This bread has apples and it’s vegan and refined sugar free, so…basically it’s a salad.
This vegan apple pie bread is so damn good, it just happens to be vegan AND refined sugar-free! I am so totally obsessed with this bread, I had to make people take a few loaves from my home so that I did not devour it all by myself. This is a one bowl, tastes just like apple pie, insanely delicious vegan quick bread. Tis the season to get yo’ apple flavor on!
I did a poll recently on Instagram asking if people were into me doing more pumpkin recipes or apple recipes? The response was overwhelmingly in the favor of apples! So here we have one of the easiest things you can make with apples, and one of the greatest! P.S. I didn’t even peel my apples because I am that lazy.
The sweetness in this bread comes in the form of maple syrup and apple sauce(which doubles as an egg replacer). I think it is just right! Obviously you get a bit of sweetness from the chopped apples themselves. I like to eat mine warm with a little vegan butter and maple syrup drizzled on top! HOT DAMN!
This vegan apple pie bread is not only easy, it is mostly ingredients you may already have on hand! Have a fall event to attend? Throw this bad boy together and you will be a baked goods hero! Also perfect for a quick Thanksgiving snack or dessert!
Vegan Apple Pie Bread will be a new fall favorite for you! Get a nice bag of apples and bake a bunch of loaves. You will want more than one, I promise. If you give some to other people, they may want to be your friend. Or you can bribe them to leave you alone, whatever your preference is.
Vegan Apple Pie Bread
- 1/2 C. Vegan butter, room temperature I used Earth Balance
- 1/2 C. Maple syrup
- 1/2 C. Apple sauce
- 1 tsp. Vanilla
- 2 C. All purpose flour
- 2 tsp. Baking powder
- 1 tsp. Baking soda
- 1 tsp. Salt
- 2 tsp. Apple pie spice
- 1/4 C. Almond milk or non-dairy milk of choice
- 2 Large Apples, chopped I used Granny Smith
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large mixing bowl, using a hand mixer or stand mixer. Combine the vegan butter and maple syrup.
- Now add the apple sauce and vanilla. Stir together until combined.
- Now sift in the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and apple pie spice.
- Begin stirring and adding the almond milk at the same time. Stir scraping down the sides as needed until fully combined.
- Now fold in the chopped apples.
- Next, spray a bread pan with non stick spray. Pour the batter into the pan and bake at 350 degrees for 35-45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
- Let cool before slicing. Serve plain, with vegan butter and maple syrup or whatever your heart desires. It's good bread, my friend.
Can it be made with gluten free flour?
Yes, I think gluten free all purpose flour would work! I would just add 1/2 tsp of xanthan gum as well.
I tried with cassava flour and it came out all gooey, not bread like :(. It was my first time using that flour, do I need to add that xanthum gum? What exactly does it do
I have never worked with cassava flour, however, I have never had success with gluten free baking without using xanthan gum. Xanthan gum provides elasticity which is present in gluten. So, you need it help bind and give it good structure!
Hi! When doing gluten-free baking you generally need a combination of flours and starches. It best to either buy a ready made flour blend or look online to find a recipe you can make at home. Some ready made gluten-free blends already contain xanthan gum so you wouldn’t have to add extra. Make sure to stir your ready made flour blends each time you use them to get all the ingredients mixed. I’ve been doing gluten-free for nearly 8 years after being diagnosed with celiac. Good luck!
In the cookbook Happy Food (a vegan cookbook), the author includes a mix of various flours for gluten-free baking. I’ve used it and been quite pleased.
Thank you, everyone, for your very valuable comments & the name of that cookbook!!! 🙂
thank you, lovelies! You’ve already asked the questions and received the answers I needed to know. 🙂
cassava flour is very starchy; it is best mixed with another gluten-free flour such as brown rice, buckwheat, or oat.
