Cinnamon Spice Applesauce Bread with Honey Butter

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Cinnamon Applesauce Bread with Cinnamon Honey Butter — This applesauce bread is packed with fall flavors and comes together quickly. I serve mine with homemade honey butter, because why not? 

Applesauce Bread with Cinnamon Honey Butter

Spiced Applesauce Quick Bread Recipe

You won’t need scented candles ever again. Just make this applesauce bread. The scent of apples, cinnamon, coconut oil, and bread baking makes your house smell absolutely heavenly.

The bread is supremely moist and soft, with just enough cinnamon to complement the applesauce, without being overpowering. 

It’s actually more like an apple spice cake that happens to baked in a loaf pan, so we’ll call it bread. You know, because bread is healthier than cake so you can have extra.

I used every softening and moistening trick in the book to keep this applesauce quick bread supple and tender. Applesauce, coconut oil, and sour cream all lend moisture to the bread. I loathe dry bread and cake, and this is anything but.

The crust is slightly firmer and chewier, while the interior soft, fluffy, and springy. 

It’s great zapped in the microwave for a few seconds to warm it with a big dollop of honey butter, or toast it.

sliced loaf of Applesauce Bread

What’s in Applesauce Bread? 

To make the apple bread with applesauce, you’ll need: 

  • Eggs
  • Cinnamon applesauce
  • Granulated sugar
  • Melted coconut oil
  • Light brown sugar
  • Sour cream
  • Vanilla extract
  • Ground cinnamon and nutmeg
  • Salt
  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking soda and baking powder

And for the cinnamon honey butter, you’ll need: 

  • Unsalted butter
  • Honey
  • Cinnamon

slices of Applesauce Bread topped with Cinnamon Honey Butter

Can the Coconut Oil Be Substituted? 

I love baking with coconut oil in place of other cooking oils especially for quick breads, muffins, cookies, and far prefer it to melted butter. Oil in general keeps things softer, springier and bouncier than butter.

I didn’t notice any overt coconut flavor, but if you’re concerned you can use another oil (such as vegetable or canola). Between the applesauce, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla, any coconut flavor is masked though. 

Can I Use a Sour Cream Substitute? 

Yes, plain Greek yogurt can be used in place of the sour cream. You don’t want to use regular yogurt here though, as it’s much runnier than Greek yogurt. 

Applesauce Bread with Cinnamon Honey Butter

Can I Make This with Homemade Applesauce? 

I don’t see why not! You’ll want to use smooth applesauce for this recipe though, not chunky. 

Can I Add Fresh Apples to the Batter? 

Theoretically, yes. However, fresh apple chunks will release moisture into the batter and will likely increase the bake time.

I’ve only made this recipe as written, so I can’t say for sure whether adding apples to the the batter will work. 

However, you could definitely add a dry mix-ins, like chopped pecans or walnuts! 

If you’re looking for a more chunky apple bread recipe, make my Apple Fritter Bread.

slices of Applesauce Bread with Cinnamon Honey Butter on white plate

How to Make Applesauce Bread 

This applesauce spice bread recipe is so quick and easy to prepare! Here are the basic steps for this fall quick bread recipe: 

  1. Applesauce bread: Whisk together everything but the flour, baking powder, and baking soda.
  2. Once the mixture is well combined, stir in the remaining ingredients.
  3. Turn the batter into a greased 9×5-inch loaf pan.
  4. This quick bread will need to bake for roughly an hour, or until the top is set and firm and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  5. In the last 15 minutes of cooking, tent your bread with a sheet of foil if it’s looking a bit darker before you anticipate the center to cook through fully.
  6. Let the applesauce quick bread cool for 30 minutes in its pan before slicing and serving it. It needs that extra bit of time to set up.
  7. Cinnamon honey butter: Stir together the softened butter, honey, and cinnamon. You can add as much or as little cinnamon as you’d like, it’s up to you! 

sliced loaf of Applesauce Bread with homemade Honey Butter

Can I Make Applesauce Muffins Instead?  

Probably, but you’d need to drastically shorten the cook time to about 20 minutes. Baking this as a loaf is easier though than making individual muffins, in my opinion, so definitely try this recipe as written first! 

Can I Bake This in a Smaller Loaf Pan? 

