Filed under: Breads / Quick Breads / Fall
October 6, 2021

Apple Cider Banana Bread

Taking your average, basically beautiful banana bread and giving it a fall twist via some fresh apple cider and a freshly grated apple. Moist and much more nuanced in taste, this is the banana bread to make for the season. 

5 from 4 votes
Yield: 1 standard loaf
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Taking your average, basically beautiful banana bread and giving it a fall twist via some fresh apple cider and a freshly grated apple. Moist and much more nuanced in taste, this is the banana bread to make for the season. 


apple cider banana bread


Even if in its very basic form banana bread is perfect, I think it’s fun to add twists here and there. Like a pumpkin banana bread, or a chocolate, or a hazelnut. For this one I wanted something that had a zing of fall in it. With both fresh cider and a fresh grated apple, this apple cider banana bread this one is so much more ‘fall’ like than your year round bb. I also think the cider adds this depth to the taste and curbs the overly sweetness of a basic banana bread. 

Ingredients for Apple Cider Banana Bread 

Bananas: Very ripe! The softer, the mushier the better. Maybe avoid the ones that are black though. 

Apple: Grate it right after you mash the bananas or it’ll go brown. Any apple that’s good for baking will do. Get a large one. The apple’s function here is to add moisture to the bread (the cider tends to dry it out a bit so this compensates). No need to skin the apple ahead of time, you wont notice the skin once it’s baked. 

Fresh apple cider: unfiltered apple juice, it’s dark and cloudy and definitely not apple juice and absolutely not apple cider vinegar. These jugs are available in the fall in the US in the fridges of most grocery stores. 

Mulling spices: you can either buy these in packs (or jars) or add your own. It’s basically cinnamon, cloves, orange peel and ginger. You can also skip them for less of a spiced taste. 

Brown sugar: I never use granulated sugar in my banana bread as I think that molasses addition is part of what gives it that iconic flavor. Light or dark is fine. 

Canola oil: or any oil that is flavorless. Don’t use butter here, oil is best for fruit-based cakes. 

Flour: all purpose. This one is a really moist bread so it lends itself well to a flour swap, if you wanted to add something like oat flour or white whole wheat swap 1 cup of the ap for either of those. 


apple cider banana bread

What is apple cider reduction and what can I use apple cider in? 

It’s fresh cider that is boiled (with mulling spices, if desired) to remove most of the water. You’ll have a concentrated, very sweet and strong-tasting cider ‘syrup’. Here’s an apple cider cheesecake, an apple cider caramel, cider marshmallows and an ice cream and the best apple muffins. I got all the cider inspo here lol.



FAQ on Apple Cider Banana Bread  

How do I make an apple cider reduction? 

Get some fresh cider, pour it into a deep pot and boil it on high for about an hour or more (depending on how much you are reducing). 

Can I make the apple cider syrup ahead of time? 

Yep! Store it in a sealed mason jar in the fridge and it’ll last weeks. 

Can I use a different apple? 

Any apple that is good for baking: honeycrisp, pink lady, junagold…etc. 

Can I use more or less cinnamon? 

As much as you like as well as any other spices that you want. 

How should I store this apple cider banana bread?  

Airtight container to keep its moisture level. 

Can I make apple cider banana bread ahead of time? 

Yep, as with all fruit based cakes this one stays good for awhile (and even better the next day). 


  • This makes a large loaf. If you have a pullman or a larger than standard loaf pan use all the batter. If you have a standard size fill it 3/4 of the way and make a couple of muffins so the tin doesn’t overflow.
  • I’ve listed that you’ll need 1 cup fresh cider and mulling spices; these boil together until reduced to 1/4 cup (strain out the spices if you used them). Make sure the cider is cool before you add it to the batter.

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Recipe for Apple Cider Banana Bread 

Apple Cider Banana Bread

Basically perfect banana bread, but add apple and apple cider for a fall twist.
apple cider banana bread
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
1 minute
Yields: 1 standard loaf
5 from 4 votes


Apple cider reduction:

  • 1 cup apple cider reduced to 1/4 cup
  • Mulling spices if desired (see notes up top)

Banana Bread

  • 2 large bananas ripe (215g once mashed)
  • 1 large granny smith apple 135g once grated
  • 1 cup or 210g brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup or 52g canola oil
  • ¼ cup or 70g reduced cider
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups or 260g all purpose flour
  • up to 1 cup chopped pecans optional


  • Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease and line a large loaf pan* (see notes) with parchment paper (use metal, not glass or ceramic).
  • Mash the bananas and grate the apple stir them together with a fork. Add the sugar, eggs, vanilla, oil and cider and whisk to combine.
  • Add the cinnamon, baking soda, salt and flour and whisk to just combine. Fold in the pecans, if using.
  • Pour the batter into the loaf pan and bake for 1 hour and 10 minutes (if using a pullman) or until the top bounces back when pressed. If your loaf pan is smaller the bread will take less time to bake, check it at 55 minutes.

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  1. 5 stars
    This was such a fun fall twist on banana bread, so glad I tried it out! I used a grated Courtland apple since that’s what I had on hand, and subbed 100 g of the AP flour for whole wheat flour. The final result was moist and perfect!

    P.S. I noticed while I was making this that the pecans shown in the step by step photos are not mentioned in the recipe, I added about 1/2 c chopped toasted pecans at the end

  2. 5 stars
    love these twists, makes it so much more interesting and as you write, adds some needed moisture since to me plain old banana bread can usually need some moisture and it needs some help in the visual department to elevate it a bit beyond just a plain loaf, so thank you for this wonderful twist!