Sweet Potato Bread

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Old Fashioned  Sweet Potato Bread is delicious and comforting. This easy quick bread recipe can be made into one large loaf or 4 mini loaves.

While pumpkin and banana breads have long held the spotlight in our homes, we’ve got a new contender that’s equally scrumptious and heartwarming.

Sweet Potato Bread. This moist and flavorful bread, with a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg, is perfect for a morning treat, afternoon snack, or even an after-dinner dessert.

overhead view of slices of sweet potato bread
Table of Contents
  1. About this Sweet Potato Bread Recipe:
  2. Why sweet potatoes?
  3. Ingredients
  4. How to Make Sweet Potato Bread
  5. Variations and Additions
  6. Serving Ideas
  7. Storage Instructions
  8. Sweet Potato Bread Recipe Recipe
  9. Quick Bread Recipes

About this Sweet Potato Bread Recipe:

  • Flavor: This bread has a similar flavor to pumpkin bread. The sweet potato adds an earthy, simple sweetness. The flavor comes in with the spices added: cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg.
  • Texture: This bread bakes up moist. The pecans give texture to every bite, and the coarse sugar on top adds a sparkly crunch.
  • Method: This bread bakes in one standard size loaf pan, or you can make it in 4 mini loaves, perfect for giving to teachers or friends during the fall season.

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Reader Conor says, “Never knew sweet potato bread was a thing until yesterday. It’s really delicious.”

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Reader Alma says, “What a great recipe! I did this bread many times, for me, for friends, with sweet potato or pumpkin. It is always so yummy, filling and everyone loved it.”

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Reader Lisa says, “I really love this recipe but I did substitute the sugar and used monk fruit sweetener. I made it into muffins and it was delicious. I did make it as a bread and it was also delicious.”

Why sweet potatoes?

The sweet potato, with its natural sweetness and moist texture, makes for an excellent base in quick breads and cakes. Not only does it offer a unique flavor profile, but its rich, orange hue also lends a vibrant color for the finished product.

Sweet potatoes provide an excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin C and fiber.

Ingredients

ingredients for sweet potato bread on a table
  • For this recipe I used canned sweet potatoes. Drain them thoroughly but save that precious liquid as mentioned in our recipe. This reserved liquid is packed with flavors that can enhance the moistness and richness of your bread.
  • If you’d like added richness, try using half granulated sugar and half brown sugar.
  • I used vegetable oil, but canola oil or melted coconut oil works, too.
  • Switch out the water for milk if you’d like!
  • All-purpose gluten-free flour should work for a gluten-free sweet potato bread.

using fresh sweet potatoes

Want to use fresh sweet potatoes? Use about 1 ¾ cups of mashed sweet potato.

How to Make Sweet Potato Bread

  • Prepare. Preheat oven to 350 ºF. Spray a 9×5 loaf pan (or 4 mini loaf pans) with baking spray. Set aside. There’s no need to pull out a stand mixer. Simply mix with a whisk and rubber spatula.
  • Mash sweet potatoes. In a large bowl, mash sweet potatoes in 2 tablespoons of liquid. It’s ok if there are a few chunks.
cooked sweet potato in a white bowl
  • Add wet ingredients. Add sugar, water, oil, and eggs to mashed sweet potatoes and stir well. 
  • Add dry ingredients. Add flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, allspice, nutmeg and cinnamon. Mix gently, just until combined. This will ensure the bread keeps its tenderness.
  • Add nuts. Gently fold in chopped pecans. 
pecans over quick bread batter in a mixing bowl
  • Bake. Pour evenly into prepared pan(s). Sprinkle the batter with the turbinado sugar. For the 9×5 pan, bake for 60-70 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.

Variations and Additions

  • Chocolate Chips: A handful of semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips adds a sweetness to every bite.
  • Cranberries: For a tangy holiday twist, consider adding dried cranberries. They provide a chewy texture and a burst of color and flavor.
  • Shredded Coconut: Shredded coconut pairs wonderfully with the sweetness of the potato.
  • Switch the warming spices: Try ground ginger or cardamom for a twist. Pumpkin pie spice would be fantastic in this bread.
  • Vanilla Extract: I add vanilla extract to many recipes that don’t call for it. This is one recipe where it would work well.
  • Make sweet potato muffins: These make great muffins. Watch the baking time. They’ll only take about 17-20 minutes for standard size muffins.
overhead view of a stack of sweet potato bread with cinnamon butter

Serving Ideas

Serve this bread with one of these ideas on top:

  • Cinnamon butter. A match made in heaven!
  • Cream cheese. For those who enjoy a richer, creamier spread. Flavored cream cheese, like cinnamon or honey, can further elevate the experience.
  • Drizzled Honey or Maple Syrup. Over butter, of course. 😊
  • Almond or Peanut Butter: For added protein.
  • Amish peanut butter spread. For a little sweetness and added protein.
a piece of sweet potato bread with cinnamon butter on a table

