Apple Bread Recipe with Walnuts

Any easy apple bread recipe that has no butter or oil, and no white sugar. Fresh apples and walnuts add texture and taste!

apple bread recipe loaves on cooling rack

Each year when fall rolls around, one of the things I look forward to most is baking sweet recipes that are centered around apples. Along with pumpkin, apple is the quintessential autumn flavor. Even though fall isn’t quite here yet, I’m sharing an apple bread recipe today as part of an apple-themed recipe hop hosted by Kristen from the blog Ella Claire. You are all in for a treat, literally! First, here are some details about the apple bread, and after that, you can take a look at all the other apple recipes. 

apple bread recipe batter in pans

Apple Bread Recipe: Picking the Right Apple

I have made this bread with both Honeycrisp and Gala apples. Both versions were delicious and the texture was the same. My honest opinion is that the Honeycrisp apples have more taste, but of course that’s a personal choice. Granny Smith is the traditional go-to apple for baking. Other favorites are Jonathan and Braeburn. 

slices of apple bread on cutting board

Apple Bread Recipe Tips:

  • This apple bread stays fresh for several days if stored in an air-tight container, or wrapped tightly in plastic wrap. It actually tastes better the second day! After two days, store it in the refrigerator.
  • Baking times are approximate because all ovens vary a little. Watch the loaves closely at the end, so they don’t get too brown.
  • For best results, use the small loaf pans. Using a large loaf pan makes it difficult to get the middle of the loaf completely done.
  • I did not peel my apples, but if you don’t like apple peeling, by all mean remove it. 

piece of apple bread with bite out

This apple bread recipe can definitely be made without the walnuts. Although they add taste and texture, it’s delicious if the apples are the star of the show.

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Apple Bread Recipe with Walnuts

Any easy apple bread recipe that has no butter or oil, and no white sugar. Fresh apples and walnuts add texture and taste!
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4.15 from 14 votes
Servings: 4 small loaves
Author: Ann Drake
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
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  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups Flour
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups finely diced apples About 2 apples
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Finely dice the washed apples. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, or bowl of a standing mixer, combine sour cream, brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla until smooth.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • Add flour mixture to sour cream mixture in two increments, mixing well between additions. Make sure to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl.
  • Gently fold in apples and half of the walnuts by hand with a large spatula.
  • Divide into prepared bread pans. (I use Baker's Joy to prepare my baking pans.)
  • Baking times: Large pan (9 x 5 in.) = 50-60 minutes Small pans (3 x 5.5 in.) = 25-30 minutes
  • Halfway through baking time, top loaves with remaining walnuts.
  • Baking times are approximate. Loaves are done when a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Cool in pans for 5 minutes and then remove. Slice when completely cool.
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Now it’s time to send you along to my friends…enjoy all the apple inspiration!

Apple Cinnamon Streusel Muffins by Ella Claire & Co. | Puff Pastry Apple Strudel by Inspired by Charm | Apple Crumb Pie Bars by Tidy Mom | Stovetop Applesauce by Tidbits | Apple Cheesecake Tart by Rooms for Rent

Gluten/Dairy Free Apple Crisp by Zevy Joy | Apple Pie Chocolate Chip Cookies by Anderson + Grant | Easy Apple Dumpling Dessert by Happy Happy Nester | Gluten Free Apple Fritters by Home Made Lovely | Sheet Pan Apple Crumble by My Sweet Savannah

Salted Caramel Apple Tart by Shabby Fu Fu | Cinnamon Apple Bread by Julie Blanner | Apple & Blackberry Topped Waffles by French Country Cottage | Sugar Free Apple Butter by Farmhouse on Boone | Puff Pastry Apple Pie by Jenna Kate at Home

Apple Walnut Bread by On Sutton Place | Apple Cake with Homemade Caramel Sauce by Town and Country Living | Mini Apple Pies by My 100 Year Old Home | Apple Scones by Boxwood Avenue

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  1. I usually make a banana and chocolate chip bread.This recipe looks yummy,think I will have to try it.

  2. This looks soo yummy, Thank you Ann

  3. I made the Apple Walnut Bread and it was delicious and a keeper recipe! Good to know it’s a tried and true recipe. Thank you for sharing!

  4. Looks delicious! I think I will try it out this weekend! Thanks for sharing!

  5. This is the kind of recipe that reminds me of fall! I love making fresh breads with the fruit and nut ingredients, and I am thinking that this one will find its way into my recipe collection! Can’t wait to try it!!

  6. Oh my…these look amazing. I cannot wait to make your bread recipe.
    Thanks for always delivering the best posts!

  7. This looks perfect as a little gift for my pastor and wife. Thanks for posting this recipe!

  8. Looks and sounds so yummy.

  9. Sounds delicious can’t wait to make. Do you have to grease the pans?

  10. This looks easy and delicious, so I’m pinning and hope to make some soon!