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Easy Gluten Free Keto Applesauce Bread (Low Carb)
There’s something undeniably comforting about the aroma of freshly baked loaf of Easy Gluten Free Keto Applesauce Bread wafting through your kitchen.
It is that time of year when apple trees are ready for harvest and warm spices just beg to be used in a warm quick bread.
This recipe is a good choice as I do not use any white flour, white sugar, whole wheat flour or even all purpose flour!
You get a delicious sugar free, dairy free, low carb, gluten free fall bread that you will not feel guilty about enjoying as a snack or even for a great breakfast!
This delicious cinnamon applesauce bread is not only gluten free, but also low carb and perfect for anyone on a ketogenic diet as it is less than 7 g net carbs per generous slice.
This easy recipe allows you to indulge in the warm, cinnamon-spiced goodness of bread while keeping your net carb count in check.
And the best part? You don’t have to compromise on flavor or texture.
Keep reading to the end as I will go over how to create this easy applesauce bread recipe that mixes up in one bowl, plus review tips, substituitions and frequently asked questions.
What you will need to make this Healthy Apple Bread Recipe
- Coconut Oil or Butter
- Monkfruit Sweetener or Erythritol/Allulose
- Vanilla Extract
- Large Eggs; Room temperature
- Unsweetened Applesauce
- Nut Butter (almond butter or cashew butter works best)
- Coconut Flour
- Ground Cinnamon
- Ground Nutmeg
- Ground Allspice
- Baking Soda
- Baking Powder
- Chopped Pecans or Chopped Walnut pieces
- 9×5 inch loaf pan
- Parchment Paper
Let’s make this delicious Apple Sauce Bread
Start out by preheating your oven to 375F and lining your bread pan with parchment paper.
In a large bowl with a whisk, mix together the coconut oil or butter with the granulated sweetener you chose.
Make sure the coconut oil is at room temperature and not melted coconut oil to help keep the batter stable.
You can of course use an electric mixer, but it is less cleanup to just whisk in the bowl.
Whisking by hand also helps you to not overmix the batter which can result in your bread falling upon cooling.
If it is your first time trying this recipe, go with the whisking by hand method.
Now you will add the rest of the liquid ingredients and mix well after each.
Starting with vanilla extract, then eggs, unsweetened applesauce and finally the nut butter you chose.
Mix all of the batter of wet ingredients well before continuing.
Since we are using a nut butter in this recipe instead of the many nut flours you can choose from like almond flour or hazelnut flour, it gives it all the moisture and reduces the bread from falling apart.
Now add in the dry ingredients: coconut flour, ground spices, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
There is no need to mix them together in a separate bowl, just dump them in.
Mix the batter well until smooth.
It should look like this.
Now get your prepared pan from earlier and pour batter into it evenly.
Gently smooth the top of the batter then sprinkle on the nuts if you are using.
Bake in your 375F preheated oven for 50-60 minutes.
Check it at the 50 minute mark as all oven vary.
Toothpick tested clean in the center at an angle tell you it is done.
Move the bread that is still in the pan to a wire rack.
Let the bread cool in the pan for 30 minutes before lifting up the parchment paper to place directly on the cooling rack.
With a serrated knife, gently and slowly cut your first few pieces.
I recommend only cutting what you want to consume at the time so it stays fresher longer.
You must keep the leftover bread in an airtight container in the fridge as it will spoil quickly at room temperature.
You can freeze individual slices when you place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and freeze for 1 hour.
After the one hour, wrap each piece in plastic wrap then place in a large zip top freezer bag up to 3 months.
To enjoy, simply let it thaw for 10 minutes at room temperature.
Nutritional information is for 1/10th of the loaf.
One slice has 8.1 g carbs, 1.3 g fiber, and 4.8 g protein and 6.6 g saturated fat if you use coconut oil.
Tips, Substitutions, FAQs
- You can easily turn this into a pumpkin bread when you substitute pumpkin puree for the applesauce!
- If you want to give this bread a richer flavor, substitute the granulated amount of sugar called for with keto dark brown sugar.
- Replace the nut topping asked for with a sprinkling of some keto brown sugar for a crunchy topping.
- Make sure you only substitute the coconut oil or butter with something in the same consistency. Do not use a oil that is runny at room temperature like vegetable oil, avocado oil or olive oil.
- Although it is not a low carb option, you can use very ripe bananas with brown spots, mashed, for the applesauce to create a healthy banana bread recipe.
- Turn this into a healthy zucchini bread when you replace the applesauce with shredded and squeezed dry zucchini shreds.
- This Easy Keto Applesauce Bread is amazing when you toast it in the oven or toaster oven and enjoy with a glass of almond milk or soy milk.
- One of the best ways to enjoy a slice for breakfast is when you top it with a dollop of greek yogurt as well for a delightful breakfast treat!
- Make muffins when you divide the batter among 12 muffin cups or 24 mini muffins as pictured.
–Can I Use Regular Applesauce Instead of Unsweetened?