No, you need to use a 9×5-inch loaf pan for this recipe. The batter will overflow if you use a smaller pan such as an 8×4-inch loaf pan and you’ll wind up making a huge mess. 

Can I Use Mini Loaf Pans? 

This is the one exception to a smaller loaf pan: 5x3x2-inch loaf pans will work! 

You’ll need to adjust the bake time according to the size of your mini loaf pans. But I’d say about 25 to 30 minutes but again, check for doneness with the toothpick test to know for sure.

Cinnamon Spice Applesauce Bread with Honey Butter - Applesauce keeps this bread so soft & moist! It's like apple spice cake, disguised as 'bread' so you can have extra!

How to Store Applesauce Quick Bread

Store leftover applesauce spice bread in an airtight container at room temperature. It will last up to 5 days. 

The cinnamon honey butter will last up to 1 month in the fridge and can also be frozen. 

Applesauce Bread with Cinnamon Honey Butter — This applesauce bread is packed with fall flavors and comes together quickly. I serve mine with homemade honey butter, because why not? Everyone LOVES this easy, no-mixer bread!!

Can I Freeze Applesauce Bread? 

Yes, you can freeze this loaf for up to 6 months.

Simply wrap the cinnamon applesauce bread in a few layers of plastic wrap or store in a freezer-safe bag. When you’re ready to eat it, set it out on the counter to thaw. 

Applesauce Bread with Cinnamon Honey Butter — This applesauce bread is packed with fall flavors and comes together quickly. I serve mine with homemade honey butter, because why not? 

Tips for Making Applesauce Bread 

Applesauce: I used store-bought cinnamon applesauce. If you use plain applesauce, you may want to bump up the cinnamon in the batter. I haven’t tried using reduced sugar applesauce, and while I’m sure the recipe works, it won’t be as sweet. I love the bread as is and wouldn’t make the sacrifice.

Spices: I didn’t add ginger and allspice so it’s not quite as spicy as spice cake, but you can always add them if you want.

Serving the bread: I served this applesauce bread with cinnamon honey butter, but you could also try a simple butter and confectioners’ sugar glaze, a vanilla cream cheese glaze, or just eat it plain. It’s soft, moist, and flavorful enough that it doesn’t ‘need’ anything. But you know.

Leftovers: I’m sure this apple bread with applesauce would make great French toast, but this loaf never made it long enough to turn into French toast. It was gone in just over a day. That drippy, glistening honey butter gets me every time.

Cinnamon Applesauce Bread with Cinnamon Honey Butter — This applesauce bread is packed with fall flavors and comes together quickly. I serve mine with homemade honey butter, because why not? 

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Applesauce Bread with Honey Butter

Applesauce Bread with Honey Butter

This applesauce bread is packed with fall flavors and comes together quickly. I serve mine with homemade honey butter, because why not?

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Cooling Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes

Ingredients

Bread

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup cinnamon applesauce (plain may be substituted, consider adding more cinnamon)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil (canola or vegetable oil or melted butter may be substituted)
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup sour cream (lite okay; Greek yogurt may be substituted)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon (not teaspoon)
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • pinch salt, optional and to taste
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Honey Butter

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, extremely soft
  • 1/4 cup honey, or to taste
  • pinch cinnamon, optional and to taste

Instructions

Make the Bread

    1. Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan with floured cooking spray, or grease and flour the pan; set aside (don’t use an 8-by-4-inch pan; it’s too small)
    2. In a large bowl, whisk together the first 7 ingredients, through optional salt.
    3. Add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and stir until just combined; don’t overmix. Batter will be thick and with a few lumps. Don’t try to stir the lumps smooth.
    4. Turn batter out into prepared pan, smoothing the surface lightly with a spatula.
    5. Bake for about 56 to 63 minutes (I baked exactly 60), or until top is set and firm, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, or with a few moist crumbs, but no batter. In the last 15 minutes of cooking, tent bread with a sheet of foil (lay it loosely over top of pan) if your bread is looking a bit darker before you anticipate the center to cook through fully; I tented mine.
    6. Allow bread to cool in pan on top a wire rack for at least 30 minutes before turning out onto rack to cool completely.

