Breads/ Quickbreads/ Recipes

Cinnamon Walnut Bread with Honey Butter

Quick Bread: bread you bake with a leavening agent (as baking powder or baking soda) that permits immediate baking of the dough or batter mixture

Quick Bread: bread you bake when you don’t got no yeast.

Quick Bread: bread you bake when you need something warm and comforting…fast.

Quick Bread: bread you bake when you’re in your jammies at nine o’clock on a Wednesday night.

Quick Bread: bread you bake when you want to impress your cute neighbor, mother in law or history professor.

Why hello there!

Can I interest you in a warm slice of cinnamon walnut bread with honey butter? Or perhaps you would like to bake your own? I really think you should. It takes only takes forty five minutes, start to finish, and it’s lowfat to boot!

Well, technically it’s lowfat until you smother it with honey butter. Let’s just say it has the potential to be healthy, okay?

There’s not a drop of oil or butter in the recipe and it tastes sweet with a hint of spice and a crunch of walnuts. Perfect for peanut butter sandwiches, toast or holiday gift-giving.

(you will totally win brownie points if you give a loaf of this plus a jar of butternut butter to someone you love!)

You can’t really mess this bread up, even if you tried, and all you need is one bowl and a wooden spoon!

Here’s the recipe…you’ll never believe how simple it is!

Cinnamon Walnut Bread

makes one loaf

2 cups flour

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp cinnamon

1 cup milk

1/3 cup sugar

1/2 cup walnuts

1 beaten egg

1/2 tsp salt

In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients. Add the beaten egg and milk and stir. Fold in the walnuts. Pour into greased loaf pan and bake at 350 for about forty minutes, or until golden (stick a knife in the center to make sure it comes out clean). Let cool and serve with honey butter!

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  • Lina@GreenLivingNY
    October 15, 2010 at 8:06 am

    Great and easy recipe I am making these as a Thanksgiving gift for my friend ! πŸ™‚

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin
    October 15, 2010 at 8:07 am

    You make it look so simple!! I think baking bread can be so intimidating but this looks and sounds doable and delicious!!

  • Angharad
    October 15, 2010 at 8:09 am

    I am very much loving the idea of giving quick breads and jars of yum to people as gifts – its from the heart!

  • Lindsey @ Foodie on the Rocks
    October 15, 2010 at 8:10 am

    I’ve been searching for an easy cinnamon raisin bread. I think I’ll use this as a base and add raisins! PS you totally have me on a bread baking kick…. Thanks! I think :P…

  • R @ Learning As I Chop
    October 15, 2010 at 8:22 am

    Everyday you post something else I want to try!! This is why the hubby and I are gaining weight!

  • tina
    October 15, 2010 at 8:23 am

    oh yummy! the honey butter looks delish!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    October 15, 2010 at 8:31 am

    You had me at honey butter.
    Well, actually just butter.

  • Jasmine @ Eat Move Write
    October 15, 2010 at 8:36 am

    Quick bread is right up my alley. What a great idea. I love all these fall recipes. I’m currently plotting my Thanksgiving Day fare, and I’m getting a lot of ideas from these recipes.

  • Brenna (fabuleuxdestin)
    October 15, 2010 at 8:37 am

    Yet another delicious recipe I want to try !

  • Lauren Z.
    October 15, 2010 at 8:41 am

    Hey Jenna, this looks awesome! Do you buy your honey butter or do you make it yourself? If you make it yourself, how do you do it? Thanks for fun posts everyday! They are such a joy to read. πŸ™‚

    • jenna
      October 15, 2010 at 8:42 am

      I make it myself—just smooshed together some soft butter and honey!

      • Lauren Z.
        October 15, 2010 at 9:40 am

        Sweet! That sounds easy enough. Thanks a bunch!

  • Khushboo
    October 15, 2010 at 8:47 am

    Er, 1 word: WOW! Your recent posts have been killing me- that looks phenomenal! WOuld soy milk be ok? Cannot wait to give this a go!

    • jenna
      October 15, 2010 at 11:29 am

      you could try! I’ve never tried that…but I have a feeling it might!

