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Easy Cinnamon Spice Apple Bread Recipe

This easy Cinnamon Spice Apple Bread is a simple dessert bread made with fresh apples, ginger and pure organic maple syrup. It has a buttery and cake-like texture with delicious flavors that are rich and comforting. Bits of fresh apple chunks and walnuts are dotted throughout the loaf for a satisfying crunch and burst of flavor.

We love quick breads for their simple execution and wide variety of flavors and presentations. They can be simple and straightforward, or complex in flavor; They can be glazed or topped with a caramelized drizzle to create an extra sweet treat, or dotted with fresh fruits and nuts.

In this post we are sharing our best tips and tricks to baking the best moist apple loaf cake that you are sure to enjoy. This is a straightforward recipe that brings complex flavors for a scrumptious dessert style bread.

Cinnamon Spice Apple Bread
Cinnamon Spice Apple Bread warmed with a bit of butter

Quick breads have been around our family for decades and decades. You can usually find a fresh loaf in one of our homes every week during the cold seasons. They make the perfect afternoon snack or after dinner treat.

This cinnamon spice apple bread has a lot of good, natural ingredients. Making it very sustaining with fantastic flavor. By using pure maple syrup in place of refined sugar you can improve the overall quality of the bread while still enjoying the sweetness that we all love.

Coconut oil is another wonderful option in the baking world because it is a healthy, clean oil that brings it’s own light flavor to the recipe. Coconut oil compliments many desserts and has become a staple in our homes.

Cinnamon Spice Apple Bread
Cinnamon Spice Apple Bread is made with fresh apples, fresh ginger, pure maple syrup and coconut oil

What are the best apples to use for baking?

Loaded apple bread needs good quality, fresh apples; but not all apples make for good baking. You want to use the proper apples that will withstand the baking process without breaking down and becoming mealy. Apples with a lower water content and crisp texture are important for the best texture in your dessert.

Apples that are a good balance of sweet to tart is also important, so that you don’t overpower the dessert bread by making it too sweet. Cinnamon spice apple bread is all about the balance of seasonal fall flavors that we all love.

Here is a list of great baking apples

  • Granny Smith-These are the most popular baking apple because they are crisp and tart
  • Jonagold-They are tart with a honey like sweetness and they hold up well during baking
  • HoneyCrisp-They are known for their exceptionally crisp texture and satisfying flavor
  • Pink Lady-These apples are balanced and have notes of flavors that compliment dishes

Some others would include Golden Delicious, Fuji, Braeburn, and Cortland. These apples aren’t as crisp, and are often used in sauces and butters.

Our Fuji Apples

How do you prepare fresh ginger for baking?

Fresh ginger is phenomenal in baked goods like this quick bread, but in a pinch you could use dried, ground ginger. To prepare the fresh ginger root for baking begin by selecting a plump, fragrant chunk and cut off the ends.

For this cinnamon spice apple bread we used peeled and minced fresh ginger. Peel the outer skin of the ginger with a potato peeler, cut lengthwise into thin strips and line them up. Mince the peeled strips by cutting into tiny strips, turning the strips, and cutting end to end in small sections.

Once the ginger is diced into small pieces, gather them into a pile and use the knife to carefully chop them into a fine mince.

Is butter or oil better for quick breads?

Oil is typically the better choice for baked goods like quick breads. This is because the oil will keep the bread moist and tender after baking. Best practice is to follow the recipe as directed, or you could try adding both which can help to create a lighter texture and better flavor.

Our cinnamon spice apple bread uses coconut oil which creates a complex add in flavor, and a soft structure that remains moist and fluffy.

Cinnamon Spice Apple Bread

Why are they called quick breads?

The name quick breads came about organically, because these breads are relatively quick to make. They use baking powder and baking soda for the leavening agent rather than yeast. Quick breads require no kneading or proofing, and are often referred to as ‘cake breads’.

Most quick breads use fresh fruits to sweeten and and bring flavor, which makes them very similar to European fruit cakes. They also include fresh, natural ingredients to add intense flavor and color.

Healthy fresh ginger is one of those flavors. Fresh ginger is a lovely flavor enhancement in apple recipes. Our fresh apple spice muffins also include fresh ginger, and we enjoyed them so much it sealed the deal for fresh ginger going into this bread too! Add in a high quality cinnamon along with a homemade pure vanilla extract and almond extract for an apple pie flavor you will love!

What flour is best to use for quick breads?

All purpose flour is best to use for general baking like quick breads, muffins, and cookies. All purpose flour is a balanced blend that will yield soft, fluffy baked goods that have a strong structure and satisfying texture.

Cake flour would be too soft and unable to withstand the heavier add-ins of quick bread, while a high protein bread flour will likely yield a loaf that is dense and firm in structure.

