Applesauce Bread

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A delicious Fall-inspired Applesauce Bread made with tons of healthier swaps. Greek yogurt, lower sugar, and oats to name a few. Plenty of spice and flavor!

Healthier Greek Yogurt Applesauce Bread Don’t worry, I still have PLENTY more pumpkin recipes for you all. But I’ve still got some apple ones too that I need to share! And this apple bread has quickly become an absolute favorite in my home. The husband is a HUGE fan of apple anything (his favorite dessert is a simple apple pie) so naturally he’s been inhaling this bread. (And the majority of this cake + these muffins he took care of in a hurry.)

The nice thing? This bread is SO easy to make that I can have some made up the rest of apple season! It’s a quick, one-bowl, no mixers kind of bread. And that pretty crunchy topping is just a little bit of brown sugar + cinnamon. Seriously easy!

Healthier Greek Yogurt Applesauce Spice Cake with tender apple chunks! At first I wanted just an applesauce bread with no actual apples, but then I ended up chopping up one apple to put into it in lieu of nuts or raisins and I’ve never gone back! The apple is great in this bread! By the way, this bread can totally take some nuts/raisins if you enjoy that. As a general rule I don’t love nuts in baked goods, but sometimes they are really great and so much is added with the nuts. (Especially in this applesauce cake).

So if you are a nuts in baked goods kind of person definitely add in some chopped up pecans or walnuts! And if you like raisins, soak them in some hot water for about 20 minutes (to get them nice and soft) and then dry them REALLY well. Toss ’em with a little bit of flour and mix those in. The flour will keep them from sinking to the bottom of the bread.

You can opt to leave in the apple or take it out. It’s pretty subtle and gives an extra boost of apple flavor to this bread. There isn’t too much apple that it’s overpowering by any means. The focus is still on those spices and being a soft tender sweet bread. By the way, I swear by Granny Smith apples in baked goods – I believe they always yield the best flavor!

Healthy Applesauce Spice Bread

Another fun thing you can try is doing a different flavor Greek yogurt. I’m a HUGE fan of vanilla Greek yogurt and use it pretty much exclusively in my baked goods. However, if you happen to grab an apple Greek yogurt I bet it would be so dang good in this bread. I haven’t actually tried that yet, but it’s on my list for the next time I try this out.

You could also put an entire streusel on the top of this bread. The reason I opted for just a little bit of brown sugar + cinnamon was to get a nice crisp/slightly crunchy topping without a ton of ingredients or added sugars/butter. I wanted to try and keep this bread as healthy as possible for you all. A streusel generally isn’t too healthy so I decided against it. But if you like that kind of thing it would be great on this kind of bread. Although with just the brown sugar and cinnamon it’s pretty amazing how great the top of this bread tastes and the texture it yields!

P.S. Please tell me your fun apple picking stories. Have you gone apple picking yet? Apple picking was literally my favorite thing we did in Ohio last Fall. We haven’t found a local apple orchard here in Utah yet so please let me live vicariously through you πŸ™‚ xox
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Applesauce Spice Bread

4.91 from 22 votes
A delicious Fall-inspired Applesauce Spice Bread made with tons of healthier swaps. Greek yogurt, lower sugar, and oats to name a few. Plenty of spice and flavor!
Healthier Greek Yogurt Applesauce Spice Bread with tender apple chunks!
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Applesauce Spice Bread

Healthier Greek Yogurt Applesauce Spice Bread with tender apple chunks!
4.91 from 22 votes
A delicious Fall-inspired Applesauce Spice Bread made with tons of healthier swaps. Greek yogurt, lower sugar, and oats to name a few. Plenty of spice and flavor!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Applesauce Spice Bread
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 1 loaf of bread
Author Chelsea


  • 1 cup (260g) applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup (46g) melted coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup (79g) vanilla Greek yogurt I used low-fat, or apple flavored
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup (74g) brown sugar not packed
  • 1/4 teaspoon each salt and allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup (60g) chopped apple I used Granny Smith + 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup (125g) white whole wheat flour or all purpose plain white*
  • 1/2 cup (45g) oat flour just blend regular oats in the blender

