Apple Nut Bread

Moist cinnamon apple nut bread made with homemade applesauce, small chunks of fresh apples and walnuts in every bite. It’s so moist and delicious, you won’t believe it’s light!

Apple Nut Bread

I’m going apple picking tomorrow upstate New York and I am totally planning on making my crock pot applesauce and this awesome applesauce bread so I thought I would revive this from the archives for anyone else out there who might also be apple picking. The scent of cinnamon and apples baking in the oven all morning makes my kitchen smell like Fall. Another favorite you might enjoy is my Banana Nut Bread.

You can also make this with store bought apple sauce, but it is so much better with homemade so if you have lots of apples, I highly recommend you do so. I’ve made this with and without the apple chunks, but I love the extra sweetness and moistness the chunks add to the bread, I highly recommend them. Be sure to dice them small so they cook through.

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Moist cinnamon apple bread made with homemade applesauce, small chunks of fresh apples and walnuts in every bite. It's so moist and delicious, you won't believe it's low fat!
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Applesauce Nut Bread

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122 Cals 2 Protein 24 Carbs 4 Fats
Total Time: 1 hr 15 mins
Yield: 16 slices
COURSE: Breakfast, Brunch
CUISINE: American
Moist cinnamon apple bread made with homemade applesauce, small chunks of fresh apples and walnuts in every bite. It's so moist and delicious, you won't believe it's low fat!

Ingredients

  • 1 large finely diced, peeled apple, diced into 1/4" pieces
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp agave
  • 1/8 tsp + 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups homemade applesauce, or store bought
  • 1 1/2 cups King Arthur white whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, not packed
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • pinch allspice
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • baking spray
  • 1 1/2 oz chopped walnuts

Instructions

  • In a medium bowl combine apple, 1/8 tsp cinnamon, agave, and lemon juice. Set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 350°. Spray a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan with baking spray.
  • In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice and salt with a wire whisk. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl mix oil, egg whites, sugar, apple sauce and vanilla; beat at medium speed until thick. Scrape down sides of the bowl.
  • Add the flour mixture, then blend at low speed until combined. Do not over mix.
  • Fold in apples and walnuts.
  • Pour batter into loaf pan and bake in the center rack about 55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Let the pan cool at least 20 minutes, bread should be room temperature before slicing.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1/2 inch thick slice, Calories: 122kcal, Carbohydrates: 24g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 4g, Sodium: 134mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 14g
Blue Smart Points: 5
Green Smart Points: 5
Purple Smart Points: 5
Points +: 4
Keywords: Vegetarian Meals

 

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  1. applesauce nut bread recipe has brown sugar but in the assemble of the bread doesn’t 🍞 say when to incorporate it ??

  2. I have made this recipe several time and it is always one that pleases anyone who tries it. I tend to have dark brown sugar on hand and use it and also pecans that I toast up before adding to the batter. I can say, this one is in regular rotation in our home.

  3. Could I replace the wheat flour with oats flower? 

  4. I have to say I have made this loaf twice this week and it has been a HUGE hit with my husband and myself. I did make one slight alteration to the recipe. I used olive oil instead of the vegetable oil. I happened to have a bottle of orange, lemon and lime infused olive oil and I used that in place and all I can say is WOW! This will be a go-to recipe for my family and friends ( when we can safely be together again ). I also am not great at measuring cinnamon accurately, lol. Rarely have I ever thought that has too much cinnamon in it. So in reality it is likely doubled in my version of the recipe. Thank you again for an amazing healthy alternative to allow me to feed my family in the healthiest ways possible.

  5. Hi! Thanks for all the wonderful recipes!! Im not a fan of nuts in bread, so if I omit the walnuts, does it lower the points on blue?
    Thank you
    Teri

  6. I made 33 mini muffins with this mixture and they’re 2pts each. I’m over the moon about this delightful treat with breakfast. Thanks for all the amazing recipes you’ve created!

    • How long did u bake the mini muffins for. I figure they could be done within 10 to 12 minutes. Great taste for 2 points

  7. Thank you Gina! This cake was perfect with my afternoon coffee…made it gluten free with Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 baking flour and swapped honey for the agave. I used your homemade applesauce. The cake is moist and not overly sweet but the slight crunch and sweetness of the chopped apples really made this cake stand out. I can always count on your recipes to be family friendly, easy to follow and favorites for us all.

