Peanut Butter Bread – No Yeast Retro Recipe

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Peanut Butter bread, you just have to try this retro trendy recipe! The baking smell alone will drive you crazy and there is no yeast needed!

Portrait image overhead peanut butter bread sliced

Peanut butter bread has been an overnight internet sensation! Well, almost overnight… except the recipe was first published in 1913 by a Canadian flour mill.  The mill collected recipes from the community and compiled them in a collection called “A Guide to Good Cooking” by 5 Roses flour.

The book became popular around the time of the great depression. Food shortages made ingredients difficult to find and expensive, so housewives needed to be thrifty.  Those were the days of making delicious food from basic ingredients. 

Fast forward nearly one hundred years and this recipe has been brought out of retirement. I’m not sure if the popularity is due to a resurgence of cooking during our COVID-19 isolation. Perhaps it’s because bakers flour and yeast are difficult to find at the moment, or it may be because Greg & Friends featured it on one of their YouTube Videos and it struck a chord with viewers.

It doesn’t matter why there has been a sudden boost in popularity, the important thing is it’s definitely time for a new generation to taste the Peanut Butter Bread. When you do I think you will have an appreciation for the recipe. It’s delicious and so simple to make, best of all there are so many variations you could make to the basic recipe.

Is it a Bread, Cake or Loaf

Before I tried this recipe I had no idea what to expect. Was it a bread, cake or loaf. Was it sweet or bready? When would you eat your peanut butter bread? Do you make a sandwich with it or add a frosting?

I couldn’t get my head around it until I cooked and tasted the finished results. 

Here is what I discovered. 

So it’s not bread, like a piece of sandwich bread. It’s definitely not cake-like.  The best way to think of this is like a banana loaf in texture. The flavour is very mild and only very slightly sweet. It has only a vague peanut flavour, almost like a vanilla-ish peanut butter loaf. 

Peanut Butter Bread – No Yeast Bread Ingredients

  1. The first difference to a regular bread recipe is that it doesn’t require Bakers Flour. This is great because in my local area we have a shortage of bakers flour at the moment.
  2. Yeast is not needed for the recipe, baking powder is used as the raising agent.
  3. Unlike a cake, butter isn’t needed and nor are eggs required.

When and How to Eat Peanut Butter Bread

I think this would make a delicious light brunch treat. Serve the bread fresh from the oven, sliced and buttered would be perfect. 

If you wanted to be fancy, slice the cooked bread, then fry it in butter, toasting each side.  Serve the toasted bread with sliced banana and maple syrup.

It would be equally nice as a sweet snack or lunchbox idea when the kids go back to school. 

Peanut Butter Bread Variations

There are a number of ways you can change this recipe up.

  • Add 3/4 cup milk choc chips
  • Add 1/2 cup sultanas
  • Sub half the sugar for honey
  • Go totally rogue and replace the peanut butter with Homemade Nutella!! YUM!
Loaf of peanut bread on pink checked tea towel

Peanut Butter Bread – Method By Hand

  1. Preheat oven to 160 C or 325 F.
  2. Place all your dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl and combine well by hand.
  3. Add the milk and peanut butter to a jug and heat for 40 seconds.
  4. Whisk the milk and peanut butter together in the jug until combined.
  5. Pour the wet ingredients into the flour and mix them together.
  6. Add the batter to a well-greased loaf tin and bake for 1 hour. Test with a skewer. (The loaf tin I use is below).

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Sliced peanut butter bread on a bread board ready to eat
Portrait image overhead peanut butter bread sliced

Peanut Butter Bread

Julie Carlyle
Peanut Butter bread, you just have to try this retro trendy recipe! The baking smell alone will drive you crazy! Delicious depression recipe no yeast needed
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Course Breakfast, Brunch, Snack
Cuisine American, Australian
Servings 12 Slices
Calories 212 kcal



  • 340 g plain flour
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 115 g white sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 125 g peanut butter i used crunchy but smooth is fine
  • 325 g milk *for vegans use almond or coconut milk


  • Preheat oven to 160 degrees C or 325 F
  • Spray a loaf tin with oil or using baking paper to line the tin.
  • Add flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and then peanut butter to the TM Bowl.
    340 g plain flour, 4 tsp baking powder, 115 g white sugar, 1/4 tsp salt, 125 g peanut butter
  • Combine to resemble breadcrumbs. 30 Sec/Speed 4.
  • Add milk to mixture. Combine 15 sec/Speed 4
    325 g milk
  • Scrape down the bowl. Mix 5 sec/Speed 4
  • Bake for 1 hour, test with a skewer.


If your loaf appears to be browning on the top too quickly turn the oven down further. This loaf is baked in a moderately slow oven.  Cooking it too fast will cause the top to crack and open. 
For a smooth top brush the top with milk to smooth it over.


Calories: 212kcalCarbohydrates: 35gProtein: 6gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 109mgPotassium: 275mgFiber: 1gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 55IUCalcium: 100mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Baked, Bread, Cleaning Thermomix, Conventional, Depression cooking, Loaf, peanut butter
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

If you’re looking for another fabulous retro recipe, why not try my traditional Choko Chutney!

Choko Chutney
Choko Chutney

Or if it’s brunch you’re looking for there is always these amazing Cinnamon Scrolls!

Cinnamon Scrolls in a white baking dish with pink flowers in the background

Please feel free to leave me a comment. Did your family this loaf?  Did you make any variations??  Do you have any other favourite retro recipes?

I love hearing from everyone 🙂Rating the recipe once you’ve made the dish helps other readers decide whether to make my dishes.  AND if you take any pics, please post them to social media and tag me!!

Happy Cooking



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