Christmas Bread Recipes

Find healthy, delicious Christmas bread recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Staff Picks

Healthy Banana Bread

Rating: 5 stars 5
Got leftover bananas? Give everyone's favorite baked good recipe a healthy whole-wheat spin with this easy banana bread recipe.
By Breana Killeen

Banana-Bran Muffins

Rating: 5 stars 49
By the end of the week, any bananas left in the fruit bowl are past their prime--just right for these moist bran muffins. Add a handful of dark chocolate chips to entice children to enjoy a fiber-rich treat.
By Patsy Jamieson

Upside-Down Cinnamon-Pecan Coffee Cake

Rating: 2 stars 2
Layering the ingredients in this coffee cake recipe right into the pan lets you skip the steps of making the batter and the nut topping separately. To make this healthy one-bowl dessert so it can be served like pull-apart rolls, dollop 16 equal portions of batter over the nuts. If you don't want to fuss with that, dollop the batter on top however you like.
By Stacy Fraser

Morning Glory Muffins

Rating: 4.5 stars 11
These Morning Glory muffins are full of everything you'd expect in the bakery favorite-carrots, apple and raisins, topped with nuts and toasted wheat germ. If raisins aren't your favorite, substitute an equal amount of the dried fruit of your choice.
By Patsy Jamieson

Honey Oat Quick Bread

Rating: 4.5 stars 18
This honey-oat bread has a pleasant flavor and divinely moist, tender crumb. It requires minimal mixing and cleanup, calls for ingredients usually stocked in the pantry, and is tasty yet healthful. Recipe by Nancy Baggett for EatingWell.
By Nancy Baggett

Lemon-Raspberry Muffins

Rating: 4.5 stars 18
The secret to the sparkling flavor of these delicately crumbed muffins is the strips of lemon zest finely ground into the sugar. Enjoy the muffins warm right from the oven.
By Marie Simmons

Banana-Blueberry Muffins

Rating: 4.5 stars 20
The slight acidity of buttermilk tenderizes and moistens baked goods while allowing you to cut way back on butter or oils. Here, it also lends a slight tanginess to the winning combination of bananas and blueberries.
By Jim Romanoff

Cinnamon Roll Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Rating: 5 stars 2
Here we take all the warm, delicious flavors of cinnamon buns and roll them into a cake smothered with a sweet cream cheese frosting. It's best enjoyed fresh out of the oven.
By Hilary Meyer

Fried Apple Pie Rolls

Rating: 4.5 stars 15
In this healthy take on apple pie, egg roll wrappers stand in for pie crust, saving you calories and the headache of rolling out dough. We like to use Granny Smith apples because they hold their shape and provide tart balance to the sweet filling. Try dipping these handheld crispy treats in whipped cream.
By Breana Killeen

Sweet Potato Banana Bread

Rating: 4 stars 5
Greek yogurt, pecans, and sweet potatoes give a nutritious twist to this banana bread recipe--great for lunchboxes or a morning snack.
By Diabetic Living Magazine

Pineapple Upside-Down Muffins

Rating: 4 stars 12
Glistening like sticky buns, these unusual muffins are packed with wholesome ingredients--vegetables, fruit and whole grains--so you can feel good about serving them to your family. If you prefer to make simple carrot muffins for lunchboxes or breakfasts-on-the-go, omit the topping; sprinkle 2 tablespoons chopped nuts over the muffins before baking, if desired.
By Patsy Jamieson

Date-Oat Muffins

Rating: 4 stars 2
Toasting the oats for this hearty muffin enhances their nutty flavor; orange zest contributes a citrus fragrance that plays well with the sweet dates.
By Patsy Jamieson
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Inspiration and Ideas

Sweet Potato Banana Bread
Greek yogurt, pecans, and sweet potatoes give a nutritious twist to this banana bread recipe—great for lunchboxes or a morning snack.
Orange-Date Pumpkin Bread
This honey-sweetened, nut- and date-studded pumpkin bread gets bright taste from orange zest and juice.
Lemon-Cranberry Muffins
Rating: 4 stars 10

These lemony cranberry-studded muffins crunch lightly with cornmeal and are topped with a kiss of sugared lemon zest. They're great warm from the oven, but also keep well for a few days and freeze beautifully.