Honey Butter

  1. Combine the butter (make sure it’s extremely soft and squishy), honey, and optional cinnamon in a small bowl and whisk vigorously until smooth and fluffy.
  2. Extra portion will keep airtight in the fridge for at least 1 month.

Notes

Bread will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 5 days, or may be frozen for up to 6 months.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 340Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 54mgSodium: 153mgCarbohydrates: 41gFiber: 1gSugar: 25gProtein: 3g

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Originally published August 23, 2019 and republished September 16, 2022 with updated text.

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  1. Hi Averie,
    Just wondering if the sour cream in this recipe could be substituted by powdered buttermilk, and what alterations may be necessary thusly. Also, your recipe for sweet potato bread is fantastic.

    1. It probably could, with testing and trial and error.

      It would be a closer sub if you use Greek yogurt because you want something thick, not thinner/runnier which is what buttermilk will be, whether you use real or powdered and mixed according to the directions.

      I don’t know what to say since I have not tested it. I would stick with the recipe as written. It’s so good!

  2. I followed the recipe and made mini muffins. After the first batch I decided it was boring and added some texture. I stirred in apple chunks and pecans. I also topped it with streusel. Thank you for the recipe that I was able to modify to make it to my liking.

    Rating: 4
  3. Great recipe even though I had to change up a few things to account for what I had on hand! I used unsweetened applesauce as that’s all I had, only 1/2 cup white sugar instead of 3/4 cup, upped the cinnamon to 2 T and used 1/4 c oil and 1/4 c applesauce as that’s all I had left of the coconut oil. Used 1 1/4 cup white flour and 1/2 cup whole wheat. Very light and fluffy – delicious!

    Rating: 5
    1. Glad it was great and that you were able to change things up based on what you had on hand and it all worked out well!

  4. This bread was easy to make and absolutely delicious. I made it as written, but I did substitute the cocoanut for canola oil. I made the honey butter for on top, and it was great while the bread was still warm. My sister had just made a batch of crab apple butter, and that was also great on the bread. Great!!

    Rating: 5
    1. Thanks for the 5 star review and glad that it was absolutely delicious! I love coconut oil and can see where it would be great in this recipe!

  5. Made the cinnamon spice applesause bread this afternoon.  Delicious! Super moist! Will definitely make the again.  A+!

    Rating: 5
    1. Thanks for the 5 star review and glad it was delicious, super moist, and you’ll definitely make it again!

  6. OM, MY GOODNESS! What a great recipe!! I used melted butter and regular applesauce and added the cinnamon as you suggested . I just made this and it’s GONE! You are such a bad girl!

    Rating: 5
  7. Very easy, very good. I made In an 8 compartment pan so I had 8 mini loaves. Baking time about 25 minutes

    Rating: 5
  8. Madd this today…the smell is AMAZING! I used plain, unsweetened applesauce. I also reduced the coconut oil to 1/4 cup and added an additional 1/4 cup of applesauce. The texture and flavor are fabulous. Moist, with a slightly chewy crust. Can’t wait to make again…I think I will add more cinnamon and maybe some maple extract.

    Rating: 5
    1. Thanks for the five star review and glad this worked out great for you given the substitutions you made and that you’re going to make it again!

  9. I just made this and it turned out wonderfully. So good and moist!! The honey butter was the cherry on top. I’ll definitely be making this again and I can’t wait to bring in the rest to work tomorrow

    Rating: 5
    1. I am glad you loved the bread and the honey butter, too! Glad to hear you’ll be making it again and you have lucky coworkers!

  10. This Applesauce Bread was delicious, The honey butter made it perfect. This is definitely a keeper. Thank you Averie!

    Rating: 5
  11. Would olive oil work in place of coconut oil as I am allergic to coconuts and can’t have anything coconut around. So please if I can help me I would appreciate it
    Thanks
    Merry

    1. Yes it would be okay I think. BUT…I would recommend vegetable or canola oil over olive oil for this one.

  12. Could I use a vanilla yogurt? I don’t have Greek or sour cream, but I’m pregnant and must make this today. Lol Thank you!

    1. I haven’t tried with regular yogurt. It’s thinner and runnier than Greek or sour cream so am a bit concerned you would need to alter the flour and maybe other things too. Good luck!

