Sweet Potato Bread Recipe

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 6 reviews

Breads and Muffins Desserts Recipes Thanksgiving Recipes

Cook time Cook time: 55 minutes

Sweet Potato Bread with Cinnamon Glaze is moist and flavorful, just perfect for the holidays! This recipe is so good, that you will end up with the most delicious and comforting bread on your Thanksgiving tables!

The holiday menu will not be complete without this dish! Make this pastry along with our other holiday favorites like the Cranberry Relish, Brown Sugar Roasted Carrots, and Green Bean Casserole!

Cinnamon Sweet Potato Bread

This Sweet Potato Bread tastes almost like a cake! It is dense, but at the same time soft and moist. This is one of our favorite desserts to bake for Thanksgiving or the Christmas holidays since the whole kitchen smells amazing! You can taste the woody and rich autumn flavors in this pastry with the spuds in it!

This recipe uses sweet potato puree which makes the loaf extra moist. Yes, the puree version is not just baby food as it famously being served as. Or, if you do have some leftovers of your puree, this recipe is a good way to reinvent it.

In addition, this dish is extremely easy to prepare since you do not need yeast to make the loaf rise. Just follow the instructions given and you are all set for a nice pastry!

What does Sweet Potato Bread taste like?

It is flavorful with all the spices that are incorporated in the batter. The combination of nutmeg, cloves, and ginger enhances the flavor of the vegetable.

And it is never dull and boring with all the walnuts and chocolate chunks in each bite! Topped with the cinnamon glaze, this bread has a rich earthy flavor that is perfect for autumn, and especially for the Thanksgiving season!

How do you make sweet potato bread?

  1. Prepare for baking: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease the loaf pan and sprinkle some flour in it, too.
  2. Make the batter: In a bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients and sugar. In another bowl, mix the dry ingredients including the spices. Then, slowly pour the flour mixture into the bowl with wet ingredients. Mix everything. Then, add in the walnuts and chocolate.
  3. Bake: Put the batter into the loaf pan and bake for about 50 to 60 minutes. Check for doneness by inserting a toothpick at the center. If it is clean when you take it out, then, you may take the loaf pan out of the oven.
  4. Cool:  Set the loaf pan aside. Let it cool for up to 20 minutes before you remove the bread from the pan.
  5. Top with glaze and serve: To make the glaze, mix the glaze ingredients until smooth and thick enough. Once the bread has completely cooled, then, you can glaze it. Slice, then, serve!

What is the difference between homemade sweet potato puree and canned puree?

One main difference is that the canned ones are not so easy to find. And even if you do find them, online or not, they cost a fortune as compared to the real thing.

The good thing is that most canned ones use organic spuds. Organic or not, you could see a lot of the vegetable in the market which is a plus point for the homemade puree version. Also, what is good with anything homemade is that you get to alter the taste by adding or subtracting ingredients depending on your needs.

If you wish to make your homemade puree, then, follow the steps given in this Instant Pot recipe.

Recipe Variations:

You can make this exact recipe using pureed pumpkin. Also, you can add raisins or dates as add-ons.

How to Store Sweet Potato Bread?

  • Room Temperature: It will stay good for up to 4 days at room temperature, properly stored in an airtight container.
  • Freeze: To freeze it, wrapped in plastic and placed in freezer bags, for up to 3 months. Simply thaw before slicing.

More delicious bread recipes:

Beer bread

Irish soda bread

Strawberry banana bread

Homemade pumpkin bread

Recipe Tips

  • If you have extra puree, feel free to use it in this Pumpkin Pound Cake recipe.
  • Do not overmix the batter because it can result in tough bread.
  • Feel free to leave out some of the spices or add another that suits your taste.
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Sweet Potato Bread

Sweet Potato Bread with Cinnamon Glaze is moist and flavorful, just perfect for the holidays!
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 10 slices
Calories: 449kcal
Author: Catalina Castravet


  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 2 eggs (room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 cup sweet potato puree
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup chocolate chunks (or chocolate chips)

Cinnamon Glaze:

  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk (or more)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Butter a 9x5 loaf pan and cover the bottom and the two long sides with parchment paper for easy bread removal.
  • In a large bowl whisk together oil, brown sugar, sweet potato puree, maple syrup, eggs, milk, and vanilla until well blended.
  • In another bowl whisk together the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, salt, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon.
  • Stir in the dry ingredients into the wet, just until combined.
  • Stir in the chopped walnuts and chocolate.
  • Transfer the batter into the prepared loaf pan and shake to distribute evenly.
  • Bake for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Remove from the oven and let it cool 10-15 minutes in the pan before removing the bread and placing it on a cooling rack.
  • Cool the bread completely before adding the glaze.


  • In a medium bowl, whisk together confectioners' sugar and cinnamon.
  • Add milk and stir until no lumps remain and the mixture is smooth. The mixture should be thick enough to coat the back of a spoon but still, maintain a drizzle consistency.
  • If needed, add another teaspoon of milk, or more sugar.
  • Drizzle glaze over the cooled bread, let it settle before slicing and serving.
  • Store covered at room temperature for up to 3-4 days.


Calories: 449kcal | Carbohydrates: 68g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 151mg | Potassium: 471mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 41g | Vitamin A: 5496IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 136mg | Iron: 3mg
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Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert

This sweet potato bread couldn't look any more perfect! Yum!



That cinnamon glaze on top is to die for! So yummy!


Allyson Zea

I've never heard of sweet potato bread, but now I have to try this!



The cinnamon glaze is just the right amount of sweetness and flavor to pair with this lovely bread!



This bread looks absolutely delicious! I would love to make it. Can a gluten-free flour or gluten-free flour blend be substituted for the all-purpose flour? If so, would other changes be needed to the recipe? Thanks so much Catalina.


Hi Sharon, if you use the 1:1 GF flour, no other changes should be made.



This was a huge hit!! Thanks for the recipe!


Jacque Hastert

This was a hit last night! I don't usually bake during the week, but I came across this recipe and couldn't resist. The glaze was amazing! Thank you!


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