Storage Instructions

  • Room temperature: Store in an airtight container on the counter for up to 3 days.
  • Refrigerator: Store leftover sweet potato bread in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
  • Freezer: Freeze the bread whole or sliced. Wrap in plastic wrap, then store in an airtight container for up to 2 months. Thaw at room temperature before eating.
two slices of sweet potato bread on a cutting board
two slices of sweet potato bread on a cutting board

Sweet Potato Bread Recipe

4.80 from 63 votes
Old Fashioned  Sweet Potato Bread is delicious and comforting. This quick bread recipe can be made into 4 mini loaves or one large loaf. 
Servings 10
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes

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Ingredients
 

  • 15 ounces canned sweet potatoes (drained, save 2 tbsp of liquid)
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)

For topping:

  • 2 tablespoons turbinado sugar coarse sugar

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 ºF. Spray a 9×5 loaf pan (or 4 mini loaf pans) with baking spray. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, mash sweet potatoes in 2 tablespoons of liquid. 15 ounces canned sweet potatoes
  • Add sugar, water, oil, and eggs to mashed sweet potatoes and mix well. 1 ¼ cups granulated sugar, ⅓ cup water, ⅓ cup vegetable oil, 2 large eggs
  • Add flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, allspice, nutmeg and cinnamon. Mix gently, just until combined. 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, ¼ teaspoon baking powder, ¾ teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon ground allspice, ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Gently fold in chopped pecans. ½ cup chopped pecans
  • Pour evenly into prepared pan(s). Sprinkle the batter with the turbinado sugar.
  • For the 9×5 pan, bake for 60-70 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. **The smaller loaves will take about 30-45 minutes to bake.
  • Cool for 15 minutes in the pan. Turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Serve with cinnamon butter or cinnamon cream cheese if desired.
  • Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

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Notes

**For mini loaves, check the loaves at 30 minutes and add more time as needed. All mini pans are different sizes so it is hard to give an exact time.
***The calories shown are based on the loaf being cut into 10 pieces, with 1 serving being 1 slice of bread. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate.

Nutrition

Calories: 328kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 37mg | Sodium: 322mg | Potassium: 212mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 6085IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1.6mg
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Calories 328
Keyword bread with sweet potatoes, how to use up sweet potatoes, quick bread recipe, sweet bread

Quick Bread Recipes

Quick breads have long been a beloved staple in households around the world. Without the need for yeast and prolonged rise times, these breads offer a convenient way to whip up something delicious on short notice.

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Toni Strecker
5 months ago

5 stars
I used applesauce not oil,I also added walnuts and made these into muffins.Delicious…

Lisa McKibbin
1 year ago

5 stars
I really love this recipe but I did substitute the sugar and used monk fruit sweetener. I made it into muffins and it was delicious. I did make it as a bread and it was also delicious.

tiger lily
1 year ago

your recipe sounds and looks so good

Nicole
2 years ago

5 stars
Came out fantastic! I doubled the batter and was able to make two loaves and some oversized muffins. My boys devoured them with some butter and a sprinkle of cinnamon and sugar.

kelli h weiss
2 years ago

hi, am making your peach bread tonite as need a recipe w/o any dairy, use almond milk! but this sweet potato recipe, cant find canned potatos anywhere, just candied yams!! i bake poatatoes 4 my smoothies, so about how many taters would i need?
also, cause i print currently, i sure wish we could email your recipes??? thx very much, what an adorable family u have:): kelli

brad h
3 years ago

Brad
Just making these now, the results are to be seen, but as with all online recipes I amended slightly and I used roasted whole sweet potato instead of canned and honey instead of sugar. I was torn between honey and maple syrup as it is in season here, but thought the natural honey would add more to the bread with the spices.

Last edited 3 years ago by brad h
Rochelle
3 years ago

This bread was good but I think the addition of water diluted some of the natural sweetness of the sweet potatoes. I used fresh sweet potatoes and baked them to get the carmelization but that was kind of lost when I added all that water. But perhaps this may have been due to the fact that I used stevia and maple syrup to cut down on the sugar content. Typically I do not use water or milk when doing banana or zucchini bread so I thought the addition of water was a bit strange. I will most likely try it… Read more »

Betty h
3 years ago

Recipe sounds great. I have fresh papaya instead of sweet potatoes. Hope it turn out tasting good.

Ann Ali
3 years ago

Can I replace the flour with coconut flour or rice flour…for health reasons

Janet
3 years ago

Just made this with coconut milk instead of water, 2 tblsp molasses+ 1/4 cup sugar and roasted pumpkin seeds, smells delish, can’t wait until it’s comes out of the oven

Conor
4 years ago

5 stars
Never knew sweet potato bread was a thing until yesterday. It’s really delicious.