  • megan @ whatmegansmaking
    October 15, 2010 at 8:54 am

    I’m definitely in for the honey butter! Can’t wait to smother that on some homemade bread πŸ™‚

  • jenna
    October 15, 2010 at 8:55 am

    mmmmmmm i love honey butter! πŸ™‚ this bread looks delish!

  • The Blue-Eyed Bakers
    October 15, 2010 at 8:56 am

    Oh lady…honey butter!? You’re good…you are very very good. We’re all for delicious and SPEEDY baked breads…!

  • Dorry
    October 15, 2010 at 9:00 am

    Good to know about this – I’m a bread-baking beginner and can use all the tips I can get. Thank you!

  • Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary)
    October 15, 2010 at 9:01 am

    YUM! Sounds really good Jenna!!

  • Michelle @ Turning Over a New Leaf
    October 15, 2010 at 9:02 am

    Mmmm! You’ve given me Christmas gift ideas!!

  • amber's notebook
    October 15, 2010 at 9:03 am

    Your baking skills never cease to amaze me. I wish you could host a nor cal baking party or class. I have a world to learn and taste!

  • Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes
    October 15, 2010 at 9:03 am

    So so yummy!

  • stacey-healthylife
    October 15, 2010 at 9:11 am

    I love fresh baked homemade bread, especially with honey.

  • eatmovelove
    October 15, 2010 at 9:14 am

    Wow. That looks so good. I want to make bread. Lots of it.

    I’m going to try this.

    It actually looks SUPER healthy by the recipe!!

    Haha – I’d eat it butter or not πŸ™‚

  • Lauren at KeepItSweet
    October 15, 2010 at 9:19 am

    this is SO easy…. i feel like you could do so many simple flavor variations as well

  • Amanda (Eating Up)
    October 15, 2010 at 9:21 am

    This looks great! I may make two: one with raisins and one without!

  • Lauren
    October 15, 2010 at 9:25 am

    I received a bunch of the jarred gifts last year and I thought they were the cutest idea. Too bad I can’t bake to save my life, but still a great idea. πŸ˜‰

  • natalie
    October 15, 2010 at 9:30 am

    Seriously, within 2 minutes of reading this post, with about 30 min to spare until my one year old wakes up from a nap, I ran into the kitchen and made this! So simple, and only have one bowl and spoon to clean! Its baking away right now, cant wait to dig in. Thanks!

    • jenna
      October 15, 2010 at 11:28 am

      yay!! that makes me so happy! πŸ™‚

  • Lindsay
    October 15, 2010 at 9:36 am

    Can’t wait to try this bread! My rule – love to cook (dinner – not breakfast!) while enjoying a glass of wine!

  • hippierunner
    October 15, 2010 at 9:42 am

    That bread looks like something I could impress my family with, haha.

  • cathy b. @
    October 15, 2010 at 9:52 am

    honey butter….i heart you!
    Cathy B. @ brightbakes

  • Krystina (Organically Me)
    October 15, 2010 at 9:56 am

    The top of that bread is gorgeous.

  • Kelly
    October 15, 2010 at 9:58 am

    Wow, looks so EASY! Thanks for a great recipe! Can’t wait to try this out over the weekend. I’m currently dreaming of baking while stuck at the office… πŸ™‚

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    October 15, 2010 at 10:06 am

    That sounds incredible! I’m so bad at making yeast bread so this is PERFECT!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    October 15, 2010 at 10:13 am

    This sounds brilliant! Just a quick question.. what sort of flour did you use? Do you think whole wheat pastry flour would work ok?

    • jenna
      October 15, 2010 at 10:50 am

      I use all purpose…you could definitely try whole wheat pastry flour…but not regular whole wheat flour because it would be too dense

  • theemptynutjar
    October 15, 2010 at 10:15 am

    I put butter in and on everything. I’m a bit alarmed by it actually. I’ll smoosh butter on something, then smoosh on avocado, etc…holy fat overload.
    Most baking I do has butter or oil in it…this seems different!

  • Lida
    October 15, 2010 at 10:18 am

    You know what else is incredible with honey butter?
    Roasted corn on the cob. I had this on the beach in bali and it was slathered with that sweet deliciousness, then topped with chili paste.

