No Yeast Bread Recipe

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Want to make bread but you don’t have any yeast? No problem – make my easy No Yeast Bread Recipe! This easy white bread is like a quick bread with no rise time but it tastes like the real thing.

I’ve made this recipe several times now and it is SO good, especially warm with butter. You’re going to love this recipe – you can even make it gluten free!

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I am running dangerously low on yeast and there is none in the grocery store. If you’re in the same boat then THIS is the recipe for you.

Fresh bread and me go together like, well, bread and butter. I love having bread with every meal and homemade bread is the best EVER.

No Yeast White Bread is just like the real thing (it’s a bit denser than regular bread but has the same flavor and is a great substitute) but it’s way easier to make.

Why I love no yeast bread:

  • No rising time!
  • No proofing of yeast
  • No kneading
  • Bread, warm and in my belly, in under an hour.

You’re going to love it too!

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No Yeast Bread – Quick Bread?

In reality, this bread would also be called quick bread, but when I think of quick bread I think of banana bread or pumpkin bread.

It’s a quick bread only because it’s quick to make – just stir up the dough and bake. There’s nothing extra you need to do.

How to make bread without yeast

I didn’t think it was possible until I did some research! It turns out there is a substitute for yeast when you’re making bread. *mind blown*

Now, you need to know that the bread is slightly different than a fluffy traditional white bread. It’s a cross between the cake-like quick bread you’re used to and a regular yeasted bread. It’s fluffy but a bit denser and it has more of a plain flavor (white bread usually has that yeasty flavor we all love).

I love both kinds, and both yeasted and no yeast bread have their places in life, like when you want bread and you don’t have any yeast!

It turns out you can substitute yeast in a recipe with baking soda and vinegar.

What can be used instead of yeast?

Remember back to your volcano-making days: you fill the volcano with baking soda and add vinegar and the volcano explodes. The chemical reaction between the baking soda and vinegar (an acid) caused the frothy explosion.

The same thing happens in baked goods: baking soda is a leavener that requires an acid to activate it. (You can read all about baking soda here.)

By substituting the yeast with equal amounts of baking soda and vinegar, I was able to turn my homemade white bread into a no yeast bread.

How to make No Yeast White Bread process photos

Ingredients & Substitutions for bread without yeast

This recipe has all the normal bread ingredients, minus the yeast.

  • All Purpose Flour
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Baking Soda
  • Water
  • Buttermilk or milk/vinegar
  • Oil

Remember, the baking soda + acid is crucial for making this bread rise. You MUST use baking soda – no exceptions.

Buttermilk: buttermilk is sour milk, and that sourness is actually the acid the baking soda needs to rise. However, if you don’t have buttermilk on hand, you can substitute milk and vinegar. Use:

  • ½ cup buttermilk, OR
  • ½ cup milk + 1 teaspoon vinegar or lemon juice

You can use regular or nonfat milk.

Oil: you can use canola, vegetable or olive oil.

Flour: for best results, use all-purpose flour. But you can substitute bread flour or Gluten Free 1 to 1 AP Flour (such as Bob’s Red Mill).

Simply mix all the ingredients in a large bowl using a hand or stand mixer, then bake at 400°F for about 35-45 minutes.

hand holding slice of no yeast white bread

You will know the bread is done when it’s golden and you test it with a toothpick. Stick the toothpick in the crack and it will come out with just a few crumbs sticking to it.

Storing and Serving No Yeast Bread

Like other homemade bread, this recipe won’t last more than 3 days because there are no preservatives. It’s best fresh and we love it warm slathered with butter!

Store it on the counter coated with plastic wrap. Or you can wrap it well and freeze it. Slice it first to make serving easy – freeze slices in sandwich bags!

sliced no yeast white bread with butter

This really is one of the best easy bread recipes. It might not be a traditional light and fluffy bread because it’s baking soda based bread, but it’s still just as good!

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No Yeast Bread Recipe

You can make bread without yeast by making baking soda bread. It’s not as light and fluffy as a traditional white bread but this No Yeast Bread is a great easy substitute if you want a quick white bread recipe!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Yield 10 servings
Serving Size 1 serving

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk see note
  • 2 tablespoons oil vegetable or olive oil

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Spray a 9×5-inch loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Whisk together the flour, sugar, salt and baking soda.
  • Add the water, oil and buttermilk and beat with a hand mixer or stand mixer until thick and smooth.
  • Pour batter into prepared pan.
  • Bake for 35-45 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick comes out almost clean from the center of the crack.

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Recipe Notes

Buttermilk substitutions – you can use:

  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • ½ cup milk (regular or nonfat) + 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • ½ cup milk (regular or nonfat) + 1 teaspoon lemon juice
 
You may substitute bread flour or Gluten Free 1:1 All Purpose Flour (i.e. Bob’s Red Mill)

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 196kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 583mg | Potassium: 63mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 20IU | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword bread
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No Yeast Bread is an easy white bread recipe that’s a quick bread too! This bread tastes and feels like white bread but has no yeast so you can make it anytime. White bread in under an hour!

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  1. I just made this and it turned out great. Pairing it with crock pot French onion soup. Any suggestions on altering to make a flavored bread?

  2. Just found this No Yeast Bread recipe. I want to say a personal “thank you” before I even make it for going to the trouble of making it gluten free! To know that it works with the flour in the pantry makes me so happy!
    Stay safe and healthy. Thank you, so much.

  3. Finally!thank you😘🌹❤️I’ve been waiting for this recipe that NO YEAST!because i hate yeast😭im sorry to say that.giving Me a hard time.so every time i saw recipe with that ,freaking ignore it!Thank you finally😘🌹

  4. Thank you, thank you, thank you!! I’ve been waiting for a no-yeast bread recipe! Yeast scares me – yes it does. I can finally make my own bread and not be terrified!