  13. Hi. I love this bread. I’m wondering if I could bake it as muffins as well. Would I need to change anything? I tried to scan the comments to see if this was already asked/answered, but there were so many! Thanks!

    1. Probably would be just fine as muffins and other than reducing the baking time dramatically, I would just make as-is! Keep me posted how it goes if you try!

  14. Loving your ‘breads’ :) Have you (or anyone else) ever tried them using coconut flour? If so, what quantities/substitutions would you use?

    1. Coconut flour is sooooo highly absorbent and really is like a sponge! So without trying it first hand in this recipe, I really don’t know what to recommend. I don’t bake with it often enough to be able to guesstimate, either.

  15. Was about to make some persimmon butter when I realized that I had persimmon puree from LAST year still in the freezer. I tripled this recipe and made no changes other than subbing persimmon puree for the applesauce. Oh, and I had no nutmeg, but used ginger.

    It smells divine and tastes sooooo good! They are perfect. Sometimes recipes are too oily and sometimes too dry. These came out perfect! I got 2 loaves and a dozen muffins out of it and I’ve already eaten 2! It is 85 degrees and sunny in San Diego, but at least it smells like fall here! Thank you!!!

    1. I live in San Diego too! And yes, it’s HOT here! Small world :)

      I wish I just had a random stash of persimmon on hand and could sub that for applesauce, wow, how wonderful that sounds! And the ginger for nutmeg. Glad the texture was perfect, not too oily and not too dry! Stay cool on this ‘fall’ day :)

      1. My guess for muffins is usually around 20-ish minutes, give or take, depending on how big they are.

    1. Funny I really don’t taste the coconut oil but if you do and if anyone is sensitive to it, just sub with canola or veg oil like I wrote in the recipe. Thanks for trying this recipe a few times!

  16. Made this bread twice in the last week! Has just the right amount of spice and sweetness without being too much. I really enjoy reading your blog and trying your recipes!

    1. Thanks for making it, and twice in one week! Love that! Thanks for reading and glad you’re enjoying my site and recipes!

  17. I baked this today & it is great! Especially with the honey butter:)
    I added a little extra applesauce & this will be our Rosh Hashanah dessert.
    Thanks Averie!

  18. Just made this recipe! I didn’t have cinnamon applesauce so I used plain unsweetened and added an extra tablespoon of cinnamon! Also added a cup of pecans and baked in 2 8×4 pans for 40 minutes.

    Tastes awesome with or without the honey butter :)

  19. Made this last night and mmmm soooo delicious! I didn’t even need to put the butter on. Very hard to stop at one slice!

  20. I’ve read a few posts here and I can actually relate. I am in love with Marie Callender’s cornbread. They are simple to make and super yummy, especially with honey butter. I’ve been a fan of MC’s ever since I was a little girl, and have fond memories of eating it with my family back in San Jose, CA. Check out their website http://www.mccornbread.com to order your cornbread mix. They also stock a variety of gourmet products I’m sure you will enjoy.

  21. Hi Averie! Just made this bread, and it is oh-so-delish! Thought I would share with you the changes I made to the recipe. The subs were because I couldn’t wait til I had the right ingredients, not because I’m all about changing a recipe.
    I used ground flax instead of eggs, safflower oil, buttermilk instead of sour cream, and added some pureed apple filling (about 1/4 cup) since I was worried that the buttermilk wasn’t as thick as sour cream. Since I had regular applesauce, I used a total of 2 Tbsp cinnamon. It is totally awesome!
    Thanks so much for the recipe!

    1. Wow you are kitchen warrior and so inventive and creative working with what you DO have!! I wish everyone was even 1/10th as creative and resourceful as you are…I’d never have to answer about 95% of the emails that come across my desk which are baking substitution questions :) What you did sounds amazing and the fact that you also got great results with flax eggs is good to know! And way to go for using 2 tbsp of cinnamon. My kinda girl :)

  22. You never disappoint! I had to alter slightly because of what I had, but Greek yogurt, a little less whole wheat flour and homemade applesauce with extra cinnamon and it looks just like yours and tastes sooo amazing! Thanks for another fabulous bread recipe!

    1. Thank you for trying the recipe and tweaking as needed and so glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for saying my recipes never disappoint! That’s awesome!

