This is my go-to healthy quick bread recipe; it’s very easy to make, no mixer needed, only one bowl required, and about 7 minutes prep. I eat this for breakfast and as a snack. Use your favorite spices!
100% Whole Wheat Bread Recipe without Yeast
This recipe contains no white flour, no dairy, and no yeast. It calls for whole wheat flour, natural sweeteners (honey/maple syrup and coconut sugar), and almond milk. If you don’t have any coconut sugar you can just replace it with brown sugar, no biggie.
Why does it call for two different types of sweeteners? I did this in order to cut back on the liquid to prevent the bread from being too airy which would kind of ruin the texture. I like it just the way it is. You’ll see what I mean.
This is a short loaf so don’t be alarmed by its appearance when you take it out of the oven. It’s supposed to look that way, alright? There’s nothing wrong with it. It’s a very “healthy-looking” bread but don’t judge a book by its cover. Give it a try.
Because it’s so short it bakes and cools quickly but that also means that there’s less of it to go around. So you may end up making a double batch or making another one the very next day, like me.
I also made an almond poppy seed version that is equally delicious! – Healthy Almond Poppy Seed Bread.
What determines how healthy quick breads are? Sugar, salt, fiber, and fat content all determine how healthy a quick bread is. Quick breads that are low in sugar, salt, and fat, and are high in fiber are the healthiest.
These types of bread are usually low calorie, lightly and naturally sweetened, and aid in weight loss.
Healthy breads are underrated, for real, and healthy muffins too.
- Pumpkin pie spice
- Apple pie spice
- Chai spice
- All spice
I recommend starting out with spices that you really like and are familiar with, that way you know exactly how much of each to use. If you use multiple spices make sure that they complement each other. Don’t go throwing a bunch in there all willy nilly.
Yes, you read correctly.
This bread got two thumbs up from one of my children and a pinky from the other. They eat it without a problem and that’s mostly because they think it’s cake and I don’t correct them but it still counts.
When they were toddlers I would make things like this for them all the time so I guess they’re “healthy trained”? I’m not sure what the technical term is but you know what I mean. It’s better to start them young, you know?
Healthy Spice Quick Bread
- 3 tablespoons coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoon fine salt
- 1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon (optional)
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg (optional)
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1/3 cup maple syrup or honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
- Coarse sugar (or more coconut sugar), for sprinkling
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- To a medium mixing bowl add the sugar, baking powder, salt, and spices.
- Use a big spoon to combine.
- Beat in the oil and eggs.
- Add the almond milk, maple syrup/honey, and vanilla extract.
- Mix until well blended.
- Add the flour and mix until fully incorporated.
- Line a 9x5 inch loaf pan with parchment paper or spray with nonstick cooking spray.
- Pour the batter into the pan and smooth the top into an even layer, if needed.
- Sprinkle the top with coarse sugar.
- Bake for 36 – 37 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean or with very few crumbs. *Mine is always done at 37 minutes exactly.
- Place the pan on a wire rack and cool for at least 15 minutes before slicing.
- Because I've only tried this bread with cinnamon and nutmeg I cannot tell you how much of each of the other spices to add. This is why I strongly recommend using the spices you are familiar with and use past experiences, common sense, and instinct to determine how much to add.
- Using cooking spray instead of parchment paper will yield a crispier crust.
Because of the small quantity of batter, this loaf is shorter in height compared to your average quick breads.
- It's okay if you don't have a wire rack. It just helps the bread to cool faster and more evenly.
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