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Whole Wheat Cinnamon Swirl Apple Bread

Whole Wheat Cinnamon Swirl Apple Bread l

Well, our week was a flurry of activity, and I’m having trouble remembering exactly what happened on Monday! Do you ever have those kinds of weeks?

All I know is that the past week has consisted of waiting (rather impatiently) to get our electricity back on, stopping in coffee shops to catch up on e-mail, hauling lots of branches, talking with insurance adjusters, waiting for inspectors, and praying that it won’t rain again anytime soon!

Whole Wheat Cinnamon Swirl Apple Bread l

I was pretty excited when things calmed down a little and I was finally able to get back into the kitchen to bake! The first thing I made was this whole wheat cinnamon swirl apple bread.

I had just picked up some Jonagold apples for baking before the storm and thought a cinnamon swirl bread would be perfect for them.

Whole Wheat Cinnamon Swirl Apple Bread l

The tartness of these fall apples is offset by the sweet cinnamon swirl and light sugar glaze. In order to keep it on the healthier side, I used a combination of whole wheat and white whole wheat flours. Unsweetened applesauce is used in place of oil and to add to the apple flavor.

Perfect for breakfast, snack, or dessert, this easy cinnamon swirl apple bread has quickly become a favorite at our house!

Whole Wheat Cinnamon Swirl Apple Bread l

Cinnamon Swirl Apple Bread

Yield: 12 slices of bread


For the Bread

  • 1 C whole wheat flour
  • 1 C white whole wheat or all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 C sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp ginger
  • 1 C low-fat buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 C unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 1/2 C apples, chopped

For the Swirl

  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp ginger
  • 1/8 tsp allspice

For the Glaze

  • 1/2 C confectioner's sugar
  • 1 tbsp milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350. Lightly spray a 9 x 5 inch bread pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger.
  3. In a large bowl, carefully whisk together buttermilk, egg, and applesauce. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and stir until just combined. Fold in apples.
  4. In a small bowl, stir together sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and allspice.
  5. Pour a third of the batter into the bottom of prepared bread pan. Sprinkle with a third of the cinnamon sugar mixture. Repeat with remaining batter and cinnamon sugar mixture.
  6. Carefully swirl a knife through the batter crosswise.
  7. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  8. Allow bread to cool for 20 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack.
  9. Stir together confectioner's sugar and milk. Drizzle glaze over warm bread. Serve.

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V. Crawford

Tuesday 20th of June 2017

Looks great anxious to try it.

Kim Beaulieu

Sunday 6th of October 2013

This is fantastic. Such a pretty bread. I bet it smells amazing.


Monday 30th of September 2013

This bread sounds awesome! I love that you used whole wheat and white whole wheat in here... and I do love anything with a swirl : )


Sunday 29th of September 2013

Yum! This looks wonderful! I can't wait to start my fall baking!

Anna (Hidden Ponies)

Saturday 28th of September 2013

Apple cinnamon gets me every time...glad you found time to make this, it's amazing!

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