Spiced Applesauce Bread

This hearty, sweet and spiced applesauce bread is loaded with raisins and nuts and is the perfect breakfast or sweet snack with a cup of coffee or tea.

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Sweet, tangy, and filled with those comforting fall and Thanksgiving spice flavors, this applesauce bread recipe will quickly become a mainstay sweet treat! You can really amp it up and top it with a powdered sugar glaze!

For some similar tasty fruit breads, why not make some Apple Scones or some Buttermilk Banana Bread.

Apple sauce bread on a wooden board

Applesauce Bread

Spiced applesauce bread is the ultimate comfort cake bread for apple lovers. The warming spices combined with the fresh tang of apple and the moist cake texture perfectly come together in one of my favorite sweet fall treats.

Spiced applesauce bread is perfect for those lazy afternoons when you want a sweet cake to enjoy while watching your favorite movie but don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen. Most of the ingredients needed for this cake are kitchen essentials that you are likely to have on hand.

Spiced Applesauce Bread Ingredients

Make sure you look at the recipe card at the very bottom for the exact amounts.

• butter

• Brown sugar

• White sugar

• Eggs

• Vanilla extract

• applesauce

• all-purpose flour

• Baking soda

• Baking powder

• Ground cinnamon

• Ground nutmeg

• ground allspice

• Salt

• Walnuts or pecans

• Raisins

Cinnamon nut Topping

• Brown sugar

• Chopped walnuts or pecans

applesauce bread ingredients

How To Make Spiced Applesauce Bread

• Grease a 9×5 loaf pan and set aside

• In a large mixing bowl, using the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugars together until smooth and creamy

• Beat in the eggs, one at a time, until incorporated

• Mix in the vanilla and applesauce

• In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and salt

• Mix the dry into the wet, and then add the nuts and raisins, mixing until combined

• turn the batter out onto the prepared pan, smoothing it out, and bake it at 350 Fahrenheit for 60 minutes

• Remove and cool for 5 minutes before wrapping and storing for up to 3 days

top down shot of applesauce bread

How To Control The Sweetness For This Recipe

A lot of times, cake breads that you find in stores are far too sweet – sugar makes up for the lack of flavor in them, in my opinion. One of the nice things about making your own spiced applesauce bread at home is that you can control the sweetness with just a few easy steps.

There are two main components in your applesauce bread that determine the final level of sweetness is the applesauce and the sugar. Altering one or both of these ingredients allows you to control how sweet your bread turns out.

For less sweet bread, try using unsweetened applesauce as this still provides the same fruity tang only without such an intense level of sweetness. The nice thing about making this alteration is that the ratios in the recipe do not need to be adjusted, ensuring you are still able to achieve the same delicate texture.

Alternatively, you can play around with using different types of sugar in order to create a sweeter bread.

Low Sugar Option

For a lower calorie/sugar option, you can swap the sugar in the recipe for an alternative sweetener, like stevia that has a 1:1 ratio when used in baking. Artificial sweeteners are often designed to be sweeter than sugar, meaning that you can increase the sweetness without having to worry about packing in too many extra calories.

applesauce bread sliced on a wooden board

Alternative Toppings For Your Applesauce Bread

While a cinnamon nut topping really completes this recipe, it can be fun to play around with different toppings creating an entirely new flavor combination with just a few steps.

One option that works with almost all cake breads is a vanilla glaze adding an extra layer of sweetness while not detracting from the cake’s base flavor profile. One of the great things about sugar glazes is that they are quick to make and only require a few ingredients that you are sure to have on hand in your kitchen.

Another fun option that works super well when serving this cake to guests is to decorate each slice with a few pieces of apple. This can be as simple as thinly slicing an apple and delicately placing it on top. Alternatively, if you have a little more time, you can heat your apple slices and season them with the same warming spices that go into the cake recipe.

Looking for more delicious fruit bread recipes? Try these out:

Orange Cake

Pumpkin Cranberry Bread

Strawberry Banana Bread

Enjoy! Applesauce doesn’t just have to be for kids and or pork chops, give it a try in this!



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This hearty, sweet and spiced applesauce bread is loaded with raisins and nuts and is the perfect breakfast or sweet snack with a cup of coffee or tea.

Spiced Applesauce Bread

This hearty, sweet and spiced applesauce bread is loaded with raisins and nuts and is the perfect breakfast or sweet snack with a cup of coffee or tea.
5 from 10 votes
Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Baked Goods
12 slices
Karlynn Johnston


  • ½ cup butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1  cup applesauce
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 1/2 cup raisins

Cinnamon Nut Topping

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans


  • Preheat your oven to 350 °F. Grease a standard 9×5 loaf pan and set aside.
  • In a large bowl or in the bowl attached to a stand mixer using the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugars until sooth and creamy.
  • Beat in the eggs, one at a time, until fully incorporated. Mix in the vanilla and applesauce.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and salt. Mix into the wet ingredients until combined completely.
  • Stir in the nuts and raisins until mixed throughout the batter, then turn the batter out into the prepared pan, smoothing into an even layer
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 60 minutes, or until a toothpick or cake tester inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean.
  • Remove and cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then invert onto a wire cooling rack and cool completely. Store wrapped up at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Recipe Notes

There is quite a bit of sugar in this so you can use unsweetened applesauce if desired to cut the sweetness. 

Nutrition Information

Calories: 339kcal, Carbohydrates: 45g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 17g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 51mg, Sodium: 274mg, Potassium: 190mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 24g, Vitamin A: 291IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 45mg, Iron: 2mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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  1. Laurel says

    I’m making this now. I cut the sugars in half snd substituted ¼ c of bran for ¼ c of flour.

    I’m assuming the crumble topping gets sprinkled on top of the batter before baking because it’s left out of the steps.

    It sounds great, but I’ll let you know how it turns out!

    • Laurel says

      It turned out okay. I would say either bran substitute OR ½ the sugar, but not both. Also, inverting the loaf onto the cooling rack will lose about a third of the topping.

  2. Nora says

    I agree with Ana Maria – not only do the instructions not say anything about adding the topping before baking but there is no cinnamon listed in the ingredients for the “cinnamon nut topping”!

  3. Ana Maria Rios says

    This recipe is not complete. The intructions do not say to put the nut topping before baking!

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