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October 4, 2017 (updated 5/30/23)
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Today we have an awesome collection of 27 Quick Bread Recipes just in time for baking season. I’ve also put together a list of quick bread baking tips so you can easily tackle any of these recipes with confidence.

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Table of contents

  • Tips for Success with Quick Breads
  • Recipes For Quick Breads
  • Healthy Muffin Recipes to Try

One of my favorite things to bake are quick breads. There’s a never-ending variety of recipes to try, they are easy to make and you can eat them for breakfast, as a snack or for dessert. However, as great as they are, some quick breads are loaded with way too much sugar and empty calories. That’s why I’ve collected several healthy quick bread recipes from the Healthy Seasonal Recipes archives, as well as a few of our food blogging buddies.

If you don’t know what a “quick” bread is compared to regular bread, let me back up a bit and explain: quick bread is leavened by either baking powder and or baking soda. Other breads are leavened by yeast which needs a bit of time to get going and rise, hence quick breads are, well, quicker. Quick breads actually encompass a whole category of baked goods that are leavened with “chemical” leaveners, that includes bundts, muffins and other shapes, but today I am focusing just on healthy quick bread loafs.

So, whether you’re looking for a low-carb, gluten-free, whole wheat or paleo recipe, this collection has you covered.

Tips for Success with Quick Breads

Measure Your Ingredients Accurately and Properly

  • Use liquid measuring cups for the wet ingredients and dry measuring cups for the dry.
  • When measuring your flour it’s better to stir it lightly with a spoon first and then spoon it into your measuring cup before leveling it off. It makes a big difference, believe me!

Don’t Over-Mix

  • Always add the wet into the dry ingredients.
  • Stir just until the ingredients are moistened. This way you don’t end up with a loaf that is dense enough to be used as a doorstop.

Check For Doneness

  • Check 10-15 minutes early. But not so many times that you let all the hot air out of the oven or deflate the bread before the structure is set up.
  • The loaf is done if a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Cool It

  • Cool in the pan for at least 10 minutes (or whatever the recipe recommends).
  • Then cool on a wire rack.
  • It’s best to let the loaf cool completely before trying to slice it, so that it doesn’t fall apart. I know, I know, this part is crazy hard to do.

Recipes For Quick Breads

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Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

Once this honey-sweetened and whole-grainchocolate chip zucchini breadrecipe is sliced, it stands no chance of lasting more than a few minutes. It will be devoured in no time! It is so yummy for a snack or to bring to a party.

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Almond Cranberry Bread

This easy quick almondcranberry bread is a healthy, refined sugar-free and whole grain recipe that makes a super holiday gift from the kitchen. It is also a kid-friendly snack for after school, or perfect to bring along if you are going to visit friends or family over the holidays.

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Healthy Banana Bread with Dates and Walnuts

Hold on to your whisks my friends, I’m about to rock your kitchen with thisHealthy Banana Bread recipemade with whole-grain flour and no refined sugar. It is sweetened with dates and maple syrup.

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Chocolate Zucchini Carrot Bread

This healthy and delicious cocoa-rich bread becomes moist and sweetened with the addition of shredded zucchini and carrots. The shredded zucchini and carrots not only enhance the bread's texture but also contributes a touch of natural sweetness. The combination of these ingredients results in a flavorful and nutritious loaf.

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Healthy Apple Cinnamon Bread

Here is an Apple Bread recipe with Cinnamon and Maple sugar. It is studded with chunks of fresh apple and with the addition of applesauce it is ultra moist! Pour a cup of coffee and enjoy the taste of fall in each bite!

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Healthy Pumpkin Bread with Chocolate Chips

Thishealthy pumpkin breadwith chocolate chipsis earth-shatteringly good. It’s made with whole wheat flour, a whole can of pumpkin, maple syrup and mini chocolate chips. It is both an all-time fan favorite and one of my favorite recipes on Healthy Seasonal Recipes. I can’t wait for you all to bake it!!