Sugar Crisp Topping

  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease and flour a bread pan. (Don't skip this step as the bread has a tendency to stick to the pan if not well greased.)
  • In a large bowl, stir together the applesauce, vanilla extract, melted coconut oil (measure when it is melted not solid), and Greek yogurt until completely combined.
  • Add in the egg and brown sugar. Mix.
  • Add in the salt, allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon (add more spice if desired), baking soda, and baking powder.
  • Peel and finely chop the apple discarding the core. Toss it with the lemon juice and then drain any extra juice. Toss with 1/2 tablespoon of flour and then add to the mixture. Stir in.
  • Add in the white whole wheat flour (white all purpose flour works great too!) and the oat flour.
  • To make the oat flour, blend regular old fashioned or quick oats in a blender or food processor until they resemble a flour. Measure AFTER blending and not before.
  • Stir until JUST combined (don't overmix with the flour added as that makes for a denser bread).
  • Pour into prepared bread pan.
  • Mix the brown sugar and cinnamon together with your fingers and sprinkle evenly to cover the entire bread. Start with 2 tablespoons and use an extra tablespoon of brown sugar if needed.
  • Bake for 55-65 minutes (Mine always takes right around 60 minutes) or until a toothpick when inserted into the center comes out clean.

Recipe Notes

Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days (warm in the microwave for a few seconds before enjoying) and then individually wrap pieces and freeze. * White flour will result in a much "lighter" bread while white whole wheat results in a much denser bread. If you aren't used to whole wheat baked goods try using half and half white flour, white whole wheat. Whole wheat flour not recommended, use white whole wheat flour or white all purpose.

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    1. Unfortunately no. I have tried several loaves of bread with all oat flour and they always burn around the edges and don’t bake at the centers. I’m still trying to figure out a way to make a bread flourless without using strange ingredients. No success yet, but I will keep you updated!

      1. 4 stars
        I made this recipe with just oatflour as muffins and they turned out well. The second time I used some gluten free flour with the oat flour and this worked as well but I added walnuts.

          1. Thank you for your wonderful recipes they are inspiring and look delicious, I can’t wait to bake more of your recipes.

          2. You are so kind, thank you so much Vimbai πŸ™‚ I hope you love whatever you try next!

        1. Hi vimbai! May I know how much oatflour you used to replace the plain white flour for your muffins? Thanks!

  1. Does your cornstarch trick for the muffins work well for loaf breads as well? Also wondering if this can be adapted into a healthier banana bread, mashed bananas instead of applesauce? You are now my go to girl for lightened baked goods, thank you!

    1. This recipe sounds incredibly good and healthy. I usually have Greek Yogurt on hand but my last trip to the store I purchased “Grass Fed Plain Yogurt”. Do you think that will be OK? I know the Greek is usually thicker. Thanks.

  2. I tried this bread today after having great success with some of your other apple recipes and…one word: yum! This recipe is so easy and delicious, and I like that’s it’s not too sweet. Plus it even works if you halve the recipe! Thanks for another great recipe, Chelsea! It’s a keeper for sure ?

    1. Yay!! So, so great to hear!! Thank you Kirsti! πŸ™‚ I appreciate your kind comment and you trying out some of my recipes! πŸ™‚

  3. 5 stars
    My loaf didn’t rise very high but the flavour and texture were outstanding. Big hit with my kids as well. I’ll definitely make this again. Thanks!

    1. Yeah!! So great to hear! Thanks for the comment! πŸ™‚ And if you are hoping to get it to rise a little higher, you may just want to refresh your baking agents and that should do the trick! πŸ™‚

  4. This looks amazing. I have one question though! I’ve never bought coconut oil. Could you suggest what I should purchase. I have no clue!!!! ?

    1. Thank you Lynn!! My favorite coconut oil (and the one that yields the most consistent results for me) is Louana Pure Coconut Oil. Hope that helps! πŸ™‚

  5. 5 stars
    Chelsea, I never have to wonder if your recipes are good because they are always great!! I know you’re a dietician, so I would like to know how coconut oil can be good for you. Web MD says it is very bad for us and it has 92% Saturated. Why does everyone rave over it? BTW, I love coconut oil.

