30 Sweet Bread Recipes That Go Great With Coffee

These sweet and rich baked goods are perfect with a cup of joe

Sweet and sticky pecan roll studded with pecans

The Spruce / Leah Maroney

A piping hot, freshly brewed cup of coffee and a nice sweet bread are a match made in heaven, no matter what time of day. Whether it's a sticky bun, muffin, or slice of quick bread, you just can't beat the pairing. Most of these sweet treats are quick and easy to make from scratch, from zucchini bread to pecan pie muffins to cinnamon apple biscuits, while others may need a bit of planning. No matter the recipe, the results are worth it. Several sweet breads can be frozen and enjoyed later on, so consider making an extra batch.

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    Chocolate Banana Bread

    Chocolate banana bread topped with chocolate chips

    The Spruce / Kristina Vanni

    We all know banana bread is a great way to use up overripe bananas, but this chocolate banana bread takes it one step further. The unsweetened cocoa powder added to the batter contributes a chocolate taste without a ton of calories (and even throws in some added nutritional benefits). If you like, a few chocolate chips can be sprinkled on top. Either way, it's rich and delicious.

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    Classic Zucchini Bread With Walnuts

    Classic zucchini bread with walnuts, sliced with butter

    The Spruce

    Whether you have a bumper crop of summer squash or just want a moist, veggie-packed sweet bread, a classic zucchini bread with walnuts will do the trick. This recipe makes two loaves, so you can enjoy one of these lightly spicy, sweet, and healthy breads with coffee now and stick one in the freezer to pull out later.

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    Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

    Lemon poppyseed muffin with sweet lemon drizzle

    The Spruce / Kristina Vanni 

    The bright flavor of lemon poppy seed muffins is a charming contrast to coffee. This recipe creates jumbo bakery-style muffins flavored with lemon extract and poppy seeds. Once cool, top them with a sweet lemon drizzle for the ultimate sweet and tangy treat.

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    Cranberry Bread

    Cranberry bread with chopped pecans, sliced

    The Spruce / Kristina Vanni 

    Studded with chopped pecans and brightened with lemon zest, this cranberry bread has a wonderful crunch and depth of flavor, perfect when enjoyed with a cup of coffee. Tossing the cranberries with sugar cuts some of the tartness and releases their juices. By using a pastry blender to incorporate the shortening, the cake takes on a delicate texture not always found in quick breads.

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    Blueberry Streusel Muffins

    Whole and sliced blueberry muffins

    The Spruce / Leah Maroney

    Blueberry muffins are a perennial favorite, perfect not only for breakfast but anytime the craving strikes. In this blueberry streusel muffins recipe, fresh or frozen blueberries are folded into a tender batter (if you use frozen berries, rinse them first until the water almost runs clear). Mix the berries into the batter quickly with just a few strokes to avoid turning the batter blue.

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    Easy Cinnamon Rolls

    Baked cinnamon rolls on a baking mat

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    These simple and delicious easy cinnamon rolls will fill your home with an amazing aroma that will bring the whole family to the table. You can alter the flavor by adding some chopped pecans or mixing in a little coffee in place of some of the milk. As with most cinnamon roll recipes, this one calls for yeast and two rising times.

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    Pumpkin Bread With Cream Cheese Filling

    Pumpkin bread cream cheese filling recipe

    ​The Spruce / Ulyana Verbytska

    Pumpkin bread may be a fall favorite, but when using canned pumpkin, you can enjoy it any time of year. This recipe dresses up the typical loaf with a cream cheese filling, bringing a bit of sweetness to the warm-spiced bread. It also freezes well, so you can slice one loaf, freeze the slices individually, and take out a piece whenever you're itching for a snack.

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    Snickerdoodle Muffins

    Snickerdoodle muffins in a muffin pan and on a cutting board

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    Snickerdoodle cookies with their sweet, cinnamon flavors are a classic, simple treat. When transformed into a muffin, they're perfect with a cup of coffee. Because they include many ingredients often stocked in the pantry, these cinnamon-sugar muffins are easy to put together. They also freeze well, so make a double batch and have extra for when the craving strikes.

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    Apple Cinnamon Biscuits

    Apple cinnamon biscuits cooling on a rack

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    You may not think of adding apples and cinnamon to biscuits, but the results are irresistible. These flaky, lightly sweet apple cinnamon biscuits taste lovely with a cup of coffee or a mug of tea, or when in season, some hot apple cider. You can use any type of apple you have on hand and warm in the microwave as needed. The vanilla glaze gives them a nice sweetness that makes them a real treat.

