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5 healthy ‘quick bread’ recipes that require zero fermentation

Kara Jillian Brown

Kara Jillian BrownMay 13, 2020

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Bread making has taken quarantine by storm. And while it can be fun to whip up (read: spend days preparing and making) a sourdough loaf, sometimes you just want something simple. If you’re beyond sick of banana bread, Zachary Golper, chef and owner of Bien Cuit, a beloved bakery with three locations in New York City, says you’ll love healthy quick bread recipes.

“The only way that you can make a bread without fermenting is to make one with sodium bicarbonate, or baking soda or baking powder. That’s what’s called a quick bread,” he says. “Sometimes, you’re you’re pressed, you’re in a pinch and you need to make some scones, some biscuits, or pound cake—those are are in the category that quick bread.”

Baking doesn’t have to be an arduous task. Try these healthy quick bread recipes to baked goods that don’t take over a day to make.

Healthy quick bread recipes you can bake without yeast

1. CINNAMON RAISIN YEAST-FREE FUNKY MONKEY BREAD

CINNAMON RAISIN YEAST-FREE FUNKY MONKEY BREAD, healthy quick bread recipes
Photo: Unconventional Baker

Though monkey bread typically requires yeast, this vegan recipe from the Unconventional Baker is yeast-free. Packed with cinnamon, raisins, medjool dates, and maple syrup, this is the perfect sweet treat to enjoy for breakfast or dessert. It’s also gluten-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free.

2. BEST VEGAN GLUTEN FREE BISCUITS

BEST VEGAN GLUTEN FREE BISCUITS
Photo: Okonomi Kitchen

The best biscuits are flakey and buttery, something this recipe from Okonomi Kitchen manages to do without using a single stick of butter. This vegan recipe only requires six ingredients, making it just as simple as it is delicious. You have the option to add nutritional yeast or dried rosemary.

3. SEED BREAD

Seed Bread, healthy quick bread recipes
Photo: Cork Fork and Table

This recipe from Cork Fork and Table will get you close to a traditional loaf without needing any fermentation. Made with three different types of flour, oats, mixed seeds, you’re sure to get a ton of fiber out of this loaf. In about an hour, you’ll have loaf that can be served warm on it’s own, or lightly toasted with butter and preserves.

4. ALMOND CHOCOLATE DATE SCONES

ALMOND CHOCOLATE DATE SCONES
Photo: Healthienut

Almonds, dark chocolate, and dates are all delicious on their own, but imagine them together and baked into a scone. This gluten-free and refined-sugar-free recipe from Healthienut packs all this deliciousness into a recipe that will be done in under an hour. Pour a spot of tea and mentally transport yourself to the English countryside while you enjoy these scones.

5. Easy Vegan Naan

Whether you’re serving it alongside Indian cuisine or just eating it on it’s own, naan is a delicious addition to your day. This yummy vegan naan uses aquafaba, non-dairy milk, and vegan butter to make a delicious side dish. Top with a generous spoonful of coconut yogurt for the full effect.

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