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Pumpkin Streusel Bread

This Pumpkin Streusel Bread is simply the best, most moist and delicious classic pumpkin bread you’ll make this season. I guarantee it! It’s easy to stir together, and then it bakes up to a big beautiful loaf perfect to give as a homemade gift, or to serve as a breakfast or snack any day of the week!

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Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

This healthy Chocolate Chip Banana Bread has a delicious sweet and moist taste and texture plus banana and chocolate flavor. You’ll love the fact that this bread has just the right amount of sweetness.

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One Bowl Whole Wheat Pumpkin Bread

This Whole Wheat Pumpkin Bread is a dense, rich, moist, and lightly sweet treat that can be made in just one bowl, saving you from the hassle of using multiple dishes. Its easy one-bowl preparation ensures a convenient baking experience without the need for excessive clean-up.

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Gluten Free Toast

This gluten free bread is great for toasting, to have with preserves or a fried egg. It’s a quick bread, meaning it uses baking powder instead of yeast to rise, so it’s super simple, quick and foolproof to bake.

Transformed into a Low Carb Peanut Butter Berry Breakfast Loaf, the classic combination of Peanut Butter and Jelly gets a delicious twist. This slightly sweet keto breakfast loaf offers a convenient and portable option for those busy mornings when you're on the go.

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Gluten-Free Apple Bread

Packed with fresh apple chunks, warm spices, and a heavenly cinnamon swirl, this comforting treat is perfect for breakfast or as a snack. It's a refined sugar-free, fluffy, and utterly satisfying creation that captures the essence of fall in every bite.

This pumpkin spice bread is so simple to make and has all the right flavors. Plus, it's gluten free!

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Healthy Pumpkin Bread Recipe

If you're wondering how to make the best pumpkin bread, look no further. It comes together in no time at all and is much healthier than other recipes you might find out there.

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Zucchini Oat Bread

This Zucchini Oat Bread is packed with zucchini and sweetened with dates raisins and a touch of honey instead of refined sugar. The oats make it sturdy enough to pack in a picnic basket or lunchbox.

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Healthy Banana Bread Recipe

This banana bread recipe is as fluffy and moist as they get. It doesn't have chocolate chips like others, but if you crave chocolate you can easily sprinkle some in.

You'd never believe this Skinny Chocolate Peppermint Quick Bread is low fat. It's delicious and so full of flavor!

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Tahini Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

This pumpkin bread is not like the others. It's made with tahini, and is both gluten-free, nut-free, and vegan!

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Peanut Butter Espresso Banana Bread

If you like banana bread and you like coffee, you're bound to love this special banana bread recipe. It's buttery, sweet, and healthy.

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Pumpkin Chocolate Pecan Bread

This vegan pumpkin bread is made using spelt and white flour, chocolate, pumpkin, and pecans. It's so delicious and light, it'll be gone within a few hours.

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Paleo Pineapple Bread with Coconut

Not everyone can say they've had a chance to try pineapple bread with coconut. So, this is your chance! It's paleo, which also means it's gluten, grain and dairy free.

This simple Paleo Banana Bread is made with almond butter and chocolate and is so delicious. It's gluten-free and much healthier than other banana breads.

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Paleo Chocolate Chip Coconut Flour Banana Bread

How delicious does this chocolate-studded banana bread not look? It's made with coconut flour and is completely dairy, gluten, and grain free.

This banana bread is not only low-carb, but it's gluten-free as well. Each serving only has around 8 grams of total carbs!

This pumpkin seed bread is ade with a mix of sunflower seeds pumpkin seeds, and psyllium. It makes for a great tasty and healthy snack or breakfast.

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Rosemary Olive Oil Quick Bread (Low Carb)

This quick bread is perfect to serve alongside an Italian meal, such as red sauce and meatballs, or to serve on its own with some olive oil and salt. You could also use it to make delicious sandwiches.

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Chocolate Orange Swirl Bread - Low Carb and Gluten-Free

This Chocolate Orange Swirl Bread is both low-carb and gluten-free. Plus, look how beautiful it is! There's no reason not to make it.

