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Healthy Apple Bread (gluten free, paleo, with vegan option)

  • Author: Katja Heino
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 1 loaf 1x


Moist + tender apple bread made with crisp apples, applesauce, + apple pie spice. A healthy dessert or snack that’s gluten free + paleo with a vegan option.




  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped nuts
  • 2 tbsp coconut sugar (like this)
  • 1 tsp apple pie spice (like this)
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tbsp butter, ghee, or coconut oil



  • 1 cup almond flour (I use THIS blanched brand)
  • 1/3 cup arrowroot powder (or tapioca starch) (like this OR like this)
  • 2 tbsp coconut flour (I use THIS brand)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp apple pie spice 
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs (or 2 flax eggs)**
  • 1/4 cup butter, ghee, or coconut oil, melted
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 apple, peeled, cored, and chopped



  1. Preheat oven to 350’F.  Line loaf pan with parchment paper, allowing sides of paper to come up the sides a bit.  Grease any exposed sides. 
  2. To make streusel crumble, combine almond flour, chopped nuts, coconut sugar, apple pie spice, salt, and melted fat in a small bowl until a crumbly mixture forms.  Place into freezer while you prepare the batter. 
  3. To make apple bread, whisk together almond flour, arrowroot powder, coconut flour, baking powder, apple pie spice, and salt.  Set aside.
  4. In another bowl, whisk together eggs, melted fat, maple syrup, applesauce, and vanilla.  Add wet to dry and gently mix.  Fold in chopped apples. 
  5. Scrape mixture into loaf pan and sprinkle cold crumble over the top.  Bake for 50-55 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean in center.  Allow to cool for 5 minutes then using the parchment paper sides, lift out onto cooling rack and allow to cool completely. Slice and enjoy. 


You can use 2 flax eggs in place of real eggs. 2 flax eggs = 2 tbsp ground flax meal + 6 tbsp water. Whisk together and let sit for 10 minutes to form a gel.

As always, room temperature ingredients work best when baking.

Baking powders traditionally have GMO corn in them. You can find a corn free brand HERE,   I prefer to make my own:  1 part baking soda, 2 parts cream of tartar, and 2 parts arrowroot powder.

This recipe can be made with 1 and 1/2 cups of plain almond flour. The texture won’t be quite as light and fluffy but it totally works. You can also use 1 and 1/2 cups of paleo flour.