Apple Bread

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With a hint of spice and everything nice (including juicy apple bits), this easy and quick apple bread recipe is moist with a tender-crisp crust on top.

Close-up of a slice of apple bread.

 My family has always loved quick bread recipes (hello, pumpkin bread and banana bread). They make a delicious snack, a simple dessert, or a great quick bite for breakfast as you head out the door. This is the best apple bread recipe as it has a taste very much like my apple spice muffins and greets your family with a heavenly aroma as soon as they walk in the door. It bakes up moist and tender, studded with juicy bits of chopped apple, with a decadent soft crisp crust on top. It’s great on its own or spread with a smear of butter or apple butter.

Like my apple spice muffins, this is a recipe you can use any kind of apple you want in, even apples that are going a little soft. What other ingredients do you need? Just a bunch of kitchen staples you probably already have on hand, like sugar, flour, vegetable oil, milk, vanilla extract, eggs, allspice, and cinnamon. 

If the ingredients aren’t simple enough, the instructions are just as simple! All you need to do is mix the ingredients together, pop the batter in a loaf pan, and wait for it to bake. I mean, they don’t call it apple quick bread for nothing, right? But I guess we could also call it easy apple bread as well, right?

In the interest of being neighborly, I also like to double this so I have one loaf to keep and one to give away as a nice surprise to someone who would enjoy a little pick me up. Who’s ready to get baking?

Ingredients for apple bread.

Recipe Ingredients 

  • Apples
  • Sugar
  • Self-rising flour (see my FAQs for how to make homemade self-rising flour).
  • Vegetable oil
  • Milk
  • Vanilla
  • Eggs
  • Allspice
  • Cinnamon

How to Make Quick Apple Bread

Place diced apples in a mixing bowl.

Peel and dice your fresh apples, then place them in a large bowl. 

Add eggs to mixing bowl.

Then add in the wet ingredients, including the eggs…

Add oil to mixing bowl.


Add milk to mixing bowl.


Add vanilla to mixing bowl.

And vanilla. 

Add sugar to mixing bowl.

Give that a stir before adding the sugar.

Mix ingredients together.

Mix ingredients together until well combined like above.

Add flour to mixing bowl.

Now we’re going to dump in the remaining dry ingredients, including flour…

Add cinnamon to mixing bowl.

Ground cinnamon…

Add allspice to mixing bowl.

And allspice.

Mix apple bread ingredients together.

 Stir until well combined and there are no dry spots. 

Pour apple bread batter into greased loaf pan.

Spray a loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray. 

Spread batter into the prepared bread pan.

Apple bread ready for the oven.

Bake in a 350-degree oven for one hour or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. 

Baked apple bread in pan.

Allow the apple bread to cool in the pan for 5 to 10 minutes before turning out. 

Hands holding a slice of apple bread.

Look at all of those juicy chopped apple pieces!

Slice of apple bread on plate.



  • Store the bread loaf in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days.
  • You can also freeze apple bread slices for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature before serving.

Recipe Notes

  • Now, I’m just using granulated sugar for this quick bread recipe, but you can use a combination of granulated sugar and brown sugar if you like.
  • Any neutral oil will work for this recipe, including vegetable oil, avocado oil, grapeseed oil, or lightly flavored olive oil. 
  • To make self-rising flour according to my recipe, you’ll need all-purpose flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • Instead of allspice, you can use a combination of ground ginger and ground nutmeg or just ground nutmeg.
  • Another option is to use apple pie spice or pumpkin pie spice instead.
  • If you like, fold in a cup of chopped nuts before placing the batter into the pan. Pecans and walnuts are always good options.
  • Alternatively, fold in a cup of raisins, craisins, or chopped dates.
  • Instead of diced apple, you can use shredded apple.
  • Don’t overmix the batter!
  • Add a sprinkling of cinnamon sugar on top of the bread before baking for added sweetness and crunch.
  • Speaking of added sweetness, you can also top the cooled bread with a dusting of powdered sugar or a simple vanilla glaze.
  • For a healthier cinnamon apple bread recipe, substitute all or a quarter of the oil for apple sauce. This has the bonus of adding more apple flavor.

Recipe FAQs

How do you serve apple bread?

Simply serve your homemade apple bread warm with a spread of butter or apple butter. For dessert, turn it into caramel apple bread with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream and a drizzle of caramel sauce. YUM.

What are the best apples for baking?

Granny Smith apples are the most popular baking apple. But other good apple varieties include Honeycrisp, Jonagold, Braeburn, Golden Delicious, Fuji, Pink Lady, and Jazz apples.

You may also like these appetizing apple recipes:

Apple Pie Overnight Oats

Cinnamon Apple Bread

Snickers Caramel Apple Salad

Apple Pound Cake

Easy Apple Pie Muffins

Apple Crisp in the Crockpot

Slice of apple bread.

Apple Bread

With a hint of spice and everything nice (including juicy apple bits), this easy and quick apple bread recipe is moist with a tender-crisp crust on top.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple, bread
Servings: 10 slices
Calories: 373kcal


  • 3-4 medium apples, peeled and diced about two cups
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups self-rising flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice


  • Peel and dice apples, then place them in a large bowl. Add eggs, oil, milk, vanilla, and sugar. Stir with a large spoon until well blended.
    3-4 medium apples, peeled and diced, 1/2 cup vegetable oil, 1/4 cup milk, 2 eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 2 cups sugar
  • Add flour, cinnamon, and allspice. Stir again by hand until well combined.
    2 cups self-rising flour, 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • Grease a loaf pan with cooking spray and spoon batter into the pan.
  • Bake at 350 for one hour or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Allow it to cool in the loaf pan for five minutes, then turn out.



Calories: 373kcal
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  1. 5 stars
    I made this today and it is delicious. I put the batter in 2 smaller loaf pans 8×4 and baked for 45-50 mins. It’s delicious. I was going to freeze 1 but I don’t think it will make it!

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