  8. Is the brown sugar necessary? I’d like to try and make it refined sugar free. Could I substitute with maple, honey, or additional Agave?

  9. I made this recipe the other day and, it was delicious-moist and not too sweet. It was “inhaled “by my household and didn’t even last a day! I will definitely add this to my permanent file of rcipes.

  10. Love this recipe! I made it in a Bundt pan so it was easier to cut and portion slices! Cooking time ended up being about 35 minutes for me.

    I also skipped the agave syrup and reduced the brown sugar to 1/4 of a cup. I used generous amounts of cinnamon. It was incredibly good. I’m going to make another one today and freeze it while I still have the ingredients on hand.

  11. Followed directions as written. Except I used all purpose white flour. And stevia/brown sugar blend.. Came out moist and delicious.

  12. Excellent! Made it for a church function last week. Everyone loved it and many asked for the recipe.

  13. LOVED this, used 1/2 white flour and 1/2 white whole wheat. I used a 8.5×4.5 loaf pan because that’s what I had, but even after 65 minutes of baking, the bottom was still a bit raw. How long should I bake it next time?

  14. OMG!! I made mini muffins to help with my portion control and left out the nuts. These were soooo amazing! I added more apples because I love apples! This is an excellent recipe!!! 

  15. This is the BEST applesauce bread, evah! I was even told I couldn’t make it any more, it disappeared fast!

  16. Would this work with bobs red mill gluten free 1 to 1 flour.. 

  17. Just made two of these last night-one for home and another for work-and they’re SO MOIST. OMG! I found pumpkin applesauce at Trader Joe’s and decided to use it with this experiment—no regrets. I’ll definitely keep this in my regular recipe box for when I have guests over. Thanks for the recipe!! 

  18. This was delicious!  I made it exact to the recipe (using store bought, unsweetened, organic applesauce.)  Turns out super moist and not too sweet.  Perfect for a breakfast bread.

  19. This bread is delicious. I made it today on a rainy, cold day and it was perfect with a hot tea. Thanks for posting.

  20. This bread is amazing. I used homemade chunky applesauce and skipped the diced apples. I also used Pillsbury gluten free flour blend. I skipped the cinnamon and added ginger and a bit of molasses. The flavor and texture and so good.

  21. is there a reason for using oil instead of butter?

  22. Can you make these as muffins??

  23. I used store bought apple sauce, after 1h15 in the oven it was still runny inside. I think i should’ve used less apple sauce since the store bought one is more liquid.

  24. I made this tonight.  First I made the homemade applesauce this morning and that was delicious!!!  My bread was just ok.  It tasted a bit rubbery (I only left it in the oven for 42 min) and dense.  It was not as tall and fluffy looking as the pic.  Not sure what went wrong as I followed the recipe.

  25. What is the purpose of using 1 TBS agave on the apples and then sugar in the rest of the recipe? Can I just use sugar for the apples and if so, how much? I don’t buy agave anymore as the more I read up on it, its actually not as healthy as we once believed.

  26. Do you think it would be ok to use regular whole wheat flour?

  27. Hello, I can't wait to bake this…but can i use regular flour, or any kind of whole wheat flour? I am in Mexico so I'm not sure to find a good one…and in the apple sauce recipe can I use instead of agave honey? and in the bread recipe can I omit the agave tbsp? Thanks and I love all you recipes and tips…thank you so much.

  28. Do you think this would work with GF flour? I'm thinking and hoping yes!

  29. Do you think this would work with GF flour? I'm thinking and hoping yes!

  30. Gina how can I make this with protein powder?

  31. This was wonderful! But I made your crockpot applesauce a day ahead of time and it was hard to keep my family (including myself) out of it to make sure I had enough left for the bread!

  32. Has anyone tried making this without the apples? I have some store bought applesauce I wanted to use up, and wasn't sure how the flavor would be affected without using the apples.

  33. Made this now and it´s cooling – totally love it! My daughter always gets to lick the bowl and it was sooooo good I thought she was going to crawl into it!!!! (I mde it vegan so no prob with the eggs) I will never buy store made applesauce again – Super easy to make and love the smell on the stove (no crockpot) and the applesauce here in Spain is awful and hard to find anyway – love the recipes!! Can´t wait for the cookbook and thanks A LOT for the recipes Gina!! ME ENCANTA!!!

