Apple Spice Crumb Bread

I have mentioned before that I really struggle with regular- breakfast eating. I am so rarely even a little hungry when I first wake up, so its hard for me to go through the motions of fixing something. Most days I have some coffee and then nothing until lunch. (Horrible I know.) It doesn’t help that my husband’s career revolves around fitness and nutrition, which basically means I am married to the breakfast police.

I promised him last week that I would bake something I like so that I’d eat in the mornings. This bread is the perfect thing! Not only is is easy to make and delicious, but the slices can be frozen individually so I can just pop them into the toaster oven when I’m really lazy. (which is every morning.) I used half whole wheat flour and 4 whole apples, so I feel like I’m eating something relatively healthy too!

IMG_9422This bread is absolutely loaded with juicy apples which makes it soft and melt in your mouth good. (And very opposite of dry ….. I just can’t say the m-word.) The crumb topping adds just a bit of decadence and is the perfect texture to offset the bread. I’m a breakfast convert! (At least until this loaf runs out…)

Apple Spice Crumb Bread

Apple Spice Crumb Bread

Yield: 1 9 inch loaf


  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cup all-purpose flour, whole wheat can be used too.
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp cloves
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 4 medium sized apples - peeled and cored. 2 of them chopped and 2 grated.
  • crumb topping
  • 1/8 cup flour
  • 1/8 cup oatmeal
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons butter- cut into small bits


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan.
  2. Make crumb topping by mixing all ingredients but the butter, and then cutting the butter in with a knife until the mixture resembles coarse sand. Set aside.
  3. In a bowl, whisk together the oil and sugars until smooth and creamy. Beat in the eggs and vanilla.
  4. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, and spices. Mix into the sugar mixture. Stir in the buttermilk until moistened. Fold in the apples. Transfer to the prepared loaf pan. Sprinkle with crumb topping.
  5. Bake 60 mins in the preheated oven, with a cookie sheet on a lower rack to catch any over-flow. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 15 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.


It always takes me a good 15 minutes longer to get a loaf of quick bread baked all the way through. If after 60 minutes it still seems gooey, check it in 5 minute increments.

Nutrition Information:
Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g

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Recipe loosely adapted from All RecipesApple Spice Crumb Bread


  1. oooh this is the perfect way to use up some of the many apples floating around my kitchen as well as force me to eat something other than a chocolate croissant in the morning!

  2. Oh, this bread would make a great breakfast! Love all of the apple chunks!

  3. Looks soooo good and perfect for the cold mornings in fall. I’m also not a breakfast person too for the exact same reasons as you; never hungry, not even awake enough to eat, too lazy!

    I’m not married to the breakfast police though, he’s just as bad as me in the mornings so I tend to get away with it. The bread looks like an amazing breakfast and something I’d love too and the fact you can individually freeze and pop in the toaster has me sold.

  4. Audra, I could gone for a thick slice of this yesterday morning instead of eating my burnt toast with cinnamon sugar on top. It was a chilly morning in Baltimore and I was too lazy to bake something warm (and yummy!) – I know, I’m a food blogger and I was too lazy to bake! Oh well. I love apple baked goods and which I’ve never made an apple BREAD before, I love apple muffins and this is so similar to my favorite recipe!!!! Looks SO good.

  5. I made this bread… Well a version of it…only had 2 apples so I chopped them up and added a cup of pumpkin. It was so good!!!! So Good!!

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  7. Ug….I have everything but buttermilk I like recipes that I dont have to make a special trip to the store for another day!

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