Our 12 Best Quick Bread Recipes

Mido Banana Bread
Photo: John Kernick

Without requiring kneading or a long rise, quick breads are easy to make and a great alternative to muffins or coffee cake. We love having a loaf of classic banana bread on hand for easy breakfasts and a slice of cheesy onion bread to serve on the side of our favorite soups. Whether you're looking for something savory or a sweet treat, we've got 12 quick bread recipes you can bake up in no time.

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Carrot, Coconut, and Zucchini Bread

Carrot Coconut and Zucchini Bread
John Kernick

This not-too-sweet quick bread is jam-packed with vegetables and an irresistible toasted-coconut topping.

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Goat Cheese, Bacon, and Olive Quick Bread

Goat Cheese, Bacon and Olive Quick Bread
© Chris Court

Quick breads like this one by star blogger David Lebovitz are very popular in France, where they're known as savory cakes. This one is packed with olives, cheese, and bacon, and infused with cayennne.

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Old-Fashioned Banana Bread

Old-Fashioned Banana Bread

This extraordinarily simple and tasty banana bread (with a moist center and crispy crust) is a Ritter family heirloom. "The recipe has been in our family for generations," Lisa Ritter says.

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Yogurt-Zucchini Bread with Walnuts

Yogurt-Zucchini Bread with Walnuts
© Frances Janisch

This classic bread is a terrific way to use up late-summer zucchini. The walnuts are toasted to enhance their nutty flavor, and the greek yogurt adds moisture and a slight tang to the loaf.

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Strawberry-Pecan Quick Bread

Strawberry-Pecan Quick Bread
© Fredrika Stjärne

The trick to this bread? Use dried strawberries rather than fresh for an intense strawberry flavor that won't yield a soggy loaf. The dried fruit will soften as the bread bakes, leaving you with a loaf studded with tender berries and crunchy nuts.

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Zucchini-Flax Bread

Zucchini-Flax Bread

A combination of flax meal and seeds adds a subtle nutty flavor and crunch to this gluten-free zucchini bread.

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Brown-Butter Banana Bread

Brown Butter Banana Bread
Photo by Victor Protasio / Food Styling by Chelsea Zimmer / Prop Styling by Prissy Lee

Brown butter adds a deep, caramel-like note of nutty richness to this decadent make-ahead banana bread.

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Cinnamon Raisin Almond Flour Loaf

Cinnamon-Raisin Almond Flour Loaf
© Ian Knauer

We like using almond flour that has a slightly coarse texture, similar to cornmeal, which adds a little crunch to the finished product.

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Pull-Apart Cheesy Onion Bread

Pull-Apart Cheesy Onion Bread

This recipe is as fun to eat as monkey bread (little balls of yeast dough that are baked in a pan together, then pulled apart at the table) but a lot less time-consuming to make.

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Miso Banana Bread

Mido Banana Bread
John Kernick

The miso in this supremely delicious banana bread adds deeper, robust flavor. The bread is fantastic the day it's made, but it tastes even better the following day.

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Chocolate Chip-Zucchini Bread

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread
Photo by Adam Friedlander / Food Styling by Pearl Jones

This sweet quick bread is the perfect use for a bumper crop of summer zucchini. Sour cream keeps the bread super moist while mini bittersweet chocolate chips add chocolatey flavor without sinking in the batter.

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Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bread

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bread
© Sarah Bolla

This gluten-free pumpkin bread has a wonderfully crunchy top and deliciously spiced and moist crumb. It's perfect with coffee during the autumn months.

Updated by
Maria Yagoda
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Maria Yagoda is a senior editor at Food & Wine, where she has worked for five years, specializing in restaurant and travel coverage.

Her writing on food, culture, travel, and health issues have been published in People Magazine, the Atlantic, Glamour Magazine, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and more print and digital publications.

She lives in Brooklyn, NY, with her chihuahua, Bucatina.

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