Vegan Apple Bread is sweet, moist, and perfectly balanced between soft and crunchy. This quick bread takes less than 10 minutes to make for a healthy breakfast. Oil-free, gluten-free options available.
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This Vegan Apple Cinnamon Crumble Bread is peak fall. It has warming spices and a soft, moist center with a bit of crunchy streusel on top.
How To Make Vegan Apple Bread
This is a quick and easy recipe. The hands-on time is only 10 minutes. You'll start by making a quick apple puree. This adds tons of moisture and natural sweetness to the bread. Then finish the bread dough, and finally make the quick nutty crumble topping.
Tips For Making The Perfect Crumble Topping
Making the perfect crumble just means ensuring that the butter-to-dry ingredient ratio is JUST RIGHT. That means crumbly instead of super wet or super dry.
You literally want to feel the crumble in your hand without needing to rush over to the sink to rinse it off because it's so wet.
I also love grinding up my nuts a bit so that they make for the perfect bite and less weight on top of the bread.
Ingredients for Vegan Apple Bread
Here's what you need for this quick apple cinnamon bread:
Apples. Use a firm, tart apple like Granny Smith for best results.
All-Purpose Flour. I like Bob's Red Mill organic flour.
Baking Powder and baking soda. These help light the bread as it bakes.
Spices (Cinnamon, Cloves, Allspice + Nutmeg) for warming fall flavor.
Sea Salt to balance out the sweetness of apples and brown sugar.
Almond Milk. Feel free to use any milk you like.
Apple Cider Vinegar. This is the key to making vegan buttermilk!
Vegan Butter. I like Earth Balance Buttery Sticks for baking.
Agave. You can also use maple syrup.
Brown Sugar. Make sure it's organic for vegan.
Pecans and walnuts. You can use all one kind of nut if you prefer.
FAQ's About this Vegan Apple Bread
What Kind of Apple is Best for Quick Bread?
Honestly, because I choose to puree my apples for this as well as add little chunks inside, I love using apples that hold up together well once cooked. These apples usually include: Granny Smith, Gala, Honey crisp, Fuji, etc. However, if you are tight on time and don't have time to make a puree out of your apples, you can always substitute the apples with applesauce and just add chopped apples in for the chunks.
How Do You Store Leftover Bread?
Refrigerate leftover bread to keep it fresh. First wrap it tightly it in foil or keep it fully covered in a cake stand. It will last for up to a week.
You can also keep the bread at room temperature for up to 2 days. Or freeze the apple crumble bread for up to 3 months. Just ensure that your bread cools completely before placing it in the refrigerator or freezer (stored in a freezer-safe Ziploc).
How to Ensure that Your Bread Bakes Through.
One of the major complaints from readers is that their bread sometimes cooks faster on the outside than inside. To combat this, poke small holes over the top of the bread before baking. This allows heat to pass through the crumble into the batter.
You can simply do this with a toothpick. Poke holes again halfway through baking. You'll get a fully cooked loaf of apple cinnamon bread.
Gluten-Free Apple Bread
To make this recipe gluten-free, simply swap the flour with gluten-free all-purpose flour, like Bob's Red Mill.
Storage for this Apple Bread
Refrigerate leftover Apple cinnamon bread by tightly wrapping it in foil paper or keeping it fully covered in a cake stand—lasts up to a week. Can also be stored at room temperature for up to 2 days.
OK, So What is Apple Butter Exactly?
If you’re like me and you like switching things up with this Vegan Apple bread, then adding apple butter is just the thing you need!
New to the entire Apple Butter scene? No worries----welcome to the club. Me too! Trust me, you need to try it though—-it’s so good! Basically, Apple Butter is a highly concentrated butter sauce made by the long lengths of cooking your apples (typically with some form of liquid) to the point where the sugars in the apple caramelizes, turning it to a deep brown color. It’s technically concentrated applesauce. Haha.
If you’re familiar with brown butter, then you can understand the process.
The Process of Making Apple Butter in 3 Simple Steps:
When it came to making my Apple Butter, I chose to cook it in a slow cooker overnight which was so easy and convenient. You literally just set it and forget it!
2Tbspsorganic apple sauce(You can also use Apple Butter; See Notes!)
1cuppecans, roughly chopped
½cuporganic all-purpose flour
½cuporganic brown sugar
¼cupvegan butter, partially melted
TO MAKE THE BREAD:
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and line a loaf pan with parchment paper and lightly grease it using vegan butter or coconut oil.
Add the Almond milk and apple cider vinegar together in a small bowl, stirring together until combined and letting it sit for 5 minutes until it becomes "slightly thickened" and activated.
In a large bowl, combine the melted butter, apple sauce, vanilla, and Almond milk-AVC mixture, whisking them together until well combined.
Next, stir in flour, baking powder, baking soda, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves, and sea salt and mix until just combined. Fold in chopped apples. NOTE: DO NOT OVER-MIX!
Pour batter in the prepared loaf pan (evenly spreading it out) and make the crumble topping!
TO MAKE THE CRUMBLE TOPPING:
Add the flour, brown sugar, chopped pecans, cinnamon, and nutmeg into a medium bowl, combining them together using a pastry blender. NOTE: This helps to breakdown the nuts into smaller pieces as well, if preferred.
Add the partially melted vegan butter and using a spatula, mix until well combined and 'crumbly-like'.
Now, evenly sprinkle the crumble topping atop your batter until fully covered and place it in the oven. Bake for 55-60 minutes, or until a toothpick or knife that is inserted in the middle comes out clean. NOTE: Midway, I like to poke VERY SMALL holes all over the bread to allow heat to penetrate through and to ensure it cooks through.
Once done, remove bread from oven and let it cool for 10-15 minutes before gently removing it from loaf pan to cool completely.
Once cooled, slice and enjoy!
Tips & Tricks
STORAGE: Refrigerate leftover bread by tightly wrapping it in foil paper or keeping it fully covered in a cake stand—lasts up to a week. Can also be stored at room temperature for up to 2 days.
APPLES: Best apples to use for this bread are: Granny Smith, Gala, Honeycrisp, Fuji, etc.
GLUTEN-FREE VERSION: To make this bread GF, I recommend using a GF Flour Blend (Bob’s Red Mills has a great version!). **NOTE: If the bread mixture is too ‘thin + runny’, simply add additional GF flour, ¼ cup at a time.**
OIL: Instead of vegan butter, you can also use coconut oil or vegetable oil, if preferred.