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Apple Spice Bread: a delicious quick bread

This Apple Spice Bread is an easy to make quick bread that can be put together in less than half an hour! It’s a delightful cross between a moist apple bread and decadent spice cake!

So, let’s talk about why this Apple Spice Bread is my new favorite quick bread:

  • Baking this apple quick bread doesn’t require any special equipment…you can leave your mixer in the cupboard!
  • It takes less than 30 minutes before you decide to make this Spiced Apple Bread until you pop it in the oven.
  • While baking your spiced apple bread, your house will smell heavenly, redolent with cinnamon, apples, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves.
  • By calling it a ‘bread’ you can justify eating a deliciously moist, almost cake, for breakfast!
  • This Apple Quickbread uses up apples that are getting past their prime.
  • Bake this Fall Spice Bread in mini-loaves for gifting!

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Mini-Loaves of Apple Spice Bread ready for gifting

So, are you sold yet? If not, I challenge you to bake it, sit down with your cup of tea or coffee and a slice of this apple spice bread and not say, “Dang, that is some good bread!”

A cut loaf of Spiced Apple Quick Bread

If you can, use freshly grated nutmeg in your apple spice bread.

I was very late to board the ‘freshly grated nutmeg’ train, but now I am a frequent traveler on that train. Truly, you just can’t beat the woody and warm taste of freshly grated nutmeg.

This nutmeg grater belonged to my grandma, who left us 40 years ago. She was a prolific and proficient baker, and I feel her alongside me in the kitchen when I use her nutmeg grater.

Nutmeg and nutmeg grater

Looking for more Apple Recipes?

These Apple Cider Muffins with Apple Filling will be a year-round favorite. Not only does the apple filling take these muffins from delicious to decadent, but the sprinkling of cinnamon sugar right out of the oven finishes them off perfectly.

An easy recipe for Cinnamon Apple Swirl Bread will have your kitchen smelling like the best of Fall! 

This spiked apple cider recipe is like a cup of fall! The warm, caramel cider is perfect for tailgating or sipping around the fire on a cool fall evening. An easy, super tasty, and warm alcoholic drink that is like fall in a glass.

If you are planning to gift this quick bread, make sure to grab the printable of the tags. There are nine tags on each sheet, five that say ‘apple spice bread’ and four that are blank for your own message.

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Apple Spice Bread close up image with a slice cut and ready to eat.

Apple Spice Bread

Yield: 1 9" by 5" Loaf or 3-2 1/2" by 5 1/2"loaves
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes

This Apple Spice Bread is an easy to make quick bread that can be put together in less than half an hour! It’s a delightful cross between a moist bread and decadent cake!


  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 heaping 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoons ground nutmeg (freshly ground if possible!)
  • 1/4 teaspoons ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup diced apples (2 apples, peeled and seed)
  • 2 Tablespoons milk, nut milk, buttermilk, or apple juice
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F for a 9" by 5" loaf or 325°F for mini-loaves
  2. Grease loaf pans. (I really like Bak-Klene which you can purchase at Williams-Sonoma.)
  3. Whisk the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger in a large bowl.
  4. In a smaller bowl or large measuring cup, combine oil, eggs, both sugars, applesauce, vanilla, and milk or milk substitute.
  5. Pour wet ingredients over the dry ingredients, along with the diced apples. Gently mix together
  6. Pour the batter into your prepared pan(s). Bake 9" by 5" loaf pan for 55-60 minutes (or mini-loaf pans for 35-40 minutes) or until a cake tester comes out clean.
  7. Cool completely on a wire rack before removing from pans.
  8. Will keep in the fridge for 7-10 days, assuming it doesn't get gobbled up beforehand!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 slices Serving Size: 1 slice
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 316Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 281mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 2gSugar: 22gProtein: 6g

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Apple Spice Bread in a bag with a gift tag

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  1. This sounds delicious. Have you ever adapted with gluten-free flours? I’m considering trying with a mix of sorghum flour and tapioca or potato starch.

    1. Hi Trudy, I am sorry, but I have not tried it with Gluten Free flour. If you do, I’d love to share your thoughts with everyone. Do let me know what you do and how it works.


    1. Good Morning Syndi,

      I don’t know, to be honest. I’ve never had fried apples before. If there is a syrup and you can drain them, I would think you could treat them just like regular apples. If you do try it, let me know how it turns out.

      Hugs, Lynn

  2. I will be making this recipe tomorrow. thanks.
    Where did you get the plastic bags that the breads are wrapped in?

    1. Hi Rita!

      I haven’t subbed in honey instead of brown sugar, but from what I’ve read and understand, here’s the following adjustments that would need to be made to the recipe:

      Use 1/4 cup of honey instead of 1/2 cup of brown sugar.
      Add a pinch (1/16 tsp) of baking soda..
      Reduce the milk to 1 TB
      Lower the temperature to 325° for regular sized loaf or 300° for mini size loaf.

      To be honest, you’ll be testing this as I haven’t done it. Please do let me know how it works out.

      Hugs, Lynn

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