  34. Can this be made as muffins?

  35. Gina, what type of immersion blender do you use on your applesauce? I want to make that and the bread!

  36. I am allergic to nuts 🙁
    Any idea what the nutritional info is w/out them?

  37. Can you use almond meal instead of the flour and stevia instead of the honey? Will it work as well as those ingredients?

  38. Nice touche with the nuts, just missing some chocolate on top if you ask me. I'm on Loaded Gun Diet and I'm hoping to get to my goal this October. My goal is zero body fat and 90lbs. I'm allowed to eat sweets and that's what keeps me going.

  39. This bread looks delicious! I'm heading out apple picking in a few days and I'm super excited!

  40. I'd love to make this! Can I use gluten-free flour instead of whole wheat flour?

  41. Just made this for the second time using homemade applesauce that my son & his wife canned and gave us. Extremely moist and absolutely delicious. The first time I baked as a loaf, this time as muffins – I got 18 using my 1/4 cup scoop. I did not add any sweetener to the apples, just the lemon to keep from browning, I measured the brown sugar very loosely, and baked the muffins about 20-22 minutes. Yum!

  42. Hi Gina,

    I made this last Friday and it is absolutely amazing! Still moist and delicious stored in the refrigerator after 5 days. With hardly any fat, I don't feel guilty slicing it extra thick 🙂

  43. Is there any way to make this bread sugar free? It is absolutely delicious the way it is, and that is the problem, I want to eat a lot of it! Haha I was hoping you knew of a substitution for the brown sugar?

    Jennifer

  44. I am going to make this bread, but my WW points are very carefully apportioned throughout the day. If I delete the nuts from this bread (I don't like nuts anyway) would it change the points per slice? Everything on your website has been AMAZING! Thanks for sharing!

  45. This bread was AMAZING!! I will definitely be making this regularly.

  46. I'm not familiar w/ "AGAVE" What is it ?

  47. I don't know what went wrong, but after 55 minutes of baking, my bread was still runny… I replacend 1/3 of flour with hemp flour, maybe it was that. I baked it for 30 more minutes and it was very dark brown almost black but still wet inside. maybe my applesauce (storebought) had too much liquid, I don't believe it was the flour… will try it again but with only half cup of applesauce.

  48. Hi Gina –

    If using Store Bought Applesauce – sweetened or unsweetened?

    thanks a bunch!!! I"m a fan of your blog!

  49. I just made 2 loaves of this… I didn't have enough applesauce, so I used half applesauce and half puréed pumpkin. It is SOOOOOOOOOO good!

  50. Hi, Gina. I don't know if you'll see this comment because it's been so long since you've posted it. However, if I wanted to make this without the apple chunks, do I still need to add the ingredients that cooked with the apples? When and where should I add them? Thanks! Love your site and currently filling my recipe box with tons I want to try!

  51. Could I just sub apple pie spice for the cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg? would 2 tsp work??

  52. I made the applesauce then the bread. YUM! I did not have agave so I used honey and I would peel the apples for the applesauce. Delish warm. Can't wait for breakfast.

  53. Have you tried replacing the veggie oil with coconut oil?

  54. Can these be made into muffins? What adjustments would I have to make??

  55. I made this today without the nuts or nutmeg (I have a son with allergies.) I used more cinnamon that it called for and a little pinch of ground cloves. I used a muffin tin instead of a loaf pan for better portion control – they were delicious and a huge hit with my family. Thanks!

  56. If you look at the top of ginas recipie you will notice she has the point value for both Old and the New point plus program. For future you need fat, carb, protein and fibre for all recipes to find out your point+ value.

  57. Hi I am nee at this..how do you figure out the points for Weight Watchers for this bread..
    Many Thanks
    Marcia

  58. This was delicious! I actually only used half a cup of brown sugar and I actually added cranberries which was delicious!

  59. I just made this in muffin form for portion control. So, so good. I added a little extra apple and cinnamon but followed everything else. Muffins take about 22 minutes. Everyone I shared with loved them as well. Will definitely be making again soon.

