Sweet Potato Bread

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Old Fashioned  Sweet Potato Bread is delicious and comforting. This quick bread recipe can be made into 4 mini loaves or one large loaf. You may also like our banana bread and Amish friendship bread!

slices of sweet potato bread on a plate

Sweet Potato Bread Recipe

Sweet potato bread is a classic, but is often left forgotten. If pumpkin, zucchini and banana breads are getting old, try this easy sweet potato bread recipe. I know we often have a leftover can of sweet potatoes sitting in our pantry from holiday dinners. If you do too, pull it out and whip up this easy bread!

How to Make Sweet Potato Bread

  • To keep the recipe easy, we used  canned sweet potatoes. They are easy to mash and basically ready to go. If you’d like to use real sweet potatoes, simply peel them, chop them into chunks and boil them until they are soft. (Reserve 2 tablespoons of the water that you boiled them in to use in the recipe.)
  • Besides sweet potatoes, the quick bread recipe is pretty basic with eggs, sugar, flour, etc. You’ll add allspice, nutmeg and cinnamon which will give this bread a comforting, warm flavor.
  • Remember that the key to quick bread is not to overmix the batter. You’ll want to mix it just until it is all combined. Don’t use a hand mixer or stand mixer…just use a spoon. This ensures that your bread will bake up soft!
  • Add chopped pecans if you’d like…or leave them out.
  • Bake the batter in one loaf pan or 4 mini loaf pans.
  • Be careful with the timing. Watch the bread closely…many loaf pans have just a little different shape and size so timing can differ. Turn on the oven light to check to see if the bread looks done. Be careful not to open the oven too much or the bread may fall in the center. The bread in a 9×5″ loaf pan took about 60-65 minutes.

how to make sweet potato bread

Quick Bread Recipes

Tools to Make This Bread

  • Potato Masher: Mash potatoes easily by hand with this fine-grid potato masher.
  • 9×5 Loaf Pan: These are the pans I use for quick breads, yeast breads, fried mush and more!
  • Mini Loaf Pans: Split the batter between these 4 pans for easy gift giving!
3 slices of Sweet Potato Bread
3 slices of Sweet Potato Bread

Sweet Potato Bread

4.75 from 39 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


  • 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
  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x5 loaf pan (or mini loaf pans) with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, mash sweet potatoes in 2 tablespoons of liquid.
  • Add sugar, water, oil, and eggs to mashed sweet potatoes and mix well.
  • Add flour, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice, and baking powder. Mix well.
  • Stir in chopped pecans.
  • Pour evenly into prepared pan(s). For the 9x5 pan, bake for 60-70 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.** The smaller loaves will take about 45 minutes to bake.
  • Cool for 15 minutes in the pan. Turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Store in an airtight container.


**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.


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
Author Julie Clark
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Calories 328
Keyword bread with sweet potatoes, how to use up sweet potatoes, quick bread recipe, sweet bread

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

About Julie Clark

I'm Julie Clark, CEO and recipe developer of Tastes of Lizzy T. With my B.A. in Education and over 30 years of cooking and baking, I want to teach YOU the best of our family recipes.

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4 years ago

5 stars
This probably sounds like I’m living in the dark ages, but I’ve never even heard of sweet potato bread. And I can’t believe it because t sounds AWESOME! My mom is a huge fan of sweet potatoes and bread, so this is totally up her alley.

Msa Haze
4 years ago

5 stars
Great looking family!
You are a god-send on the pound cakes..& icings..just had to comment..you are a great inspiration in sharing your special recipes all over the world to women & men …Thank you!

Alma Vorrei
4 years ago

5 stars
What a great recipe! I did this bread many times, for me, for friends, with sweet potato or pumpkin – it was always so yummie, filling and everyone loved it.

4 years ago

Hi…can I use fresh cooked sweet potatoes? If so should I add some sugar or perhaps even brown sugar when I mash them up? Thanks so much!!

4 years ago

Hi…I am interested in using fresh sweet potatoes , cooking them and adding brown sugar or cane sugar and then mashing them. Can that be done in place of canned ones? Thank you!

4 years ago

5 stars
Hi if I don’t use canned sweet potatoes ….how many do I use??

Charlotte Moore
4 years ago

5 stars
I have a pumpkin recipe that makes 3 loaves. I have used sweet potatoes before in it. It is very good. I also makes mini loaves and muffins with it at times. Great to give as a gift for ministry appreciation during Oct.

4 years ago

Hi, can honey be used in place of sugar? If can, how much? Thank you

4 years ago

I modified this recipe to make it a little healthier and it turned out amazing! I used a very ripe banana instead of oil, used only 3/4 cup of sugar, used fresh, boiled sweet potatoes and did half whole wheat/half regular flour. next time I’ll use dark chocolate chips instead of pecans. great recipe.

3 years ago

Merged your sweet potato and ginger bread recipes. Half whole wheat, half white flour. Leftover roasted sweet potatoes. Very yummy.

3 years ago

5 stars
Just finished making this and it taste great! Didnt have canned sweet potato so I had to boil and mash them but it is still a great recipe! My family and I declared it as our new comfort food on a very cold rainy day. Now we want to try it with cream cheese frosting! Thank you for sharing a great and easy recipe!

Mercia La Grange
3 years ago

Just a question. Can you substitute all purpose flour with almond or coconut flour. We have wheat allergies.

Hannah Violette
3 years ago

5 stars
So yummy! I used fresh sweet potatoes; just boiled ’em up and mashed them in 2 T of their own liquid. Subbed a gluten-free flour mix for the regular all-purpose and baked for the full 70 minutes at 375 (gluten-free baking must be hotter to work well). Had not one but TWO fresh slices right out of the oven with what MIGHT have been a bit too much butter…NAH! It was perfect! I’m making these for Christmas gifts this year!

3 years ago

5 stars
Best bread I have ever made! I also added a banana to the recipe with a little more flour.
So delicious!

Tiara J
3 years ago

5 stars
great recipe! swapped out all purpose flour for sprouted whole grain and substituted water with milk to make up for the difference in flour textures. Really good! Thank you