Cinnamon Swirl Apple Bread Recipe

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Cinnamon Swirl Apple Bread . . . loaded with chunks of apple, and filled with a ribbon of cinnamon sugar swirl, this quick bread is a must make fall treat!

recipe for cinnamon swirl apple bread

Cinnamon and apples – two flavors that just scream fall. At my house, it just isn’t fall without at least one loaf of apple bread. That smell of apple cinnamon in the air as the apple bread is baking is unbeatable. Man, I’m ready for fall!

This recipe for apple cinnamon quick bread is a new favorite. With a yummy filling of brown sugar and cinnamon, it is hard to beat. We loved the big chunks of juicy apple, but you can finely dice or grate the apples if you prefer.

loaves of cinnamon swirl apple bread on cooling rack

What Kind of Apples Should I Use for Cinnamon Swirl Apple Bread?

-I like to use Granny Smith apples because they hold up while baking without turning mushy. We also love the nice tart flavor.
-Johnagold, Johnathon, Gala, and Honeycrisp apples also work well. I’ve used Golden Delicious in a pinch, but they do get a little softer than the others.

Apple Cinnamon Bread on towel with cinnamon sticks

With all the chunks of apples, you need a pretty hearty loaf to support them. This cinnamon swirl bread has a texture similar to pound cake. The batter is stiff, which helps keep the apples from all sinking to the bottom of the pan.

If you are looking for a nice dense bread loaded with fresh apples and filled with cinnamon sugar, this recipe is for you! Want a more fluffy loaf without any apple chunks? Give my applesauce bread a try.

Slice of cinnamon swirl apple bread

Apple quick bread actually gets more moist as it sits, due to the apple chunks. It’s best eaten after a day or two, or it can start to get soggy.

You get six mini loaves out of this recipe, so wrap up an extra loaf or two and share it with a friend.  You can of course wrap it up tightly and freeze it in ziplock bags, but sharing is better, don’t you agree?

Cinnamon Swirl Apple Bread collage
Handy tools for making Apple Cinnamon Swirl Bread:

-A good peeler is a must for peeling all those apples. I love this peeler.
-Whisk : I have multiple whisks in all sizes. This is a good basic whisk set.

Cinnamon Swirl Apple Bread:

Yield: 6 mini loaves

Cinnamon Swirl Apple Bread

Cinnamon Swirl Apple Bread
Apple quick bread with a layer of buttery cinnamon sugar.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes


  • Cinnamon Swirl:
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 2 Tbsp soft butter
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • Batter:
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup oil (I use canola)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 4 medium tart apples, peeled


For Cinnamon Swirl: Combine all cinnamon swirl ingredients in a small bowl. Stir together with a fork till crumbly. Set aside.

For Batter: Whisk together melted butter, oil, sugar, eggs, and vanilla in a large mixing bowl.

Combine flour, soda, salt, and cinnamon. Add to wet mixture with diced apples. Stir till just combined.

Prepare 6 mini loaf pans by spraying with non-stick spray. Divide half of the batter between the six pans. Spread evenly over the bottom of the pan. Sprinkle the cinnamon mixture over the batter in each of the pans. Top with the remaining batter and smooth with a spoon.

Bake in a preheated 350° oven for 40-45 minutes or till golden brown.

Here’s a few more ways to bake with apples:

Pumpkin Apple Muffins
Double Crumb Apple Crisp
Sour Cream Apple Bars
Amazing Dutch Apple Pie



  1. You can’t really beat cinnamon + apple + bread! SO GOOD! Thank you!

  2. Amy Huntley says:

    I love this bread! Very moist and filling! Perfect flavors for fall!

  3. Perfect for fall!

  4. Can I use regular bread pans?What size?

    • Yes, you can use a regular 9×5″ bread pan. You will have to increase the baking time, probably 55-60 minutes, maybe more. When I bake quick breads in the larger pans, I decrease the temperature to 325°. Let me know how it turns out!

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