  60. I used a can of Chunky spice apple sauce,, turned out moist and De-li-cious,, saved a lot of time too, !

  61. This recipe looks so delicious! Why do you insist on King Arthur's or Bob's flour? What is the difference between those and regular flour?

    Thanks!

  62. Can I make muffins with this recipe? If so, how much time should they bake?

  63. This came out really great. My wife and I were on Jenny Craig and were buying the banana nut loaves from JC and this is a great equivalent. I refigured the calories and if you cut it into 12 slices (better for breakfast) it comes out to 162.8 calories per slice. I believe that is slices that are 3/4 inch wide.

    Great recipe and made my house smell delicious too.

  64. Oh my gosh , this is so good. I used coconut oil instead of the vegetable oil and its so caramel-y !

  65. Could you use apple butter instead of applesauce?

  66. what size bread pan did you use?

  67. This was great! Even though I left out the brown sugar (accidentally), it was a hit in our house.

  68. Here Cindy!

    https://www.skinnytaste.com/2008/11/makeover-banana-nut-bread-3-pts.html

    The search function at the top of the page is really helpful to find all the different recipes Gina has posted!

  69. Looks delicious!! Do you have a "skinny" recipe for Banana Nut Bread?!

  70. Just made this. SO DELICIOUS. Love the crunchiness of the nuts in the bread. Thanks for the recipe!

  71. I made this today it is YUMMY!!! Thanks for all your great recipes.

  72. Looks delectable! What kind of apple did you use for this?

  73. Just made this. My house smells wonderful! Thanks for your great recipes! 🙂

  74. Its really mouthwatering especially when paired with applesauce. I guess nuts and applesauce come together with harmony that's why it taste good. 😉

  75. Made this last night… the whole house smelled delicious. Enjoying my first slice now! My husband had it for breakfast, and has told me 3 times since, just how much he enjoyed it. Thanks, Gina!

  76. I made the applesauce and it was easy and delicious. It gave me a chance to use my nifty apple peeler/corer gadget where you stick the apple on the prongs, twist away and it's done. Thanks for the inspiration!

  77. Gina, made the applesauce and the bread the next day. Both were absolutely delicious! My 17 month old grandaughter went for the bread (which I made as muffins) and was saying mmmmm mmmmm with each bite, lol. Then she finished off the applesauce! I was so proud, knowing how good it was for her and that I knew each ingredient that was in it 🙂 Thank you so much for what you do!

  78. I made the crock pot apple sauce over night and woke up to an amazing smelling apt. I used some of the apple sauce in my oatmeal this morning…Yum! And later in the day, I made the applesauce nut bread — AMAZING!!! I just had a slice and debating whether I should have another slice.

    Gina, great recipe! Thank you for sharing.

  79. i noticed in your comments that you said you have to use king arthur or bobs flour…i dont have either what would happen if i used the whole wheat flour i have?

  80. UPDATE: I wouldn't recommend freezing, pulled out 2 slices last night, left one wrapped up and the other unwrapped, both were very spongy/smushy/water logged this morning… flavour is still great just terrible texture!

  81. Made the applesauce Wednesday, so I could make the bread Thursday.. so yummy.. cut it into 8 big slices for breakfast, popped a few in the freezer to see how they do.. making MORE tomorrow YUMMY!

  82. Made this yesterday. Gone today. Need I say more.

  83. I made this for dessert tonight! Because my husband said I "flavored" the applesauce recipe too much with spices, I only added a touch of pumpkin pie spice to the apples and nothing more. I used Whole Wheat flour instead of white whole wheat and I had about 2 cups left of the applesauce and that was great because it made the bread extra moist! I also used my nut grinder to make the walnuts extra small. This was outstanding!

  84. Oh my goodness! Just finished a slice of this bread with a cup of hot green tea with lemon for my evening snack. I just noticed that you are supposed to slice it into 16 slices not 8. Oh well, I just downed two servings (-: Maybe my slice tomorrow I'll cut in half. Either that or work out an extra 20 minutes on the treadmill.

  85. I made the homemade applesauce the other day. I can't wait to use it to make this bread. It looks wonderful!!

  86. Do you use the Recipe Builder on WeightWatchers.com? I entered the recipe in Recipe Builder and it came out as 3 points plus per serving.