Yes, you technically can, but I would not recommend it as the less sugar you have in a recipe, the less brown it will become in the oven. With the nut butter, this recipe gets brown enough. Regular applesauce often contains added sugars, which we want to avoid in this keto-friendly recipe.
-Can I Substitute Almond Flour with Coconut Flour?
No, it is not interchangeable. Coconut flour requires a specific amount of liquid ingredients and that has already been calibrated in theis recipe. It would turn into a crumbly mess if you would substitute it.
–Is the bread super sweet?
No, it is only subtly sweet with a great flavor with the spices used. If you prefer your bread less sweet, you can reduce the amount of sweetener only by a few tablespoons as it helps hold the bread ingredients together.
–Can I Add Nuts, Apple chunks or Chocolate Chips into the bread instead of on top?
Absolutely! Chopped nuts, apple chunks or dark chocolate chips can be a delightful addition to your Keto Applesauce Bread. Make sure you toss them in a little coconut flour before folding them into the batter.
–Can I Make Mini Loaves Instead of One Large Bread?
Certainly! You can divide the batter into mini loaf pans and adjust the baking time accordingly. Mini loaves can be a great way to control portion sizes and also is great for gift giving.
–How Do I Store the Bread?
To keep your Keto Applesauce Bread fresh, store it in an airtight container or wrap it in plastic wrap. It can be stored at room temperature for a few days or in the refrigerator for longer shelf life.
-Can I Freeze Individual Slices?
Yes, you can freeze individual slices of the bread for future enjoyment. First you need to freeze on a baking sheet in a single layer. This is the only thing that will keep your bread in individual slices versus a big blob. Then wrap them in plastic wrap or parchment paper and store them in an airtight container in the freezer. When you’re ready to eat, simply thaw and enjoy.
–Can I mix all of the batter up in a food processor?
Yes, you can. Follow the instructions on when to mix what with what and it will turn out.
-Can I substitute the erythritol with another sweetener?
As long as the one you choose is granulated versus liquid. Coconut sugar would work fine. Pure maple syrup will not work here as it will add too much moisture and the middle will sink and be a gooey mess.
-Would homemade applesauce work in this recipe?
Yes, it will work. Try to drain off any extra liquid that forms from homemade appleasuce by simmering it longer. You want a thicker appleasauce so you do not add any extra moisture to the already very moist batter. It will sink in the middle and be gooey if you do.
–Can I sub in a flax egg or two for the eggs called for?
Flax eggs are not as stable as regular eggs so it would not be a good substitute. You can of course experiment with egg replacer like Bobs Red Mill egg replacer. I have not tried it though so I have no idea on the results.
With the natural sweetness of unsweetened applesauce, the richness of nut butter, and the warmth of cinnamon, it’s one of those healthy recipes to enjoy any time of the year.
Whether you’re new to baking or a seasoned pro, this easy sweet bread recipe is sure to become one of your favorite quick bread recipes.
Experiment with different add-ins like fresh apples, nuts, and chocolate chips to add variety to this great recipe next time.
Easy Gluten Free Keto Applesauce Bread (Low Carb)
- 9×5 bread pan
- parchment paper
- 1/4 cup softened butter or coconut oil
- 1/2 cup monkfruit sweetener
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 4 large eggs, room temperature
- 1 1/4 cups unsweetened applesauce
- 1/2 cup nut butter almond or cashew work best
- 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp coconut flour
- 3 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp ground allspice
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup pecans or keto granola optional
- Preheat oven to 375F. Prepare your 9×5 loaf pan by lining with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl mix softened butter or coconut oil with the monkfruit sweetener until it has lightened in color, or is blended well.
- Now add in the vanilla extract and eggs. Mix well until smooth.
- Mix in applesauce then mix in the nut butter.
- Now add in the dry ingredients starting with spices, coconut flour, followed by the baking powder, baking soda and salt. Do not mix in the nuts or granola, save them for the top.
- Spread into a 9×5 loaf pan that has been lined with parchment paper.
- Now sprinkle the nuts or granola evenly over the top if you want to use them.
- Bake 50-60 minutes until a toothpick tests clean. I recommend baking it for the 50 minutes then toothpick testing the middle at an angle. Mine was done at 50 minutes, but ovens do vary, so watch the bread closely.
- Cool in pan 30 minutes before lifting out to a cooling rack to cool completely before cutting.
- Store in fridge up to 7 days or freezer up to 1 month.
- If you wish to freeze, cut into slices, lay slices in a single layer on a parchment lined baking sheet, freeze for 1 hour. Now wrap in plastic wrap, or wax paper and put in a freezer bag. To eat, thaw on counter 10 minutes.
|Serving size: slices|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 13.8g||18%|
|Saturated Fat 6.6g||33%|
|Total Carbohydrate 8.1g||3%|
|Dietary Fiber 1.3g||5%|
|Total Sugars 4g|
|Vitamin D 7mcg||35%|
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This post was updated with new pictures, ingredient pictures, step by step pictures, tips, substitutions and helpful information on 9/27/2023.