September 11, 2023

Applesauce oatmeal bread

Loaf of applesauce oatmeal bread on a cutting board.

A quick bread for autumn that is full of applesauce, oatmeal, and warm spices makes a perfect accompaniment to a cup of tea or coffee on a cool day.

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Apple season is here and it's one of my most favorite times of the year. We love going apple picking and this blog is full of apple recipes. One thing I always make after our apple picking excursion is applesauce.

When we go apple picking, we pick a wide array of apples, including some heritage varieties, so we have a lot of different flavors and textures of apples.  

Apple trees in an apple orchard.

Now most of the time we eat up all the applesauce we have, especially now with kids who love it. But, sometimes I use some for baking, like in this applesauce oatmeal quick bread. 

This quick bread has both whole wheat flour and oatmeal for some whole grains and heartiness. There are also walnuts in for some texture and flavor. You can substitute pecans for the walnuts if you prefer.

This bread is also full of warm autumn-feeling spices. There's cinnamon, allspice, ginger, and nutmeg. The smell of those spices make it feel cozy and warm.

The inside of a loaf of applesauce oatmeal bread.

The applesauce I used in this bread was slightly chunky since it was homemade, but you can use a regular smooth store bought applesauce as well. I originally made this with extra applesauce that I couldn't fit into a canning jar when I was canning applesauce. 

I top this bread with a sprinkling of extra oats as well as a little sprinkle of cinnamon before baking. It adds color and flavor, and it makes it look pretty. 

Quick breads are an easy and versatile treat to make for the weekend, or I love to have them around for after school snacks or to add to your lunchbox throughout the week.

Serve this bread for breakfast, a snack, or anytime. It's perfect along with a hot drink like tea or coffee. I love to have some while curled up reading a book. For an extra special treat, top it with some apple butter.

Finished loaf of applesauce oatmeal bread.

Give this applesauce oatmeal quick bread a try this fall, or anytime you have some extra applesauce you want to use up. 

Looking for more apple recipes? Check out this round-up of 25 Savory Apple Recipes to Try this Fall

Yield: 1 loaf
Author: Amy (Savory Moments)
Applesauce Oatmeal Bread

Applesauce Oatmeal Bread

A quick bread for autumn that is full of applesauce, oatmeal, and warm spices makes a perfect accompaniment to a cup of tea or coffee on a cool day.


  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour (or more all-purpose)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon, plus more for sprinkling
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/4 cups applesauce (mine was slightly chunky since it was homemade)
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 teaspoons old-fashioned oats, divided
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts


  1. Lightly butter a 9-inch loaf pan and preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. Whisk together the dry ingredients (flour through nutmeg) in a medium bowl.
  3. Whisk together the sugars, eggs, butter, vanilla, and applesauce until well-combined.
  4. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet until almost combined and then add the 1/2 cup oats and walnuts until just combined.
  5. Pour the batter into the loaf pan and spread evenly. Top with the 2 teaspoons of oats and a sprinkling of extra cinnamon (about 1/8 teaspoon).
  6. Bake for approximately 55-65 minutes, until the top is golden and an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Let cool on a wire rack. Slice to serve. Store in an airtight container for up to a couple of days.

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Sliced loaf of applesauce oatmeal bread.

This post was originally published in 2014 and has been updated in 2023 with a recipe card, new text, and more to improve reader experience.

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  1. I don't think I've heard of any of those apple varieties, but it goes to show why you should get them from a farm and not the supermarket! This quickbread sounds delicious!

  2. Would you believe we have all those varieties of apples in our orchard. The wolf apples on our trees are a large apple…perfect for making applesauce. Your oatmeal bread must be nice toasted to start the morning.

    1. That's so great to hear, Karen! I'm loving learning and tasting all these apple varieties.

  3. Isn't it nice to get an heirloom apple. I get so fed up with the same handful of varieties from the supermarkets. Gorgeous bread, Amy. The texture looks wonderful and I love all the spices you've used.

  4. I have never thought of putting applesauce in a bread. I bet it makes the bread really moist. Great recipe!

  5. I love an oatmeal bread and this one looks SO SO good! I can almost smell it baking here. =)

  6. I love trying out new apple recipes this time of year, as well. This one looks like a winner!

  7. Quick breads are one of my very favorite things to make. I love the apples in this one! So fall! I've also always wanted to make my own applesauce, but never have. Do you have a good recipe?

    1. I do have one on here, but it's old and I don't follow it anymore really because now I almost never add sugar. Now I just really just peel, chop and cook apples with a touch of water or apple cider and a splash of lemon juice (optional but helps them from browning too much). I just cook it all over low heat and mash with a potato masher when soft. You can add sugar, cinnamon, and other spices as you like. For canning, I follow this:

  8. I love oats in bread! And apples. This looks terrific -- I'll bet the flavor is outstanding. Thanks so much.

  9. I yet have to bake brea with oat...but I am loving the idea of having it with apples...look delicious Amy!
    Have a wonderful week :)

  10. I can only imagine how perfect and moist this bread is. Looks amazing!

  11. This loaf looks so delicious!! Love oatmeal and applesauce here :)

  12. Your homemade applesauce sounds lovely! And, what a great way to use it in this bread.

  13. Amy, love the look of your Applesauce Oatmeal Bread - the ingredients that you used sound wonderful. I love homemade applesauce, oats and all those warm spices - this must certainly have been quite the treat!
    Thank you for sharing this wonderful autumnal recipe and thank you also for visting my blog and leaving such a kind comment,


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