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Apple Fritter Bread

You won't believe how tender these apple cinnamon sugar chunks are in this moist Apple Fritter Bread. And a sweet cinnamon sugar topping and drizzle adds extra glam and flavor to this old-fashioned quick bread.

No one will forget enjoying a slice of this delicious homemade bread.

There's no doubt you'll enjoy this quick bread any time of the year.

It's packed with cinnamon apples as a cozy breakfast bread with coffee or for an evening dessert.

And a nice warm slice even makes a memorable afternoon snack for the kids after school. Or take a couple slices to work for a mouthwatering pick-me-up your coworkers will be drooling over.

A loaf of bread still in the pan with a spoon leaving a white drizzle zig zagging across the top of it next to a green Granny Smith apple and a cup of coffee.

You'll want to make this recipe again and again throughout the year.

Bake this recipe for holidays, brunches, fall festivities, and as a fun alternative on the dessert table for work parties or family gatherings.

And while baking this bread, your kitchen will smell absolutely amazing too.

This Apple Fritter Bread recipe is filled with all the delicious flavors of fried apple fritters but in a quick bread version. We also have an amazing classic deep fried apple fritter recipe on our website too.

You can't go wrong with either version and we encourage you to make both.

A loaf of bread still in the pan with a white drizzle zig zagging across the top of it next to a green Granny Smith apple and a cup of coffee.

Ingredients and Notes

  • brown sugar-- packed
  • ground cinnamon-- always double check your ground spices are gluten and dairy free
  • granulated sugar
  • dairy free butter-- our go-to is Earth Balance Buttery Sticks in the red box; they're also soy free
  • vanilla extract
  • eggs-- room temperature
  • gluten free all purpose flour-- we always use Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free 1 to 1 Baking Flour. Its blend already contains xanthan gum. And we can buy it in bulk here, store it in a cool place, and save money.
  • xanthan gum-- omit if your gluten free all purpose flour blend has this
  • baking powder-- this loses its potency after the container has been opened for six months. If you don't already, consider writing on the canister the date you opened it to enjoy baking success ever single time
  • baking soda-- same as above
  • kosher salt
  • dairy free buttermilk-- we use this dairy free milk and vinegar for this. You can also use soy milk or coconut milk.
  • baking apples-- use your favorite baking apples. We like to use one Granny Smith and either a Honeycrisp or Braeburn
  • powdered sugar-- also known as confectioners' sugar
  • dairy free milk-- we keep this unsweetened almond milk on hand
  • nonstick spray-- coat the inside of the loaf pan so the parchment paper can easily lift out after baking
  • parchment paper-- lining the loaf pan with one long sheet of parchment paper will make it easier to remove the bread from the loaf pan once it's cooled. However it is not a must-do step.
  • 9x5-inch loaf pan-- we use this pan so often in our kitchen
A loaf pan full of batter topped with apple chunks covered in cinnamon and sugar.
A loaf pan full of batter topped with apple chunks covered in cinnamon and sugar and topped with another layer of cinnamon and sugar.

which apples should I use

The key to this layered apple bread is using delicious apples. We use a blend of tart and sweet apples. You will need 1 ½ large apples cut into chunks for this recipe.

Good apple varieties for this recipe are: Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Gala, Braeburn, and Pink Lady

how do I make the drizzle

Once the loaf has cooled about 25 minutes from the oven, mix the powdered sugar and dairy free milk in a bowl. We enjoy a thicker drizzle so we add extra powdered sugar to the recipe card below.

You can tailor this drizzle to your liking. And if preferred you can even omit the drizzle altogether. There are times we've baked this loaf and skipped the drizzle altogether.

how long does apple fritter bread last

This moist bread loaf tastes best the day it's baked-- especially when it's still warm out of the oven. It's absolutely mouthwateringly delicious!

