Bread is a staple of almost every diet in almost every culture, and who can judge? After all, bread is delicious! But sometimes, you want to make bread into something more special than just a regular loaf, maybe a sweet after school treat, a coffee accompaniment, or a dessert.
When it comes to a sweet bread creation, the recipes can range from very simple, to those that take hours to complete. The following sweet bread recipes represent a range of all amazing ways you can spice up your everyday bread for a unique and sweet extravagance!
Sweet Bread Recipes That Will Leave Your Taste Buds Dancing
1. Basic Sweet Bread
To start it off easy, take a look at this simple sweet bread recipe by All Recipes. These deliciously sweet dinner rolls only contain 8 ingredients, most of which you will have lying around your house, and only take about 40 minutes to complete. This means you can easily start these right when you get home from work and have them ready in time for dinner! The coolest thing about this recipe is that these rolls can be formed into any shape and paired with any meal you may have in mind.
2. Avocado Chocolate Sweet Bread
This next recipe by Living Healthy With Chocolate has almost double the ingredients, but will only take you half the time to make! Plus it has avocado in it which pretty much makes it healthy even though it is mostly chocolate right? Although this recipe does have nuts in it, it is gluten and dairy free, making it a great treat to bring to a party when there may be people with allergies around! Just make sure you use Haas brand avocados, as other brands could make this recipe taste bitter.
3. Cherry Chocolate Holiday Sweet Bread
Have you ever had cherry Garcia ice cream? If you loved it, then you will absolutely love this cherry chocolate bread recipe by Wonky Wonderful. Complete with a maraschino cherry glaze, this recipe is perfect for the holiday season, or any time of the year really! It does call for a special type of chocolate chip, Cherry Nestle Toll House DelightFulls, which may be difficult to find in the off-season, but you can stock up during the holidays then bake this recipe whenever you have the urge for a sweet chocolate cherry bread.
4. Cranberry Orange Fruitcake Sweet Bread
Everyone knows the joke about fruitcake which seems to pop up right around the holidays. But have you ever tried the food behind the joke? It’s actually not too bad. Either way this cranberry orange bread by What the Fork is sure to be an upgrade on any fruitcake you have ever tried! This particular recipe is gluten free, making it an excellent choice if you or a family member have a gluten sensitivity. And chances are, even if you don’t, this bread is so good you’ll soon forget that it doesn’t have any gluten in it!
5. Delicious Eggnog Sweet Bread
Now this recipe is one that you probably can only make around the holidays, mainly because it calls for one cup of eggnog, a beverage you can only get close to the Christmas holiday. But you can look at the recipe on Inside Bru Crew Life and start drooling now! This bread is easy to prepare, and takes about an hour to cook, making it an easy recipe to add to your holiday meal menu. And who knows, you may find your family’s new favorite dessert with this bread!
6. Chocolate Banana Sweet Bread
Banana bread has long been an afterschool favorite, so why not make this variation by Buns In My Oven with delicious peanut butter, marshmallow fluff, and hot fudge? Sure it brings the sugar content up a bit, but the flavor content can’t be beaten! This bread does take a little longer to prepare, at an hour and a half, but this doesn’t mean you can’t make it the night before your dinner or event. If you want a little extra peanut butter flavor, don’t be afraid to top this bread with a layer of it, or even a layer of Nutella will complement the recipe nicely!
7. Lemon Blueberry Sweet Bread
Lemon cake is another famous sweet bread that has people drooling, but have you ever thought of making lemon blueberry bread? You can find the recipe on Glorious Treats, and this bread can be made with items you already have in your fridge, as long as you have some fresh or frozen blueberries on hand. This bread is coated in a delicious glaze that can be skipped for those looking for a slightly healthier variation.
8. Lemon Drop Sweet Bread
If blueberries aren’t your jam, then you can use those lemons lying on your counter for this tasty lemon drop bread by The Frugal Foodie Mama instead. This recipe is just as simple to make and uses limoncello with fresh lemon peel to give this sweet bread a truly unique flavor. This recipe is versatile—as you can prepare the candied lemons as outlined for a beautifully presented dessert, or just serve this bread glazed with a cup of coffee when you have a friend over for the afternoon.
9. Holiday Chocolate Peppermint Bread
This is another recipe that will probably be easier to make around the holidays, but if your mouth is watering for a chocolate peppermint sweet bread, you can probably find a way to make it all year long. The recipe is outlined on Crumbs and Chaos, and requires all of the regular ingredients you would use to bake bread as well as peppermint extract, cocoa powder, Oreos, and peppermint chips. The peppermint chips are just used for topping, so if you can’t find them in the off seasons, experiment with a different glaze to enjoy this bread outside of the holiday season.
10. Fall Fun Pumpkin Bread
Pumpkin is an amazing ingredient that can be used to spice up several types of recipes. But have you ever tried pumpkin bread? It is absolutely to die for when you are a fan of pumpkin! This recipe by Cooking On The Front Burners is one of the good ones and will walk you through all the steps for making a mouth-watering pumpkin cream cheese bread. Just be sure you aren’t on a diet when you make this bread because each slice weighs in at 458 calories!
