Vegan Apple Bread

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This vegan apple bread is studded with fresh apples and has a delicious cinnamon pecan topping and creamy glaze. It’s the perfect loaf for fall!

I don’t know about you, but I cannot look at these pictures without my mouth watering. This apple bread is SO good. It’s giving me all the fall vibes and I want to make a loaf weekly until I get sick of it. It’s so perfect for fall and has a good amount of sweetness, but isn’t over the top sweet. You know it’s good when I’m sad I let Isaac have the last piece from my test batch. Better make more!

Plate with 5 slices of apple bread with a cinnamon pecan crust. Two cinnamon sticks are on the plate.

If you’re intimidated by making homemade bread, don’t be! This is a quick bread, similar to banana bread or zucchini bread. It doesn’t need yeast, time to rise or any kneading, just mix and bake!

Mixing bowl with apple bread batter and small chopped apples.

Vegan Apple Bread Ingredients

There are three components to this bread: the bread, the crumb topping and the glaze. Both the crumb and glaze are optional, but highly recommended!

Bread Ingredients

  • flaxseed egg – made by combining 1 Tablespoon ground flax with 3 Tablespoons water. If you don’t need this recipe to be vegan, you can swap the flax egg with a regular egg.
  • whole wheat pastry flour and all-purpose flour – this combo of flour results in a quick-bread texture that isn’t too heavy or dense. If needed, you can sub whole wheat pastry flour for regular whole wheat flour or you can use just one type of flour.
  • cinnamon, nutmeg – seasonings and spices.
  • sea salt – brings the flavors together.
  • baking powder and baking soda – leavening agents.
  • unsweetened applesauce – amps up the apple flavor and keeps the bread nice and moist! You can use store bought or but I like to make homemade applesauce.
  • coconut sugar – the less-processed upgrade for brown sugar. You’ll also use some for the topping.
  • coconut oil – keeps the bread nice and moist.
  • non-dairy milk – use your favorite non-dairy milk! I used oat milk or you can even make your own almond milk.
  • vanilla extract – the perfect flavor enhancer.
  • peeled and chopped apples – provides a nice chunk of apple in every bite and honestly makes this apple bread so dang delicious!!

Crumb Topping Ingredients

  • chopped pecans – you can sub the pecans for another nut like walnuts or almonds. I haven’t tested this, but I bet you could sub the nuts for oats to make the topping nut-free.
  • coconut sugar – the less-processed upgrade for brown sugar.
  • cinnamon – the perfect spice to sprinkle on top!

Glaze Drizzle Ingredients

  • powdered sugar – powdered sugar melts beautifully into liquid to make the most delicious glaze. It’s important to use powdered sugar and not granulated!
  • non-dairy milk – make your own or use your favorite!
Overhead photo of apple bread topped with cinnamon sugar and pecans. The loaf has three slices cut from it.

Whole Wheat Pastry Flour vs Whole Wheat Flour

You’ll often see whole wheat pastry flour used here on EBF when I’m making lightened-up baked goods! The reason I like using whole wheat pastry flour is that it is a whole grain flour, which means more fiber + nutrients than regular all-purpose flour. And it’s more finely ground than regular whole wheat flour so it produces lighter, softer baked items like cookies, pie crusts and quick bread. It also has less gluten than regular whole wheat flour.

If you don’t have whole wheat pastry flour, a blend of all-purpose and regular whole wheat flour works as a substitute.

Stack of four slices of apple bread topped with cinnamon sugar and pecans.

How to Make Apple Bread

Start by making your flaxseed egg by whisking together the ground flaxseed and water. Set aside for about 5 minutes to let it gel.

Mix your dry ingredients – the flours, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, salt and nutmeg in a medium mixing bowl. In another bowl, mix your wet ingredients – the applesauce, coconut sugar, coconut oil, milk, flax egg and vanilla extract.

Stir the dry ingredients into the wet until just combined. Gently stir in the apple chunks.

In a small bowl, mix the chopped pecans, coconut sugar and cinnamon. Pour the batter mixture into a prepared loaf pan with parchment paper or oil and top with the crumb topping mixture.

Bake in a preheated oven and bake for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let the loaf cool on a wire rack before attempting to remove it from the pan.

While cooling, prepare the drizzle by mixing the powdered sugar and dairy-free milk. When the bread is cool, drizzle with icing and enjoy!

Three slices of apple bread. The top has a crust of cinnamon and pecans.

How to Make a Gluten-Free Version

I originally tested this recipe as gluten-free and vegan. It tasted delicious, but the gluten-free version didn’t rise as much. Not a failure – just giving you fair warning! To make this bread gluten-free, use 1 1/2 cups of gluten-free 1:1 baking blend in place of the whole wheat pastry flour and all-purpose flour. I tested it with Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour and it was so tasty!

I haven’t tried this recipe with oat flour or almond flour so I’m not sure how it will turn out with those options. However, I do not recommend using coconut flour for this recipe!