Healthy Muffin Recipes to Try

Cranberry Orange Muffins
Whole-Wheat Morning Glory Muffins
Low Sugar Apple Upside Down Muffins
Leek and Parmesan Muffins

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Happy Cooking! ~Katie


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27 Quick Bread Recipes

★★★★★5 from 1 review
  • Author: Katie Webster
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 10 slices 1x
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We rounded up 27 of our favorite healthier quick breads for you in this collection. If there’s one quick bread recipe you absolutely need to make, it’s this Almond Cranberry Bread. It is refined sugar-free and filled with whole grains. It’s the perfect treat during the holidays and makes a great gift!



  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons white whole-wheat flour
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs, yolks and whites separated
  • 1/3 cup organic canola oil or avocado oil
  • 2/3 cup maple sugar or coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup fat-free milk, lactose-free if desired
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 cup cranberries, roughly chopped in food processor
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 tablespoon turbinado sugar, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Coat a 8.5×4.5×2.5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray.
  2. Whisk white whole-wheat flour, almond flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl.
  3. Beat egg whites with a hand-held mixer on high until medium peaks form.
  4. Whisk egg yolks, oil, maple or coconut sugar, milk, vanilla, and almond extract in a large bowl. Add the almond flour mixture and stir to combine with a silicone spatula. Fold the egg whites into the batter until only a few streaks of whites remain. Fold in cranberries until just combined. Spread into the prepared baking dish. Top with almonds and turbinado (if using.)
  5. Bake until the bread has risen, is deeply golden brown and springs back when lightly touched on top, 45 to 50 minutes.


Storing Tip:Cover the bread with saran wrap and store at room temp for up to 3 days. Freeze for up to 2 months.

  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

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Stephanie Olson worked in television production and advertising before moving from Los Angeles to New England. She attended culinary school in Connecticut and has since worked as a pastry chef, recipe tester and food stylist. Stephanie grew up in Lubbock, Texas and graduated from The University of Texas at Austin. She currently lives in Vermont with her husband and two teenage daughters.

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  9. Rev Chicagodom August 28, 2020 @ 2:17 pm Reply

    I appreciate the effort and your intention, but I’m kind of surprised that pretty much every recipe here contains fruits, vegetables, chocolate, nuts … are we incapable of eating “just” bread?

  10. Redz August 6, 2019 @ 6:17 am Reply

    I so love baking bread and these recipes are perfect! I can’t wait to try these someday. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Brian L Oconnell October 7, 2017 @ 12:51 pm Reply

    Ouch. This recipe is so good I ate the whole loaf in one sitting. I’ll pace myself a bit better next time I make it.

    • Stephanie Olson October 7, 2017 @ 1:19 pm Reply

      I feel your pain Brian:) Sometimes those things happen when you make good food!

  12. Patricia @ Grab a Plate October 5, 2017 @ 11:21 pm Reply

    Nice to have! I can’t wait to try the pumpkin chocolate chip recipe!

    • Stephanie Olson October 6, 2017 @ 8:22 am Reply

      Thanks Patricia! Enjoy!

  13. Zesty Olive October 5, 2017 @ 9:51 am Reply

    Oh my, this is a great list! Drooling! I love that they’re quick breads and healthy options, too!

    • Stephanie Olson October 5, 2017 @ 10:03 am Reply

      Thanks!! Yes, quick breads are one of my favorite things to bake, so it’s nice to have so many healthy options!

  14. Lindsay @ The Live-In Kitchen October 5, 2017 @ 9:47 am Reply

    I love quick breads so much that I should definitely only make HEALTHY quick breads! Thanks for all the great ideas!

    • Stephanie Olson October 5, 2017 @ 10:02 am Reply

      You are welcome Lindsay! You should definitely try out a few.

  15. Melissa | HungryFoodLove.com October 5, 2017 @ 9:19 am Reply

    This is the time to bake and I already have almost all of these in my list

    • Stephanie Olson October 5, 2017 @ 10:01 am Reply

      Awesome Melissa! I feel like I haven’t turned my oven off since it started to cook down here.

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