    1. Regular brown sugar and light-colored brown sugar are usually one in the same; as opposed to dark brown sugar which is, well, darker :)

  23. I made this once and it was delicious!! I will definitely keep this recipe and continue to use it. I wanted to try to make this with almond flour and I should not have messed with a good thing because it didn’t rise as well and was very dense. :( I suppose I can substitute the flour with wheat flour.

    1. So glad that when you followed my recipe, it turned out delicious!

      Unfortunately almond flour has zero gluten in it; it’s a nut, not a grain, and behaves NOTHING like all-purpose flour. I would even be slightly worried to use wheat flour, because again, very low gluten levels, and it will be prone to being dense, gummy, and thick. I would advise just sticking with the recipe as written :)

  24. this recipe sounds divine! i wanted to ask if it’s possible to make this dairy-free…do you think i could skip the sour cream? or is there some non-dairy substitute i could use to retain the moistness of the cake (what about more applesauce)? thanks so much!

    1. I would use dairy-free/vegan sour cream like Daiya, Tofutti, or similar. I wouldn’t skip it though.

  25. This looks awesome. I was wondering if you can fold diced apples into the batter and bake? Would the moisture from the apples alter the texture?

    Thanks!

    1. Make sue not to skip the applesauce in lieu of apple pieces. You could add the diced apples and they will give off some juice/liquid, so you may need to bake a few minutes longer. And yes, the bread texture will change from smooth to chunky.

  26. Those 4 things — baking bread, coconut, cinnamon, and apples — are literally my 4 favorite scents! (Plus vanilla buttercream, for candles. They make me happy while sitting at my desk all day.) And yes, it’s basically a rule that we’re allowed to have seconds and thirds of bread without needing to run any extra miles, but if it’s cake… Totally different story. I’d feel like I needed to lace up my shoes and take another lap around the neighborhood!

    I really hope your bread makes spring show up faster… The storms these past few weeks haven’t been fun!

    1. This last one has been going on and on and on….like day 4? I think of almost un-workable photography. But ‘we need the rain’. Or something like that.

      1. I tried making a deal with the “Rain Gods” after the last 4-5 day storm we had. It could rain for basically 22 out of the 24 hours in a day, just as long as it took a break and turned sunny for when I wanted to photograph and run. Seems like I need to sweeten the deal a little more this time around… They just aren’t cooperating! Fingers crossed for photography sunshine soon!

  27. Just made this. Amazing recipe. The honey butter really makes it. Your recipes are just superb Averie. Thank you! I used homemade applesauce and it tastes divine. Cheers!

    1. Glad you loved it, that homemade applesauce worked, and yes I agree the honey butter just makes it :)

  28. I’m baking this bread as I type this message. The aroma is simply wonderful. After peanut butter desserts, cinnamon is my second favorite flavor. I can’t wait to try if after it cools off.

  29. This bread is so good! It’s not dry in any way, and taste so good with the honey butter. I will definitely make this bread again, because it was easy and the results were wonderful. Tenting the bread in the last 15 minutes is what makes the bread the perfect color and did work perfectly! I thought it made a good sized loaf and it was baked through so evenly ! Love this bread!, thanks again :)

    1. Glad that tenting in the last 15 mins gave you the perfect color and yes, I was happy with the size of the loaf too. Pretty good sized and unlike most 9×5 loaves that sometimes don’t cook through evenly or they get way too dark on the sides and bottom, not at all with this one and I found it to cook through beautifully as well (sometimes banana bread can be finnicky but not this one!). Glad you loved it Julie! Thanks for the field report, as always!

    1. Egg replacer that you can buy at Whole Foods or similar stores….omit. I honestly think this bread will be fine without them. Now, I don’t know because I haven’t tested it, but I have a feeling it will still work. It may not rise as well, and won’t be as light, and you’ll likely need to reduce the flour some. Also I would double both the baking soda & baking powder. Play around with it. LMK how it goes.

  30. Apple cinnamon candles are my favorite and this sounds like a perfect start to a lazy saturday morning! Could I use a bundt cake pan if I increased the batter or 8×8? I don’t have a loaf pan but I’m hoping it works in a bundt pan for presentation purposes :)

    1. I think you could bake it in a smaller bundt pan as is…and if you wanted to double the recipe, and/or 1.5 times the recipe rather than doubling it, I think it would be fine in a bigger bundt. If you want to bake it as a cake/flat, I think either an 8×8 or 9×9 would work. You’ll have to watch the baking times based on your oven and what you do.

