Quick breads make an easy, inexpensive and all-purpose holiday gift. The kind of gift everyone appreciates. Unlike fruitcake. There’s a fine line between fruitcake and some quick breads, but the following recipes should keep you from being re-gifted your own gift. I’ve included links to vegan and gluten-free recipes as well.

Ginger Orange Quick Bread

Cranberry-Orange Walnut Bread

Lemon Blueberry Bread

Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Moist Apple Spice Bread

Savory Quick Breads

If all the sweet baked goods floating around during the holidays are too much, try a savory bread. They mostly aren’t completely sugar-free, but you won’t feel the need to make a dentist appointment after eating.

Polenta Quick Bread with Lemon and Thyme

Pumpkin, Sage and Browned-Butter Quick Bread

The One Perfect Bite blog offers Three Savory Quick Breads the French Way

Walnut Bread
Olive Bread
Herb Bread

Vegan Quick Breads

Vegan breads are also good for the lactose-intolerant.

Maple Pumpkin Quick Bread

Carrot Quick Bread

Vegan Whole Wheat Cinnamon Raising Quick Bread

Gluten-Free Quick Breads

People who eat gluten-free shouldn’t be left out of the holiday baking and giving frenzy.

Gluten-Free Cinnamon Quick Bread

Orange and Poppy Seed Quick Bread

Buckwheat Sweet Potato Quick Bread

Gluten-Free Banana Bread with Chocolate and Crystallized Ginger

You may have noticed there’s only one banana bread recipe here and it’s not your run-of-the-mill loaf. It’s the holidays. We need to step it up a bit, don’t you think? Keep in mind that any quick bread recipe can be split into three mini loaves. If you need a refresher on the basics of baking quick breads, check out the following quick video.


Home Food Quick Breads for Holiday Gift Giving