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Easy Applesauce Bread Recipe (with Oatmeal)

Our homemade applesauce bread recipe is moist, tender, and bursting with the essence of apples. This easy quick bread will fill your kitchen with the warm, comforting aroma of freshly baked bread with warm spices.

I adore baking quick bread recipes whether it’s a loaf, muffins, sweet, or savory. If you’re a quick bread lover like me, try this Banana Bread recipe that also uses the benefits of applesauce. Other quick bread that we can’t get enough of is our gluten-free Cherry Bread, our popular Basic Muffins, and sweet, tart, and crunchy Strawberry Rhubarb Bread.

Top-down image of a sliced loaf of Applesauce Bread with two slices laying in front of the loaf. Hostess At Heart

Today, I’m excited to share a simple and mouthwatering recipe for Applesauce Quick Bread. This delightful treat combines the goodness of applesauce with the warm fall flavors of cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg. Get your aprons on, gather your ingredients, and let’s dive into the world of baking!

Why you’ll love Applesauce Bread

Quick bread recipe. There’s no dealing with yeast and rising times, and you can have a loaf of homemade bread in no time.

Gifting – Nothing says love like gifting a loaf of homemade bread. It fills me with joy when I share home-baked goods. So whether you’re baking for the holidays or just to let someone know you’re thinking about them, your own homemade Spiced Applesauce Bread will be appreciated.

Easy recipe. There’s nothing difficult about putting this bread together. The technique is simple and ingredients are probably already in your pantry.

Tableview of a loaf of bread with the front slices sitting in the front - Hostess At Heart

Why use Applesauce in homemade baked goods?

Unsweetened applesauce is a versatile ingredient that brings numerous benefits to baked goods. Let me share with you why incorporating unsweetened applesauce in your recipes is a great choice!

  1. Natural Sweetness: Unsweetened applesauce adds natural sweetness to your baked goods without the need for excessive amounts of refined sugar. The sweetness comes from the natural sugars present in apples, offering a healthier alternative while still satisfying your sweet tooth. It also adds the essence of apple flavor.
  2. Moisture and Tenderness: One of the remarkable qualities of unsweetened applesauce is its ability to keep baked goods moist and tender. When used in recipes like cakes, muffins, or bread, it helps retain moisture, resulting in a delightful texture that’s soft and moist with every bite.
  3. Fat Reduction: Applesauce can be used as a substitute for butter or oil in certain recipes, making it an excellent choice for those seeking to reduce fat content. By replacing a portion or even the entirety of the fat in a recipe with unsweetened applesauce, you can enjoy lighter and healthier treats without sacrificing taste or texture.

Easy Applesauce Bread Ingredients and Variations

Please note, that the printable recipe card has ingredient quantities, complete instructions, and nutritional information. The following is a quick overview of the recipe.

Unsweetened Applesauce. I use store-bought applesauce. You can make your own homemade applesauce as well.

Eggs. Grade A large eggs were used in this recipe.

Vegetable oil. Canola, or another neutral-flavored cooking oil.

Sugar. White granulated sugar. You can also use half brown sugar and half white sugar for a hint of molasses flavor or coconut sugar.

Vanilla. Pure vanilla extract is what we prefer. Use what you have.

Flour. This recipe uses a flour blend of all-purpose flour and whole wheat flour. You can use just the all-purpose flour but, I haven’t t tested this recipe using just wheat flour.

Baking powder and baking soda. Make sure these ingredients are replaced every six months to ensure that they’re active.

Spices. Ground cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice give this bread a warm and aromatic flavor. You can substitute with equal amounts of apple pie spice.

Salt. I prefer using fine sea salt in my baking. It distributes and dissolves better eliminating pockets of salt in the batter.

Rolled Oats. The nutty flavor works in this Oatmeal Applesauce Bread and gives the benefit of more fiber.

Top down view of a loaf of Oatmeal Applesauce bread with a buttered slice laying in the front - Hostess At Heart

Variations – Make it your own!

It’s so easy to make this into whole different bread. Add chopped walnuts, chocolate chips, raisins, and chopped pecans.

Add a crumb topping (streusel) like we did with our Pumpkin Apple bread. It adds a delicious crunch and great flavor.

Make applesauce muffins. This delicious muffin making it an easy breakfast or snack.

How to make Applesauce Oatmeal Bread

Step 1: Preparing the Bread Batter: First things first, preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and grease a loaf pan with a little bit of oil or butter or even just a spritz of non-stick cooking spray. Now, let’s start making the batter!

In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine (dry ingredients) the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg. Give it a gentle whisk to ensure all the ingredients are well incorporated.

Next, in a separate larger bowl, add (wet mixture) the granulated sugar, vegetable oil, egg, applesauce, and vanilla extract. Stir everything together until it forms a smooth mixture.

Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture, stirring gently until just combined. Be careful not to overmix, as it can result in a dense loaf of bread.

Step 2: Baking the Bread: Now that our batter is ready, pour it into the prepared loaf pan. Use a spatula to even out the top and make sure it spreads evenly.

Place the loaf pan in the preheated oven and bake for approximately 50-60 minutes. To check if the bread is done, insert a toothpick into the center. If it comes out clean or with a few crumbs, it’s ready!

Once baked, remove the bread from the oven and let it cool in the pan for about 10 minutes. Then, transfer it to a wire rack to cool completely.

Closeup of slices of Apple sauce Oatmeal Bread dotted with butter.

Storage Tips

Here’s the best way to store this mouthwatering treat, ensuring it stays fresh and delicious for as long as possible.