11. Cinnamon Chip Snickerdoodle Bread
Do you love cinnamon? Then you will absolutely adore this Snickerdoodle bread by Barbara Bakes. Besides the cinnamon chips, all the ingredients you need to bake this incredible bread are probably sitting in your fridge right now. You will need to plan a few days ahead on cooking this recipe however, because the cinnamon chips it calls for often need to be ordered online on a site like Amazon because they aren’t carried in stores. Time to put that free two-day shipping to use!
12. Semi-Healthy Sweet Potato Bread
If all of these recipes are sounding a bit too sweet for you, then this recipe for sweet potato bread by Top With Cinnamon should be at the top of your list. Made out of all vegan ingredients and sweetened with maple syrup, it is a great treat to have when you are watching what you eat. Do note that you need to cook the sweet potatoes in advance, which you can do in the microwave, or in the oven if you have enough time!
13. Romanian Cozonac Sweet Bread
Cozonac is a sweet bread of Romanian origin that is often served on or around the holidays. Be aware that this recipe isn’t for the faint of heart as you will need to roll the dough in a special way in order to make the unique cinnamon swirl in the middle of the bread. You can find instructions on how to do this, as well as the full recipe, on Where Is My Spoon. If you do manage to master the art of Romanian bread rolling, this sweet bread is perfect to serve at your next family gathering or to give as a gift!
14. Apple Bread
Beyond lemons and bananas, apples are the next most popular fruit to bake into a tasty sweet bread. Following this recipe on Taste of Home, you can make an easy apple walnut bread in just over an hour. This recipe by itself is fairly simple, and may not be as sweet as you were hoping, but you can take apple cider and mix it with powdered sugar to make a unique apple glaze to top this bread with! And don’t be afraid to add this apple glaze to other recipes as well!
15. Cranberry Sweet Bread
Starbucks has some of the most delicious bread, and the most expensive too! You can make an entire loaf of this cranberry bliss bread by The View From Great Island for the price it costs for one slice at the famous coffee chain store. Simply follow the recipe and in a little over an hour you will have 8 slices of some of the most delicious tasting cranberry bread you ever had! You may love it so much that you’ll never buy the one at Starbucks again!
Gingerbread is a classic sweet bread that is on everyone’s mind when the holidays roll around. This recipe by Tastes of Lizzy is one of the best out there, mainly because it uses brown sugar instead of white, but it is also extremely delicious! Additionally, this is more diet friendly than most breads on this list with only 264 calories per slice. When making this gingerbread is for a family dinner, you’ll probably want to make at least two loaves because it will go quick!
17. Cream Cheese Stuffed Sweet Bread
This stuffed sweet bread by Positively Splendid is amazingly delicious and will leave everyone in your family wondering how you did it! Beyond what you regularly use to make bread, you will just need some sour cream and cream cheese to make the filling. The neat thing is this recipe only takes about 15 minutes to prepare, and 20 minutes to cook—making it ideal for a morning treat on a holiday like Christmas morning when you don’t want to get up at the crack of dawn to cook something special but still want to treat your family to something nice.
18. Coconut Lime Sweet Bread
Sweet breads can come in almost any flavor to suit all tastes. A prime example is this next recipe by Wonky Wonderful for making a coconut lime sweet bread. So many of the sweet breads on this list are holiday flavored, but this bread has a unique and fresh taste that can help it to fit in at something like a summer barbeque. It is also easy to mix and bake, always a plus when it comes to looking for a new afternoon snack to experiment with in the kitchen!
19. Chocolate and Cinnamon Bread
This recipe by Taste and Tell Blog combines two favorite ingredients into one of the most amazing sweet breads of all time, chocolate and cinnamon. And while this recipe may look daunting, it is for two loaves, so you will have chocolate and cinnamon bread for the entire week! One thing to note is that this recipe calls for Dutch Cocoa, which is cocoa that is processed a certain way. Although you can use any cocoa you want, not using the Dutch cocoa will change the flavor, and rising form, of this particular sweet bread.
20. Keto Sweet Bread
When you are on the keto diet, it can be difficult to stick to it around the holiday season, especially when one of your friends pulls out a sweet bread from this list! Use this recipe by The Hungry Elephant to make your very own sweet bread that is keto friendly! Instead of regular flour, it calls for almond flour, and the sugar should be replaced with your favorite sugar substitute. At 1.5 carbs per slice, this is a treat you can consume without worrying about breaking ketosis!
Have an idea of a sweet bread you want to bake? Go for it! And next time you are asked to prepare a dessert for an event, come back to this list and try another! Whether you are spicing up a holiday tradition or making bread for a friend with allergies, there is something on this list for everyone, so there are no excuses not to try a few, or maybe even all, of these amazing recipes. Happy baking!