  87. It's a toos up for me. I love the crock pot applesauce and love this bread too. Guess I will just have to keep making the applesauce and enjoy both! Love the way the spices add to this bread. Skipped the nuts as I am not a fan. Lovely, moist and satisfying. Nice change from your delicious banana bread. See I love all of your recipes!

  88. stopped on the way home to get the ingredients. Made a fresh batch of applesauce (NY apples rock!) Only change I left out the nuts.
    I just had a piece warm from the oven and I don't know if I can resist having more! It is incredibly delicious! Yummy!

  89. Gina this looks amazing….for store bought apple sauce do you recommend using no sugar added or just regular apple sauce? Thank you!

  90. so u said to use wheat flour, that's a must?? I am not a fan personally of wheat flour 🙁

  91. Made this tonight to go with soup and it was absolutely delicious! Moist, wonderful apple flavor…hard to stop at one piece!

  92. Honey or Sugar would be fine, use the same amount!

    Linda, I'm sure you can freeze it, I never have enough left in my house to freeze 🙂

  93. I ran out of your amazing sauce too! Just love the lemon slices stewing away in it. Lends such a nice taste.
    Somebody get the crock pot out please!

  94. I also have problems finding agave, can I use honey, or sugar, and what amounts? (I think the honey would be best)

    Plan on trying this for Christmas,

  95. Yum, I have a fav Apple bread I make each year for Christmas, but will try this one. Can it be frozen? For how long. Also make mine in small Alum. loaf pans for gifts. How many would this make (approx) and how long approx. to bake. Thanks for receipe.

  96. Thank you so much for sharing all of these wonderful recipies. I have lost 61 pounds on weight watchers and have been a lifetime member for 1 year. Visiting your website has been a blessing. Thanks Again.

  97. Gina,

    Can you replace Agave with sugar and if so, what is the substitution amount? This sounds amazing but I don't have agave! I went to buy it in the store and it was incredibly expensive so I made a mental note to get it next time.

  98. Another recipe for my Thanksgiving table – thanks Gina!!!

  99. This bread is delicious! I made it today and I didn't have agave, so I just used a tablespoon of sugar instead. The bread turned out very moist. The husband and I both loved it!

  100. I am from charlottesville virginia too, and we have the BEST apples. I made this tonight, and it is really tasty. Thanks for this wonderful recipe! I topped mine with just a little bit of butter and it was great.

  101. I could not find Agave in my supermarket, so used honey. Hope it didn't change the calories. It came out so delicious. I used store bought applesauce with the apple and walnuts. I think it's the best I ever ate! I made your clam chowder with it and loved the whole meal.

  102. Isn't is SOOO Good! Just bought more apples to make more sauce to make this again!!

    I heard ground flax seeds make a great egg replacement!

    White wholewheat is my personal preference but regular whole wheat is fine as long as it's King Arthur or BoB's you're good!

    I would assume agave would work, it may make it moister so cooking time might need to be longer.

  103. YOU GUYSSSSSS, IT IS SOOOOOOOOOOO GOOD!!! My sister made some homemade applesause with apples picked from an apple orchard in Charlottesville, VA. I used two of the small apples and her applesauce. I didn't have walnuts so I used pecans. We don't eat eggs so I replace the eggs with two tablespoons of baking powder. YUMMY!!

  104. Okay…it's in the oven. I'll let you know how it turned out.

  105. Just made this today after receiving the email recipe! Perfect for a snowed in New England family gathering today! Delicious..I also added a few praline pecans which taste yummy in it! Love your recipes!!

  106. I am sooooo excited. I am fixing this right away. SN…I made the cauliflower Fritters. They were the BOMB!!! Took them to work and everyone loved them. THEY NEVER KNEW. (LOL)

  107. Is it important to use white whole wheat flour? Can I use my Bob's Red Mill Whole Wheat Flour? Thanks for the help!

  108. Could the agave be replaced with regular sugar? If so, would it be an exact substitution?

  109. WHAAAT?! I am speechless and shocked at how low fat any dessert bread could be! This is amazing! I will definitely try this and let you know how it went!

  110. Looks terrific!! If you use store bought applesauce do you want the unsweetened kind?