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Pumpkin Bread with Apples

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Pumpkin Bread with Apples: This cinnamon sugar crusted Pumpkin Bread flavored with warm spices and studded with diced apples makes for a perfect fall treat!

Apple Pumpkin Bread makes a tasty breakfast, snack or gift. A ridiculously easy, moist and tender quick bread that’s ready in no time!

Slices of Pumpkin Bread with Apples on a square white plate

Pumpkin Bread with Apples

Pumpkin Bread is a long-standing autumn tradition at Chez Skinny Chick. Despite the hubby’s dislike of anything pumpkin besides our Thanksgiving pie, my three grown children were instant fans at a young age.

I make a triple batch of Classic Pumpkin Bread throughout the fall and winter and send a loaf to college with Nick, another home with Tom and keep a third for Katie at our house. Growing up, besides the Homer toffee, the pumpkin bread from our Dutch neighbors was the most coveted holiday food gift.

So to shake things up a bit, I found a recipe for pumpkin bread filled with apple bits and dusted with a cinnamon sugar topping.

Pumpkin Bread with Apples on a white ceramic tray


Apple Pumpkin Bread Recipe

I sent one of these loaves home with our oldest, then Katie and I took turns sawing off large slices from the remaining bread.  Not one to embrace change, Katie picked all the apples out of her slices. But this is the girl who still orders off the children’s menu though she is well past the age limit.

Soooo, I still considered it a victory and I loved having the soft sweet bits of apple in nearly every bite. Plus the crunchy sugar topping was a delicious embellishment. This pumpkin bread with apples was definitely a tasty change of pace from our standard recipe.

Tips for Making Quick Breads

  • Start with fresh, quality ingredients. Always check that your leaveners are fresh and that your apple shows no signs of dehydration. The skin should be smooth with no bruising.
  • PRO-Tip: Do not over mix the batter once the flour and baking soda are added. Whisking furiously will over-activate the gluten and cause tunnels throughout the loaf.
  • Make sure your apple bits are not too large. If too big, the apple pieces will not soften by the time the bread is finished baking.
  • Remove the bread from the loaf pans after cooling for 10-15 minutes. If you wait any longer, the loaf may stick despite prepping the pan properly. PRO-Tip: If your pan tends to stick, add a rectangle of parchment to the bottom of the pan after greasing. Then grease the top of the parchment.

Slices of Pumpkin Bread with Apples on a white platter

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Pumpkin Bread with Apples

Pumpkin Bread with Apples

Pumpkin bread with sweet apples for a twist on the classic. Adapted from Celebrate the Rain.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Yield 2 loaves


  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoons salt
  • 2 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 can (15-ounce) pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • A large Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and diced into small cubes

Cinnamon Sugar Topping:

  • 1 tablespoons flour
  • 5 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoons butter, at room temperature


  1. Preheat oven to 350ยฐ.
  2. Grease and flour two 9 x 5-inch loaf pans.
  3. Combine flour, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, baking soda and salt in large bowl.
  4. Combine sugar, pumpkin, eggs and vegetable oil large bowl and whisk or beat till just blended.
  5. Add pumpkin mixture to flour mixture; stir just until moistened.
  6. Fold in apples.
  7. Spoon batter equally into prepared loaf pans.
  8. Mix streusel topping in a separate bowl with a fork and sprinkle evenly over each loaf.
  9. Bake for one hour minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  10. Cool in pans on wire racks for 10 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.


Freezes well. Wrap in plastic wrap, then foil.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 slice

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 223Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 32mgSodium: 187mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 1gSugar: 22gProtein: 3g
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25 comments on “Pumpkin Bread with Apples”

  1. Oooh, this sounds so nice, Liz. I think I might give it a try! xxx

  2. Let the season of Pumpkin Palozza begin:@)

  3. Pumpkin and apple must be delicious! Looks really nice bread for autumn.

  4. Two of my favorite ingredients! I’m in love with this loaf! Also, the topping seals the deal ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. Lizzy, this is such a beautiful loaf with all the flavors and aromas of Autumn mixed in…bake me one next time? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Love the combination of pumpkin and apple…so comforting on brisk mornings.


  6. El corte y el color me encantaron.
    Un saludito

  7. Beautiful loaf, Liz — I’m sure the apples add a wonderful dimension, and the sugar crunch topping sounds divine!

  8. Now you have me craving pumpkin bread. It’s so moist and warming. This one is even better with the topping and apples!

  9. This looks so good, Liz. I just made a honey cake that had grated apples in it. That way no one can pick them out! Love the topping on this. I might have to try it on my cakes next year!

  10. Don’t know that I’ve ever had Pumpkin Bread, but since I love pumpkin pies this would hit the spot too. Nothing says fall like pumpkin.

  11. This pumpkin bread looks great Liz, especially with the apple and the topping…I can imagine my fork sinking into this bread…delicious!
    Hope you are enjoying your week ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. I just LOVE the addition of apples! This bread looks absolutely perfect!

  13. What an amazing looking bread. Just Beautiful! This is so moist and warming. And combination of pumpkin and apple is outstanding.

  14. Love the pumpkin apple combination! What a perfect fall bread!

  15. Love this bread, Liz! That cinnamon sugar topping is perfection!

  16. I a loving this loaf! So perfect for the new Fall season..

  17. Those apple bits make me supremely happy โ€“ and here I thought pumpkin bread couldn’t get any better! Thanks much for sharing this new holiday favorite, Liz!

  18. I discovered pumpkin bread not long ago, and I’m hooked! Though I need to make my own pumpkin puree, it is really an amazing flavor. Love the addition of apples Liz! And your grown girl eating the kid’s menu…lol!

  19. So glad to see fall pumpkins and apples back on the web! Bet the loaves of lusciousness from your Dutch neighbors were superb…But I’d be happy for a hunk of your pumpkin bread. And I would not pick out the apples =)

  20. I bet the aroma in your kitchen was heavenly while the loaves were baking! Love those chunks of apples peaking through.

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