Vanilla Extract

How many carbs are in apple cinnamon bread?

Cinnamon spice apple bread is a bread, so it is high in carbs due to the nature of the ingredients used. Flour, sugars, and fruits are all high carb foods which make this a high carb recipe just like any other bread. In general, cinnamon apple breads have roughly 26 grams of carbs per serving but this can be higher depending on the size of the slice.

Our recipe makes one loaf pan that can be cut into 20 serving slices. This makes each slice about 20 grams of carbs per slice, and about 172 calories when made as directed.

Why is my apple bread dry?

Quick breads are dense and cake-like in texture, because of this they are typically moist. However, they can be dry and chewy if not made properly. Here are some things to watch out for when making your cinnamon spice apple bread.

  • Don’t over mix the batter, only mix until everything is just combined
  • Make sure you use the correct sized pan. Too small and your bread will not bake properly, too big and it will be thin and likely burn
  • Make sure your ingredients are fresh and not expired, especially the leavening agents like baking soda and baking powder
  • Use the correct amount of liquid to keep the bread moist and soft
  • Store the bread in an airtight bag to prevent it from drying out and becoming stale

Can you freeze quick breads?

Yes! Quick breads freeze wonderfully well which makes them a great food to store for future use. The process is simple, just be sure your loaf if fully baked and cooled completely.

  • Wrap the baked and cooled bread in tin foil to lock out all air and prevent freezer burn
  • Wrap in plastic wrap to ensure the foil is covered and protected from rips and tears
  • Place the wrapped loaf in a gallon sized, freezer safe bag
  • Remove all of the excess air from the bag and seal it shut
  • Label with the name of the bread and the date
  • Freeze completely before stacking anything on top of the loaf

How to you defrost a quick bread?

When you are ready to enjoy your cinnamon spice apple bread remove it from the freezer, take it out of the plastic bag and set it on your counter to begin thawing. Once the loaf has begun to warm and thaw a bit, transfer it still wrapped to your fridge.

The bread will likely take 24 hours to fully thaw. Once it is thawed you can place it in your oven to warm through before enjoying.

Cinnamon Apple Quick Bread

This cinnamon spice apple bread is even easier to make with the right kitchen tools. The Cuisinart food processor has been a staple tool in our homes for years now, and it makes recipe prep a breeze.

The apples, ginger, and nuts can of course be hand chopped if you prefer; It will just take a bit of time.

Recipe yields one 9 x 4 loaf

  • Whisk the dry ingredients together in a bowl.
  • Now stir together the wet ingredients (make sure to melt your coconut oil).
  • Combine the wet and dry ingredients and set aside.
  • Put the metal blade in your food processor.
  • Peel the ginger root
  • Core the apples and cut them into slices that will fit through your small feed tube.
  • Pour in the walnuts and ginger while the processor is on for about 10 seconds.
  • Put the apple slices quickly into the small feed tube and pulse a time or three until you have the size apple chunks you prefer. Don’t overdo it or the nuts will be dust and the apples will be mush.
  • Empty your food processor work bowl contents into the combined batter and stir until just mixed.
  • Pour into your oiled 9 x 4 baking pan. Bake one hour or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Cinnamon Spice Apple Bread
Yield: 20 slices

Cinnamon Spice Apple Bread Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Cinnamon Spice Apple Bread is a cozy winter quick bread full of healthy natural ingredients. Fresh apples, ginger and pure organic maple syrup combine with coconut oil to bring your family loads of nutrients in a yummy snack bread. Healthy Comfort food!


  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 11/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 Cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
  • 2 Cups apples chopped fine
  • 1/2 inch long piece of fresh ginger peeled and minced
  • 1/2 Cup of walnuts- chopped fine


  1. Preheat Oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon in a medium bowl.
  3. Whisk together the sugar, eggs, oil, and extracts.
  4. Add the apples, ginger and nuts to the wet ingredients and mix well.
  5. Add in the flour mixture and mix until just combined.
  6. Pour the batter into two oiled 9x4 loaf pans
  7. Bake 45 minutes.
  8. Cover with foil and bake an additional 15 minutes or until toothpick come out clean.
  9. Cool in the loaf pans for 10 minutes before turning the loaves out on a cooling rack.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 172Total Fat 8gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 19mgSodium 173mgCarbohydrates 23gFiber 1gSugar 11gProtein 2g

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Thursday 24th of August 2017

Oven temp? Am I missing it? I'll assume.


Thursday 24th of August 2017

Hi Kat, Thanks for bringing this to my attention. I have entered the correct oven temp into the printable recipe. I would love to know how this bread recipe turns out for you. Have a great day!

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