Wow! Delicious! I used 1/4c canned coconut milk as my dairy free alternative. This bread was so light and moist, almost dissolved like cotton candy. Yum!
When I bake with cassava I find it works really well if I do my own all-purpose blend of 1C cassava, 1C quinoa flour and 1-2tbsp coconut flour 👍🏻 Sometimes you need to add a little more liquid with this mix as both cassava and coconut are basically pure fiber and soak up a lot of moisture. The quinoa adds protein too so it makes baked goods a little more nutritionally balanced if eating for breakfast or a snack 🙌🏻 Happy baking!
Bob’s Red Mill 1-1 gluten free flour is PERFECT for baking. No added xanthan gum needed. I’m baking this bread tomorrow! Yay, Apples, Spices, Fall!
I have the same question!
Can I use coconut oil ir vegetables oil instead of the butter?
Can you use coconut oil instead of butter?
Yes, I think that would work fine!
Can I use regular butter instead of vegan?
can I use almond flour instead of regular flour?
You should be able to, you may want to use some xanthan gum and/or more apple sauce for binding. I hope that helps!
What kind apples did you use?!
I used Granny Smith, but any kind would do. If you want something sweeter, that would work. I just like the tangy green ones for desserts.
Did you sprinkle extra spices on top, how did you finish it? The combination of maple syrup and the dark speckles on top make it look really delicious!
I do usually sprinkle a little on top so it looks pretty:)
I baked this today, and it was delish! It was very moist, and not too sweet, which was nice. The whole family loved it too. They suggested I add pecans next time. Thank you for sharing such a great recipe!
That is so wonderful to hear! I’m glad you liked it!
Sounds delicious! What spices are in Apple pie spice?
Usually cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and ginger!
I always make my own Apple pie spice. Easy to to do and you dont have to buy another spice.
The apple pie spice has the same ingredients as pumpkin pie spice, so you could also just use that.
I’m baking this right now, and boy does it smell great- think it’s going to be a keeper and definitely a family favorite! Thank you for the recipe 😝
5 minutes to go and then another few more minutes to cool down and then finally this amazing smelling loaf 🙂 will be in my very happy belly 🙂 thank you for all your amazing recipes!!
Is the apple sauce used in place of eggs?? If so would an egg replacer work??
Yes, the applesauce is used as an egg replacer. So, you could use an egg replacer, it just won’t have as much of an apple flavor, but would still taste great!
Kathleen @ Produce On Parade
I made this last week and it was awesome! My mom and husband loved it!
Can this be out in freezer after baked?
Yes, you should be able to freeze this bread after baking!
This was sooo delicious! I had an issue after the recommended baking time & temp, it was still gooey in the center. I used a metal loaf pan. Any ideas or suggestions? Thank you 😊
I’m glad you liked it! Your oven may just run a little lower than mine. I would just recommend making sure you bake it until a toothpick comes out of the center clean. You may just have to bake it a bit longer!:)
How do you make apple sauce? Is it just puréed apples? I’ve not seen it here in the UK x
I’m sorry, it is really common in the U.S, I didn’t realize it wasn’t available in the UK. It is cooked apples that are then pureed. The apple sauce is used as an egg replacer, and for flavor. However,if you don’t want to have to make apple sauce, you could use a different egg replacer, it just won’t have as much apple flavor. A mashed banana would work, or a flax egg. I hope that helps!
I know this comment is ancient now, but I’m just making this for the first time, and if anyone else from the UK is looking for applesauce you can get it here. Confusingly it’s usually in the savoury sauces section of supermarkets as in the UK people traditionally have apple sauce with roast pork (ew). You’ll find it by the redcurrant jelly and mustard etc. Usually called Bramley apple sauce.
You should be able to find apple sauce in big shops next to condiments like mint sauce in the UK.
I love this. I used coconut oil instead of vegan butter and the smell is awesome. Definitely making it again.
Did you use a 9×5 pan or 8×4?
I use a 9×5 pan.
