Applesauce Pumpkin Bread (Or Muffins) Recipe

Square image of pumpkin bread with 3 slices on the side, stacked offset.

I love applesauce pumpkin bread on a crisp fall morning! There is something spectacular about the tender moist bread, with warm spices in every bite. When paired with a cup of coffee it is my dream of a perfect morning!

My original pumpkin bread recipe had an entire cup of oil. That is a lot! So I replaced half of the oil with applesauce. Making that substitution, we cut out almost half of the fat and a lot of unnecessary calories. The result is incredible! My kids say that this applesauce pumpkin bread tastes just like Starbucks pumpkin bread. What high praise!

Applesauce pumpkin bread with 3 slices stacked to the left. Pumpkins and sugar jar in back corners.

My Secret for the Perfect Texture

The very first thing that I do when making applesauce pumpkin bread is beat the eggs. I beat them until they are really fluffy and are pale yellow in color. This creates an airiness to the batter that results in soft and tender bread.

Whisk held above bowl of eggs. Eggs are fluffy and pale yellow.

If you have a stand mixer, you can have your eggs beating while you combine your dry ingredients. As with all baking, it is important to spoon your flour into the measuring cup rather than scooping the flour out with the cup. Spooning the flour will help ensure that you get the right measurement and not too much. Here is a great tutorial if you want some additional guidance on how to properly measure your flour.

Bowl of flour with all of the spices on top.

Pumpkin Muffins with Applesauce

I have been making pumpkin spice mini muffins ever since my kids were eating solid foods. I am not a morning person, so this was my hack for having an easy breakfast ready to go! Make a batch of mini muffins and freeze them! When it is time for breakfast just take a few out of the freezer and put them in the microwave for about 30 seconds.

Back then I was just focused on easy. But I want to cut back on fat and calories where it is possible, especially when they won’t know the difference. So now I make pumpkin muffins with applesauce. It is healthier, and they actually prefer these to my original recipe!

Mini muffins in a pan.

How Much Does This Recipe Make?

Isn’t it an incredible feeling when you can do something once and get multiple uses out of it? That is one of the many reasons why I love this recipe! It makes two loaves of applesauce pumpkin bread. If you are not serving a crowd then eat at one and freeze one, or eat one and give the other as a gift! Or better yet, make one loaf and dozen full-sized muffins. Or a loaf and 36 mini muffins! There are so many options!

One tray of applesauce pumpkin muffins and one loaf pan.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I store Applesauce Pumpkin Bread?

Cover your pumpkin bread tightly and store at room temperature for 3-4 days. The bread will stay freshest if you wait to cut it until you are ready to serve.

In the refrigerator, it will keep for up to a week.

How do I freeze Applesauce Pumpkin Muffins and Bread?

For a whole loaf of bread, wrap tightly in plastic wrap and then wrap it in aluminum foil. Remove from freezer and let thaw at room temperature the day before you plan to serve.

You can also freeze slices individually, so that they can be pulled out one at a time. Follow the same instructions as above, wrapping in plastic wrap. Then wrap all slices together in aluminum foil or place in a freezer-safe ziptop bag.

For mini muffins, place in a single layer on a parchment-lined plate. Freeze for several hours. Once hard, put in a ziptop bag and place back into the freezer.

Muffins and bread will be at their peak of freshness for 3 months in the freezer, though I have kept them much longer and they are still good!

What goes good with Applesauce Pumpkin Bread?

Other than a cup of coffee? We enjoy applesauce pumpkin bread with eggs and sausage. If you are serving this to company it would be a delicious accompaniment to a sausage and egg breakfast casserole! Though sometimes I love to keep it simple and serve it by itself, warmed, and topped with some butter or cream cheese.

Pinterest image that says applesauce pumpkin bread. One loaf and three slices.

If you love muffins with warm fall spices, check out these Buttermilk Spice Muffins as well! They are delicious!

Pumpkin bread with slices stacked in front. There is a bite out of the top slice.

Applesauce Pumpkin Bread (Or Applesauce Pumpkin Muffins)

Soft, tender, and moist pumpkin bread is full of comforting fall spices. You won't believe that it has less fat and calories than your traditional pumpkin bread!
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 24
Calories 208 kcal


  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon clove
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 15 ounces pumpkin puree


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray two loaf pans with nonstick spray.
  • Mix dry ingredients together in a medium bowl and set aside.
  • Beat eggs on medium-high speed for 3-4 minutes, until light-colored and fluffy.
  • Add sugar and beat on high an additional minute.
  • Add oil, applesauce, water, and pumpkin to the egg mixture and stir on low speed until combined.
  • Stir in dry ingredients on low speed until just combined and no flour is visible.
  • Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  • Allow bread to cool completely before removing and slicing.


For muffins, bake for 18-23 minutes. Yield: 24 muffins  
For mini-muffins, bake for 12-15 minutes. Yield: 60 mini-muffins


Nutrition Facts
Applesauce Pumpkin Bread (Or Applesauce Pumpkin Muffins)
Amount per Serving
Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword bread, fall recipes, pumpkin, quick bread
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8 thoughts on “Applesauce Pumpkin Bread (Or Muffins) Recipe

  1. 5 stars
    This was an easy recipe to follow and I loved the option for applesauce instead of some of the oil. My family is gobbling the muffins up.

  2. 5 stars
    This was exactly what I was looking for. This recipe is AMAZING! I made regular sized muffins and added chocolate chips. I had to freeze half of the muffins and they freeze very well. Going to make this again – mini muffins next time!

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