  31. So wish I had this for breakfast! I’m imagining how good it makes the house smell right now!

  32. I’d much rather have the smell of this baking in my house than a scented candle. And then I’d devour the ENTIRE thing!

  33. Wow, this bread does look heavenly!! I can’t wait to try this recipe! Can this also be made in a breadmaker?

    1. I don’t have a bread maker but no, I don’t think you probably should. Just bake it in the oven since it’s not a yeast-based bread.

  34. Love your opening line! What a hook!! I definitely need to make this— it’s all the cozy flavors of fall year round :)

    1. If you can teach me yours for just about everything, deal! :) Girl I have learned things over the years to make it pass-able, but I am never usually fully satisfied with the images. I do like most of these in this post but as a general rule, my bread pics are not my faves. It’s so hard to manage that big loaf + slices. Nothing ever seems right!

  35. Anything cinnamon and apple has to be awesome. We don’t get applesauce in Spain, but I assume it won’t be too hard to make????

  36. It looks beautiful. I can’t resist anything with cinnamon and apples in it – such a wonderful combination of flavours.

  37. I don’t have applesauce but I do have some home canned spiced pearsauce and I’m thinking I’m going to have to bake up a loaf of this bread tomorrow morning! Thanks! ;)

    1. I’d pay big bucks for home canned spiced pearsauce! WOW that sounds deeeelicious! I bet it would be stellar in the bread. LMK if you try it!

  38. Averie! This is gorgeous! The cinnamon with the applesauce is such a great idea and that honey butter is the perfect compliment! Making as soon as possible!

  39. I can’t believe how moist that bread is and I love that swirl of honey butter on top! Bread or cake, I could eat this one at any meal of the day. Healthy or not. :)

  40. This looks insanely good, Averie! I agree that baking with coconut oil can produce magical results. I especially love using it in my chocolate chip cookies! Thanks for sharing this recipe! Xo

    1. Oh I have a coconut oil CCC recipe coming up :) And already lots of other coc oil cookie recipes. Love it in cookies, too!

  41. I have been seeing this all over Pinterest and every time, I think, I have got to let Averie know how crazy good this looks! I was stalking your comments :) and I agree, a bread like this would get lost in the fall – now, it is all I can think about! You are so smart … and just a tad manipulative ;) Love everything about this – the ingredients, the photos, all of it! Pinned!

    1. I didn’t even set out to make it per se but had this big jar of applesauce and wanted to use it up, so early spring applesauce bread it was. And that’s neat that you see my images and knew they were mine :)

  42. This bread looks beautiful, I would love to toast a slice and slather a huge helping of the honey butter all over it!

  43. Averie, this looks incredible… Definitely perfect for some snow day baking. And love that shot of the crackly top!

  44. Wow that sounds and looks like a slice of heaven with the butter on it. You’re making me hungry lady! ;) I love pinning your food. There’s just so much to love! :)

  45. That honey butter alone is making me drool — it looks SO divine, Averie! And I love that you made an apple bread in the spring. It makes sense — apples are seasonless and I am always craving a good homemade bread!

    1. Well and in the fall, kind of like with pumpkin recipes, it all gets lost in the shuffle. No one would have paid any attn to this in a sea of a jillion others and like you said, apples are pretty seasonless. Pumpkin too, right? :)

  46. Yea I could not make this last for French Toast, especially not with 3 other roommates in the house!

  47. What a gorgeous loaf Averie! Who needs candles when you can bake up something this spectacular :) Pinned!

  48. You’re speaking my language. Love me some nutmeg combined with cinnamon and apples. Knowing me, I might throw in cloves as well. Yes, sadly, (I’ve been reading your above comments) many of us are in a perpetual deep-freeze and there’s just something comforting about warm happy smells emanating from the oven.

    1. Oh gosh, stay warm! I had no idea it was that cold for most people still. I live in my own little bubble, happily (and have the sky high cost of living in San Diego but that’s okay!) :)

  49. I’m glad this bread is not in front of me because I’d inhale the entire loaf! ;) Love the mix of cinnamon, apple, and honey butter. Pinned!