Store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature up to 3 days. You can even reheat slices in the microwave to enjoy them warm.

more homemade loaf pan recipes

  • banana bread-- use up your old bananas with this fab homemade bread. It has all the right flavors for a cozy breakfast or midday snack treat.
  • chocolate loaf cake-- you won't believe this chocolate loaf cake until you've tried it. Super moist chocolaty slices with a 2-ingredient chocolate ganache topping make this quick bread incredible.
  • lemon poppy seed bread-- this bakery-style large sliced bread is full of addictive lemon flavor with a slightly poppy seed crunch. This loaf won't last a day in your home.
A loaf of bread still in the pan with a white drizzle zig zagging across the top of it next to a green Granny Smith apple and a cup of coffee.

dinner recipes you'll love

  • creamy ricotta stuffed shells-- made with a flavorful dairy free spinach ricotta mixture and big tender pasta shells, this meal is the real deal and always a hit
  • chicken pot pie-- we enjoy this cozy comfort recipe year-round because it's that good! You'll love this flakey, buttery crust and delicious chicken and veggie filling.
  • grilled shish kabobs-- tender, seasoned pieces of steak and chicken with flavorful veggies topped with a delicious marinade that can be prepped over night to save time
  • taco bake-- this family favorite meal is layered with refried beans, seasoned ground beef, salsa, bell peppers, and corn topped with fresh crisp lettuce and your favorite taco toppings
Two slices of bread with apple chunks and a white drizzle frosting.


You won't be able to resist this sweet, layered Apple Fritter Bread. You'll wanna enjoy slice after slice with your morning cup of coffee or as a comforting dessert.

Can you believe this recipe is gluten, dairy, and soy free?

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If you loved this Apple Fritter Bread, you have to try our Apple Pie Pops!

Seriously though those fresh sliced apples swirled with a sugar and cinnamon mixture are amazing.

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A loaf of bread still in the pan with a white drizzle zig zagging across the top of it next to a green Granny Smith apple and a cup of coffee.

Apple Fritter Bread

5 from 1 vote
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Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Servings: 8 slices


Dairy Free Buttermilk

  • ½ c dairy free milk suggestion in post
  • ½ tablespoon vinegar

Cinnamon Sugar Mixture

  • c brown sugar, packed
  • 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Loaf Batter

  • ¾ c granulated sugar
  • ½ c dairy free butter 1 stick, room temperature, suggestion in post
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs room temperature
  • c gluten free all purpose flour scooped and leveled, suggestion in post
  • ½ teaspoon xanthan gum omit if all purpose flour blend contains this
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ c dairy free buttermilk

Apple Mixture

  • teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • c large apples 1 ½ apples, peeled, and sliced

Old Fashioned Drizzle

  • ½ c powdered sugar use less for a runnier drizzle
  • 2 teaspoon dairy free milk


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray the inside of a 9x5-inch loaf pan with nonstick spray. Lay a piece of parchment paper inside the loaf pan with some hanging over both sides for you to grab onto and lift out the loaf pan.
  • Make the buttermilk by combining both ingredients in a small bowl and placing in the refrigerator for 10 minutes.
  • Combine the cinnamon sugar mixture ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
  • In a stand-up mixer, or using a handheld mixer with a large mixing bowl, cream together the sugar and butter well. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl often.
  • Add in the vanilla extract and eggs one at a time. Again scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl.
  • In a large bowl combine the flour, xanthan gum if needed, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Slowly add this to the wet mixture, scraping down the sides and bottom of the bowl often.
  • Add in the buttermilk and combine.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, mix the cinnamon, sugar, and apples.
  • Then add half of the loaf batter to the bottom of the loaf pan.
  • Next add in a layer of half the apple mixture, followed by half of the cinnamon sugar mixture.
  • Transfer the remaining loaf batter on top of that.
  • Then layer again with the apple mixture and remaining cinnamon sugar mixture. Lightly press down apples into the loaf batter.
  • Use a knife to gently swirl the mixture together.
  • Place in the oven for 60 minutes or until a cake tester inserted into the center of the pan comes out clean.
  • Transfer to a cooling rack. Prepare the the old-fashioned drizzle by stirring together the ingredients in a medium-sized bowl.
  • Once the quick-bread has cooled enough to be touched, remove from the pan and drizzle the top with the powered sugar mixture.
  • Slice and serve. This bread is best the day it's baked.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container on the counter up to 3 days.

Nutritional Disclaimer

These Nutritional Facts are ESTIMATED. Your actual nutritional info with this recipe may vary depending on the brands you choose. “Eating Gluten and Dairy Free” is not a registered dietician or nutritionist. The provided nutritional info above is based on a generic calculator, if you want more accurate info, use your nutritional calculator of choice where you can choose brands and get more info that way.

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Recipe Rating

Francheska Henderson

Saturday 13th of November 2021

This turned out so yummy! Thank you! I used a little more spices and it turned out almost the same as the fresh apple spice cake my mom always used to make. Definitely will be making this again.


Thursday 18th of November 2021

Thank you for sharing with us how much you enjoyed this recipe! Jill