42 Cozy Quick Breads to Make This Fall
As the weather cools down, warm your kitchen with the smell of these delicious fall loaves. These soft, moist breads deliver the rich, nutty, and warmly spiced flavors you crave this time of year, without overloading you with the sweetness of a cake. Perfect for a fall breakfast, dessert, or afternoon snack with a mug of coffee, these comforting quick breads are ready within hours of the craving striking—no proofing required. From pumpkin spice to apple cinnamon, indulge in all the irresistible flavors autumn has to offer.
Mix the batter only until the dry ingredients disappear. (Lumps are normal.) Overmixing causes tough or misshapen loaves.
Tuscan Pignoli-Orange Zucchini Bread
Got a boatload of zucchini? A loaf of so-simple quick bread is a delightful, kid-friendly way to put it to use. With bright citrusy notes, toasty pine nuts, and a delightful texture delivered by the blend of semolina and almond flours, this Italian-inspired uptake on your typical zucchini bread is sure to impress.
Classic Banana Bread
This healthier take on banana bread uses yogurt instead of butter, but it's just as moist and indulgent as classic recipes. This banana bread recipe isn't just easy. It's also highly customizable and can adapt to a number of flavors and substitute ingredients. Banana bread should form a crack down the center as it bakes--a sign the baking soda is doing its job. Serve toasted with a smear of cream cheese, Greek yogurt, or peanut and top with mixed nuts, if desired. You can even customize your bread with a crunchy streusal topping that the kids will love.
Sweet Potato Bread with Buttermilk-Lime Icing
Try this spicy treat as an alternative to pumpkin bread. Serve it unadorned for every day or topped with this tangy icing for something extra special.
For breakfast on the go, spin this recipe into individually portioned muffins by dividing the batter among 12 muffin cups coated with cooking spray and baking at 375°F for 22 minutes. To freeze muffins, let cool completely, and place in ziplock plastic bags. Reheat in the microwave for 30 seconds.
Sesame-Cashew Zucchini Bread
Got a boatload of zucchini? A loaf of so-simple quick bread is a delightful, kid-friendly way to put it to use. Incredibly rich in toasty flavor, this nutty twist on classic zucchini bread was a fast favorite in the test kitchen. If you don’t have cashew butter on hand, feel free to use peanut butter or almond butter for the creamy glaze instead—either would be equally delicious.
Miso Banana Bread with Yuzu Glaze
Try this bread sandwiched with ham and apple slices, or cut it into cubes and toast it to make croutons for salads and soups.
Classic Zucchini Bread
Neither oily nor dry, but perfectly moist.
Chocolate Marble-Pumpkin Spice Bread
A chocolate swirl adds a decadent twist to your usual loaf of pumpkin bread. These marbled loaves start with one basic batter that is flavored two different ways. Use a stand mixer to make the basic batter, then divide it into two bowls, and hand stir in the pumpkin and chocolate components to each bowl. This delicious recipe can be divided into eight 5 3⁄4- x 3 1⁄4-inch mini loaf pans. Bake the loaves as directed, but start testing for doneness after 25 minutes in the oven.
Zucchini-Pecan Flaxseed Bread
Ground flaxseed is a novel addition to this dense and sweet breakfast bread. You can freeze individual slices on a baking sheet, then transfer to a zip-top plastic bag to keep in the freezer for up to two months. On hurried mornings, grab a slice, and defrost by microwaving at HIGH for 30 seconds to one minute.
Amish Cinnamon Bread
No kneading, you just mix it up and bake it.
Avocado Matcha Banana Bread
There’s absolutely nothing wrong with banana bread. It’s a breakfast classic, like a plain bagel or a glazed doughnut. However, there are times when a classic just doesn’t thrill. That’s when we pull out the green stuff. Avocado and matcha green tea powder may not be part of your regular baking routine, but not only do they dye banana bread a delightful deep green, they add earthy flavors that tone down the banana-ness of the loaf.
Pureed avocado adds moisture to make the quick bread even more tender, plus a mild vegetal note you just can’t find in plain ol’ sweet banana bread. Then, a hit of matcha ups the complex flavors where avocado drops off, and doubles up on the vibrant color. Slice into the bread while it’s still warm (or pop it in the toaster) and smear it with a thick swipe of cream cheese or Greek yogurt.
Avocado Matcha Banana Bread
Chocolate-Swirled Pumpkin Bundt
Super-moist and super-easy, this quick bread gets a triple hit of coconut goodness from coconut sugar (you can sub light or dark brown sugar), canned coconut milk, and melted coconut oil—but the finished bread tastes deliciously subtly of the fuzzy nut. (No worries—it does not taste like tanning lotion!) For extra richness, you can stir in a teaspoon or two of vanilla extract, or top the batter with shredded unsweetened coconut before baking, but the simple loaf tastes pretty great as is.
