Apple Walnut Quick Bread

Breakfast & Brunch, Recipes, Sweet Treats


For new bakers, quick breads are a great place to start because they don’t involve messy frostings or fondants, the only equipment you really need is a loaf pan and a wooden spoon or mixer and the recipes are usually not overly complicated – just a couple of steps.

For more advanced bakers, quick breads are fun because there is a lot of room for trial and error.

This recipe can be adapted with your favorite fresh fruits – pears, berries – anything that’s in season or looks good at the market.

My love affair with quick breads started in first grade, when my mother and I made boxed quick bread for my class Thanksgiving party.

It somehow became a tradition and I would whip up a loaf of cranberry bread from the ubiquitous blue box every year, until I realized that I could achieve an even better outcome with fresh cranberries and a little bit of orange zest.

Of course, cranberry bread is one of those seasonal foods that it would just seem wrong to eat outside of November or December, which is why my quick bread repertoire has expanded to include peanut butter banana bread and healthier zucchini bread.

And now, an apple walnut version that you can enjoy from now right up until cranberry bread season.

Apple Walnut Quick Bread
Recipe type: Sweet Treats
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Cook time: 
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Serves: 12
  • 1 cup chopped, peeled apple
  • 1½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup old-fashioned rolled oats (not quick-cooking or steel-cut)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¾ cup walnuts, separated into ½ cup and ¼ cup
  1. Preheat the oven to 325°. Grease loaf pan with butter or cooking spray. In a large bowl, combine the flour, oats, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a small bowl. In separate bowl, whisk together the sugar, eggs, buttermilk, and vanilla.
  2. Add the liquids to the dry ingredients and stir gently until flour is completely combine into the liquid. Fold the apples and ½ cup walnuts into the batter.Pour the batter into the greased loaf pan and top bake for 50 - 60 minutes, rotating the pan partway through. The loaf is done when the top is puffed and dry, and when a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
  3. Let the loaf cool in the pan for 10 minutes before removing. Allow it to cool completely before slicing. Makes 1 loaf/12 slices.
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  • Reply
    September 17, 2011 at 8:14 am

    Wish I had some of this for breakfast 🙂
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    Samantha @ Bikini Birthday
    July 18, 2011 at 7:33 am

    I’m all over zucchini bread during the summer once I start to get zucchinis by the bushel full from friends with gardens.

    I like that you used oats in the bread. I don’t think I’ve ever tried making a quick bread with oats before. I bet it gives a geat flavour!

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    July 13, 2011 at 10:22 am

    this sounds delicious 🙂 although i will bookmark it for the fall… hehe

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    Nami @ Just One Cookbook
    July 12, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    Yay… I love mix and bake type of easy and quick bread/cake. I feel like I won’t fail. 😉 Apple and walnut goes well together but I had never had both in the cake/bread before. This sounds awesome!

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    July 12, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    There is something about the combination of apples and walnuts that is wonderful. I love quick breads but usually fall back on my favorite banana bread recipe. This sounds delicious!

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    Maria @ Scandifoodie
    July 12, 2011 at 2:32 am

    This is one of my favourites! I can never resist walnuts and I love using them in loaves like this one.

  • Reply
    July 11, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    Quick breads are one of my favorite things to bake to bring to work- so easy to transport and share :o)

  • Reply
    July 11, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    What an amazing recipe…I have seen something like this with bananas but never with apple..Banana makes it so dense whereas the apple wouldn’t do that…I have bookmarked this…will need to give it a go…


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    Blond Duck
    July 11, 2011 at 6:02 am

    I like apples any day of the year!

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    July 11, 2011 at 5:42 am

    Quick breads are my favorite! I make them all the time and it’s fun ’cause you can make muffins with the same batter. I make an apricot one we love and pumpkin…so I’m always in fall mode too. Doesn’t make any difference to us! Apple and walnut quick bread looks and sounds wonderful.

  • Reply
    Erwan @Thefatkidinside
    July 11, 2011 at 4:40 am

    I can picture myself eating this with a cold tall glass of milk.

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    Jenny at Baking Devils
    July 11, 2011 at 4:27 am

    This sounds so fabulous am bookmarking to make sometime soon. Thank you!

  • Reply
    Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
    July 10, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    I love quick breads too! Banana bread is a favourite-we don’t see a lot of apple bread for some reason but it looks great! And I love vegetable breads with their soft and moist texture 🙂

  • Reply
    The Harried Cook
    July 10, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    Apples and walnuts are such a great combination! I love the picture of that slice with the bits of apple peeking out… I bet it tasted fabulous! Thanks for sharing, Maris!

  • Reply
    Aparna E.
    July 10, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    This. sounds. so. goooood!!! I love apples and love walnuts. I usually only ever see banana nut bread, but apple? Never. But why not?! It’s a great combo and this looks and sounds delicious 🙂

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    Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray
    July 10, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    This looks delicious! It looks so moist and yummy!

  • Reply
    July 10, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    I am one of those struggling baker(if there is anyone else beside me) This kind of bread .. simple .. with a hint of fruit has always been my fav. Looks lovely 🙂

  • Reply
    Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking
    July 10, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    This recipe looks awesome! We really like apple bread and this looks like when will want to try!!

