My easy applesauce bread is super moist, lightly sweet, and bursting with autumnal apple flavor that can be enjoyed all year long--ready in under an hour! The crumb topping takes it over the top but takes next to no time. Let's get into the deliciousness!
What does it taste like?
You'll taste delicate apple flavor made super cozy by sweet warming spices like ginger and cinnamon. The texture of the bread itself is soft and chewy while the crumb topping is crunchy with buttery, caramelized sweet flavor.
What You'll Need for this Recipe
Applesauce - I recommend unsweetened applesauce so that the bread doesn't turn out too sweet. Alternatively, you can adjust the Use store-bought applesauce to make this recipe super simple or homemade applesauce if you want more control over the ingredients and flavor.
Brown Sugar adds caramelized sweetness and helps keep the texture of this bread soft. Use dark or light brown sugar here.
Warming Spices make this kind of applesauce snacking cake perfectly cozy for fall and complement the apple flavor. Use pure ground spices in this recipe for the best taste.
Check out the recipe card below for full ingredients list, measurements, nutrition facts, and step-by-step instructions!
Substitutions & Variations
Pear Sauce - Pears are popping during the fall and winter months and you can easily replace the applesauce in this recipe with pear sauce for a different kind of seasonal flavor.
Muffins - Instead of making spiced applesauce quick bread, you can make easy applesauce muffins just by changing the pan. This recipe makes about four jumbo muffins.
Topping - The brown sugar crumb topping is optional but highly recommended as it adds different layers of flavor and texture to the recipe. But you can make a solid loaf of applesauce bread without it, if need be.
Everybody who loves this simple applesauce loaf also goes bananas for my super easy Apple Cherry Crisp made in the slow cooker!
How to Make Easy Applesauce Quick Bread
Step One: Whisk together the dry apple bread ingredients.
Step Two: Mix together the applesauce and other wet ingredients until uniform.
Step Three: Add dry mixture to wet and stir until just combined and no dry pockets of flour remain. Batter will be a bit sticky.
Step Four: Mix up the ingredients to make the brown sugar crumble topping.
Pro Tip: Do not over mix the batter as this can make the batter and resulting bread too dense and tough. Look at the batter after each stir and stop when it's combined.
Step Five: Spread the batter into a loaf pan.
Step Six: Sprinkle the crumb topping mix evenly over top and gently press into batter.
Pro Tip: Line the loaf pan with parchment paper or spray with non-stick oil to prevent sticking.
Step Seven: Bake until topping is crisp and golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out dry.
Pro Tip: The texture of this bread is super moist and more like a pone or bread pudding so while the toothpick should come out dry, a few tender crumbs might cling to it and that's ok!
Frequently Asked Questions
Absolutely. Omit the egg and use a plant-based butter instead of dairy butter.
When baking applesauce bread, the applesauce adds moisture, apple flavor, natural sweetness, and a bit of fiber.
Store leftover applesauce quick bread for up to two days at room temperature in an airtight container with a paper towel inside (to absorb extra moisture and prevent molding) or in the refrigerator wrapped in aluminum foil or plastic wrap for up to six days.
Yes, wrap it in plastic wrap or parchment paper then again in aluminum foil or a zip-top bag to freeze for up to one year!
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Moist Applesauce Quick Bread
- 2 mixing bowls
- 1 whisk or kitchen spoon
- 1 loaf pan
For the Spiced Applesauce Bread
- 1 ¾ cup unsweetened applesauce
- ½ cup butter melted
- ⅓ cup brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 ½ cup flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ginger
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
For the Brown Sugar Crumb Topping
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup flour
- 3 tablespoons butter melted
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a large bowl, mix together applesauce, butter, brown sugar, egg, and maple syrup until uniform.
- In another bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, sea salt, and nutmeg.
- Add flour mixture to applesauce mixture and stir until just combined, scraping down sides of bowl, as necessary. Do not over mix batter.
- In another bowl, mix together brown sugar, flour, butter, cinnamon, and sea salt until crumble topping forms.
- Spread applesauce bread batter evenly into prepared loaf pan then sprinkle crumb topping mixture over top and gently press into the batter.
- Bake loaf for about forty minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of loaf comes out clean. Cool in pan until comfortable to handle (about 20 minutes) and serve warm.