This recipe originally appeared on Cookinglight.com.
Mexican Chocolate-Zucchini Bread
Got a boatload of zucchini? A loaf of so-simple quick bread is a delightful, kid-friendly way to put it to use. This decadent twist spices up classic zucchini bread with cocoa powder, cinnamon, a rich chocolate glaze, and roasted pepitas. Easy-to-make, incredibly moist, and intensely chocolatey, this Mexican Chocolate Zucchini Bread is sure to be a new favorite.
Bananas Foster Bread
This adult interpretation switches all of the sugar to brown sugar and cooks the mashed bananas with butter and cognac or dark rum. And it's topped with a slightly boozy glaze.
Pumpkin Spice Cornbread
Put a little something extra in that cornbread with this pumpkin spice variation that celebrates autumn's most famous flavor. Less than ten ingredients are all you need for this easy and classic cornbread recipe that includes seasonal ingredients like pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice. If you want an added dose of sweetness, simply top with fresh honey butter.
Sweet Potato-Streusel Quick Bread
To make this quick bread even quicker, we used the microwave to cook the potato and soften the butter for the streusel topping. Use an electric knife to get clean slices. Serve with the Chicken-Apple Crunch Salad (page 95) for an easy lunch.
Hazelnut-Fig Quick Bread
Sprinkling nuts on top of the batter before it bakes, rather than mixing them in, helps concentrate the nut flavor.
Mini Pumpkin Spice Loaves
These mini-pumpkin bread loaves are flavored with cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg, filled with golden raisins, and topped with a sweet cream cheese frosting. If you're giving the loaves as gifts, you can put the frosting in a separate container for easier packaging.
Carrot Quick Bread with Cream Cheese Frosting
This bread is rich in protein. Oats provide soluble fiber, and carrots contribute betacarotene. Slice the entire loaf, wrap slices individually in foil, and freeze for up to a month. Toss a slice in your briefcase - when you get to work, it should be thawed.
Maple-Stout Quick Bread
Stout beer--think of Guinness, with its black color and intense richness--gives this bread a slightly bitter background note and gorgeous nut-brown hue.
Pumpkin Streusel Bread
Skip the boxed mix and make this light and flavorful pumpkin bread for friends and family this holiday season. It's perfect for brunch; just slice, toast, and top with a smear of cream cheese. Heavenly.
Chocolate-Hazelnut Banana Bread
Use a light hand when swirling the batter; too much swirling may lose the stripe effect.
Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread
When life gives you too much zucchini, make this chocolate zucchini bread. Moist enough to feel like a cake, this recipe is a great way to use up excess zucchini as well as sneak vegetables into a sweet treat. There’s plenty of chocolatey flavor, so the entire family will love this healthier take on zucchini bread. Plus, it easily doubles and freezes well, so you can enjoy it even after summer ends.
Spicy Pumpkin Bread
Sweet Beer Bread
Prep: 10 minutes; Cook: 60 minutes; Total time: 1 hour, 10 minutes.
Yogurt-Zucchini Bread with Walnuts
Pumpkin-Walnut Focaccia with Gruyère
The recipe makes two generous free-form loaves--one to enjoy now, and one to freeze later or give as a gift. If you're making the bread for the Chicken and Ham Sandwich with Artichoke-Tomato Spread, pat the dough into a 9-inch circle so the sandwiches will be easier to eat.
Winter Squash Chai Bread
Flavorful chai and colorful squash make this sweet quick bread a warming winter treat. Prep and Cook Time: about 1 1/4 hours, plus 10 minutes to cool.
Pumpkin-Date Loaf with Cream Cheese Swirl
White cream cheese batter contrasts with the orange pumpkin in this loaf.
Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread
Golden Pumpkin-Walnut Loaf
Seal this quick bread in plastic, then wrap with a pretty kitchen towel and tie it up with a ribbon. Add a card that suggests toasting slices of this moist bread for breakfast and spreading with light cream cheese for a special treat. You can even include a small crock of cream cheese in a basket with the bread for a hand-delivered gift.
Farmer John's Favorite Pumpkin Bread
Prep and Cook Time: about 1 1/4 hours. Rich spice flavors shine in this tender, cakelike bread. Notes: You can store this bread airtight at room temperature up to 3 days or freeze up to 3 months.
Cranberry-Sweet Potato Quick Bread
Walnut Streusel Bread
Caramelized Banana Bread with Browned Butter Glaze
A few smart techniques take banana bread to the next level: Cooking ripe banana slices in butter deepens the sweet banana flavor, while browned butter gives the glaze nutty richness.