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This sweet Peach Bread is made with pureed peaches added to the batter and has pieces of sweet, juicy peaches baked into the lightly spiced sweet bread. You will absolutely love this summer peach bread, which can be made with fresh or frozen peaches.

Sliced sweet peach bread.

Peach bread

YOU GUYS, I was so excited when I came up with this peach bread recipe. This peach bread is an absolute favorite of mine because of one little trick that makes it absolutely amazing: I puree peaches and add the pureed peaches right into the batter.

You know how you make banana bread by adding mashed banana to the batter? Or use apple sauce in place of oil when baking? Well, adding peach puree into batter has the same effect. Peach puree makes this bread:

  • Pleasantly peach-flavored throughout
  • Perfectly soft and moist - this bread never comes out dry
  • Low in fat

And in addition to the pureed peaches, this recipe adds a generous amounts of peach chunks into the bread, so you get wonderful, juicy, sweet bursts of warm peaches as you enjoy a slice of this summer quick bread. 

The batter has a little cinnamon just to bring out the peach flavor and give this bread a little warmth and flavor without being all like, LOOK AT ME, I AM A SPICED BREAD! It's just the right amount of cinnamon, trust me. 

Ready to make this bread?

Sliced peach bread with fresh peaches.

Related recipe: Breakfast Grits with Caramelized Peaches

Ingredients

  • 3-4 large peaches, divided, (about 3 cups frozen peaches, thawed or partly, if using frozen, see notes below)
  • 3 cups white whole wheat flour (or use all-purpose or whole wheat flour)
  • 1 cup light brown sugar (or turbinado sugar)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs, lightly scrambled
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Optional lemon glaze: 1 cup powdered sugar + 1 and ½ tablespoon lemon juice (whisk together)

Or try a cream cheese icing:  4 ounces unsalted butter, softened + 4 ounces cream cheese, softened + 2 cups powdered sugar + 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (beat with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy)

You'll also need:

  • A bread loaf pan (I recently upgraded to this glass one with a lid and LOVE it!)
  • Blender or small food processor
  • Mixing bowls and all the usual cup and spoon measures

Ingredients to bake peach bread.

Related recipe: Vanilla Peach Fizz

Instructions

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a bread loaf pan with butter.

Step 2: Roughly chop 2 of the peaches and puree them in a blender or small food processor until smooth. You should have 2 cups of peach puree, if you have less, add a little more peach and puree. Chop the third peach into even ½ inch pieces and set aside.

Peach puree and chopped peaches for making peach bread.

Step 3: In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix well.

Step 4: Add the pureed peaches, scrambled eggs, and vegetable oil to the bowl and combine until everything is mostly mixed together but a few flour lumps remain.

Making peach bread batter in a bowl.

Step 5: Add the chopped peach pieces and gently stir to combine everything. Do not overmix.

Adding fresh peaches to quick bread batter.

Step 6: Transfer the batter into the loaf pan and bake at 350F for 45 minutes. After 45 minutes, turn down the heat to 300F and bake for 20-30 more minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Peach bread batter in a pan.

Allow to cool before slicing and serving.

Loaf of peach bread in a pan.

Related recipe: Easy Puff Pastry Peach Tarts

Breakfast bread or dessert bread?

This bread is tasty enough to work as dessert (especially with a scoop of ice cream!!), but is hearty enough to be served for breakfast. It slices well and is not overly sweet so it is a great alternative to muffins for breakfast.

And of course, this bread can easily be turned into peach muffins! Just reduce the baking time to ~22-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. 

Can this bread be made with nectarines instead of peaches?

Yes! Nectarines have a similar water content as peaches, so you can use nectarines in this recipe. 

How to serve this peach bread

A warm slice of this peach bread is perfectly delicious on its own, especially with a cup of spiced whipped coffee. I usually skip the lemon glaze or cream cheese icing because I don't want to add extra sugar, but the bread is absolutely delicious with glaze or icing!