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    Sweet and Sticky Pecan Rolls

    Sweet and sticky pecan roll studded with pecans

    The Spruce / Leah Maroney

    Although these sweet and sticky pecan rolls may seem sophisticated, the recipe requires just a few simple ingredients. This sister to the cinnamon roll is studded with pecans and is the perfect way to treat yourself to a fancy breakfast or bring something special to the brunch table. The recipe does require a rise, so plan for about an hour of proofing. It also makes a large batch of rolls, which makes it perfect for holiday gatherings or enjoying for several days.

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    Butter Pecan Bread

    Butter pecan bread on a square blue plate

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    This richly textured butter pecan bread is simple to prepare but tastes like it required special ingredients and lots of time. Brown sugar and buttermilk give it an almost cakelike texture, while cinnamon and nutmeg contribute a warming spice—a combination just begging for a cup of coffee. You can swap the pecans for walnuts or add chocolate chips if you want to mix it up a little.

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    Bourbon Banana Bread

    Bourbon banana bread drizzled with a glaze

    The Spruce / Leah Maroney

    It may not be mom's banana bread recipe, but the addition of bourbon to the batter and glaze makes for a sweet bread with a fun, tasty kick. Lots of mashed bananas give it a tender, moist texture—just be sure not to overmix the batter or it will get too chewy. The alcohol cooks off in the bread but not in the glaze, so if you want the loaf to be alcohol free, heat the bourbon for a couple of minutes before combining it with the glaze ingredients.

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    Monkey Bread

    Monkey bread on a white cake plate

    The Spruce / Leah Maroney 

    A bread so named for the way you pull it apart with your fingers (like monkeys would pick at it), monkey bread is a delicious cinnamon yeast cake that is loved by adults and kids alike. It is easy to make at home; have the kids help roll the little dough balls in the cinnamon and place in the pan. You can also use dinner roll or biscuit dough instead of the homemade for quicker preparation. Treat yourself and enjoy it in the morning with your coffee.

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    Raspberry Nut Muffins

    Raspberry nut muffins in muffin tins and on a cooling rack

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    The combination of raspberries and pecans brings a wonderful taste and texture to these tender muffins. The tops are sprinkled with cinnamon sugar, complementing the sweet and tangy raspberries. This recipe calls for fresh berries, but you can also use frozen if they're not in season. Toss the berries in flour before adding to the batter so they remain suspended and don't sink to the bottom.

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    Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

    Slices of chocolate chip zucchini bread on a cutting board

    The Spruce / Kristina Vanni

    A great way to use up extra zucchini, this chocolate chip zucchini bread is lightly spiced with cinnamon and studded with semisweet chocolate, a natural match for coffee. This bread is also a sneaky way to get the kids to eat some vegetables and can be served at brunch, dessert, or as an afternoon sweet snack.

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    Apple Pie Breakfast Cookies

    Apple pie breakfast cookies with a glaze

    The Spruce / Leah Maroney

    Yes, you really can have cookies for breakfast. These apple pie breakfast cookies taste just like apple cinnamon oatmeal and have a lot of the same ingredients, too. They're healthy and hearty enough to hold you over as a weekday starter but tasty enough to enjoy as an afternoon coffee-break treat. Make sure you chill the dough before baking so they don't flatten out too much in the oven.

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    Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

    Banana chocolate chip muffins in a muffin tin

    The Spruce / Kristina Vanni

    These moist and chocolaty banana muffins are just asking to be paired with a hot cup of coffee. The cocoa-based batter studded with chocolate chips satisfies that sweet craving, while the bananas add a little nutritional boost any time of day. A perfect use for overripe bananas and a nice change from traditional banana bread.

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    Cranberry Orange Bread

    Cranberry orange bread with an orange-flavored icing

    The Spruce / Leah Maroney

    Cranberry and orange complement each other nicely in this sweet and tart quick bread. Orange juice and zest add a wonderful brightness to the bread, while the cranberries contribute a tasty tanginess. Fresh cranberries are recommended, but if they're not in season, you can use dried. The orange-flavored icing is a pretty finishing touch.

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    Carrot Muffins With Walnuts and Cream Cheese Spread

    Carrot muffins on a wooden table with orange cream cheese spread

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    Those who enjoy carrot cake should definitely try these carrot muffins with walnuts and a cream cheese spread. Carrots give the muffins a delightfully moist texture and bring a nice pop of color and nutritional boost. You can use a hand-held grater to prep the carrots, but a food processor makes it much easier. The cream cheese spread adds a tangy orange finish, but these muffins also taste delicious with sweetened or plain whipped butter.