Storing Apple Bread

After letting your bread cool completely, store it in an airtight container on the counter for up to three days. It will last for up to a week in the refrigerator and up to three months in the freezer. Storing the bread in an airtight container is crucial to making sure that the bread stays nice and moist!

Overhead photo of a loaf of apple bread sliced up and topped with cinnamon sugar, pecans and a glaze.

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Vegan Apple Bread

4 from 32 votes
This vegan apple bread is studded with fresh apples and has a delicious cinnamon pecan topping and creamy glaze. It’s the perfect loaf for fall!
Three slices of apple bread. The top has a crust of cinnamon and pecans.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 10 slices

Ingredients

  • 1 flax egg, 1 Tablespoon ground flax + 3 Tablespoons water*
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour*
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • ¾ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ½ cup coconut sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 2 Tablespoons non-dairy milk, I used oat milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 ¼ cups peeled and chopped apples

Crumb Topping

  • ¼ cup chopped pecans*
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Glaze Drizzle

  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • ½ Tablespoon non-dairy milk

Instructions
 

  • Make flax egg by whisking together ground flaxseed and water. Set aside for about 5 minutes to gel up.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F and line a 9X5 loaf pan with parchment paper (or grease with oil).
  • Stir together flours, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, salt and nutmeg in a medium mixing bowl.
  • Combine applesauce, coconut sugar, coconut oil, milk, flax egg and vanilla in another mixing bowl.
  • Stir the dry ingredients into the wet until just combined.
  • Gently stir in the apple chunks.
  • Stir together chopped pecans, coconut sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl to make the topping.
  • Pour batter into the prepared loaf pan and top with crumb topping.
  • Place in preheated oven and bake for 45-50 minutes, or until a cake tester or toothpick come out clean.
  • Let loaf cool on a wire rack before attempting to remove the loaf from the pan.
  • Once cool, make glaze by stirring together powdered sugar and milk. Drizzle glaze over bread and serve.

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Equipment

Notes

  • If needed, you can sub the whole wheat pastry flour for regular whole wheat flour or you can use just one type of flour.
  • To make this gluten-free, I recommend using a gluten-free 1:1 baking flour. I tested it with Bob’s Red Mill. The bread doesn’t rise as much but still tastes great!
  • If you don’t need this bread to be vegan you can swap the flax egg for 1 regular egg.
  • You can sub the pecans for another nut like walnuts or almonds. I haven’t tested this, but I bet you could sub the nuts for oats to make the topping nut-free.

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice with topping and drizzle Calories: 219kcal Carbohydrates: 40g Protein: 3g Fat: 6g Saturated Fat: 3g Sodium: 136mg Fiber: 3g Sugar: 20g
Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
Keyword: vegan apple bread

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    61 comments
    1. Zoria
      August 6, 2021 AT 6:59 am

      5 stars
      This turned out so fragrant and tasty, thank you so much for the recipe! Some modifications I made: I used one half whole wheat spelt flour and one half all purpose flour, about 50 g of sugar but added around the same amount of pitted dates to the batter, and topped it with walnuts and oats. 🙂

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 6, 2021 AT 12:09 pm

        Yay!! So glad this vegan apple bread was a hit, Zoria! Thanks for the review. It means so much to me!

    2. Kristin Calhoun
      February 13, 2021 AT 7:30 am

      5 stars
      I’ve made this several times and it’s the most moist and delicious bread. Everyone loves it. I found that it’s great with Bob’s red mill 1 to 1 gluten free flour as well. Thank you!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 13, 2021 AT 10:16 pm

        Woo!! So glad this bread has been a hit, Kristin. Thanks for the review. I so appreciate it!

    3. Kalli Assaid
      January 27, 2021 AT 8:16 pm

      5 stars
      I’ve probably made this 20 times! I always sub the flours for oat flour and buckwheat and its delicious!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 28, 2021 AT 12:12 pm

        Oh that’s awesome to hear, Kalli! I’m so glad this bread has turned out with the subs you made. Thanks for coming back to share and for leaving a review. I so appreciate it!

    4. Mira
      January 4, 2021 AT 3:51 pm

      5 stars
      I just used all-purpose flour because it’s what I had on hand. I added 1/8 tsp of cloves. SO good! Will bake for the full 50 mins next time.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 5, 2021 AT 9:46 pm

        So glad you loved this bread, Mira. Thanks for coming back to leave a review. 🙂

    5. Naz
      January 2, 2021 AT 2:33 pm

      5 stars
      Just made this and it’s sooo delicious. Had two slices already. I added a handful of blueberries and it’s extra moist. I didn’t have any nuts or oats so I missed out the crumb layer, but it’s still delicious. Thank you for these amazing recipes.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 2, 2021 AT 2:55 pm

        Yay!! So glad you loved this bread. Thanks for making it and for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it!

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