Another favorite way to enjoy this bread is with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. If you have leftover bread, just microwave a slice in the microwave for a few seconds, and add a generous scoop of ice cream. The way the ice cream melts into the bread is absolutely amazing.

Related recipe: 2 Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins

How to make peach bread with frozen peaches

If you have frozen peaches, take out ~3-3.5 cups and let it thaw for a little bit until mostly thawed (or microwave them until mostly thawed). This way, the partly thawed peaches will be easy to blend to a puree, and will be easy to chop.

Related recipe: Fresh Peach Pie (from my sister blog Vegan Blueberry!)

Whole wheat vs white flour for baking peach bread

I've made this recipe with whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, and white whole wheat flour, and it comes out great either way! Of course, regular all-purpose flour (you know, the least healthy kind) makes a lighter, less dense bread.

But this peach bread is actually really good when it is a little dense and chewy from being made with whole wheat flour! Regular whole wheat flout is made from red wheat berries and makes for more denser baked goods. White whole wheat flour is a type of whole wheat flour that is made from white wheat berries, and it is my FAVORITE flour for baking quick breads, muffins, and for making pancakes because it is not as dense and heavy as whole wheat flour, but it still has the health benefits of whole wheat flour.

Try it either way and let me know which way you like best!

More peach recipes to try:

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Sliced peach bread with fresh peaches.
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5 from 4 votes

Sweet Peach Bread

Just 10-15 minutes of hands-on time to make this easy peach bread! This recipe has pureed peaches added to the batter for the most flavorful quick bread you will ever make! You can use fresh or frozen peaches for this recipe.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr 15 mins
Total Time1 hr 25 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 slices
Author: Kate

Equipment

Ingredients

For the peach bread

  • 3-4 large peaches divided (see notes for using frozen peaches)
  • 3 cups white whole wheat flour or all-purpose or whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar light or turbinado
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs lightly scrambled in a bowl
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the optional icing:

  • See notes to make a lemon glaze or cream cheese icing

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a bread loaf pan with butter.
  • Roughly chop 2 of the peaches and puree them in a blender or small food processor until smooth. You should have 2 cups of peach puree, if you have less, add more peaches and blend. Chop the last peach into even ½ inch pieces and set aside. 
  • Combine the flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl and mix well. 
  • Add the pureed peaches, eggs, and vegetable to the bowl and combine until everything is mostly mixed together.
  • Add the chopped peach pieces and gently stir to combine everything. Do not overmix. 
  • Transfer the batter into the loaf pan and bake at 350F for 45 minutes. After 45 minutes, turn down the heat to 300F and bake for 20-30 more minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.   
  • Allow to cool a little before slicing and serving. Or cool completely and cover with a glaze of frosting of your choice (see notes suggestions).

Notes

To use frozen peaches, use 3-3.5 cups and allow the frozen peaches to thaw almost completely (or microwave until almost fully thawed). Puree 2 rounded cups of peaches to make 2 cups of puree, and chop the rest.
This recipe works great with nectarines, and should work well with a 50/50 ratio of mango and peaches. 
Optional lemon glaze: 1 cup powdered sugar + 1 and ½ tablespoon lemon juice (whisk together and pour over the peach bread once it cools)
Or try a cream cheese icing:  4 ounces unsalted butter, softened + 4 ounces cream cheese, softened + 2 cups powdered sugar + 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (beat with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy, spread over peach bread once it cools)

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Sweet Peach Bread
Amount Per Serving
Calories 347 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 6g30%
Cholesterol 61mg20%
Sodium 307mg13%
Potassium 105mg3%
Carbohydrates 57g19%
Fiber 5g20%
Sugar 25g28%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 90IU2%
Calcium 58mg6%
Iron 1.5mg8%
* The nutritional information shown here is just an estimate and not meant to be used as dietary/nutritional advice. Please consult a nutritionist for exact nutritional information based on the exact ingredients you use.

 

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