Sweet Potato Maple Vegan Beer Bread

I don’t know if beer is exactly healthy, but let’s say it is.

It would mean that this bread is pure health food. Sure, I’ll go with that.

Sweet Potato Maple Vegan Beer Bread - No sugar, no eggs, no butter and no kneading in this soft, fluffy, super moist and flavorful bread! Easiest bread recipe ever at averiecooks.com

When I made Honey Maple Beer Bread, I was so pleased with the taste, texture, and ease of the one-bowl, no-kneading recipe, I knew I had to experiment more.

This bread is based on that recipe, but it’s vegan and refined sugar-free. That’s right, there are no eggs in this fluffy-rising loaf with a soft, moist, open crumb.

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There’s no refined sugar used. The natural sweetness from the sweet potato, along with maple syrup and robust dark molasses, provide a gentle and subtle sweetness.

Sweet Potato Maple Vegan Beer Bread - No sugar, no eggs, no butter and no kneading in this soft, fluffy, super moist and flavorful bread! Easiest bread recipe ever at averiecooks.com

I microwaved one small sweet potato, peeled it, mashed it in a big mixing bowl, and then added  a drizzle of oil, molasses, (sugar-free) maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. I imagine you could use about 1/2 cup pumpkin puree if you have any lingering and begging to be used.

You can take this bread more savory by skipping the molasses, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves, and replacing with garlic powder, onion powder, curry, seasoning salt, or a favorite grill seasoning. I suggest agave instead of maple because it’s cleaner tasting and won’t compete as much with the savory elements.

Sweet Potato Maple Vegan Beer Bread - No sugar, no eggs, no butter and no kneading in this soft, fluffy, super moist and flavorful bread! Easiest bread recipe ever at averiecooks.com

Stir in all-purpose flour baking powder, and pour a 12-ounce bottle of beer over it. It’ll foam up and look like a bubbling science experiment, which is the yeast in the beer interacting with the baking powder, and all those bubbles are going to help the dough rise in the oven.

I haven’t tested using whole wheat flour, but I wouldn’t use more than 50% or the bread could be very dense,  and/or not rise well. I have no idea if gluten-free flour blends will work.

Sweet Potato Maple Vegan Beer Bread - No sugar, no eggs, no butter and no kneading in this soft, fluffy, super moist and flavorful bread! Easiest bread recipe ever at averiecooks.com

The bread doesn’t taste like beer, which is good because I hate beer. I used one bottle of Stella Artois, chosen by default. Use what you enjoy.

I’m in Aruba and selected it from a local grocery store because it was 12-ounces and many local brews are bottled smaller. The label was in English and I could read it, and I’ve seen people drink it in bars in the U.S., so I figured it wasn’t awful.

Sweet Potato Maple Vegan Beer Bread - No sugar, no eggs, no butter and no kneading in this soft, fluffy, super moist and flavorful bread! Easiest bread recipe ever at averiecooks.com

The Stella was lighter in color than the pumpkin-flavored Blue Moon I used in my last beer bread, and the resulting loaf is much paler, which was surprising, considering the orange sweet potato. Sometimes with baking I’m still really surprised by what comes out of the oven 30 minutes later.

This loaf has a firmer outer crust, with a soft, ridiculously moist, dense yet springy interior.

Sweet Potato Maple Vegan Beer Bread - No sugar, no eggs, no butter and no kneading in this soft, fluffy, super moist and flavorful bread! Easiest bread recipe ever at averiecooks.com

The sweet potato lends tons of moisture and slight texture, reminiscent of the texture you’d find in a grainy or wheaty loaf, minus any whole grains or whole wheat flour used.

The spices and maple flavor are present, but on the fainter side. Normally I go very heavy-handed  with spices, but kept them to a modest level. It’s less sweet and less spiced than the Cinnamon and Spice Sweet Potato Bread because I wanted it to be good sandwich bread or for toasting, and not be too overloaded with heavy spices.

Sweet Potato Maple Vegan Beer Bread - No sugar, no eggs, no butter and no kneading in this soft, fluffy, super moist and flavorful bread! Easiest bread recipe ever at averiecooks.com

It makes excellent toast, and I bet it would have made excellent French toast, but the loaf was devoured in record time. My family commented on how soft and moist the bread is, and both of them scarfed down 2 slices of toast. Then they asked for 2 more slices, each. There went the loaf.

Not only is it the easiest bread you’ll ever make, but since it’s free from refined sugars and it’s vegan, feel free to have at least 3 or 4 warm, buttery slices of this health food. No joke, best toast I’ve ever had.

