Very Best Gluten-Free Apple Fritter Bread

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A soft quick-bread filled with autumn apples with cinnamon glaze. Sweet Honeycrisp apples in a moist light batter, warming cinnamon and topped with light cinnamon glaze. Very best gluten-free apple bread…promise!

If you go apple picking at a farm or go to your local farmers market this fall, try this apple fritter bread recipe. This sweet bread is the ultimate fall treat.

best month for apples

So, September is the month for apple recipes. Freshly picked apples are the best for baking gluten-free recipes for pies, cakes, muffins and sweet bread. Nothing beats an apple that has just been picked from the apple orchard. The flavour, texture and aroma of crispy fresh apples are the best!


apple fritter bread with a glaze and flowers


I’ve wanted to make this gluten-free apple fritter bread recipe for a very long time. I’ve made crust-free apple pie and breakfast apple cakes, but this apple fritter bread is the best recipe yet!

Apples make everything taste better, and add delicious flavourful juices to baking and savoury dishes.

an easy recipe for gluten-free apple fritter bread 

apples in a bowl and sliced apples


start with the right apples

I like to use Honeycrisp apples because of their perfect sweetness. You can peel the apples or not; it all depends on you. I peeled mine because I prefer them without the texture of the peel on the apples.

Once you core the apples, chop them roughly. The pieces should not be too small.

the gluten-free apple fritter batter

I wanted to stick to a quick-bread recipe. This means only one flour. So, I used a gluten-free flour blend that is mainly rice-based, such as Bob’s Red Mill. I tried other blends, however, this blend worked the best!


gluten-free apple fritter batter in a pan lined with parchment paper


To make the batter is super simple. First, cream butter with sugar. I used coconut sugar because it is slightly healthier than brown or granulated sugar. But let’s be honest, sugar is sugar, so always use it sparingly.

Next, beat in eggs and vanilla. I used one and a half teaspoons of vanilla in this batter, which is half a teaspoon more than I would generally use. The reason is, the extra vanilla flavour goes exceptionally well with apples.

Once the wet mixture is ready, stir in flour mixed with baking powder and some milk. The gluten-free quick-bread batter is now ready.


sliced apples topped with cinnamon sugar


To add that great sweet cinnamon flavour to the apples, I mixed coconut sugar with cinnamon and used half of it to blend in with the apples. Sometimes I add a pinch of cardamom. That’s because I love the flavour, and the spice adds a new dimension to gluten-free baking.


cake batter topped with sliced apples and cinnamon sugar in a loaf pan


The apples are then layered between the batter and on top. To finish off, I added an extra sprinkle of cinnamon sugar over the top.

be patient when baking apple fritter bread

This apple fritter bread recipe takes one hour to bake, a little longer than most quick-breads. The reason for this is the apples. I wanted to make sure that the batter encasing the apples is fully baked.


baked gluten-free apple fritter bread decorated with flower


the cinnamon glaze — although optional, I highly recommend it!

Oh my, this simplest of glazes adds the final touch to this gluten-free sweet bread. But, of course, I wanted more than just white sugar glaze, so I added a pinch of cinnamon. This made all the difference to the outcome of the apple fritter bread. 


cinnamon glaze over baked apple bread, gluten-free


The lightly scented cinnamon glaze soaked into the bread-making everything beyond delicious. Truly spectacular apple treat!

Yes or no to this apple fritter bread?

If this sweet bread doesn’t persuade you based on the deliciousness and easiness of this recipe, then think healthy apples!


slices of apple fritter bread on a plate with a flower


Apples come with loads of health benefits; as per EVERY DAY HEALTH, apples can lower high cholesterol and lower blood pressure.

In addition, they are high in dietary fiber; therefore, they can aid digestion, can support a healthy immune system, are diabetes-friendly fruit and are packed with antioxidants. 

So it’s true, an apple a day may keep the doctor away. 


half a slice of an apple fritter bread on a plate with a fork


This gluten-free apple bread is the best apple fall breakfast, a snack or after-dinner dessert. We all need at least one great gluten-free apple recipe this fall season. Enjoy!

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Many thanks!

Kristina xx


  • 1 1/2 cups gluten-free all-purpose flour blend (preferably rice-based) I used this one
  • 2 tsp. GF baking powder
  • 1/2 cup salted butter, softened (if you are using unsalted, add 1/4 tsp. sea salt)
  • 1 cup fine coconut, brown or granulated sugar, divided (I used coconut)
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup milk of choice, at room temperature
  • 2 large apples, peeled, cored and roughly chopped (I used Honeycrisp)
  • 1 1/2 tsp. GF ground cinnamon
  • CINNAMON GLAZE (optional)
  • 1/2 cup GF confectioners sugar (powdered sugar)
  • 1/4 tsp. GF ground cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp. Milk of choice
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  • Preheat oven to 350 F and line a standard loaf pan (8.5 x 4.5-inch) with parchment paper or spray the pan with cooking oil
  • Whisk together flour with baking powder
  • In a medium bowl, using an electric mixer, cream together butter with 2/3 cups of sugar. Beat in eggs and vanilla.
  • Add flour mixture and milk to the egg mixture and using a spatula mix until just combined.
  • Mix the remaining 1/3 of a cup of sugar with cinnamon. And toss the chopped apples with 1/2 the cinnamon sugar
  • Spread 1/2 of the batter into the loaf pan. Scatter 1/2 of the apples over the batter, then dollop the remaining batter over the apples and top with the remaining apples. Press the apples slightly into the batter and sprinkle with remaining cinnamon sugar.
  • Bake for 45 minutes, then cover the bread with foil paper and continue baking 15 more minutes. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes before transferring the bread onto a wire rack to cool.
  • In a small bowl, combine the glaze ingredients until smooth. Drizzle over cooled bread. Enjoy!
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    8 Responses to Very Best Gluten-Free Apple Fritter Bread

    • Roberta September 7, 2021

      this was soooo good! Thank you

      • Kristina September 7, 2021

        I am glad you enjoyed it! thank you

    • Mary September 11, 2021

      Made this for breakfast this morning. My non-gluten free family loved it. I definitely will be making this again.

      • Kristina September 11, 2021

        Mary, thank you for letting us know, it is always nice to hear!

    • Anna Tejada-Lambeth November 4, 2021

      DEEEEEEEELICIOUS! I’ve missed Apple fritters for 14 years until now! Sooooo good

      • Kristina November 4, 2021

        thank you Anna.

    • Nancy February 24, 2022

      This apple bread is a winner! I’ve made it several times and my family and extended family love it! A definite keeper. Thank you!

      • Kristina February 24, 2022

        thank you Nancy, I am so happy to hear that!

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