5 Irresistible Healthy Quick Breads

From banana to pumpkin, quick breads are the ultimate cool-weather comfort food.

  • Cranberry-Sweet Potato Quick Bread
    HOWARD L. PUCKETT

    Cranberry-Sweet Potato Quick Bread

    Tart dried cranberries perfectly complement the sweet potato's flavor in this festive quick bread. Top with sliced almonds for a delicious crunch.
  • Fig, Date, and Walnut Quick Bread
    Randy Mayor

    Fig, Date, and Walnut Quick Bread

    Whole wheat flour and walnuts give this dense bread a rich, hearty flavor. Add sweetness from dried figs and dates, a little spice from nutmeg and cloves, and zing from grated lemon rind, and this recipe stands out from the rest of the crowd.
  • Pecan-Topped Pumpkin Bread
    Beau Gustafson; Katie Stoddard

    Pecan-Topped Pumpkin Bread

    Moist and flavorful, pumpkin bread is a favorite fall recipe across the country. Traditional recipes can be pretty fattening, but this version calls for egg substitute and low-fat buttermilk to help cut calories. To make it even healthier, try substituting whole wheat flour for some of the white and unsweetened applesauce for some of the canola oil.
  • Classic Banana Bread
    Photography: Randy Mayor; Styling: Jan Gautro

    Classic Banana Bread

    It's hard to beat banana bread when it comes to quick breads, and it's a great way to keep overripe fruit from going to waste. This no-guilt recipe is quick, simple, and oh so tasty!
  • Mini Fruit and Sunflower Loaves

    Mini Fruit and Sunflower Loaves

    This savory quick bread is made from cornmeal and flour, with a little maple syrup and honey added to the dough for just the right amount of sweetness. Dried mixed fruit, sunflower seed kernels, and grated orange rind enhance the recipe's flavor by adding brightness and a surprise crunch. These mini loaves made perfect homemade holiday gifts!

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