Applesauce Spice Bread

A perfectly spiced applesauce spice bread made with homemade applesauce. This simple bread can be oven-ready in just a couple of minutes. Perfect with a steamy cup of coffee. 

Applesauce Spice Bread on a rack with apples and coffee around it

I recently made a Herb Pork with Roasted Applesauce for Go Bold with Butter that was this year’s annual fall dinner. Instead of my usual applesauce recipe, I tried roasting the apples first and it creates a deeper flavor because the sugar caramelizes a bit in the oven so it’s almost like caramel. I love it. I had some leftover and decided to make a bread with the rest. My grandmother loves a sweet bread and I knew that my aunt that was visiting this weekend could give it to her on her way home from my house. This bread keeps really well (and also freezes beautifully) so I knew that it would still be good when it made it to her.

I’ve made this a few times and it is so easy, that I’ve been able to get it in the oven while I’m in the middle of making dinner. Ava has even made this bread on her own. Serve with a little bit of butter (I like to toast mine) and a steamy cup of coffee.

grocery store flower arrangement

My mom used to work in a flower shop and can do incredible things with a grocery store bunch of flowers. I do not share her gift. I would lob off the ends, and jam them into a vase. Which is a waste, and honestly, I always have fresh flowers in my house. She was here last weekend and I paid attention to how she makes beautiful arrangements out of a $9.99 bunch of flowers. I am proud to say that I made this arrangement all. by. myself. I am ridiculously proud of how these turned out. I used one bunch of $12.99 flowers from my local grocery store. I wish that I took a before picture.

grocery store flower arrangements

What’s her trick?

When she takes the flowers out of the plastic, she separates them by like. She lines up everything on the counter and sorts by color. Start the arrangement with greens on the bottom. Add some of the bigger blooms and use them as the focal point. Then fill in with smaller flowers. Add some different heights and textures to keep it interesting. When all of the flowers are used fill in with some greens and move things around until it looks right on all sides. (This part is important, you look at flowers at 360°.)

(You can see some more of her grocery store arrangements here, she made 3 different ones that are great for Thanksgiving.)

ingredients for applesauce spice bread in bowls

How to make Applesauce Spice Bread:

This bread is super simple and can be in the oven in minutes. You probably have everything you need to make it already in your pantry. Ready to get started? Let’s go!

wet ingredients in a bowl for applesauce spice bread
This is a simple wet into dry recipe. In a bowl, whisk together eggs, applesauce, both sugar, melted butter, sour cream, and vanilla bean paste. 
dry ingredients in a bowl for applesauce spice cake

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, and ginger.

pouring wet ingredients into dry for applesauce spice bread

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry.

well mixed bowl of batter for apple bread

Mix your batter until just combined. You will still have some lumps. If you overmix, your applesauce spice bread can get tough, like hockey puck.

batter in a loaf pan
Pour batter into a loaf pan lined with parchment. 
baked apple bread in a loaf pan with bread on top to keep from getting stale.

Bake for 55 to 65 minutes. Let cool completely. I like to bake at night and don’t want to stay up for hours. I let it cool a bit, then place a piece of fresh bread on the top. The bread will get stale, but your bread will not. It’s magic. In the morning, I toss the bread and take the applesauce spice bread out of the pan.

This trick works for cookies, cakes, anything that can go stale.

applesauce spice bread in slices

Tips for making Applesauce Spice Bread //

I like to use my homemade applesauce recipe for this bread, but you can use whatever applesauce you have.

This bread keeps well for a few days. Wrap well and it keeps for about 3 days.

This recipe doubles well.

This bread freezes well wrapped in plastic wrap.

This bread would be delicious with a streusel top or a sprinkle of sanding sugar.

applesauce spice bread recipe
Applesauce Spice Bread

Applesauce Spice Bread

Yield: 1 loaf

A perfectly spiced applesauce spice bread made with homemade applesauce. This simple bread can be oven-ready in just a couple of minutes. Perfect with a steamy cup of coffee. 


  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon cinnamon (add more if using plain applesauce)
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9x5 loaf pan with parchment letting the sides overhang and spray lightly with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together dry ingredients.
  3. In a separate bowl whisk eggs, applesauce, both sugars, butter, sour cream, and vanilla bean paste until well combined.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix until just combined, being careful to not overmix.
  5. Pour the battered into the prepared pan.
  6. Bake for 55 to 65 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. (I like to underbake just a tad, so when the toothpick has some loose crumbs.
  7. Cool on a rack for 20 minutes and pull the bread out with the overhanging parchment.
  8. This bread keeps for a few days wrapped well. It also freezes beautifully.


