Honey Quick Bread from Grandma, with Love


When we were packing for a move, I came across a cookbook that my grandma bought for me, Taste of Autumn from Gooseberry Patch. Several years ago, my grandmother went on a two-week bus trip that took her, my aunt, and my uncle through New York, New England, Ontario, Quebec, and Pennsylvania. (Oh, there were many Paul Revere-inspired photos to view!). Thoughtful as she is, she returned with a bag full of goodies just for me, including maple syrup, of course, and this delightful cookbook. As a thank you, I baked a loaf of the Honey Quick Bread from Taste of Autumn, with a few simple changes. It was wonderful, and she loved it.

Honey Quick Bread Recipe from Grandma made with Dairy-Free Buttermilk. Naturally egg-free with vegan option!

So when I laid eyes on that cookbook, and thought of her, I had an overwhelming urge to make that delicious honey quick bread recipe again.

Though it contains a good dose of honey, this honey quick bread is just lightly sweet in nature. It actually makes excellent breakfast bread or toast, slathered with nut butter or my Homemade Bakeable Butter (shown in the picture below – recipe in Go Dairy Free!). And of course, another little drizzle of honey never hurts! Tony also enjoys using this honey quick bread for slightly indulgent PB & J sandwiches.

Honey Quick Bread Recipe from Grandma made with Dairy-Free Buttermilk. Naturally egg-free with vegan option!Dairy-free and naturally egg-free “buttermilk” and honey quick bread slathered with Homemade Bakeable Butter – a recipe from Go Dairy Free 2nd Edition. Plant-based and so indulgent.

Buttermylk & Honey Quick Bread made Dairy-Free and Vegan

Taste of Autumn is far from dairy-free and the authors aren’t from any of the states or provinces my grandma visited, but there’s no need to tell her on either count. The simple comfort food recipes boast plenty of warm New England appeal, and most are quite easy to convert to dairy free. For this honey quick bread, I simply swapped out the buttermilk for my homemade dairy-free version.

But I couldn’t resist making a few more changes to this fall-inspired recipe. I reduced the oil a touch, increased the cinnamon, and substitute whole wheat pastry flour for part of the all-purpose flour. I also opted to “sugar” the loaf pan instead of flouring it. The resultant bread was absolutely perfect in texture, moisture, and flavor.

And I didn’t adapt the recipe to be egg-free – it came this way! It’s a naturally egg-free, nut-free, and soy-free, pantry-style recipe that can even be strictly vegan (honey-free) if you wish. Just see my Special Diet Notes below.

Honey Quick Bread Recipe from Grandma made with Dairy-Free Buttermilk. Naturally egg-free with vegan option!

Special Diet Notes: Honey Quick Bread

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, optionally vegan, plant-based, and vegetarian.

For vegan honey quick bread, substitute a honey alternative or maple syrup for the honey. I wouldn’t use agave nectar because it is a little too mild in flavor

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This recipe is adapted from a cookbook my grandma gifted to me. It’s a lightly sweet and moist loaf that’s naturally egg free and perfect for a sweet treat, toast, or PB&J sandwiches.
Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Serves: 1 9×5-inch loaf
  • 2½ cups flour (I use 1½ cups all-purpose flour + 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1½ cups unsweetened dairy-free milk beverage
  • ½ cup honey (or honey alternative for vegan; see Special Diet Notes above)
  • ⅓ cup oil (your favorite type for baking; I use rice bran oil or extra-light olive oil (not extra-virgin))
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice, white vinegar, or apple cider vinegar
  1. Grease and flour or sugar a 9x5-inch loaf pan.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the milk beverage, honey, oil, and lemon juice or vinegar.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Stir until fairly well combined, but do not overmix. Some small lumps are okay.
  5. Scrape the batter into your prepared loaf pan and level it out. Let the batter rest for 20 minutes. Preheat your oven to 375ºF.
  6. Bake for 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.

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Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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