Thanks. That’s the info I was looking for in the comments. Not just for thanksgiving but I imagine making this all winter long!
Can this be made with oat flour?
I have not tested that myself, but I have had a few people tell me they used oat flour and it worked great! So, I think oat flour works!
Made this yesterday. It will be gone by tonight. DELICIOUS!! Everybody needs this bread in their life!! Thank you so much for this recipe. 🙂
Emily Fletcher Davis
Ok, i just made this and had high hopes but it came out very mealy/mushy. I used spelt flour because that’s all I had. Also I used Myoko’s cultured vegan butter. I really want this tecipe to work. Any advice on what I might have done wrong?
So, I wouldn’t recommend replacing all purpose flour with spelt flour using a 1:1 ratio. I have not tried using spelt flour in this recipe, but I have done some research for ways to use it, and nothing I have seen replaces more than half of all purpose flour in a recipe. I think it is best with a blend. I also think for the best outcome adding xanthan gum is a good idea. Spelt flour doesn’t have the same structure as all purpose flour and can make things very mushy, so I also always reduce the amount of liquid in a recipe. Have you used just spelt flour to replace all purpose flour with success? Anyways, I recommend using a gluten free baking blend and some xanthan gum if you are looking for a gluten free alternative. I hope this was helpful and sorry it was so long!
I just made this bread and not only was it delicious but it was very easy!! It has been husband approved by a fairly picky eater. And the fact that it is oil free AND refined sugar free…awesome! Thanks for yet another great recipe! Oh and just a note for others trying this..I baked it for 55 minutes.
Yes I love the no oil and refined sugar free as well.
There is 1/2 cup vegan butter in the recipe. What is your vegan butter made from if not oil?
Okay that’s true! Haha I guess I didn’t think of it like that!
Just made this and it’s delicious! And so easy to make. My toddler had a blast helping. One question – could this be done with part or all whole wheat flour?
Haven’t tested it yet but we’d recommend half and half.
I made this for Thanksgiving 2021 and it’s was DELICIOUS! I think I took it out to soon though because even after it cooled, it was so moist that it was falling apart….even though the toothpick came out clean. QUESTION though: how did you get it to look crusted and kinda gooey on the top? Did you add maple syrup after dinner baking and use the broil?
*some* not dinner
Made this last night and I was extremely impressed. The natural sweetness of the apples more than made up for no sugar. I used agave /maple syrup and bananas (since I didn’t have enough apples to make applesauce) and it still had an amazing apple flavor. My husband couldn’t believe there was no oil or sugar and requested another one made with honey. Guess I’m off to the store for more apples!
Maple syrup? Good
No stevia? AWESOME!!!
Thank you! It looks like a fantastic recipe. I’m looking forward to making it once I’m back on my feet!!
This gave me Joey vibes. lol
Did you use unsweetened applesauce or sweetened?
I usually use unsweetened. However, if you want it a bit sweeter, using sweetened applesauce is fine too!
I made my own from scratch. Just blended apples in my Vitamix. No sweetener. Turned out great!
It looks amazing. I love the chunky bits of apple, too. I’m gong to be trying this loaf on the weekend. Perfect for lazy Sunday brunching.
This bread is amazing! I added 1 tsp of maple extract and it’s moist and comforting! Thank you so much for the recipe😍
Could I use crisco or vegetable oil in place of the vegan butter? It’s hard to find vegan butter in sticks where I live.
I think any vegetable oil would work. I haven’t tested it, but I don’t think that would be a problem.
Anyone know how I can convert the oven time to make these into muffins?
Evelyn Mae Raymond
Just reduce the cooking time to half, check the muffins to see if they are dine, and give more time or take em out. Super easy. Follow baking time for a similar muffin recipe.
Yum looks delish….my diet is oil free would I be able add more applesauce in place of oils?
I haven’t tried an oil free version, but I do think replacing the oil with more applesauce would probably work out!