Sweet Potato Maple Vegan Beer Bread - No sugar, no eggs, no butter and no kneading in this soft, fluffy, super moist and flavorful bread! Easiest bread recipe ever at averiecooks.com

Sweet Potato Maple Vegan Beer Bread - No sugar, no eggs, no butter and no kneading in this soft, fluffy, super moist and flavorful bread! Easiest bread recipe ever at averiecooks.com

Sweet Potato Maple Vegan Beer Bread

The beer bread, which does not taste like beer, is made in one bowl in minutes, there’s no kneading, it’s vegan, and refined sugar-free. No eggs in this fluffy-rising loaf with a firmer exterior and a soft, moist, open crumb on the interior. There’s no refined sugar used, and the natural sweetness from the sweet potato, along with maple syrup and robust dark molasses, provide a gentle and subtle sweetness. Baking times will vary based on moisture level of sweet potato, climate and oven variances, and brand of beer used. Since it’s free from refined sugars and it’s vegan, feel free to have a few extra slices. Makes great sandwich bread or toast.

Ingredients:

about 1/2 cup mashed sweet potato (the flesh from 1 small cooked and peeled sweet potato)
2 tablespoons canola, vegetable, or melted coconut oil
2 tablespoons light, medium, dark molasses (not blackstrap, too bitter)
1/3 cup maple syrup (I used sugar-free)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt, optional and to taste
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
12 ounces beer (I used Stella Artois; use your favorite beer)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375F. Spray a 9×5-inch loaf pan with floured cooking spray, or grease and flour the pan; set aside.
  2. Add the sweet potato to a large mixing bowl (I microwaved the sweet potato for 7 minutes, let it cool momentarily, peeled it, and mashed it with a fork in the mixing bowl).
  3. Add the next 7 ingredients, through optional salt, and whisk to combine. Some small sweet potato lumps will be present and that’s okay.
  4. Add the flour, baking powder, and slowly pour the beer over the top. It will bubble and foam. Stir until combined and no white bits remain at bottom of bowl. Batter is thick, gloppy, and dense.
  5. Turn batter out into prepared pan, smoothing the top lightly with a spatula. Bake for about 40 minutes, or until top is domed, firm and set, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs, but no batter. Allow bread to cool in pan for about 15 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely. Slice using a serrated knife. Bread is best fresh, but will keep airtight for up to 4 days. I prefer it toasted with butter, and makes good sandwich bread.
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66 comments on “Sweet Potato Maple Vegan Beer Bread”

  1. “I don’t know if beer is exactly healthy, but let’s say it is.”…sounds like a thought that’s run through my head a time or two :)

    This sounds incredible! I have been staring at a half-empty bottle of molasses in my pantry just wondering what to do with it post-holidays. What perfect timing! Love the suggestion above in the comments about using hard cider. Beyond switching up the spices, I bet using light, dark, IPA, stout beers, as well as cider, etc. can produce a million different variations.

  2. I’m sure this would be devoured in record time for us too! Except Jason doesn’t really care for bread so yes, I would devour this alone in record time. No shame in that at all!

  3. What an intriguing combination of flavors! I don’t typically buy beer (since I too am not a huge fan of it), but I’m on board for getting some to use it in baking!

  4. Beer is totally healthy! I love the texture beer adds to bread and you can’t go wrong with maple syrup and sweet potatoes!

  5. You make everything so moist! The vegan recipe + moistness + sweet potato/maple is everything I love about this recipe you created!

  6. Oh wow this looks really good, and the fact it’s a no knead bread makes it even more appealing. Toasted it looks even better, I love flavoured bread for toast it makes it far more interesting then boring old bread that you need to slather in jam just to add some flavour.

  7. This looks so good! I make my own beer and some of it comes out great and some comes out… not great. Always looking for recipes to use up the “not great” and I think my “maple brown” (blech!) will work well here! Thanks again!!

  8. This is perfection, yum! I would love to have a go at the savory version too :)

  9. It says to put in a prepared pan. What exactly does that mean? Greased?

  10. I want to make this bread so bad! I am gluten free and am debating what flour to use … any help?

  11. I have this in the oven now and it literally will not bake… I followed the directions 100% and am an experienced baker. This has been in the oven for an hour and forty minutes nearly, when the recipe says it will be done after forty minutes. Just stuck a knife in it and it’s still batter-y! Very disappointing.

    • I’m sorry that you’re having difficulty. If your sweet potato was extremely moist, that could be part of it. If you’ve had something in the oven more than 2x the amount of time the recipe says, and it hasn’t charred to crisp, maybe your oven temperature is off. Just trying to brainstorm. Thanks for trying the recipe.

  12. Could you substitute ginger ale for the beer? (If you don’t drink…)

  13. Is there a yeast amount you could substitute the beer for?

  14. I just made this, but swapped the all purpose for 2 cups of whole wheat flour. It is fantastic! Great flavour and texture. Thanks for all the great recipes!

    • That’s awesome that it turned out great for you with whole wheat flour. Sometimes swapping WW for AP flour can be tricky since there’s less gluten in it and it rises less easily but glad everything worked out so well!

  15. This is exactly the kind of bread I was looking for to use up some sweet potatoes I have. Didn’t want anything too sweet and love that you describe it as dense, yet moist. Can’t wait to get my bread in the oven.

  16. Really loved, made two batches first time just cuz I knew it was going to be good, and it did not disappoint! I get to eat one and give one as a gift. Posted of FB too, such a great bread for this season!

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