Gluten-free Apple Cinnamon Bread
Gluten-free Apple Cinnamon Bread- made with a combo of oat and almond flour, this apple cinnamon bread is perfectly moist and slightly sweet with a hint of fall spice. Dairy-free and refined sugar-free!
I have a ton of quick breads on my site but for some reason I don’t have an apple version yet. Well it’s obviously time to change that!
I titled the recipe Gluten-free Apple Cinnamon Bread so that it would be easy for those that avoid gluten to find but honestly, even if you’re not gluten-free, I guarantee you will love this bread!
It’s perfectly moist, not too sweet and packed full of autumn spice. I especially love the small chunks of apple in each slice. Paired with warm apple cider or a latte, a cozy blanket and a book, it’s sure to make all of your fall dreams come true.
Gluten-free Apple Cinnamon Bread Ingredients
- Oat Flour and Almond Flour- Unless you’re new to my blog, you know this is my go-to combination for gluten-free baking. Oat and almond flour are both packed with nutrition and they balance each other perfectly to provide the best texture. Technically you can make your oat flour using a blender but I prefer to buy mine professionally milled for the best texture. I also recommend using almond flour and not almond meal (which still contains the skin of the almond).
- Baking Soda, Baking Powder and Salt- It might seem redundant to use both baking soda and powder but I do this to help achieve maximum rise. Trust me, you want as much air incorporated as possible when it comes to gluten-free baking! Also, the salt helps balance out the sweetness so I don’t recommend skipping it.
- Ground Cinnamon, Ginger and Allspice- Even though I’m calling it apple cinnamon bread I chose to add ground ginger and allspice for maximum flavor. That said, you can always increase the cinnamon to 2 teaspoons and leave out the ginger and allspice if you prefer.
- Pasture-raised Eggs- It doesn’t matter if your eggs are pasture-raised or not…I just like to write that in my recipes because that’s what I choose to buy for ethical reasons. I haven’t tested it with flax eggs and I think it would need some tweaking for that to work but please let us know if you give it a try.
- Pure Maple Syrup- Always make sure you’re working with pure maple syrup to avoid additives like corn syrup. I haven’t tested it with honey or agave but either of those should work the same.
- Non-Dairy Yogurt- I’ve had reviewers make similar versions of this bread with dairy yogurt and sometimes it works beautifully while other times it doesn’t. I only test my recipes with non-dairy yogurt (specifically Kite Hill plain unsweetened almond yogurt) because we don’t eat or buy dairy so I can’t say with certainty if dairy yogurt will work.
- Apple Cider Vinegar- Again, to help incorporate maximum rise, I like to add a little vinegar to react with the leavening agents (baking soda and powder).
- Vanilla Extract- What is baking without vanilla extract?
- Apples- I’ve made this with both honey crisp and granny smith apples and I personally prefer the latter. There’s no need to peel them unless the skin bothers you. Also, chopping them into 1/2-inch cubes or smaller will help them incorporate into the bread more evenly.
How to Make Gluten-free Apple Cinnamon Bread
This apple bread could not be easier to make!
- Whisk together dry ingredients in a bowl. Try to break up any large lumps.
- Whisk together the wet ingredients in a bowl until smooth. Add the dry to the wet and stir to combine.
- Fold in the diced apple.
- Transfer to a loaf pan and bake.
What did you top it with?
Some of you might be wondering about that drizzle on top of the loaf…it’s just a simple dairy-free cream cheese icing that I stirred together in a bowl and piped on top (see icing recipe in the notes). If you’re not into that, you can also top it with a little bit of cinnamon and sugar, powdered sugar, or even an almond butter drizzle. Or you can just eat it on it’s own! :)
Looking for more apple recipes?
- Roasted Acorn Squash and Apple Soup
- Baked Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal
- Fluffy Apple Cinnamon Pancakes
- Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Waffles
- Almond Butter Baked Apples
- Detoxifying Green Apple Smoothie
- Healthy Apple Almond Butter Muffins
- Easy Stovetop Cinnamon Apples
Gluten-free Apple Cinnamon Bread
- 1 cup almond flour
- 1 cup oat flour
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- ¼ teaspoon allspice, or more cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
- 2 pasture-raised eggs
- ⅓ cup pure maple syrup
- ⅓ cup non-dairy yogurt
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups diced apple (½-inch size cubes), such as Granny Smith or Honeycrisp; peeling is optional
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a standard size loaf pan (8½x4½-inches).
- In a large bowl, combine oat flour, almond flour, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Whisk together and set aside.
- In a separate large bowl, whisk together the eggs, maple syrup, yogurt, vinegar and vanilla. Whisk until smooth.
- Add the dry ingredients to the bowl with the wet, stirring as you add it in increments. Lastly, fold in the diced apple until evenly distributed. Pour batter into the loaf pan and bake for 35 minutes or until golden brown and set in the center. Allow to cool before serving. See notes if you'd like to make the optional icing.