    • jenna
      October 15, 2010 at 10:50 am

      that sounds fabulousss!

      • Lida
        October 15, 2010 at 11:06 am

        I’ll send you the recipe if I attempt to recreate it!

        • jenna
          October 15, 2010 at 11:26 am

          thanks, Lida! I’d love that!

  • LizLivingVegan
    October 15, 2010 at 10:18 am

    Ahhh that bread looks so good! Do you think it would work with a flax-egg substitute? And soy milk? I reallllly want to try this!

    • jenna
      October 15, 2010 at 11:27 am

      You could try! I’ve never gone the flax-egg way so I can’t promise anything, but that’s how fun new recipes are made. Let me know how it goes!

    • Laura
      October 16, 2010 at 7:33 am

      I made this bread for breakfast this morning using a flax egg because we’re out of regular eggs and it was delicious! It didn’t get as tall as it appears to be in your photos, Jenna. Maybe two and a half or three inches at the tallest point? I don’t know if this is due to swapping out the egg, size of the pan, etc. At any rate, it was amazing. My husband and I may or may not have had three slices each. πŸ™‚

  • Jenny D.
    October 15, 2010 at 10:31 am

    Jenna – amazing! I tried the apples this morning for the hubs and I at breakfast (granola + greek yogurt route) and it was PERFECT! Really – your recipes have been spot-on lately! And the descriptions totally make me want to try them out. This bread and butternut butter sounds like a winning combo and definitely a great gift idea this holiday:)

  • Rachel @ The Avid Appetite
    October 15, 2010 at 10:34 am

    Yummy! I love baked goods that can be made with just my hands and a wooden spoon.

  • katie hery
    October 15, 2010 at 10:37 am

    thanks for the inspiration. i think im going to make some pumpkin and nutella swirl bread i saw online this week.

  • Morgan @ Life After Bagels
    October 15, 2010 at 10:38 am

    That looks delish! I’ve had some bread baking situations lately, so it’s kind of a touchy subject for me. Maybe someone can answer this question – I don’t have a loaf pan so I made a loaf in a baking dish, totally didn’t turn out – is it the baking dish do we think?

    • jenna
      October 15, 2010 at 11:27 am

      hmmmmm I recommend going to target and buying one for like $5…it’ll be worth it, promise!!

  • Food & Other Things
    October 15, 2010 at 10:41 am

    Cinnamon bread is my favorite…I’m definitely making this bread this weekend!

  • Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather
    October 15, 2010 at 10:43 am

    Sounds delish! I love the huge rise you got in the center. So pretty πŸ™‚

  • Lauren
    October 15, 2010 at 10:47 am

    Banana bread: a recipe i’d love for you to post…quickly πŸ™‚

    or can this recipe be modified to include bananas? i’m looking for a tried and true banana bread recipe. please and thank you.

    • jenna
      October 15, 2010 at 10:49 am

      I don’t think this particular recipe would be the best for banana bread but I do have a good banana bread recipe that I will try to post next week!

      • Lauren
        October 15, 2010 at 1:06 pm


  • Jen
    October 15, 2010 at 10:59 am

    This looks amazing! Maybe I’ll try it with chocolate chips (I’m not such a nut fan). Thanks for the easy recipe!

  • Karen
    October 15, 2010 at 11:15 am

    Oh, yum….I love that short, wholesome ingredient list! I think I’ll modify w/with whole wheat pastry flour and add some dates. (You are rocking this week with your brilliant ideas, Jenna! )

    • jenna
      October 15, 2010 at 11:26 am

      dates would be delicious in it…I’ll have to try that next time!

  • Vanessa
    October 15, 2010 at 11:35 am

    Could you use this recipes but make muffins instead? I am attending a brunch next week, and have offered to bring muffins, but this looks delicious!

    • jenna
      October 15, 2010 at 11:39 am

      hmmmmmm I’m sort of hesitant. Just because it’s more “bready” than muffin-y and cake-y. May I humbly suggest my cinnamon toast muffins instead?

      • Vanessa
        October 15, 2010 at 1:48 pm

        Yes! I think I will make those to share and keep the bread for myself : )

        • Jess
          November 28, 2010 at 1:45 am

          I made this recipe into mini muffins tonight. Worked well as long as you don’t expect muffins! They were like mini loaves of bread!