Adapted from Averie Cooks.

I like my bread to be pretty spicy, so I am heavy handed with the cinnamon and warm spices. If you are using a jarred sauce, I would add more cinnamon or a apple pie spice. (King Arthur has a good one).


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Well, hello there! I’m Bree Hester, the Boston-based blogger and food photographer here at Baked Bree. Here you can get lots of weeknight meal inspiration, eat more plant-based meals, and still indulge in a decadent sweet treat. Baked Bree is a place where you will find great recipes and inspiration for your next family adventure.

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This Post Has 34 Comments

  1. Lisa Melnick

    Hi Bree,
    My name is Lisa Melnick. Our husbands know each other. A mutual friend told me about your sweet blog and I have been reading it lately and wanted to say hi. I loved your post about changing directions and I agree that the middle ground of parenting can be a bit of a mine field . I’m with you on the middle school challenges.
    I just wanted to say hi.
    Lisa Melnick

    1. bakedbree

      Hello! Thank them for me. 🙂 I’m glad that you liked it. This phase is so fun, but it can be a doozy. I’m glad that you found me.

  2. laurie axford

    The roasted applesauce alone is amazing! If you use sweet enough apples, you can lessen the brown sugar. But this is a keeper! And the bread is wonderful!

    1. bakedbree

      Thanks Laurie, I’m glad that you like it so much.

  3. Becky

    This was delicious! I just made a TON of homemade applesauce, so I’ll be making this bread a lot. I will try some with the roasted applesauce, too…that sounds awesome!

    1. bakedbree

      I am so glad!

  4. Trina

    Wow looks fabulous! Can’t wait to try!

    1. bakedbree

      Thank you! Enjoy!

  5. Jackie

    Hi Bree

    The link for the roasted applesauce is no longer available.

  6. plasterer bristol

    Lovely recipe. Thanks for sharing. Simon

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  8. karen nelson

    I cannot see the light blue print; I am visually impaired . I need the black print.

    1. bakedbree

      I’m sorry, there isn’t any blue print. I’m not sure what you are referring to.

      1. Valerie

        Am wondering if the light blue print referred to in the comment above is related to ‘links’ on the page.

  9. Reenie

    This looks so good and want to try soon. Can you tell me where you would find vanilla bean paste? Have never seen it-Thank you

    1. bakedbree

      You order it online, but sometimes they have it in the grocery store.

  10. Diane Clark

    What is roasted applesauce????

    1. bakedbree

      Applesauce made with roasted apples.

  11. Sherry

    Could you substitute Vanilla Extract for the Vanilla paste. If so , what amount?

    1. bakedbree

      The same amount.

  12. Bettye Cart

    I just have to mention, Bree, your backyard is almost exactly like ours. We live in Tennessee.
    Will try your applesauce bread this coming week.
    Thanks, Bettye

    1. Bree Hester

      I hope you love it!

  13. Glenda

    Hi Bree
    This bread looks delicious.
    One question…. can pecans or walnuts be added to the recipe?

    1. Bree Hester

      Sure thing! You can add any nut you like.

  14. Kristine

    this recipe looks wonderful , was wondering if you could add some stewed apples to the batter.

    1. Bree Hester

      I have never done that, give it a try and see what happens. I bet it will be delicious. It might need longer in the oven due to the added moisture.


    Could one use Apple Butter instead of Applesauce?

    1. Bree Hester

      One most certainly could give it a try.

  16. Kay

    Can anything be used for cardamon? Or just leave it out.

    1. Bree Hester

      You can just leave it out, no problem.

  17. Shirley

    Bree I am soooooo thankful for this recipe. I love it more than you voted understand. Every year at Christmas my mom used to make applesauce cake. We have a big family and we looked forward to this cake. She was known for this cake. Different family members tried to make it but it never tasted like mom’s. I found your recipe and have made it twice in a week.. It will remain in my family. You brought my mom home for a minute. Thank you for the perfect recipe. Its great and so easy. Heavy handed spices does it for me!💕

    1. Bree Hester

      Oh Shirley, this is why I keep sharing recipes. I am so honored to that one of my recipes will be served in your family. Much love to you and yours!

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