    1. Awe that seriously makes my day to hear that! I’m so happy you’ve had great success with my recipes! πŸ™‚ I adore coconut oil! There is a lot of varying information and opinions out there. In all of my studies, I’ve found it to be a much healthier oil. A lot of coconut oil that has been “demonized” (particularly by WEB MD) is likely referring to refined and hydrogenated coconut oil. If you buy unrefined coconut oil it is incredibly healthy for you giving your body healthy fats that it needs due to the unique combination of fatty acids. πŸ™‚

  6. 5 stars
    Excellent recipe love all the healthy ingredients, just a side note, I made this the other day with a cup of 10 grain flour, and 1/2 cup white flour and it was excellent….I have also made it with dried cranberries in place of the apples and lemon juice and it is also delicious, thanks for sharing the recipe!! has a great variety of flours to choose from that is where i get my 10 grain flour and I love it in almost all recipes….

    1. Thank you so much Barbara! I’m so happy you’ve been enjoying this bread πŸ™‚ Love to hear your substitutions and that flour sounds amazing! πŸ™‚

  7. 5 stars
    This was very yummy. I modified it as suggested by using 1/2 c whole wheat flour, and I replaced the brown sugar with 1/4 c honey 1/4 real maple syrup, added 2 chopped apples and juice of 1/2 small lemon … It was moist and amazing.

    1. Either works πŸ™‚ Just depends if you want the bread sweeter or not. I have used both and my boys like the sweetened better (obviously haha!)

  8. 5 stars
    Wow…I just made the Healthier Applesauce Spice Bread..It is amazing! Not overly sweet and ever so light. The topping is the bomb! Next up will be the Healthy Apple Muffins πŸ™‚

  9. 5 stars
    I made this bread today… is sooo good….I switched out the flour to all white all purpose because that is what I had on hand….and I used turbanado sugar and cinnamon on the top……all in all it is a great moist bread. I would make it again.

  10. 5 stars
    What can I use instead of oat flour? I want to make this right now, but all I have is regular flour, whole wheat flour, and almond flour (meal).

  11. what can i use as a substitute for the greek yogurt to make this recipe vegan friendly? (the egg can be subbed out easy enough with more apple/applesauce/etc)

    1. I’m sorry Carrie, I don’t do a whole lot of vegan baking, and the Greek yogurt is a huge part of this bread, so I’m not sure what to recommend without further testing. Wish I could be of more help!

  12. 5 stars
    Made this today. I didn’t have an apple but it was still very good. I think I will add nuts and raisens next time . Good for a fast easy treat and no mixer needed.

  13. Just baked this bread and my house smells divine. The bread is beautifully moist and looks just like yours. Love the crust! Thank you for this amazing recipe πŸ™‚

  14. 5 stars
    Made this last night and it’s fantastic. I used my homemade apple butter, and upped the spices a touch for a bit more zing.
    Thanks – will be making this again

  15. 5 stars
    Made this recipe this morning – it’s the closest recipe I could find that I was comfortable taking out the brown sugar and just adding an additional 3/4 cup of homemade applesauce (apples, nectarine and golden raisins pureed together). I added in some more spices to add more flavour for the lack of noticeable sweetness. It turned out fantastic! Love it and will continue referencing this recipe.

    1. Yay!! I’m soo glad you enjoyed this!! And those subs sound awesome!! Thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

  16. What could be a replace for greek yogurt? Do you think 1/3 cup of coconut milk + 2 tsp of apple cider vinegar would work?

    1. I’m sorry I don’t know without personally testing this recipe. My concern is that would make the bread too moist

  17. 5 stars
    Delicious! I made this yesterday and it’s already almost gone, it’s so moist and flavored to perfection! A whole family favorite.

  18. 5 stars
    Just made this recipe made it with just whole wheat flour and 1 cup of chopped apples.
    Reduced sugar to 1/3 cup
    So good thank you

  19. 5 stars
    I made this with whole wheat flour, oats, flax and chia, I used truvia brown sugar, added cloves and pumpkin pie spice. I also melted healthy balance in place of the coconut oil. I added 1/2 c toasted walnuts. It is glorious and super healthy!

  20. Chelsea, Is there a way to use almond or coconut flour or mix of both in place of the ap flour? Trying to cut my carbs down. Love your healthy peanut butter oatmeal cookies, so yummy!!!!!

    1. I’m sorry I can’t say without personally testing; I don’t have a ton of experience with coconut flour to be honest!

  21. 5 stars
    Great recipe. It turned out amazing. Only thing I changed was I used Acient Grain gluten free flour. It is flavorful and yummy!

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