Moist & Easy Applesauce Bread Recipe

This easy applesauce bread recipe is a hearty and moist quick bread that everyone in the family will love. Goes together in no time and freezes well.

applesauce bread on round wood board with knife

*This post was originally published in 2015. It’s been updated with all new images, more information, and fresh source links. I’ve also slightly adjusted the ingredients so this bread is healthier. Enjoy!

I thought I would take a break from porch fluffing and share a delicious quick bread recipe. This easy applesauce bread is so moist it melts in your mouth. It’s sweet…but not too sweet. There are no chunks, nuts or other things that kids might not like, so it’s the perfect family-friendly snack or dessert. I made four small loaves, but this batter would also make great muffins. Mini muffins would make an easy breakfast on the go. I love that this bread rises in the middle and cracks on the top, which makes a fluffier, lighter bread.

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Easy Applesauce Bread Ingredients

  • Brown sugar: provides a hearty hint of molasses.
  • Coconut oil: a healthier choice than canola oil. You can also substitute an equal amount of butter, but the bread texture will be different.
  • Eggs: binds the bread batter together.
  • Fat free plain Greek yogurt: a good substitute for sour cream, which was used in the original recipe. Normally it’s advised to add 1 teaspoon of baking soda per cup of fat free yogurt. Since this recipe calls for 2 teaspoons of baking powder, I left the baking soda out.
  • Pure vanilla extract: adds flavor.
  • Flour: the base of every bread recipe.
  • Oats: thickens the batter and adds a nutty texture.
  • Baking powder: leavening needed for the bread to rise.
  • Salt: flavor balancer.
  • Cinnamon: other spices can be substituted for part of the cinnamon. Nutmeg or allspice would be good choices.
  • Unsweetened applesauce: adds moisture and a delightful apple flavor.
  • Other tasty additions: raisins, chopped walnuts or pecans, sliced almonds.
easy applesauce bread batter in mixing bowl

Is brown sugar better for you than white sugar?

Because it’s made from molasses, brown sugar contains trace amounts of minerals, so it’s a slightly healthier choice than white sugar. This is a matter of debate among foodies! Most will say that nutritionally speaking, brown sugar and white sugar are the same. If you’re wondering, I’m with the “yes, it’s healthier” team. Every little bit helps.

Does coconut oil taste like coconut?

Well…that depends on what kind you choose. There are two versions of coconut oil available at the grocery store and online: refined and unrefined. Unrefined coconut oil, sometimes marked as pure or virgin, has a pleasant coconut scent because it’s made from fresh coconut meat. This is what you would use in sugar scrubs, or any recipe where you want a distinct coconut flavor. Refined coconut oil is tasteless and has no scent because it’s made from dried coconut meat. I keep both on hand because I love to make sugar scrubs…but I don’t want my baked goods to taste like coconut! Also available is liquid refined coconut oil that comes in a bottle, and will pour like any other baking oil.

3 mini loaves of applesauce bread on round wood board

It feels good to be back in the kitchen, baking bread. In addition to this easy applesauce bread, I’ve already made zucchini bread and pumpkin bread. Still on the list is snickerdoodle bread (my personal favorite.) Next on the list is this super easy apple crumble.

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Easy Applesauce Bread Supplies

sliced loaf of applesauce bread on grain sack towel

I made my daughter the cutest fall wreath, and will be back this weekend to share an easy tutorial. Her inspiration picture retailed for $129 and I made it for $32. I love it when that happens!

Update: Here is my daughter’s white pumpkin wreath!

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Easy Applesauce Bread

This easy applesauce bread recipe is a hearty and moist quick bread that everyone in the family will love. Goes together quickly and freezes well.
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Servings: 4 small loaves
Author: Ann Drake
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
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Total Time 55 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup plain nonfat yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a large bowl with a hand mixer, or in the bowl of a stand mixer, combine brown sugar, oil, eggs, yogurt, and vanilla on medium speed.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, oats, salt, baking powder, and cinnamon.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in 2 increments. Make sure to combine well and scrape sides of bowl.
  • Stir in applesauce by hand with a large spatula.
  • Pour into 4 prepared small bread pans.
  • Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until knife inserted in center of loaf comes out clean.
  • Cool slightly and then remove from pans.

Notes

My small bread pans measure 3 in. x 5 1/2 in. x 2 in. tall.
I got 4 loaves of bread from this recipe. It could be easily doubled.
Optional glaze: whisk together 1 cup powdered sugar with 1/4 cup applesauce. Remove bread from pans. Pour the glaze over slightly cooled loaves. 
I prepare my baking pans with Baker’s Joy.

Nutrition

Serving: 1loaf | Calories: 788kcal | Carbohydrates: 120g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 432mg | Potassium: 339mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 63g | Vitamin A: 142IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 264mg | Iron: 5mg
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21 Comments

  1. Could I replace half the oats with sweetened coconut but use canola oil?

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Yes! I think that would be delicious. Please let us know how it comes out!

  2. Can’t wait to try this bread recipe. I love how it will make the house smell so good
    I’m trying to sell my house and the last few homes I have sold baking bread or cookies seem to be a great selling tool

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Good luck with the sale of your house!

  3. I love ❤️ your recepies ! You’re right it’s time for baking! Thank you so much for sharing 🌺🌻

  4. Ellen Sorce says:

    I am so excited to try your applesauce bread recipe. Apples are starting to come in and I make my own applesauce and freeze it for the winter. Can’t wait!

  5. If this is anything like your oatmeal bread, I’m in! Pinning!

  6. Judy McPherson says:

    5 stars
    Made this recipe this afternoon. My grand kids came in after school and loved the smell. They kept asking when they could have a sample taste..lol. Love your recipes, they are basic and I usually have the ingredients on hand. Thanks!

  7. 5 stars
    ANN. Made the Applesauce Bread this morning. Was quick and really good with a coffee break from making a Computer generated photo album.

    As always we have liked all of your recipes

    ENJOY FALL!

  8. Definitely going to try this tonight!

  9. Love applesauce, cant wait to try this yummy recipe. Keep up the good work Ann.

  10. Looks like a yummy recipe! This a great time of year for baking recipes like yours.

  11. I can’t wait to try this recipe this weekend using my homemade applesauce. This looks really yummy. Thank you for sharing.

  12. Looks yummy! My mother-in-law has a recipe similar to this, but we like to try new ones all the time. Will definitely give this one a try soon! Thanks for sharing this on, Ann:)

  13. Penny @ The Comforts of Home says:

    This sounds yummy! I have a recipe – my mom’s – for applesauce cake. I need to dig that out!

  14. I can’t wait to try it – sounds so yummy!

    Julie

  15. Been seeing your yummy quick bread recipes and now I’m wondering why you’re making all this bread? Do you give it away right away, or are you freezing it to give away during the holidays? Great idea. One of those “I should do that right now, too!” ideas. blessings on your day, kg

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hi Karen! I always share anything I bake with my parents and they really enjoy it. I do freeze the quick breads and take them out when I need a little something extra to go with dinner. I also send a loaf or two home with my kids when they visit…so I’m really not eating everything myself. :)

  16. Ann, I’m drooling over your bread :) With all my food allergies it’s something I had to give up :( I want to reach through the screen and have a slice of yours.

  17. debbiedoos says:

    Yummy Ann! This looks delish.

  18. Hi Ann~
    YUM ~
    My husband loves anything with apples.
    He will be loving this one too.
    Thanks for the recipe ~
    Have a great week.
    Rose