Hey Cathy did the oil free extra applesauce work out ? I would like to make this but don’t want to use the oil 😋your feedback would help me out”
I love your page…i tried the pancakes…they are delicious…i love them. I will try this apple pie too. I am sure it tastes great.
Thank you for answering all the questions. It is a great help.
Thank you again for all these amazing dishes!!!
A big hug!!!!
This looks so good! Do you use this dough for any other recipes?
I like to use the base recipe for all kinds of sweet breads. Banana, cranberry orange in the fall, blueberry, chocolate chip, it works with really anything you want!
Thanks for sharing! Does it keep it long?
It keeps pretty well in the fridge for about a week or so. I just slice what I want and toast it to freshen it up!
This is so very delicious. I will make it
often. Thank You
I made the apple pie bread recipe and it turned out pretty well. So easy to make! It was lacking in flavor a bit. Perhaps I need to add more of the apple pie spice or use more flavorful apples. The bread was moist. I also added some walnuts which improved the flavor.
Would whole wheat flour work?
I haven’t tested it with whole wheat flour, but yes, I think it would work out fine!
Wow, this is my new favourite fall baking treat! Thanks for the awesome recipe 🙂
I made them as 12 muffins (for easier portability to work) and baked them for 35 min and they came out perfect.
I subbed 1/4 cup of the flour for oat flour, and used a combo of vegan butter/coconut oil/applesauce as the 1/2 cup of vegan butter in an attempt to make them slightly healthier. But yeah, still basically a salad. :p
Can’t wait to make these again. Perfect for a delicious weekend breakfast with coffee on a crisp fall morning. Plus it made the house smell SO good, better than a fall candle!
Absolutely DELICIOUS! I didn’t have a bread pan, so I made 12 regular-sized muffins (filled almost to the rim) and had enough mixture to make 6 additional regular-sized muffins with pecans (for mom) — at 350F for 30 minutes! The most time-consuming part of the prep for me was chopping up my two Granny Smiths to smaller “cubes” in an attempt to “hide” them from my 7-year old, lol, but other than that, it was super easy, and my family loved them! I will definitely be making these on a regular basis!! THANK YOU!
What does the “C” mean as a measurement in the recipe?
C stands for Cup
Hi, what size tin did you use ?
I use a standard loaf pan, which is 9 x 5.
I made this for my daughters friends who were over for dinner and served them this for dessert (only my daughter is vegan). Everyone went crazy for this bread. This is a bunch of 16 year old who’s diet is like kid food. Well a couple asked for the recipe. She is a picky eater. Needless to say I’ve made this several times and it’s so easy and fast. Love your recipes. Keep up the good work.
Do you an approximate measure of the weight or volume of the chopped apples used? Thank you!
Delicious 😋 would pears work too?
Thankyou for all of your amazing recipes Lauren 💕
Yes! I think pears would work great!
Oh my word, BEST apple bread I have ever tasted! I have no idea how I’m going to not eat this whole loaf in a day. Haha. Definitely making more for the holidays!
Can I make this without a mixer?
I actually don’t use a mixer to make this a lot! It is super simple to just stir together in a large mixing bowl. I just do it the same way the recipe says, but mix by hand.
Hi Lauren. This recipe looks delicious and I can’t wait to try it! May I ask which brand of apple pie spice you use? Thanks!
I usually use McCormick!
Thanks! I couldn’t find Apple Pie spice where I live so I made something up from a recipe online. The bread turned out delicious! I may or may not have eaten the entire loaf in one day!
I’m glad you found something that worked, and I’m so glad you enjoyed!!:)
I made this with gluten free oat flour and it is amazing!!
Just oat flour?
This looks amazing! Thank you for sharing it. Did you peel the apples?
I don’t peel the apples because I’m lazy 🙂 But you certainly can if you prefer, but it turns out delicious with the peels left on!