  • Theresa @ This is my Hungry Face
    October 15, 2010 at 11:41 am

    Thanks so much for this recipe! Just made a loaf for me and now I have a loaf baking for a friend since it was so good!

  • RhodeyGirl
    October 15, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    I think you need to buy some apple cider ASAP to drink when you eat this bread. They would be perfect together I bet!

    • jenna
      October 15, 2010 at 12:15 pm

      mmm apple cider! love it.

      ps–can I have one of your chocolate chip cookies? they looked SO good!!!

  • Shannon
    October 15, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    I just made this and ate a hunk of it warm from the oven. DELICIOUS!

    I think I’ve emailed myself about 10 of your recipes in the past week. Please keep em coming!

  • Hope
    October 15, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    Wow, you had me at bread!!
    This totally reminds me of a coconut bread my mum used to make when I was a kid…Im going to have to go dig out that recipe now mmm easy bread

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers
    October 15, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    I’m going to make this immediately. πŸ™‚

  • Joelle (The Pancake Girl))
    October 15, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    OMG you posted this recipe at the perfect time. This past weekend i was up in Nor Cal with my bf visiting his fam and hometown, and we stopped at this breakfast place with the most amazing whole wheat cinnamon walnut bread I have ever had- so amazing that I wouldn’t shut up raving about it. The bf’s mom ended up buying me a loaf to take home with me. I am already half way through the loaf so needless so say this bread monster is glad to have the option of creating it at home now. πŸ™‚

    Have a good wkend!

  • maggie
    October 15, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    I just made this bread. Oh my word it is delicious!! I have already eaten half πŸ™‚
    I initially didn’t have any flour in the cupboard but didn’t realize that until the oven was already on, so I ground up 2 cups of oats into flour and used it instead. It is so good, I also sprinkled some rolled oats on top while it was baking! Thanks for the great posts. Your such an inspiration to me.

  • Katharine (Meal Muse)
    October 15, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    Sooo, I bought a Tahitian Squash last night at my local farmer’s market. Thinking of trying a Tahitian Squash Quick Bread (similar to a pumpkin bread, if you will). Thoughts?

  • Imwaytoobusy
    October 15, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    This post made my mouth water! Definitely looks like a keeper πŸ™‚

  • Jess @ NZ Girl Runs
    October 15, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    Skrew assignments, I’m making this!

    • Jess @ NZ Girl Runs
      October 15, 2010 at 5:31 pm

      I just made this. Oh my word. I want to marry this bread. I can’t stop eating it and its cinnamony goodness. I added a pinch of cinnamon to the honey butter. Sooooo good

  • yeidy
    October 15, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    Quick question. If i ran out of regular sugar and Im in my pjs already at 630pm (hypothetically off course) πŸ™‚ can I use brown sugar or would the brown sugar make it taste like sand?

    • jenna
      October 15, 2010 at 6:49 pm

      hmmm go for it! I don’t think it will taste like sand. I think it will taste delicious. (hypothetically)

  • Helen
    October 15, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    Jenna, I have been following your blog for a while now and I really enjoy it! I am from Louisiana so I am a southern girl like you. You are so inspiring! I love your ideas and recipes. Keep it coming girl, it gives me something to look forward to–new recipes, good food!

  • NC
    October 15, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    I bookmarked the recipe this morning to make it tonight , Just made it and they taste amazing on their own … but made some orange honey butter , and they are absolutely fantastic … I have never made bread before , this was an easy recipe and definitely a keeper … thanks Jenna….

    BTW – The song that you had in you video for the Food Blog contest , I loved it , is it somewhere online that I can pay and download it ??

  • yeidy
    October 15, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    thanks its baking right now – the sugar is used is sugar cane from trader joes its very fine grain – finer than regular white sugar so I think it will be ok Ill let you know. Thanks for giving me something fun to do on my pjs on a Friday night

  • Kate
    October 15, 2010 at 11:55 pm

    Is the honey butter something you made? If so, how do you make it? It looks delicious! (the bread looks delicious on it’s own, but it’s the HB that gives it that extra summin summin πŸ˜‰ )

    • Kate
      October 16, 2010 at 6:45 pm

      Oops! Just saw the earlier question and answer. Sorry πŸ™‚

  • Nikki
    October 15, 2010 at 11:57 pm

    Rainy cold saturday = me baking this bread.

