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Vegan Apple Bread

Fluffy and moist vegan apple bread that comes together in one bowl using only 8 ingredients! The bread can easily be made gluten-free and refined sugar-free too.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time55 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Cuisine: American, Vegan
Servings: 12
Author: Anthea


Dry Ingredients for Apple Bread

Wet Ingredients for Apple Bread

Cream Cheese Icing (optional, see note 5 for alternatives)

Caramelized Apples (optional)

  • 1 x (~180g) medium-sized apple, cubed
  • 1 tablespoon (30g) vegan butter, oil or water
  • 2 tablespoons (25g) packed brown sugar, or coconut sugar


  • Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F). Grease or line an 8-inch (20 cm) loaf pan with parchment paper.

Make the Vegan Apple Bread:

  • Add all the dry ingredients to a large mixing bowl. Mix until there are no lumps. Add all of the wet ingredients to the bowl and mix until combined. Pour the batter into the loaf pan and smooth the top.
  • Bake the apple bread for around 50 minutes to 1 hour or until it is done. Check the bread at the 35 minute mark and if it's browning quickly on top, loosely cover the bread with aluminum foil. The bread is ready when you can insert a toothpick in the center and there's no wet batter on it, though some crumbs on your toothpick are fine. (note 4)
  • Allow the apple bread to rest in the pan for at least 10 minutes. Remove it from the pan and allow it to cool on a wire rack.

Cream cheese icing (optional)

  • Add all the icing ingredients to a small bowl and mix until smooth. This icing is quite soft at room temperature but if you'd like a firmer icing, double the amount of butter and add more sugar, to taste.

Caramelized apples (optional):

  • Add the apples and butter to a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Saute until the apples are almost tender and slightly golden brown.
  • Add the sugar to the saucepan and gently mix the apples while they caramelize. If the apples stick to the saucepan, add a dash of water. The longer you cook the apples, the more caramelized they will be.

Serving the apple bread:

  • Optional: When the apple bread has cooled, dollop the cream cheese frosting (or desired frosting) on top and top with caramelized apples. Slice and serve!
  • Store the apple bread in an airtight container at room temperature for 1 day or in the fridge for 4 days. The apple bread (without decorations) freezes for up to 1 month.


  1. To make gluten-free apple bread, substitute the flour with 1 ½ cups (150g) almond flour and 1 cup (160g) gluten-free all-purpose flour (or fine white rice flour).
  2. This amount of sugar creates a mildly sweet apple bread. For a less sweet bread, I recommend using ¾ cup (140g) brown or coconut sugar.
  3. This bread will be too moist if you grate the apples too finely. Ideally, the grated apple shouldn't leak any juice. If your apple is extra juicy, use an extra 3 tablespoons (25g) of flour in the recipe.
  4. The baking time will hugely depend on your oven. If it takes longer than 1 hour to bake, that's absolutely fine. If your oven has strong heating elements on top, I recommend tenting your loaf pan with aluminum foil at the beginning of baking. Alternatively, place a rack at the top of the oven (above your apple loaf) and an empty baking tray on the rack. This will prevent your loaf from burning.
  5. The apple bread is wonderful without any decorations! Alternatively, you can top the bread with a simple buttercream made by whipping 100g vegan butter and 200g powdered sugar, a simple sugar icing such as from my lemon olive oil cake recipe or coconut yogurt. See the post above for more suggestions.


Serving: 1slice without topping | Calories: 191kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Sodium: 151mg | Potassium: 43mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 9IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 90mg | Iron: 1mg
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