It was a huge hit with friends and family! Had a slice served warm with maple syrup and it was better than fabulous. I’m thinking I’ll add some walnuts next time!! Thank you for sharing the recipe with us.
My whole family loved this.
I added chopped pecans and it was Delish!!!
I’d make this again just for the smell wafting through my place while it baked! Absolutely delicious bread! I added some walnuts and made my own apple spice mix. Fantastic recipe! Thank you!
Made this bread today. We love it!
I made this today and the only differences I made were using coconut oil instead of vegan butter and I used 3 medium apples instead of 2 large. It was a LOT of apples. It was really delicious aside from the fact that it falls apart when you slice it. I am hoping that if I leave it in the fridge tonight it will become firm and not fall apart as easily. Overall, really yummy and super easy!
Hi Laurin, I also used 3 medium apples and had the same issue with it falling apart. And I had to cook
it longer. Going to try again though with less apples because, I agree, it was yummy.
Kid approved! So delicious and comforting!
I just made this and legit this is the best thing I’ve ever eaten 🥰
This was an incredibly lovely bread. It wasn’t sweet at all, but so light and fluffy! We ate it slathered with peanut butter. Next time, I think I’ll add more apple pie spice, but this is really perfect as is. I baked mine in a mini loaf pan tray. It made 6 loaves, and I baked them for 20 minutes in my toaster oven. Oh, and I peeled and shredded my apples.
This looks so good! It’s so nice to have a quick, convenient, tasty recipe to throw together in a pinch!
This is a great recipe! Made it this evening with a few adjustments. I added 1/2 tbsp apple cider vinegar to the almond milk and let it sit for 10 minutes to make a buttermilk before adding to the mixture. I also added a handful of pecan nuts to the batter, and topped with a sprinkle of brown sugar before baking. I had to bake it for almost an hour too. The whole family really enjoyed it and we finished off the whole loaf in one evening! Thank you for such a great recipe!
What can I use instead of the vegan butter?
I like to use coconut oil when I don’t have vegan butter!
Hi! Love the recipe as I try to stay away from refined sugar. However, I had a problem with how mine turned out. It was quite dense/mushy in the middle when I cut into it. The only difference is that I used regular butter instead of vegan butter. Do you think that could have caused it? I will try the recipe again as it looks amazing…do you think it could have not been cooked through enough? I’m not a very experienced baker so I’m not sure how to troubleshoot this problem. Thank you 🙂
Yup, sounds like it just needed to bake longer! A lot of times ovens run lower than you think. It may just need a bit longer in your oven. I hope that helps!
THIS IS AMAZING!! so moist and light not dense at all so addictive just sweet enough!
coconut oil instead of vegan butter creamed with light brown sugar!
half oat flour half all purpose(sifting them is a must)!!
I added a bit of ACV to the almond milk!!!
I also only used one large apple and added slivered almonds!!!!
I’m sorry for all the exclamation points!It’s just that good
This apple bread was so yummy. I
Substituted creamy peanut butter in place of the vegan butter and a
Mashed banana instead of the apple sauce. It turned out great
Although I thought it would never bake all the way thru, I ended up baking it for an hour.
I’m making this for the first time and I’m wondering if you’d recommend agave syrup or our lovely famous US “Pancake syrup” that they sell for 1.29 everywhere. I do not have the real stuff right now! Thanks so much! I love what you do!
Can I use regular milk if I do no need to worry about staying vegan? This recipe sounds delicious.
Yes! Regular milk should work just fine!
Yes you can!
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Can you use regular milk if you are not concerned about vegan?
This is fantastic! I have fibromyalgia so gluten = inflammation which = pain so I used 2 2/3 cups oat flour in place of all purpose. I only had honey crisp apples which were perfect in this recipe. It’s just sweet enough but not overly sweet. Great for dessert or breakfast. This will be a frequent bake in my kitchen. Thank you
I love using ground oat or flax in combination with Gf flours..makes it healthier and also lighter , as well as acting as a natural binding agent . 🧚🏻💚
Made as written and LOVED this! I used oatmilk and two huge gala apples. Thank you for introducing me to Apple Pie Spice. Really delicious and easy to do!