  50. This looks awesome, Averie! I totally know what you mean about not needing home fragrance and using your oven instead… my favorite thing is coming home to my apartment after I’ve baked bread, rolls, cookies… heaven, isn’t it? :)

  51. Yummmm! I would never to think to add applesauce. What a great idea! Nice touch with the honey butter. I totally want this for breakfast right now. :)

  52. Now, where was this for my breakfast this morning?! Better get a memo over to hubby to bake this for Sunday morning…. Hey, a girl can dream! Delicious recipe, Averie!

  53. Ohhhh…this looks delicious! I make a pumpkin bread that has very similar ingredients (including the sour cream and coconut oil) and it is THE best. Can’t wait to try this! Hoping to get it made this weekend.

  54. Really wishing a had a large slice or two of this with my coffee this morning! Such a gorgeous loaf. Honey + cinnamon + butter will always be one of my favorite flavor trios, and I love that you put them with applesauce bread! Love all the things you used to keep it nice and soft too!

  55. That crack on the top of the bread – the stuff surrounding that is my FAVORITE part. I am usually all about the soft and gooey in baked goods, but with bread, I go for the crusty caramelized sugar bits. YUM.

    1. Right by that crack, that’s where heaven is :) YES I know. If I could just duplicate the taste/texture around the cracks of quickbreads, I’d die happy!

  56. Okay 1. This bread is probably the most gorgeous thing ever. 2. I’m with you – the smell would make my house smell amazing! And 3. I NEED to bake with coconut oil. Like, why haven’t I????????

    LOVE this, pinned of course, all over town. :)

    1. Thanks for all the compliments my sweet friend! Sent you a board invite, too, this morning :) And thanks for pinning!

  57. Apples and cinnamon are a match made in heaven! And this recipe looks like it would take me exactly there. :)

  58. I love apple cake and this bread gives me the perfect excuse to have it for breakfast! Your bread looks unbelievably moist and soft and I love that honey butter smeared on top! pinned.

  59. This is a gorgeous loaf of bread! I love the idea of replacing scented candles with delicious cinnamon spice bread :) Also thanks for the iherb discount code! Heading there now :) Beautiful photos Averie!

    1. iherb is my FAVE!! Love it! It’s hard to restrain myself from just one more thing…LOL :) Hope you have fun shopping!

  60. I love the smell of anything cinnamon baking in my oven. And I LOVE that you used cinnamon applesauce in this recipe :)

  61. I am looking forward to spring, but warming spices and apples/applesauce are still perfect right now–the wind is just howling away. I can imagine how wonderful this smells and tastes! I haven’t baked anything with applesauce since…(I can’t remember) so I may give this a try over the weekend because it looks like a good way to deal with single digit temperatures.

    1. I didn’t realize the country was THAT cold until a few ppl have said what you’ve said. It’s been like 68F in San Diego but 58F and night and that’s cold to me :) I bet you will love this one, Paula!

  62. Beautiful. I adore me some honey butter. I haven’t had applesauce bread in the longest time, but I just know it would taste fantastic with honey butter. Craving every bite of this!

  63. I seriously love any cake or bread that involves apple sauce. They are always so moist–and not too sweet. Seriously, one of my favorite kind of baked goods ever. Love the coconut oil too!! Making this SOON.

  64. I can only imagine how good this makes your house smell!! This bread looks SO moist and delicious, Averie!

  65. My favorite Averie Cooks recipe is your Sweet Potato Spice Bread…I love ALL of your loafs/breads (and everything else). Cannot wait to try this one out!

    1. Of all my recipes, that one is your fave? Okay good to know!!! I would guess chocolate, PB, etc…never that one! That’s amazing and wonderful it’s such a hit with you & this bread is really reminiscent of that one!

  66. Beautiful photos, as always! I would LOVE to have this baking in my house during these cold winter days we’re having!

  67. Beautiful loaf, Averie! I love coffee cakes made with applesauce and this spiced loaf looks perfect. Thanks for sharing. Pinned!

  68. This bread is BEAUTIFUL Averie! I LOVE that swervy crack down the center of it – GORGEOUS! I really need to try this honey butter thing. Honey butter and cinnamon spice? YES