slices of sweet potato bread served on a wooden board

Sweet Potato Bread is a classic Southern quick bread with a moist, tender crumb and lightly crisp edges. My first few attempts at making it didn’t go well. With white flour and sugar, it was cloyingly sweet and lacking depth of flavor and texture. But over the years I’ve embellished the recipe and, dare I say?, perfected it.

sweet potato bread sliced and served on a wooden board

Sweet Potato Bread

Now I make sweet potato bread with whole grain flour, for it’s heartier texture and nuttiness, along with ample mashed sweet potato and shredded carrot. It’s delicately spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg, honey sweetened, and studded with tender dates and buttery pecans.

But before we get to the recipe, let’s commiserate for a moment about the trouble with quick breads. They tantalize your senses, filling your home with a sweet, spicy aroma only to make you wait – ideally overnight! – before slicing. I know that I should wait before slicing, but I can rarely resist slathering a hot, shaggy slice with butter. Notice that the loaf in the photo above is not quite whole and now you know why. 😉

Somewhere along the way, I started adding shredded carrot to this sweet potato bread. Now I consider it essential. It’s the key ingredient that makes this version stand apart from the others, boosting the moisture and tipping the flavor toward carrot cake.

buttered slices of sweet potato bread served on a a black plate

The other elements are interchangeable. Feel free to swap in walnuts, hazelnuts, or pumpkin seeds for the pecans, and black or golden raisins for the dates. And don’t be afraid to experiment with other additions too: a little handful of coconut, chocolate chips, or even candied ginger. (Lately, I’ve been thinking of crowning it with a lime glaze.)

If you end up with leftover mashed sweet potatoes, this is a great way to enjoy them. If not, they’re simple to make. Peel and dice a large sweet potato and steam for 15 to 20 minutes until very tender, then mash with a potato masher, ricer, or the back of a fork.

More Delicious Quick Bread Recipes

  • Oatmeal Banana Bread
  • Zucchini Banana Bread
  • Skillet Cornbread
  • Mexican Cornbread

More of my Favorite Southern Recipes

  • Shrimp Creole
  • Slow Cooker Jambalaya
  • Cornbread Pudding
  • Fried Green Tomatoes

How to Make Sweet Potato Bread

Step 1: Cream butter and honey in a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.

creamed butter and honey

Step 2: Add eggs and water; mix to combine.

adding eggs and water to batter

Step 3: Add dry ingredients (white whole wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon) and mashed sweet potato; mix until combined. Add pecans, dates, and shredded carrot; mix until combined.

mixing dry ingredients and mashed sweet potato to batter

Step 4: Scrape batter into a buttered, medium loaf pan with a rubber spatula and smooth the top. Bake at 350˚F for 70 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out moist but clean.

sweet potato bread batter in a loaf pan ready to bake

Step 5: Cool loaf in the pan 15 minutes on a cooling rack. Remove loaf from pan and allow to cool completely on cooling rack before slicing. Wrap tightly with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator for up to a week.

baked sweet potato bread

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Sweet Potato Bread sliced and served on a wooden board

Sweet Potato Bread

The classic Southern quick bread honey sweetened and made with warm spices, whole grain flour, mashed sweet potato, shredded carrot, dates, and pecans.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr 10 mins
Cooling Time1 hr
Total Time2 hrs 25 mins
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American, Southern
Servings: 12 slices
Calories: 294kcal
Author: Marissa

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour 180g
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup butter at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup honey 255g
  • 2 large eggs lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 cup mashed cooked sweet potato 284g
  • 4 ounces pecans chopped
  • 3 ounces pitted dates chopped
  • 1 medium carrot peeled and shredded, about 1/2 cup

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350˚F.
  • Butter a 9×5-inch loaf pan.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, beat honey and butter on medium-high speed until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add eggs and water; mix just until combined. Add dry ingredients and mashed sweet potato; mix just until combined. Add pecans, dates, and carrots; mix just until combined, scraping down the sides with a rubber spatula as necessary.
  • With a rubber spatula, scrape batter into prepared loaf pan and smooth the top. Bake 70 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out moist but clean.
  • Remove bread from oven and let cool in the pan on cooling rack for 15 minutes. Remove loaf from pan and place back on cooling rack to cool completely. Slice and serve or for best results, wrap tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. Then slice, toast and serve warm with butter.

Notes

  1. Feel free to swap in your favorite nuts and / or dried fruits for those I’ve suggested.
  2. Store wrapped tightly in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Nutrition

Calories: 294kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 55mg | Sodium: 235mg | Potassium: 230mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 2714IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 1mg
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