Easy, Healthy Beer Bread Recipe

Recipe Details

  • Meal Type: Snack, Side Dish
  • Dietary Type: Vegetarian

Easy, Healthy Beer Bread Recipe

This Beer Bread Recipe is a real treat; it’s moist, flavorful and has a rich taste that warms up the entire mouth. With just a hint of sweet, this tastes fantastic toasted with a dash of melted butter on top.

The specific flavor experience that you create with the recipe is going to depend largely on what kind of beer that you use. For this particular recipe, we used a Guinness, which gave it a deep, hearty, indulgent flavor. Honey and wheat are also excellent choices and make for a sweeter, lighter tasting outcome, but you are pretty much unlimited in the types of brews that would work well to compliment this recipe.

Here’s what you need:

3 Cups Flour (wheat if you prefer and want additional fiber)
12 Ounces Beer
¼ Cup Brown Sugar
¼ Cup Butter (softened)
1 Tbsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Salt

How to make it:
Sift the three cups of flour into a medium size mixing bowl (make sure that you don’t use 3 packed cups or you’ll have a much less moist bread). Add all of the rest of the dry ingredients and mix well, then add the beer of your choice and the room temperature butter and blend again. Lightly dust a bread pan with flour or coat it sparsely with grease and distribute your dough evenly throughout, smoothing over the top. Bake for 60 minutes at 375°.

The lighter the brew, the lighter the flavor of the beer bread. The versions with lighter beer make a great sandwich, or toast to eat with a scrambled egg dish. Loaves made with darker beers make a rich bread that tastes perfect next to a hearty soup or stew. If you like a crunchier outside crust, melt and drizzle a bit of butter ( part of the ¼ cup used in the recipe works fine, or an additional 1 or 2 tablespoons) onto the top before you cook it.

Now you might be scratching your beard on this one; how does this fit into Fitness Blender’s healthy recipe category? While this beer bread might have refined flours and a bit of sugar, it’s still free of the preservatives and additives that you will find in store-bought brands. At least there are no ingredients in this that you can’t pronounce!

You can make the beer bread with fewer fat, calories, and sugar by altering the recipe a bit. For example, you can leave out both the sugar and the butter. The consistency will be a bit different but it will taste good all the same.

Serving Size: 1/12 of the loaf
Calories: 173
Total Fat: 4.1 g
Saturated Fat: 2.4 g
Cholesterol: 10 mg
Sodium: 227 mg
Total Carbohydrates: 28.4 g
Dietary Fiber: 0.9 g
Sugars: 3 g
Protein: 3.5 g