sliced apple bread on parchment paper with apples on wood board

You guys! This cinnamon apple bread turned out way more perfect than I even imagined. It’s fluffy, moist, and has the perfect combo of soft-baked apples and cinnamon. And the cream cheese frosting? Heaven!

This cinnamon apple bread is refined sugar free, gluten free, and can be made dairy free (just sub vegan butter or coconut oil for the butter).

I kept the cream cheese frosting lower in sugar than your average cream cheese frosting- with just a bit of maple syrup to sweeten it!

sliced apple bread on parchment paper

I know people hate this word but…I need my loaves/cakes to be moist! This bread is perfectly moist from the apple sauce, and it’s so fluffy. Perfect with your morning cup of warm coffee 🙂

The apples get perfectly soft (no sautéing of the apples required!), and the combination of the almond, oat, and tapioca flour result in a perfectly soft loaf. SO delish!

I have made the frosting with both regular and dairy free cream cheese- both ways turn out delicious! If you are wanting to keep this dairy free, I would sub the butter in the frosting with a vegan butter! This will give you the closest results for taste and texture.

sliced apple bread on parchment paper on a table with apples on wood cutting board

This apple bread is such a perfect Fall treat! I’m so excited for you guys to make this one. Let me know in the comments below if you give it a try!

I don’t recommend making any substitutes for the flours in the recipe. For best results I suggest keeping the recipe as is, or the texture may turn out differently! xo


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Gluten Free Cinnamon Apple Bread with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Author: Mia Zarlengo
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 810 servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert


The best gluten free cinnamon apple bread ever!


  • 1 + 1/3 cup almond flour
  • 1/3 cup oat flour 
  • 1/3 cup tapioca starch (aka tapioca flour)
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup apple sauce
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract 
  • 2 apples, peeled and diced into small pieced (Gala or Honeycrisp is best!)

For the cream cheese frosting:

  • 1 tbsp butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup softened cream cheese
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • Cinnamon, to taste 


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line a loaf pan with parchment paper (tip: spray the loaf pan first to help the parchment lay flatly). 
  2. In a large bowl whisk the almond flour, oat flour, tapioca starch, coconut sugar, cinnamon, baking soda and powder, and sea salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk the remaining wet ingredients together, then mix into the dry ingredients until a smooth batter forms. Fold in the peeled and diced apples.
  4. Pour batter into your lined loaf pan and bake for 50-55 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean (a few moist crumbs are fine; I baked mine for 53 minutes).
  5. Allow to cool for 10 minutes, then lift the loaf carefully by the parchment paper to transfer to a cooling rack. Allow to cool completely before slicing, as the bread continues to cook a bit while cooling. 
  6. For the frosting, whisk all ingredients until smooth. Spread onto the loaf once it has cooled. Serve and enjoy! 

Breakfast, Dessert, Gluten Free, Recipes, Snacks, Vegetarian


Oct 2, 2020

Gluten Free Cinnamon Apple Bread with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

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  1. Heather Shaw says:

    So good!

  2. Rebecca says:

    Super delicious! Hubs wants me to make it double layered with additional cream cheese frosting in the middle! Used dairy free Cream cheese and butter! So moist!

  3. Dominik says:

    I made the bread first and thought it was delicious! I didn’t make the cream cheese frosting because I thought the bread was great just by itself!

  4. Jack says:

    Absolutely fabulous. Moist, not too sweet, and perfect for a fall treat. I made mine with corn starch and it worked just as well. Frosting not even needed!

  5. Julia Rose says:

    This recipe is truly incredible! I am not a huge fan of apples but made it for my dad’s birthday and everyone wanted the recipe.

  6. Joyce says:

    Can I substitute either Honey or Maple Syrup for the coconut sugar?

    • Mia Zarlengo says:

      It may change the texture! I have not tried making it that way so i can’t say for sure but the wet ingredients could cause the texture to be different!

  7. Cheryl says:

    My favorite easy and guilt free loaf of the season! Cant feel bad about snacking on this walking through the kitchen ????

  8. Tyna Brady says:

    Can gluten free all purpose flour be used instead of almond flour at a 1:1 ratio?

  9. Maria says:

    I have never left a review for a recipe but I just need the world to know that this bread is MAGICAL. Seriously! The texture of the bread itself is perfect, and the apples make it even better. Just so good! Not overly sweet either. I was out of maple syrup and subbed honey, which seemed to work okay. Definitely recommend. Thanks Mia!

  10. Maureen says:

    I absolutely love this bread!! The texture is just perfect and the flavors are to die for !! Will definitely be making this again soon !!

  11. Abby says:

    Hi Mia, I have made this recipe multiple times, and it always comes out PERFECT!!!!! Love eating this bread on a snowy cold Chicago day, along with an espresso 🙂

  12. Lizzie P says:

    This was the hit dessert at our Friendsgiving this year! Everyone was asking for the recipe. 🙂 I subbed butter for coconut oil in the bread and it was still fab. I kept the frosting on the side for people to opt in if they wanted it and the crowd loved both with and without! Cant wait to make it again!

  13. Shannon says:

    I want to make this in a muffin tin for easy grab for my toddler – can you recommend a baking time?

  14. V says:

    It is great.I had to sub cornstarch (half of what recipe called for) for tapioca flour and avocado oil for butter in cake because I wasn’t prepared with the correct ingredients. Everything else was followed. It still turned out great!!! My family loves it.

  15. Tyna Kus says:

    We’ve made this bread several times (without the cream cheese) and it’s always moist and delicious! Warning – you will eat this bread in one sitting because it’s that good!

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