I’ve never tried an apple loaf cake that I didn’t like. I love incorporating apples into baked goods. The soft, delicate texture. The sweet and tart flavor. They pair so well with cinnamon, cardamon, and cloves and are, in my opinion, the epitome of Fall baking.

People often think about incorporating apples into pies and crumbles, but they make a perfect addition to sweet loaves as well. Because apples become so soft once baked, they don’t distract from the delicate crumb texture of a cake. Their flavor is sweet and tart, which can be a welcomed addition to a delicious loaf.

Here in the Pacific Northwest, the air becoming colder and the leaves on the trees beginning to turn color, are both signs that it is apple picking time, which has become a tradition in our house. Each year at the beginning of October, we all pile into the car and head to our favorite apple orchard, where we pick way too many apples we know what to do with. If you happen to stop by our house for dinner in the next few months, chances are, we are having something with apples. The freezer will be full of pies and tarts, and the fridge full of apple sauce. We like to dry apples, make apple fruit leather, and most importantly, make apple cinnamon loaf cake.

Baking is one of my favorite hobbies. I love experimenting with recipes, making slight adaptations on my favorite ones, and creating new ones myself. There have a lot of recipe successes followed by just as many fails, but I get excited when I have come up with something worth writing about, a recipe that hits all the right notes.

I am so excited to share with you this apple loaf cake. It is tender, moist, and delicate. It has the perfect amount of sweetness, small pieces of soft and tender apples mixed throughout the loaf. The warm crumble on top is nutty, slightly sweet, and crunchy. It complements the cake in a way I couldn’t have imagined. And bonus, the whole thing is vegan. Whether you live in the Pacific Northwest or not, if you have access to apples, I encourage you to make this loaf. You won’t be disappointed.

Vegan Apple Loaf with Walnut Crisp Topping


  • For the Bread
  • 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp of baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp of salt
  • 1/2 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup of canola oil
  • 1/2 cup of apple sauce
  • 1 tsp of vanilla
  • 1 apple, peeled and chopped
  • Crumble Topping
  • 1/2 cup of oats
  • 1 tbsp of all-purpose flour
  • 3 tbsp of brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp of cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup of chopped walnuts
  • 2 tbsp of canola oil

This Vegan Apple Loaf is tender, moist, and delicate with the perfect amount of sweetness. The warm crumble on top is nutty, slightly sweet, and crunchy. And bonus, the whole thing is vegan.

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    9 servings
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  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
  2. Grease a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
  4. In a small bowl, combine the canola oil, apple sauce, and vanilla.
  5. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir until just combined.
  6. Add the apples and stir.
  7. Pour the batter into the loaf pan.
  8. In a small bowl, add the crumble topping ingredients and combine.
  9. Sprinkle on top of the loaf cake.
  10. Place the loaf pan into the oven and bake for 1 hour and 20 minutes.
  11. Around the 50 minute mark, if the crumble topping looks like it is getting too brown, cover with a piece of aluminum foil.
  12. The apple loaf is done when a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  13. Remove from the oven and let cool in the pan.
  14. Remove from the pan and slice.
  15. It can be stored in the fridge or on the counter for five days.

Nutritional Information

Per Serving

  • Calories: 378
  • Fat Content: 0mg
  • Saturated Fat Content: 1.5g
  • Unsaturated Fat Content: 16.3g
  • Carbohydrate Content: 51g
  • Protein Content: 4g
  • Fiber Content: 2g
  • Sugar Content: 24g
  • Sodium Content: 234mg