Warming Autumn Apple Loaf Cake

Vegan apple loaf cake recipe

It's the time of the year where there are apples everywhere. I'm lucky enough to have an apple tree in my parent's garden that produces loads of delicious but hardy cooking apples (no idea what variety they are!), and they bring me bags full of them every autumn. But even at the supermarkets and local grocers they are often seasonal and local at this time of year, so go and buy a bag and try this warming apple loaf, which can be made with any variety of apple. Best enjoyed with a cuppa and a good book. 

This recipe calls for apple sauce which acts as a binder instead of eggs. Find the easiest quick recipe for sweet and tangy apple sauce here (you can make a big batch and freeze portions ready for when baking requires it, or just keep it in the fridge to stir into porridge, dollop on pancakes, or serve with nut roast!). 

Vegan Autumn Apple Loaf Cake

Ingredients (makes 1 loaf / 10 slices):

  • 1 1/2 cups plain flour

  • 1 cup brown sugar

  • 1 cup apple sauce

  • 1 cup vegan butter

  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon

  • 2 tsp baking powder

  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract

  • 1/2 cup almond milk

  • 2 apples, peeled and finely diced


Preheat oven to 180C. Beat the butter with 3/4 of the sugar until creamy. Next add the apple sauce, almond milk, and vanilla, and mix until completely combined and smooth. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, cinnamon, and baking powder, then add this to the butter mixture and stir until combined. Then mix in 2/3 of the apples, and pour mixture into a lightly oiled 9x5 inch loaf tin. Stir the remaining apples with the remaining sugar, then sprinkle on top of the batter. Bake for about 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. 

Nutrition per slice:

  • Protein: 2.3g (Women - 4.6% / Men - 4.2%)

  • Iron: 1.2mg (Woman - 8.1% / Men - 10.6%)

  • Calories: 257 (Women - 12.9% / Men - 10.3%)

  • Sugars: 25.5g (Women - 28.3% / Men - 21.3%)

  • Total Fat: 7.5g (Women - 10.7% / Men - 7.9%)

  • Saturated Fat: 1.4g (Women - 7.0% / Men - 4.7%)

  • Salt: 0.3g (Women - 5.0% / Men - 5.0%)

  • Fibre: 1.5g (Women - 5.0% / Men 5.0%)

See the Nutrition Info page for more details on % of Dietary Reference Values for men and women.