Paleo Apple Cinnamon Bread

This Paleo Apple Cinnamon Bread is a healthy breakfast or snack that’s made with applesauce! This gluten-free and grain-free spiced loaf is so easy and moist.

This Paleo Apple Cinnamon Bread is a healthy breakfast or snack that's made with applesauce! This gluten-free and grain-free spiced loaf is so easy and moist.Hello from Costa Rica!! When this post goes out, I’ll probably be laying in the sun, basking in the 90 degree heat (not to brag or anything). As I write this though, I’m waiting for my delayed flight to Houston, where I’ll then connect to Liberia, Costa Rica.

I was supposed to meeting up with my sister and mom during the connection, but because of my delay, I’l be on different flight to Costa Rica now. I won’t land there for another twelve hours and I’m yearning to be in the warmth! ☀️☀️

In the meantime, I’ll distract myself from the wait by talking to you about this week’s baking expeditions! Namely, this apple cinnamon bread. This recipe was one I expected to work on the first try, and that was sooo not the case. I tested and tweaked and finally, we have a winner!

This Paleo Apple Cinnamon Bread is a healthy breakfast or snack that's made with applesauce! This gluten-free and grain-free spiced loaf is so easy and moist.This bread is full of apple flavor. It’s not just that the apple chunks help flavor the bread – the base is made with applesauce, so that sweet + fresh apple flavor permeates every bite of it. The applesauce also helps keep the bread super moist and tender. Because it has natural sweetness, you barely have to use any additional sweetness – just a 1/4 cup of coconut sugar does the trick.

In one iteration of this bread, I left the sugar out entirely and it wasn’t bad at all. I preferred it with a little extra sweetness but if you have less of a sweet tooth, you could try playing with the amount.

This Paleo Apple Cinnamon Bread is a healthy breakfast or snack that's made with applesauce! This gluten-free and grain-free spiced loaf is so easy and moist.Coconut flour is what holds this bread together. Unfortunately, you can’t substitute anything else. Coconut flour is it’s own animal – it’s much more absorbent than any other flours and isn’t easily substituted.

Thankfully, it’s not too expensive and a little bit goes a long way. A bag will last you a heck of a long time, and there’s a bunch of delicious recipes on my site and around the web for you to use it in.

This Paleo Apple Cinnamon Bread is a healthy breakfast or snack that's made with applesauce! This gluten-free and grain-free spiced loaf is so easy and moist.I added toasted pecans to this apple cinnamon bread too. I love some crunch in my baked goods and I loved the toasty, rich flavor they brought here. Of course, those of you cringing at my addition of nuts can definitely leave them out. Alternatively, use your fave nut in place of the pecans (walnuts would be good).

This wouldn’t be apple cinnamon bread without a healthy dose of cinnamon, and some nutmeg and allspice round out the spice party.

This Paleo Apple Cinnamon Bread is a healthy breakfast or snack that's made with applesauce! This gluten-free and grain-free spiced loaf is so easy and moist.

This apple cinnamon bread is delicious warm, but the flavors of the bread come together and get more prevalent a day after the loaf is baked, so make sure it lasts that long :) it’s awesome on it’s own, and even better with a little slather of almond butter. Enjoy!

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Paleo Apple Cinnamon Bread
 
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Serves: 12 slices
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups unsweetened applesauce
  • 4 eggs, room temperature
  • ½ cup creamy almond butter
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  • ¼ cup coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup + 2 tablespoons coconut flour
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 medium apple, peeled, cored and diced
  • ½ cup pecans, chopped and toasted
Directions
  1. Grease one 9"x5" loaf pan and preheat the oven to 350ºF.
  2. In a large bowl or mixer, combine the applesauce, eggs, coconut oil, vanilla extract and nut butter until fully combined.
  3. Add the coconut flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and sea salt to the wet ingredients and mix well. Fold in the apple chunks and pecans.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and spread it evenly.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven for about 50-60 minutes. A toothpick inserted into the center should come out clean, and the top should spring back slightly when pressed. If you touch the top and it feels wet or sinks down at all, it’s not done yet!
  6. Remove from oven and allow to cool on a wire rack for about ½ hour. Flip out onto a cooling rack to finish cooling.

 

This Paleo Apple Cinnamon Bread is a healthy breakfast or snack that's made with applesauce! This gluten-free and grain-free spiced loaf is so easy and moist.

Comments

  1. I hope you’re having so much fun in Costa Rica, Rachel! I’m with you in spirit! :) This bread looks amazing! I wish I could reach right through my screen and grab a piece!
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  2. Oh my gosh this look so yummy!

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  3. Oh boy I love cinnamon bread! And yes, I have a sweet tooth so I will add a bit more sugar when I make it. This is a really great recipe, thank you for sharing!

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  4. Yummy! Apple and cinnamon is a fantastic combination.
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  5. Looks delicious! Quick question – in the recipe it says to fold in chocolate chunks.. do you mean apples and pecans? Even though you can never go wrong with chocolate chunks in your dessert :)

  6. You can totally brag. But that’s only because I’ll be on a flight to 85-degree FL soon!
    This bread is awesome!! Looks so perfect with the happy texture!

  7. Love all that apple flavor from the chunks and applesauce! And I love the pecans :) Delicious- pinning!
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  8. I hope you’re having the best trip! Costa Rica sounds dreamy right about now. And so does this apple cinnamon bread! You are the paleo baking queen my friend!

  9. Well I’m totally jealous you are in Costa Rica!! Please soak up some sun for me!! Guess I will have to stay home and eat my jealous feelings with this apple cinnamon bread! Which isn’t a bad idea, since this bread looks delicious! LOVE that it is packed with tons of apple flavor! Amazing, girlfriend! Cheers and have a fabulous vacay!
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  10. Have soooo much fun in Costa Rica!!! I’ll have to just pretend I’m on the beach here at home :) And this bread sounds amazing! Love apple goodies!
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  11. What a perfect quick bread! I love baking with coconut flour and Im a huge fan of anything with apples and cinnamon :)

  12. So jealous that your in Costa Rica! Have fun & this bread looks SO delicious.
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  13. Bronwen says:

    Is it possible to swop the coconut sugar for xylitol sugar?

    • I haven’t tried it, but it should work out just fine, especially since it’s such a small amount. Hope you enjoy the recipe, Bronwen!

  14. Hello,

    Going to give this a shot. If I do not have coconut sugar would 1:1 honey be suitable? If not, what would be a good ratio?

    Thanks

    • Hi Chris – this bread is pretty moist, and I’m not sure honey would be the best choice because it could make the batter too liquidy. I would stick to a granulated sweetener if possible.

  15. Can you toast this? ;)

  16. Omg this bread was AMAZING! I could not stop eating it its dangerously good THANK YOU !

  17. Tried this out and it was super delicious! Out of curiosity how long is this good for? I tried it on the third day and it tasted really bitter all of a sudden…. somewhat like alcohol so I’m not sure what could have spoiled.

    • Glad you enjoyed it MG, but sorry it went off so quickly! Were you keeping it in the fridge? That’s definitely important to keeping this bread good for longer…it’s so moist that it can go bad quickly at room temperature. You can also slice it and freeze it, and then defrost slices in the microwave as you want them to keep it good for even longer. Hope this helps!

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