A vegan apple pie bread packed full of apples and cinnamon and drizzled with a sweet cinnamon frosting.. it tastes just like an apple fritter!

apple bread sliced

I love it when everything comes together in a loaf of bread just the way I wanted it to. I wanted this bread to be so full of apples – so full, you could not avoid them. Apples had to be in every, single bite. And this sweet apple bread delivered.

In fact, it delivered so well, once frosted, I hardly had time for pictures.

apple streusel bread with cinnamon glaze

This bread recipe is vegan. I used lemon to “sour” almond milk, to give it a bit of a buttermilk flavour. But otherwise, there are no fussy vegan ingredients used here. Grab your favourite vegan buttery spread and you are good to go.

I think the apples means a slice will qualify for breakfast. Totally. Apple breakfast bread.

A few notes about Apple Pie Bread:

  • The apples are mixed with brown sugar and then layered inside the bread.  They will get very sticky. Expect stickiness around the edges. Parchment paper is a must.
  • When you add the applesauce to the vegan butter and sugar, and then add the plant milk, the mixture will look almost cuddled. Don’t worry. It’s fine. Keep going.
  • I’ve used some of my homemade applesauce, but store-bought is just fine. Stick to no-added sugar if you can. A mashed banana also works. The purpose is to add moisture and binding. Applesauce obviously works here, adding to the apple-ly-ness of the bread, but mashed banana would also work. The flavour will be a bit different. It’s only a 1/4 cup — this is about half a banana.
  • Because of the apples, the bread can be quite wet, so make sure it is baked all the way through. Use a cake tester ( a toothpick works!) inserted into the center of the loaf. Check at 45 minutes, and see if the toothpick comes out clean. If not, bake some more. In addition to the toothpick test, the top of the loaf will have a springyness to it, when it is fully cooked through.
  • Use your favourite kind of apples here. You really can’t go wrong. If they taste good, they will be good in this apple bread. I used Royal Gala  this time. I’ve used Pink Lady and Granny Smith as well. They have all turned out perfectly yummy.

Apple Pie Bread

This bread tastes just like an apple fritter. It's vegan
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Servings: 12 slices


  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3/4 scant cup almond milk add to lemon juice to measure 3/4 cup
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup vegan butter (I use Earth Balance)
  • 1/4 cup apple sauce (or a mashed banana)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 apples peeled, cored and chopped
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

for the glaze:

  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar (or more to create a thicker glaze)
  • pinch cinnamon


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a 9x4 inch loaf pan with parchment paper
  • In a small bowl, add chopped apples and toss with lemon juice.
  • In a measuring cup add 1 tablespoon lemon juice and enough almond milk to make 3/4 cup. Set aside and allow to sit for 10 minutes
  • In a medium bowl mix together dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, or a large bowl, cream together vegan butter and sugar and beat until light and creamy. Add apple sauce and almond milk. Beat together, it will look a bit curdled. That's okay. Add dry ingredients and mix until just blended. Remove from stand mixer.
  • Add 1/2 cup of brown sugar and 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon to apples and toss to coat evenly.
  • In the prepared loaf pan, add about half of the batter. Top with the apple mixture. Use your hands to push batter and apples into the corners. Top with the remaining batter and  the the rest of the apples. Put loaf in the oven and bake at 350 for 50-55 minutes.  Or until cake tester comes out clean when inserted into the center of the loaf.
  • Once the loaf is mostly cool, drizzle loaf with glaze before serving. To make glaze mix together lemon juice and icing sugar and a pinch of cinnamon. This will make a thin glaze, add more icing sugar if a thicker glaze is desired. Drizzle over loaf. Serve

apple bread sliced on cooling rack