    Thanks for sharing.

  • denise
    October 16, 2010 at 11:32 am

    It’s in the oven! Thanks for such an easy recipe! I used raisins instead of walnuts because that’s all I had. I hope it still works out…

  • Heather
    October 16, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    Jenna, thank you for making some very yummy recipes look easy and like something even I could do! I may have to make this bread for the holidays as a gift! Looks SO good!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    October 16, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    this looks incredible! you had me at honey butter πŸ™‚

  • Taylor
    October 17, 2010 at 8:10 am

    Quick bread: what I want to make right NOW! Specifically, this cinnamon walnut quick bread. It looks amazing!

  • Nicole
    October 17, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    I made this just now…and it was really short? I am wondering if my loaf pan was just smaller than yours, or if I did something wrong? What size of loaf pan did you use? It was really yummy though.

  • Toronto Girl West
    October 17, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    I’m going to add this to my stand-by recipe list. Right up there with the oatmeal scones! πŸ™‚

    Maybe I’ll even make it Tuesday when I get to my parent’s home. I just ran a half marathon today. So I’m entitled.

  • Carrie
    October 18, 2010 at 7:41 am

    My daughter Chloe and I made your bread yesterday!! It was amazing!!! She is 10 and loves to bake.. She enjoyed stirring up all the ingredients by hand.. We forgot the walnuts(oops) but it turned out great!! Even served it with honey butter!!

    Thanks for all the great recipes… we loved your sugar cookies and chocolate chip cookies too!!

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  • Kati
    October 18, 2010 at 10:01 am

    Made this recipe this weekend! I used half all purpose and half whole wheat flour. I also used soy milk and added a bit more cinnamon. I was taking these on the road with us, so I tried muffins instead – turned out great…especially when sprinkled with some cinnamon & sugar!

  • Loren
    October 19, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    I made this bread after seeing it on your blog and it turned out delicious!! I cannot get enough of it…my mom even tried some and took the rest of the loaf home with her! The bread thief! Oh well, guess I’ll have to make myself another loaf. Thanks for the great recipes Jenna! I really enjoy your blog, keep up the great work. It is much appreciated!

  • Lori
    October 28, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    Note to self: MAKE THIS NOW. And I will. Yum! Looks great and super easy- my kind of recipe for sure. πŸ™‚

  • amanda@seegirlcook
    November 6, 2010 at 8:30 am

    oh my…this bread looks amazing alone, but with honey butter? yummmmm..

  • Shayne
    November 10, 2010 at 10:59 am

    I made this bread this morning, and it is phenomenal! I went with half whole wheat pastry flour, and it turned out perfectly. Thanks for the recipe!

  • Dominique
    March 20, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    This bread is fantastic. I made it earlier this evening and used toasted pecans instead of walnuts (since for some reason, I have an abundance of pecans hanging around). My cinnamon honey butter somehow went bad so I slathered on some clover honey and it was perfect. My third slice told me so.

  • Emily
    June 10, 2011 at 8:36 am

    This just came out of the oven… the house smells incredible, the family is bowing at my feet, and I am on cloud nine. I have to admit, I was so skeptical of the recipe – I mean, I usually adapt recipes to lower the fat at least a bit, but NO butter… I was so sure it’d be terrible, but I decided to trust you and am so, SO glad I did. Thank you so much, Jenna! This is definitely one for the recipe files.

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    September 4, 2011 at 5:46 am

    All I have is skim milk right now… Should I get whole for this recipe?

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  • Asha
    September 9, 2012 at 7:07 am

    Oh wow, I couldn’t resist cutting a slice of this straight from the oven – it’s delicious! I substituted half of the walnuts for ground almonds and it turned out incredibly moist, almost like a cake/bread hybrid. Currently enjoying a slice slathered in honey butter, with a massive cup of tea. Thank you for a great recipe!

    Best wishes from Scotland, Asha.

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