Carrot Apple Bread

Apple Carrot Bread — This apple carrot bread tastes like carrot cake that’s been infused with apples. It’s a no mixer recipe that goes from bowl to oven in minutes! 

sliced loaf of Apple Carrot Bread 

Apple Carrot Bread Recipe

This is carrot cake that’s been infused with apples and baked as a loaf. So it’s not cake anymore. It’s bread. Therefore you can have more and definitely can have it for breakfast.

Baking with both carrots and apples not only adds chewy texture and natural sweetness, but they also add so much moisture that it’s impossible to have a dry loaf. I adapted the basic ratios from my Cream Cheese-Filled Pumpkin Bread, a personal and fan favorite, to make way for grated carrots and apples.

I grated the carrot and apple by hand using the coarsest blade on a box grater. It literally takes two minutes and I’d spend much more time washing food processor parts than quickly doing it the old-fashioned way.

It’s an easy, no mixer recipe that goes from bowl to oven in minutes. I used melted coconut oil so there’s no butter to cream and no mixer to dirty. Oil keeps bread softer and springier than butter, and I prefer the taste. Coconut oil adds a nearly imperceptible undertone that’s sweeter and more fragrant than canola or vegetable oil, but substitute with them if you’d like.

The batter is very thick and that’s by design. The carrots and apples release juices while baking and if you start with a thin batter, it’ll turn too soupy during baking.

It’s soft, tender, uber-moist, dense enough to be satisfying, but still light. The cinnamon and nutmeg really shine and add so much wonderful, rich, depth of flavor to the carrots and apples. The carrots dominate and the bread has a more pronounced ‘carrot cake’ taste than apple.

It was so flavorful and moist that I didn’t even need butter. Although a browned butter glaze can do no wrong if you’re so inclined.

slice of apple bread on white plate

What’s in Apple Carrot Bread? 

For this apple bread recipe, you’ll need: 

  • Egg
  • Light brown sugar
  • Coconut oil
  • Granulated sugar
  • Sour cream
  • Vanilla extract
  • Cinnamon
  • Gound nutmeg 
  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking powder and baking soda
  • Salt 
  • Grated apples 
  • Grated carrots

sliced loaf of carrot apple cinnamon bread

How to Make Carrot Apple Bread

This carrot apple cinnamon bread couldn’t be easier to make! Simply whisk together the egg, sugars, melted coconut oil, sour cream, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg, then fold in the remaining ingredients. 

Turn the batter into a greased 9×5-inch loaf pan and bake until the top is golden and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. One the bread is out of the oven, let it rest in the pan for about 15 minutes before removing it to finish cooling on a wire rack. 

Can I Make This in a Smaller Loaf Pan? 

I baked the bread in a 9×5-inch pan because I was concerned that the moisture-heavy ingredients crammed into an 8×4-inch pan would take forever to cook through and a larger pan felt safer. In retrospect, an 8×4-inch would probably have been fine. The shorter height of the bread didn’t effect our inhaling of it in one day.

What Are the Best Apples for Apple Bread? 

Any apple will work for this carrot apple bread recipe! I used a large Fuji apple, but Gala and Honeycrisp would work as well. 

sliced loaf of Apple Carrot Bread 

Tips for Making Carrot Apple Bread

When mixing together the batter, make sure the sour cream and egg are at room temperature. If they’re both still cold, the melted coconut oil will partially resolidify and you’ll wind up with chunks of oil running through the batter. 

When baking the bread, you may need to tent the pan with a sheet of foil draped loosely over it at the 35-minute mark if you feel the tops and sides will become too browned before center cooks through. Baking times will vary based on moisture content of carrots, apples, climate, and oven variances. You need to bake the carrot bread until done; watch your bread, not the clock and don’t worry if it takes longer to bake than the baking estimates provided.

When serving this apple cinnamon bread, I highly recommend slathering it with Homemade Honey Butter or Cinnamon-Sugar Butter, or drizzling it with a Vanilla Bean Browned Butter Glaze. It’s delicious as is, of course, but these extra toppings really take it up a notch. 

Carrot Apple Bread - Carrot cake with apples added and baked as a bread so it's healthier! Super moist, packed with flavor, fast and easy!!

Carrot Apple Bread

Carrot Apple Bread

This apple carrot bread tastes like carrot cake that’s been infused with apples. It’s a no mixer recipe that goes from bowl to oven in minutes! 

Yield: one 9x5-inch loaf
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Cooling Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/3 cup liquid-state coconut oil (canola or vegetable may be substituted)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup cup sour cream (lite is okay; or Greek yogurt may be substituted)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch salt, optional and to taste
  • 3/4 cup grated carrots (about 1 large peeled and trimmed carrot)
  • 3/4 cup grated apples (I used 1 medium unpeeled Fuji; try Gala, Honeycrisp or similar)

Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 350F. Spray one 9×5-inch loaf pan with floured cooking spray, or grease and flour the pan; set aside. (I haven’t tried the recipe in an 8×4-inch pan and cannot comment on how long it will take to bake, but use an 8×4 pan if you prefer a taller loaf.)
    2. In a large bowl, add the the first eight ingredients, through nutmeg, and whisk to combine.
    3. Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, optional salt, and fold with spatula or stir gently with a spoon until just combined; don’t overmix.
    4. Add the carrots, apples, and fold gently to combine.
    5. Turn batter (it’s very thick, this is what you want) out into the prepared pan, smoothing the top lightly with a spatula.
    6. Bake for about 45 to 52 minutes (I baked 50 minutes) or until the top is golden, the center is set, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, or with a few moist crumbs, but no batter.*
    7. Allow bread to cool in pan for about 15 minutes before turning out on a wire rack to cool completely before slicing and serving.**

Notes

*Tip: Tent the pan with a sheet of foil draped loosely over it at the 35-minute mark if you feel the tops and sides will become too browned before center cooks through. Baking times will vary based on moisture content of carrots, apples, climate, and oven variances. Bake until done; watch your bread, not the clock and don’t worry if it takes longer to bake than the baking estimates provided.

**I highly recommend slathering a slice of Carrot Apple Bread with Homemade Honey Butter or Cinnamon-Sugar Butter, or drizzling it with a Vanilla Bean Browned Butter Glaze.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

10

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 195 Total Fat: 9g Saturated Fat: 7g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 22mg Sodium: 118mg Carbohydrates: 26g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 16g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 2g

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359 comments on “Carrot Apple Bread”

  1. I used this recipe as a jumping-off point for “Moroccan spiced” hors d’oeuvres cookies. They were yummy, and I’m indebted to you.

    Rating: 5
  2. My 2 year old grandson will not eat anything, except Cheese.😢 So we are trying to disguise vegetables and fruits into his food. This is a definite WINNER! He will eat this with a big grin and say “yummy”! He also loves the Banana with cream cheese bread. My 9 month old granddaughter loves them too, but she eats everything😄 I want to Thank You for your Bread Recipes. They are easy to make and really delicious! Which leaves me more time to play with my grandchildren😊

    Rating: 5
  3. This bread is really good. It’s fairly easy to make and the ingredients are ones that I almost always have on hand. Made a bunch of loaves for our churches welcome bags and came home and made a loaf for myself

    Rating: 5
  4. delicious. It is light but very moist. I sawed it to cut it so as not to compress it. Didn’t have oil so I used butter. I always have carrots on hand…. the small snack size.. I am trying not to eat it all myself. I just can’t say enough” how good this is”. thanks.

    Rating: 5
  5. This is one of my very favourite bread recipes — it always hits the spot with the tender, moist texture and delicious spices. I sometimes like to turn it into muffins and add sultanas. Thanks for such a delicious and easy recipe!

    Rating: 5
  6. Can I double the recipe and bake in a bundt pan?

    Rating: 5
    • I am not 100% sure since I have only done it as a loaf but I think that would be fine.

    • Jessica — Did it work out ok in a bundt pan?

      • I doubled and put it in a bud to pan for two hours it came out beautiful but a little dry for my liking. Maybe an hour and a half would’ve been fine.

      • Yes I am thinking 2 hours was too long. In a Bundt, it really shouldn’t take ‘that’ much longer than baking it in a loaf pan. I would say 50-ish minutes for most Bundts, sometimes much less.

      • I doubled the recipe and omitted the granulated sugar entirely. Baked it for 40mins and it came out moist and fluffy. It wasn’t very sweet though which was great for the kids but if I make it again just for the adults, I’ll add some granulated sugar.

  7. OMG!! This apple carrots bread is so yummy. I made several and each time the next is better than the last. It is so moist and easy to make.Great for the holidays and or anytime. 5 stars for sure.

    Rating: 5
  8. Decided to make this late at night on a weekday. Prep time was a bit longer than noted but it could be because it was my first attempt. I only use the recommended amount of brown sugar and left out the granulated sugar and it was still quite sweet (which is good or bad depending on who you ask!). I’m going to attempt it again using a deeper pan, doubling the recipe and maybe adding some nuts and more fruits. Thank you for a simple and easy to follow recipe and all the little details (like bringing your egg and yogurt to temperature, etc.) that help amateur bakers perfect their skills. :)

  9. This is the best carrot bread I’ve ever made! I didn’t have sour cream, or yogurt, so I subbed same amount mashed bananas and omitted the white sugar. Turned out very tender and fluffy. It’s a keeper!

    Rating: 5
    • Thanks for the 5 star review and glad it’s the best carrot bread you’ve ever made!

    • Thanks for leaving the tip about subbing the sour cream with banana, I’m going to try that! I made the recipe yesterday exactly as the directions described and it was SO GOOD, it didn’t last long in our house :p . I’m going to try making it again today using the banana to see how it comes out :) .

  10. Incredibly good quick bread and so cheap to make! No complicated ingredients.

    Rating: 5
  11. This recipe is fantastic! I made it exactly as described and my family ate the entire loaf within minutes. I’m not much of a baker and I’m normally left disappointed with what comes out of the oven, but not this one. I’m excited to experiment with some of the variations that people left in the comments and see how it comes out. Thank you for this recipe and for using ingredients that are easy to find.

    Rating: 5
  12. Made this for the first time today, and it sure won’t be the last! I made it into muffins rather than a bread as I wanted to freeze muffins for an upcoming weekend trip. My husband loves carrot cake so I knew he’d like these and he did. Thanks for a great recipe, can’t wait to try more!

    Rating: 5

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