Thanks! So glad you enjoyed!
Hi! Do you think I can double this recipe and make a Bundt cake??
Yes, we think so!
Thanks for this recipe! I made it into muffins and that worked great. I’ve tried so many healthy muffin recipes on my family over the years and they usually don’t like. They all love this! It’s light, just sweet enough and has great flavor. Only change I made was using coconut oil instead of vegan butter and added 1/4 c more maple syrup.
Made this last weekend for my husband and I. Turning right around and making another one this weekend because it was so good! I like my slice warmed in the microwave with a little apple butter on top. SO GOOD!!
This bread is amazing! Thank you for sharing these great recipes.
Awesome! Thank you
I make this often and it is so so so delicious. Thank you!
Excellent recipe! I substituted 1/2 cup puréed butter beans for the butter and the loaf was perfect. I may try adding a cinnamon streusel swirl through it next time.
Forgot to mention I also used 2 2/3 cup oat flour and a tsp of xanthum gum.
Ann F Smitt
I made this bread for the first time last week as a gift to my neighbor’s dad. He loved it and so do I. It tastes just like apple pie. Thanks for the great recipes.
This was excellent! One question though. I might have missed it, but should this be stored in the fridge?
Even though mine fell apart, I’m still giving it 5 stars because it’s so easy and really delish.
My non-vegan family loved it. Lauren, It would be helpful if you gave an amount in cups or grams/oz for
the apples because my idea of apple size must be different from yours…lol
I’m sure that’s why it fell apart – too much apple. This probably caused additional moisture so
I had to keep putting it back in the oven at 5-10 minute increments. I too am a bit lazy so I partially
peeled the apples with a veggie peeler. Leaving a little skin on makes me feel like I’m making it
more nutritious (Said while wearing my rose-colored glasses). Thanks, Lauren – I’m not a great baker
and this was right up my ‘difficult-level’ alley.
I made this over the weekend. It was very good but I will make some changes. Next time I will toss the apples in the apple pie mix before adding to batter. I also skipped the vegan butter and used coconut milk from a can for the fat which I have learned from Vegan8. It was very tasty. ! I have shared the recipe w/ others. Love your cookbook!!
loved it! perfect for autumn!
Made this delicious cake with gluten-free flour and only one apple. Finished with slivered almonds and dusting of cinnamon. It’s more cake than bread but sooo delicious. Thankyou 😋
Has anyone tried this with whole wheat flour ? Does it affect the flavor?
One of my favorites! I make it again and again. I do have to cook it for closer to 55 minutes so it’s not raw, but it’s so damn good!
Did you peel the apples?
Made this for Thanksgiving. Loved how quickly it came together and wasn’t overly sweet. I did have to bake mine longer but I’m still getting used to baking with this electrical oven. Will definitely be making again.
Can’t wait to try this out. Looks so tasty.
This was delicious. I made it as written (added some chopped walnuts). I did find it salty though, and I only used a half teaspoon of salt. But I dont see any other mentions of this…maybe its just me. But super yum, another R&W hit.
I love this recipe!
Holy moly good! This is all my kid has wanted to eat for the last few days. It’s gotten thumbs up from everyone. I was out of maple, so i used agave. Otherwise followed the recipe! (and add TINY amt of glaze)
Any suggestions for high altitude baking? I’m in Flagstaff and we are @ 7000 FT. Baking can be iffy. Thank you.
I don’t have apple pie spice. Is cinnamon okay as a substitute?
This bread was amazing!!! I took it to dinner at my non-vegan family’s house while it was still warm. Half of the bread was gone before dinner! Thanks for sharing!