The BEST Applesauce Bread is super moist and better than a bakery, made with unsweetened applesauce, Greek yogurt, and the prefect blend of spices.

Serve applesauce bread warm with a little butter, apple butter, raspberry, peach, or strawberry jam!

Applesauce bread on a bread board with three slices cut from it.

The key ingredient in delicious Applesauce Bread is the applesauce (shocking, I know ;-))!  The applesauce adds sweetness, flavor and tons of moisture. Choose a good brand of unsweetened applesauce from the store or go for gold and make my easy Homemade applesauce on the stove, Instant Pot Applesauce, or in the slow cooker (slow cooker instructions are in my instant pot recipe).

How to Make Applesauce Bread:

1. Prep the bread pans: Line the bottom of a 9X5-inch loaf pan with parchment paper (I always like to do this to prevent the bread from sticking to the bottom of the pan). Lightly grease the insides of the pan with cooking spray.

2. Mix wet ingredients: In a large bowl, whisk together oil, granulated sugar and brown sugar. Add the eggs, whisking until smooth. Add the applesauce, vanilla, and Greek yogurt and mix until well-combined.

3. Add dry ingredients: Add the flours, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt and stir just until combined–don’t over-mix; a few lumps are ok.

Two process photos for the batter for applesauce bread.

4. Bake. Pour the batter into the loaf pan and spread into an even layer and bake at 350ºF for 45-55 minutes (ovens will vary on exact time) until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean with just moist crumbs. Remove from oven. Run a knife gently around the side of the pan and then remove bread onto a cooling rack.

The batter for applesauce bread in a bread pan, then a photo of the baked bread.

Make Ahead And Freezing Instructions:

To make ahead: Applesauce bread will stay fresh for 3-5 days, stored at room temperature or in the refrigerator.

To freeze: Allow the baked bread to cool completely then wrap it in plastic wrap and store it in a freezer safe ziplock bag for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature.

Variations:

  • Add nuts (chopped walnuts, pecans, or almonds).
  • Add raisins or other dried fruit.
  • Add crumb topping: mix ¼ cup sugar, ¼ cup, ½ cup all-purpose flour, ½ tsp cinnamon, and 2 tbs. melted butter. Press lightly into the top of the uncooked bread just before baking.
  • Add chocolate chips.

Consider trying my other favorite bakery breads:

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Recipe

Applesauce bread on a bread board with three slices cut from it.
Prep 10 mins
Cook 55 mins
Total 1 hr 5 mins
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Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup oil (vegetable oil, canola oil, melted coconut oil, or melted butter)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • pinch salt optional and to taste

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line the bottom of a 9X5-inch loaf pan with parchment paper. Lightly grease the insides of the pan with cooking spray. 
  • In a large bowl, whisk together oil, granulated sugar and brown sugar. Add the eggs, whisking until smooth. Add the applesauce, vanilla, and Greek yogurt and mix until well-combined
  • Add the flours, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt and stir just until combined; don't over-mix the batter.
  • Pour the batter into prepared loaf pan and spread into an even layer.
  • Bake for 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or with just moist crumbs.
  • Remove from oven. Run a knife gently around the side of the pan and then remove bread onto a cooling rack. 

Notes

Make Ahead Instructions: Applesauce bread will stay fresh for 3-5 days, stored at room temperature or in the refrigerator.
Freezing Instructions: Allow the baked bread to cool completely then wrap it in plastic wrap and store it in a freezer safe ziplock bag for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature.
Mini Loaves: The batter in this recipe will fill three 5-3/4-in. x 3-in. x 2-in. loaf pans. Bake at 350º for 35-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
Variations:
  • Add nuts (chopped walnuts, pecans, or almonds).
  • Add raisins or other dried fruit.
  • Add crumb topping: mix ¼ cup sugar, ¼ cup, ½ cup all-purpose flour, ½ tsp cinnamon, and 2 tbs. melted butter. Press lightly into the top of the uncooked bread just before baking.
  • Add chocolate chips.

Nutrition

Calories: 287kcalCarbohydrates: 40gProtein: 4gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 37mgSodium: 128mgPotassium: 105mgFiber: 2gSugar: 23gVitamin A: 60IUVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 38mgIron: 1.2mg

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I originally shared this recipe August 2016. Updated September 2020.

Adapted from Averie Cooks.

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  1. 5 stars
    Hi Lauren,
    I made this recipe first before the Lemon Zucchini, and it is just as Delicious.
    How ever being totally dairy free, and have to be gluten free, I changed a few things.
    I only used only 3/4 cup of sugar, 2 egg whites, and I used soy yogurt. And 1 3/4 cup of 1 to 1 flour.
    I am so very grateful that you have provided this wonderful bread!

  2. 5 stars
    Made this bread last night and it’s delish!! I only used all purpose flour since i did not have any whole wheat flour. But other than that followed the recipe to a T and it came out just delightful! 🙂 Thanks for the great recipe. Will definitely will be making again!

  3. 5 stars
    I don’t bake often, other than pizza dough, but I had a jar of applesauce I wanted to use up so I tried this. It was a smashing success in my house. The loaf lasted all of two days. Easy and yummy. Thanks!

  4. 5 stars
    My family loves this recipe! I seriously make it all the time and it’s gone in an instant haha, thank you for sharing!

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