★★★★★

Chai Apple Bread

Chai spices and sweet apples baked into one delicious loaf! Chai Apple Bread is a moist, sweet and filled with real apple pieces. Bake up a loaf to fill your kitchen with a tantalizing aroma of classic fall flavors.

Pour a cup of coffee or tea with a splash of Pumpkin Coffee Creamer to enjoy with this bread. If you love all things apple, you’ll love this Apple Crisp Macchiato recipe too!

Slices of chai apple bread stacked on parchment paper with one slice being lifted up.

Why this Bread is Best

  • The chai spice mix adds an unexpected twist to classic apple bread.
  • Warming cardamom and cloves are complemented by the sweetness of brown sugar and apple.
  • This bread has real pieces of apple in each bite!
  • It stays moist and delicious, even the next day.

I can’t believe how amazing this made my kitchen smell! It’s like the best apple pie you’ve ever made meets the most flavorful chai you’ve ever tasted.

You’ll love eating this Chai Apple Bread on its own for breakfast, dessert or an afternoon pick-me-up.

If you can double the recipe, set aside a loaf for our delicious Apple Bread Pudding.

Ingredient Notes

Chai apple bread ingredients.

Applesauce.  In addition to adding a little bit of fiber and nutrition, applesauce also adds helps keep the bread moist. An equal amount of oil can be substituted for the applesauce. If eliminating the applesauce, use a total of 1 cup of vegetable oil.

Milk. It adds even more moisture to the chai apple bread bread. You can use any milk you like. Even plain unsweetened nondairy milks work.

Eggs. Use room temperature eggs for best results. They incorporate into the other ingredients more readily while helping the bread rise more.

Chai spice mix. This is a blend of spices used in masala chai tea and chai lattes. I make my own chai spice mix. If using a store bought mix, make sure it contains just the spices and no tea.

Easy Instructions

Step by step photos showing how to prep the apples for chai bread.

Start by mixing brown sugar with the chai spice mix.

Toss diced apples in half of this spice-sugar mixture. Mix a spoonful of melted butter into the other half of the mixture. Set aside.

Now, beat eggs and sugar in a mixing bowl until fluffy. Add vanilla extract, applesauce, oil and milk.

Mix in the dry ingredients until just combined.

Step by step photos showing how to assemble apple chai bread.

Transfer half of the thick batter to a greased loaf pan. Top the layer of batter with the spiced apples. Add the rest of the batter.

Finally, sprinkle the leftover brown sugar spice mixture on top.

Bake for an hour. Let the Chai Apple Bread cool in the pan before slicing and serving.

Tips and Tricks

  • Prevent overbrowning: the top of the bread may start to brown quickly in the oven. If this happens, cover the top with aluminum foil.
  • Toothpick test: Insert a toothpick into the center of the bread toward the end of bake time. The bread is done when the toothpick comes out clean.
  • Peeling apples: I prefer to use peeled apples in chai apple bread. You can buy pre-peeled apple slices in fresh packs at the grocery store to skip peeling altogether.
  • Do not over mix. The batter will be a bit lumpy after you add in the flour. Do not over mix or the bread will come out tough.
Loaf of apple chai bread sliced on cutting board.

Recipe FAQs

What kind of apples are best for baking? 

I love to use honeycrisp apples in this recipe, but Granny Smith, Jazz, and Pink Lady apples also work well.

What is in chai spice mix?

My chai spice mix includes cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and black pepper.

How do I store the apple chai bread?

Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days. To freeze, wrap in plastic wrap and then aluminum foil, or place in a freezer bag. It will keep in the freezer for up to 3 months

Can I make this bread as muffins?

To make muffins, spray a muffin tin with nonstick spray, or use cupcake liners. Fill each muffin cup with 2 tablespoons of batter. Add a tablespoon of apples to the center, then top with remaining batter to fill the muffin cup ⅔ full. Bake at 350°F for 18-23 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Chai spices and sweet apples baked into one delicious loaf! Chai Apple Bread is a moist, sweet and filled with real apple pieces. Bake up a loaf to fill your kitchen with a tantalizing aroma of classic fall flavors.

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Yield: 10 slices

Chai Apple Bread

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes

Chai spices and sweet apples baked into one delicious loaf! Chai Apple Bread is a moist, sweet and filled with real apple pieces. Bake up a loaf to fill your kitchen with a tantalizing aroma of classic fall flavors.

Ingredients

For the Batter:

  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ⅔ cups vegetable oil
  • ⅓ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract

For the Filling & Topping

  • ¾ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 3 Tablespoons chai spice mix
  • 1 cup diced apple (about 1 medium apple)
  • 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter, melted

Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9”x5” loaf pan with nonstick baking spray.  
    2. Mix together the brown sugar and chai spice mix.
    3. Place diced apples in a small bowl. Pour half of the chai sugar mixture (about ½ cup) over the apples and toss to coat. Mix the tablespoon of melted butter into the remaining spice mixture. Set both bowls aside.   
    4. In a medium-sized bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, and salt.   
    5. In a separate large bowl, beat eggs and sugar together until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add in the oil, applesauce, milk, and vanilla extract and mix on low speed for 1 minute.   
    6. Add in the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Batter will be a little bit lumpy.   
    7. Pour half of the batter into the loaf pan. Top with the chai apple mixture. Add remaining batter over the top and spread evenly. Sprinkle the remaining chai sugar mixture over the top of the batter.   
    8. Bake for 60-70 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. If the top begins to brown too much before the bread finishes cooking, cover with aluminum foil.   
    9. Remove from oven and cool completely in pan.

Notes

  • What kind of apples are best for baking? I love to use honeycrisp apples in this recipe, but Granny Smith, Jazz, and Pink Lady apples also work well.
  • Chai spice mix. This is a blend of spices used in baking. I make my own chai spice mix. If using a store bought mix, make sure it contains just the spices and no tea.
  • How do I store the apple chai bread? Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days. To freeze, wrap in plastic wrap and then aluminum foil, or place in a freezer bag. It will keep in the freezer for up to 3 months.
  • Can I make this bread as muffins? To make muffins, spray a muffin tin with nonstick spray, or use cupcake liners. Fill each muffin cup with 2 tablespoons of batter. Add a tablespoon of apples to the center, then top with remaining batter to fill the muffin cup ⅔ full. Bake at 350°F for 18-23 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

10

Serving Size:

1 slice

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 418Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 42mgSodium: 213mgCarbohydrates: 61gFiber: 1gSugar: 36gProtein: 5g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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Warming spices, a moist crumb and autumnal flavors make this Chai Apple Bread a must try recipe this fall!

About Aimee

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Posted on September 28, 2021

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