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    Raspberry Toaster Strudel

    Raspberry toaster strudel with fresh raspberries

     The Spruce / Leah Maroney

    Store-bought toaster strudel may be convenient, but making these fruit-filled pastries at home means they will taste fresh and delicious and that you can customize the flavor and even the shape. The name is a little misleading since these light, flaky pastries are made in the conventional oven, but they're well worth the extra work. Best of all, these raspberry toaster strudels call for just five ingredients.

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    Pecan Pie Muffins

    Pecan pie muffins cooling on a rack

    The Spruce / Kristina Vanni 

    Enjoy all of the flavors of pecan pie in breakfast form with these pecan pie muffins, perfect with a hot cup of coffee. Heavy cream makes for a moist, cinnamon-scented base, and chopped pecans create a crunchy, nutty topping, similar to the delicious crumble that often crowns pecan pie.

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    Southern Sweet Potato Bread With Pecans

    Sweet potato bread with chopped pecans

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    We are all familiar with the quintessential Southern dessert sweet potato pie but including sweet potatoes in a quick bread batter is also a traditional way of using this delicious tuber. It's perfect for using leftover cooked sweet potatoes. Applesauce adds moisture, flavor, and a natural sweetness while pecans and dates bring both a chewy and crunchy texture.

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    Pineapple Nut Bread With Cinnamon

    Pineapple nut bread with cinnamon-sugar topping

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    Pineapple may not come to mind when thinking about quick bread, but the fruit's natural sweetness and firm texture make it an exemplary ingredient. Walnuts are incorporated into the bread's batter as well as the cinnamon-sugar topping, adding a nice crunch and nutty flavor throughout. Swap in macadamias and a bit of coconut to turn this pineapple nut bread into a true Hawaiian treat.

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    Whole-Wheat Pistachio Lemon Bread With Lemon Glaze

    Whole-wheat pistachio lemon bread with lemon glaze

    The Spruce / Lora Wiley-Lennartz

    The heartiness of the whole-wheat flour is just the right base for rich pistachios and bright lemon flavor in this nutritious quick bread. A lemony glaze with a sprinkling of zest and chopped nuts makes for a pretty presentation. Enjoy a thick slice with your morning cup of coffee and feel good about how you start the day.

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    Chocolate Chip Honey Pumpkin Bread

    Chocolate chip honey pumpkin breads

    The Spruce / Anita Schecter

    With cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and ginger, this sweet bread has a nice spiciness that contrasts beautifully with the sweetness of the honey and pumpkin. The buttermilk adds moisture and tanginess to the loaf while the chocolate chips bring a familiar chocolaty flavor. You'll never go back to plain pumpkin bread again after you trying chocolate chip honey pumpkin bread.

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    Date Nut Bread

    Date nut bread with chopped nuts on a cutting board

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    Dates have a natural sugary sweetness that are perfect in a quick bread, making them a wonderful pairing with a bitter cup of joe. This date nut bread calls for chopped walnuts, but it would also be delicious with chopped pecans or some raisins in place of the dates. Try it spread with cream cheese or a thick schmear of butter or peanut butter.

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    German Stollen

    Christmas stollen sweet bread

    ​The Spruce / Victoria Heydt

    German stollen, a traditional Christmas bread, is delicious at any time of year and a perfect pairing with a hot cup of coffee. This yeasted dough features fresh lemon for a citrusy note, candied fruit for color and texture, and almonds for nutty crunch. It also makes a tasty gift, if you're a fan of giving culinary presents.

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    Pumpkin Ginger Scones With Tahini Glaze

    Pumpkin ginger scones with sweet tahini glaze

    The Spruce / Anita Schecter

    Scones are essentially individual sweet breads, making them ideal for dunking into a warm mug of coffee. The tahini glaze may sound unusual, but the nuttiness of the sesame seed paste combined with the pumpkin flavor is a pairing you'll want to repeat. Folding the dough over itself a few times gives these pumpkin ginger scones that bakery-style layered look.

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    Vegan Chocolate Banana Muffins

    Vegan chocolate banana muffins in a muffin tin
    Krzysztof Krysiak / EyeEm / Getty Images

    Those with dietary restrictions or who follow a vegan diet can still enjoy a nice baked treat with their coffee. Banana and cocoa combine with oatmeal in these vegan chocolate banana muffins, making them a hearty, healthy choice for breakfast or afternoon snack.

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    Danish Kringle

    Danish Kringle topped with icing

    The Spruce / Kristina Vanni

    While it's a favorite Christmas bread, Danish Kringle is a pleasure to eat any day of the year. Shaped into a flat ring, the yeasted dough is filled with a buttery mix of cinnamon, sugar, and pecans. Finish it off with icing and enjoy this twist on cinnamon rolls with your steaming mug.