Lemon Bread with Raspberry Cream Cheese Swirl

Say hello to the most gorgeous lemon bread on the internet. It is swirled with raspberry jam and cream cheese, you are going to adore every bite.

sliced lemon bread

I have truly become the biggest lemon fan over the years. Lemon Bars. Lemon Salmon. Lemon Energy Balls. Lemon Pancakes. If it has lemon, I’ll eat it!

This lemon bread recipe is so perfectly flavored, moist, and has a delicious raspberry cream cheese swirl. Bonus, it’s made with healthy swaps!

Why Make Lemon Bread?

Like most of our healthy muffin and bread recipes on Fit Foodie Finds, we make healthy swaps without sacrificing things like texture and flavor! This bread is…

  • ultra moist
  • lightened-up
  • easy to freeze
  • amazing with a hot cup of coffee 😀
how to make lemon bread in bowls

How this Lemon Bread is Healthier

Because we know most of you will try and make these swaps anyways, we did it for you! Here’s the low down on how this bread is healthier than most other lemon bread recipes.

Flour: This is a 50/50 recipe made with both all-purpose flour and white whole wheat flour. In order to make sure it was fluffy as can be and not so dense, we kept some all-purpose in there. Feel free to try and use all white whole wheat!

Oil: Because we used an entire cup of applesauce, we were able to bring the oil content down to just 2 tablespoons. We also opted to use coconut oil, which is our favorite for baking. You can try and use another fruit puree such as pear sauce or even pumpkin!

Sugar: When it comes to muffins and loaves, there truly isn’t anything better than brown sugar, which is what we used. However, we are confident that coconut sugar will work just the same.

lemon bread batter in loaf pan

What You Need

The ingredient list for this lemon bread is a bit longer than most of our other loaf recipes, but it’s totally worth it. The fact that it’s naturally sweetened is clutch and combination of flavors are amazing.

  • Applesauce
  • Eggs
  • Honey
  • Lemon Juice
  • Coconut Oil
  • All-Purpose Flour
  • White Whole Wheat Flour
  • Brown Sugar
  • Baking Soda
  • Salt
  • Lemon Zest

Incredible Swirl

How could we not add a swirl to this bread? The main goal was to add something that complimented the lemon flavor and let me tell you, this cream cheese swirl is gold.

Cream cheese + raspberry jam is all you need! Don’t have raspberry jam? Use any flavor you have in your refrigerator such as blueberry, apricot, or strawberry!

lemon bread in loaf pan


Let your lemon bread cool completely. Then, store it in a cool, dark place for up to 3-5 days.

Can you freeze lemon bread?

This loaf is extremely easy to freeze. We do recommend, however, that if you are going to freeze it to refrain from adding the swirl. Sometimes dairy doesn’t do the best in the freezer!

How to freeze lemon bread: remove bread from the pan and let it cool completely. Once cooled, tightly wrap it with a piece of tin foil, removing as much air as possible. Freeze for up to 3 months.

Quick tip

You can also freeze slices of this bread instead of the entire loaf. Just cut the loaf Into slices and continue freezing as directed.

sliced lemon bread

lemon bread

Delicious Lemon Bread Recipe

Say hello to the most gorgeous lemon bread on the internet. Swirled with raspberry jam and cream cheese, you are going to adore every bite.

Prep: 15 minutesCook: 50 minutesTotal: 1 hour 5 minutes

Fat 8

Carbs 38

Protein 4

Yield 9 1x



  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil


  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest

Swirl Topping

  • 3 tablespoons raspberry preserves
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, partially melted


  1. First, preheat oven to 350ºF and spray a standard-size loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Next, crack eggs into a large bowl and whisk. Then, add the rest of the wet ingredients to the bowl (minus the melted coconut oil) and mix.
  3. Add all of the dry ingredients to the wet and mix again.
  4. Finally, add melted coconut oil and mix one last time.
  5. Pour the batter into the loaf pan and give the pan a shake to make sure the batter is even in the pan.
  6. For the swirl topping, carefully plop the partially melted cream cheese and raspberry preserves evenly over the top of the loaf. Use a knife to gently swirl so that you spread the topping out. Make sure not to swirl it too much or things will mix together too much and if you swirl it too little, you risk the topping sinking to the bottom as it will be too heavy.
  7. Bake at 350ºF for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  8. Let cool for at least 15 minutes before removing from the loaf pan.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/9
Calories: 236
Sugar: 23
Fat: 8
Carbohydrates: 38
Fiber: 2
Protein: 4

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Photography: photos taken in this post are by Erin from The Wooden Skillet.

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