  • Completely Cooled Loaf: Once you’ve taken the applesauce bread out of the oven, allow it to cool completely on a wire rack. This step prevents condensation from forming inside the storage container, which could make the bread soggy.
  • Airtight Container: To maintain the bread’s moisture and prevent it from drying out, store it in an airtight container. A resealable plastic bag or a tightly sealed food storage container would work perfectly for this.
  • Room Temperature: If you plan to consume the bread within 1–2 days, storing it at room temperature is ideal. Just make sure the room is relatively cool and dry. Placing it in the pantry or on the kitchen counter away from direct sunlight should do the trick.
  • Refrigeration (for longer storage): If you think it will take longer to finish the bread or if the weather is particularly warm and humid, consider refrigerating it. Wrap the bread in plastic wrap or aluminum foil before placing it in the fridge. This helps retain its moisture and flavor while also preventing it from absorbing any odors from the fridge.
  • Freezing (for extended storage): For longer-term storage (up to 3 months), freezing is the way to go. Ensure the bread is completely cooled before wrapping it tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil or place it in a freezer bag. You can also slice the bread before freezing to make it easier to thaw individual portions. 
  • Thawing Frozen Bread: When you’re ready to enjoy your frozen applesauce bread, simply take out the desired number of slices and let them thaw at room temperature for a few hours or overnight. You can also reheat individual slices in the microwave for a warm after-school snack.
An image for Pinterest of a loaf of Applesauce Bread with Oats with the front two slices laying in front of the loaf - Hostess At Heart

There you have it. I hope you enjoy this simple recipe for Applesauce Bread I think you’ll like our Banana Bread with Applesauce, Banana Blueberry Muffins Recipe, or this amazing Apple Pull-Apart bread. They’re a wonderful way to enjoy the flavor and spice in a homemade treat. Here are a few more recipes you may enjoy:

My husband and I ate the whole darned thing. We ate it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It was moist and just sweet enough.

I hope you enjoyed this delicious recipe as much as we do. Drop me a comment below, and don’t forget to give it a star rating. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐. Your comments and ratings help others decide if this recipe is for them too.

Top-down angle of a loaf of Apple Sauce Oatmeal Bread with the front sliced off an buttered - Hostess At Heart

Easy Applesauce Bread with Oatmeal

Author: Hostess At Heart
Our Homemade applesauce bread recipe is an easy moist quick bread that bursts with the essence of apples and warm fall spices.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Keyword: Applesauce Oatmeal Bread, Homemade bread
Servings: 18 slices

Ingredients
 
 

  • 1 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 large eggs room temperature
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup no sugar added applesauce

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 °F. Lightly grease a 9 x 5 loaf pan.
  • In the bowl of an electric stand mixer, combine sugar, eggs, oil, and vanilla. Beat to combine.
  • In a separate bowl, combine flours, baking powder, and soda, spices, and salt. Whisk to combine.
  • With the mixer running, slowly add dry ingredients, oats, and applesauce.
  • Pour the mixture into the loaf pan, and bake for 55 to 60 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Remove the bread from the oven and cool completely on a wire rack.
  • Store in an airtight container.

Notes

Recipe Adapted from King Arthur Flour

Nutrition

Calories: 150kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 1gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 103mgPotassium: 45mgSugar: 12gVitamin A: 15IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 10mgIron: 0.6mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.

Tried this recipe?Let me know how it was!

This Oatmeal Applesauce Bread Recipe was originally shared on July 14, 2014 so it was due for an update. I’ve included tips to help you make this beautiful aromatic bread.

This recipe was originally made as a part of a challenge for the “Bread Bakers” group hosted by Kids and Chic, and our challenge was to create a bread using “oats”.

What is Bread Bakers? It’s a group of bread loving bakers who get together once a month to bake bread with a common ingredient or theme. You can see all our of lovely bread by following our Bread Bakers Pinterest Board. Links are also updated after each event on the Bread Bakers home page.

If you are a food blogger and would like to join us, just send Stacy an email with your blog URL to [email protected].

Oatmeal Bread Recipes

I would like to dedicate this post to Selma who lost her battle to cancer on July 4th, 2015. Selma also loved baking bread and was a talented baker, friend, mother and so much more. She had a sourdough starter that she called “Twinkle”. Selma sent me some of this starter that I cherish and it began my love affair with sourdough that I’ve shared with so many of you.

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Sally T

Saturday 30th of May 2020

We love bread! Plus we use a lot of oatmeal. This with a cup of coffee makes me happy.

Sylvia Fraser

Saturday 29th of August 2015

So looking forward to trying this - we have tons of apples in the garden this year due to an exceptionally wet (even more than usual) Scottish Summer. Thank you.

Julie Menghini

Wednesday 2nd of September 2015

Thank you so much Sylvia! We are just entering our apple season and I love cooking with them.

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Tuesday 11th of August 2015

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Tuesday 11th of August 2015

That is wonderful Barbara! I think I have you signed up. I was making some changes to my site so that may have been the issue. I generally post twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays. If you see that you didn't get something, please please please let me know. Thank you and enjoy your day!

Gerard Villanueva

Saturday 25th of July 2015

Nice job on the bread. I'm sure Selma would have loved it. She would also be happy about "Twinkle" 's legacy living on!

Julie Menghini

Saturday 25th of July 2015

Thank you so much Gerard. I think Selma would have liked it too. We often talked about our bread baking. She was much more advanced than I but left behind a great legacy of people she helped. I appreciate your stopping and taking the time to comment.

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