
- Dash of Salt
- 1 Cup of Almond Milk
- 1/4 Cup of Applesauce
- 2 Apples
- Extra Cinnamon & Honey for Dusting the apples
- Butter for greasing the pan
Let's begin by preheating the oven to 400°F and gathering our ingredients.
In a large bowl, combine wet and dry ingredients, excluding the apples.
Grease a loaf pan with butter or a cooking spray like canola or avocado oil. Pour half of the batter into the prepared pan.
Dice the apples, place them over the first layer, and drizzle with honey and cinnamon (or mix in a separate bowl and then add).
Top with the remaining batter and bake at 400°F for around 40 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.
The bread should be golden brown.
Allow it to cool to room temperature before storing it in an airtight container.
When wrapping with plastic wrap or aluminum foil, consider using parchment paper underneath to maintain its shape.
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Amount Per Serving Calories 324Total Fat 18gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 13gCholesterol 51mgSodium 224mgCarbohydrates 41gFiber 7gSugar 31gProtein 6g
The nutrition in recipes is caluculate by AI, mistakes happen. It is highly recommended to check carb counts to make sure these recipes fit into your diet.
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