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Cinnamon Applesauce Bread with Walnuts

This Cinnamon Applesauce Bread with Walnuts is perfect for fall and features some of fall’s best flavors, such as cinnamon, apples, and walnuts.

Cinnamon Applesauce Bread with Walnuts

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Creating This Applesauce Bread Recipe

I love summer. I love the lazy mornings. The afternoons at the pool. The sun. But, I have a hard time with baking during the summer. It already feels like a million degrees in the house because of the heat outside that the thought of turning on the oven for anything sounds kind of awful to me.

But, it’s fall now. I LOVE this time of year. I love waking up to a chilly house and a bed that is so warm and comfortable that it is hard to get up. I love wearing sweaters and boots. I love all of the gorgeous fall leaves and the crisp air outside.

And of course I LOVE all of the fall produce and recipes. Apples and cinnamon, cranberries, pumpkin, hot bowls of chili and freshly baked bread. Yep, I was made for fall!

So I’m totally okay turning on the oven for all of the delicious fall baked goodies, like this cinnamon applesauce bread with walnuts. Of course Logan and Madeline are completely on board with that plan, too!

This cinnamon applesauce bread is perfect for fall. It is incredibly moist (thanks to the applesauce and delicious, seasonal shredded apples), has some of my favorite fall spice flavors, and a nice crunchy topping that features Fisher Nuts‘ preservative-free Walnuts.

Cinnamon Applesauce Bread Ingredients

This cinnamon apple walnut bread has two main components: the moist bread and the crunchy streusel topping. For the applesauce bread itself, you’ll need:

  • All-purpose flour
  • Spices
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Egg
  • Chunky applesauce
  • Vanilla extract
  • Brown sugar
  • Grated apple
  • Milk
  • Melted butter
  • Chopped walnuts
  • Dried cranberries

And for the streusel topping, you’ll need:

  • Chopped walnuts
  • All-purpose flour
  • Brown sugar
  • Butter
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Salt
Cinnamon Applesauce Bread with Walnuts

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How to Make Applesauce Bread

First, make the streusel topping. Add all the ingredients into the bowl of a food processor and pulse until the mixture resembled coarse crumbs.

Then, make the bread batter. Whisk together the dry ingredients in one bowl and the wet in another. Add the wet into the dry mixture and stir until just combined. Then, gently fold in the cranberries and chopped walnuts.

Pour the batter into a greased 9×5-inch loaf pan, then sprinkle the streusel topping evenly over it. Bake the cinnamon applesauce bread until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Can I Use a Smaller Loaf Pan?

No, you need to use a 9×5-inch loaf pan for this quick bread recipe. If you use a smaller loaf pan, the apple walnut bread will likely overflow in the oven.

Can I Freeze Applesauce Bread?

Yes, this bread freezes well. Just make sure to let it cool completely before storing it in the freezer. When you’re ready to eat the frozen applesauce bread, set it on your counter overnight to thaw.

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Tips for Making Applesauce Bread

If desired, you can add other mix-ins to this apple walnut bread, such as chocolate chips, cinnamon chips, other nuts and dried fruits, and more. Just make sure to not add too many mix-ins, otherwise you’ll overfill the loaf pan.

If desired, you can omit the streusel topping. My family loves it, but the applesauce bread tastes delicious without the topping as well.

Finally, if your bread is browning too quickly on top, you can tent it loosely with foil to prevent it from burning. Note that you don’t want to seal the edges of the foil, otherwise you’ll create steam and your bread won’t cook right.

More Easy Bread Recipes:

This Lemon Blueberry Bread is topped with an irresistible lemon drizzle. It’s bursting with bright flavors and makes for a great mid-afternoon snack!

If you’re missing the warm summer weather, make a loaf of this Coconut Lime Banana Bread. One bite will instantly transport you back to sunnier days.

Craving those cozy fall flavors? This Zucchini Quinoa Bread is packed with cinnamon and is made with whole wheat flour and quinoa flour for a healthier take on the classic recipe.

This Pumpkin Cranberry Bread is incredibly hearty and is packed with fall flavors. Perfect for when you want a healthier sweet treat to snack on.

My family goes crazy for this Healthy Banana Bread. Even better, it doesn’t taste healthy at all!

What are your favorite things about fall?

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Cinnamon Applesauce Bread with Walnuts

Cinnamon Applesauce Bread

Yield: one 9x5-inch loaf
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

This Cinnamon Applesauce Bread with Walnuts is perfect for fall and features some of fall’s best flavors, such as cinnamon, apples, and walnuts.


For the Streusel

  • 1/3 cup walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, cold and cut into cubes
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

For the Applesauce Bread

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup chunky applesauce
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup grated apple, such as Jonagold or Honeycrisp
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2/3 cup chopped Fisher Nuts walnuts, divided
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries


Make the Streusel:

    1. Put the nuts for the streusel topping recipe into the work bowl and pulse to roughly chop. Add remaining crumb topping ingredients and pulse until mixture is crumb-like. Remove crumb topping and set aside in a small bowl.

Make the Applesauce Bread:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9x5-inch loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, baking powder, and salt. Whisk well. Set aside.
  3. In another medium bowl, beat the egg. Stir in the applesauce, vanilla extract, brown sugar, milk and melted butter.
  4. Add the liquid mixture to the flour mixture; stirring just until moistened. It is ok if the batter is lumpy. Stir in 1/2 cup of the walnuts and dried cranberries.
  5. Pour batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle top evenly with streusel. Bake 55 to 60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. If the streusel starts to get too browned, you can tent the top of the bread with foil if necessary.
  6. Cool the bread in pan 10 minutes. Remove from pan; cool completely on wire rack.


This bread can be frozen once it's cooled completely. To thaw the frozen loaf, set it out on your counter overnight.

Nutrition Information
Yield 10 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 400Total Fat 13gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 8gCholesterol 32mgSodium 308mgCarbohydrates 67gFiber 4gSugar 35gProtein 7g offers recipe nutritional information as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although makes every effort to provide accurate information, these figures are only estimates.

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