  • Reply
    July 10, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    love breads like this with my afternoon tea

  • Reply
    lisa @ smart food and fit
    July 10, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    I love this recipe. I agree with everyone, doesn’t matter what time of year apple bread is the best! A very healthy clean recipe too I might add, lovin’ it!

  • Reply
    July 10, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    I love apple bread at any time of year. It’s so moist and delicious and I love the oats you’ve got in there too!

  • Reply
    Pudding Pie Lane
    July 10, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    Hehe, quick bread! Very useful in my internship, thanks for the recipe 🙂 And no I don’t think just because most people have it in fall, that doesn’t mean that you can’t!

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    suzy eats
    July 10, 2011 at 10:56 am

    🙂 this looks excellent. apples are my favorite!!

  • Reply
    July 10, 2011 at 10:34 am

    Hi Maris, oooo…this has been bookmarked! I love quickbreads. I make more muffins than breads, but could easily convert this into a batch. Bring on the apples! Have a good rest of the weekend.

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    Betty @ scrambled hen fruit
    July 10, 2011 at 9:45 am

    Apples are ALWAYS in season somewhere! I could enjoy this lovely bread any time- quick breads make a lovely breakfast or snack, and this one is no exception! 🙂

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    The Slow Roasted Italian
    July 10, 2011 at 9:04 am

    How delicious, I love the buttermilk in there!

  • Reply
    July 10, 2011 at 8:33 am

    Apples are meant to be used all year round. This has what is important, apples and nuts.

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    Heavenly Housewife
    July 10, 2011 at 7:39 am

    I can never get enough of these lovely quick breads. Right now my trees have teeny weeny apples, in a few months they will be ready to dive into a delicious concoction such as this 😀
    *kisses* HH

  • Reply
    July 10, 2011 at 6:36 am

    Quick breads are such a great way to not only learn how to start baking, but also a terrific way to switch things up if you’re felling inspired or adventurous; so fun that you started baking w/your mom – love that!

  • Reply
    Lauren at Keep It Sweet
    July 10, 2011 at 6:14 am

    I love baked goods with apples, this quickbread looks delicious!

  • Reply
    Lydia (The Perfect Pantry)
    July 10, 2011 at 5:54 am

    I make apple quick breads all year round. I think it’s because the smell of apples baking (in anything) is so seductive. Or maybe it’s just because I love apple bread!

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    July 10, 2011 at 2:47 am

    It’s winter here and this bread is singing my song! I picked up some great apples at the farmers market and some lovely walnuts too. I’m ready to begin.

    Maris, this looks moist and delicious! Thank you, my friend!

  • Reply
    July 9, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    Oh how I love quick breads! This one looks delicious, as does the peanut butter banana one 🙂 I love apple in any baked good, especially muffins and breads 🙂

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    Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen)
    July 9, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    Apples and oatmeal…sounds perfect to me! The bread looks delicious!

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    Junia @ Mis Pensamientos
    July 9, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    i LOVE quick breads and they are perfect anytime in the year!!! apple + walnut is a classic combo! they are so easily veganized too :).

  • Reply
    July 9, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    Quick breads are one of my favorite things to bake–they’re so easy! The apple and walnut combination in this recipe sounds really good!

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    Karriann Graf
    July 9, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    Oh, love this quick bread! Apples make everything nice and moist! Happy Baking!

  • Reply
    July 9, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    So that’s where I have to start… I’m gonna try baking this year. I made some cookies but that’s all I know how to bake…

  • Reply
    Simply Life
    July 9, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    oh my gosh, what a fabulous bread! I love apples and walnuts together!

  • Reply
    Sherilyn @ Wholepromise
    July 9, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    I love anything quick like this. I bet it was delicious as well. A lovely post as always.

  • Reply
    July 9, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    I just love quick reads Maris!!!

  • Reply
    Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray
    July 9, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    Yum!! I grew up bringing loaves of pumpkin bread and walnut-date bread to our neighbors at Thanksgiving time (made from those blue boxes!), so this will definitely be a fun and nostalgic recipe for me to try. 🙂

  • Reply
    July 9, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    This looks delicious but I’m making your zucchini bread because of my newfound love of the veggie!

  • Reply
    July 9, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    I loved making quick breads when I was little too. I’m not the biggest fan of cooked apples, but my family loves these flavors. I’m keeping this to make for school lunches. They’ll be so happy.

  • Reply
    Daryl (mom)
    July 9, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    You have come a long way since boxed bread which, by the way, with your touch was delicious!

  • Reply
    July 9, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    It looks great to me too, no matter the season. A good bread is always welcome.

  • Reply
    Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga
    July 9, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    this looks so good and so easy! im all about that 🙂

  • Reply
    July 9, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    Quick breads are awesome, apple and walnut combination sounds awesome though I have yet to try it. I love walnut bread

  • Reply
    July 9, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    We are thinking the same again. I made Apple Cinnamon Muffins earlier this week with pecans and thought it was just like Fall! My post is going up Monday.

  • Reply
    July 9, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Quick breads are so awesome! A cinch to throw together and the perfect breakfast or snack. Looks delicious lady 🙂

  • Reply
    Heather @girlichef
    July 9, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    It does sound like fall, but I would happily eat a slice any time of the year. Fabulous combination and it looks so moist and delicious!

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