No Yeast Required! 14 Bread and Biscuit Recipes to Satisfy Your Carb Cravings

Ready to bake but out of yeast? No worries, we have you covered! Peruse this selection of sweet and savory, no-yeast bread and biscuit recipes. You’ll find banana bread, beer bread, and soda bread. When you’re done with those start on the biscuits and cornbread!

When the leaves change that means the oven turns on. It might be time for pumpkin spice and front porch decorating, but, for me, fall means baking season! There’s just something about baking that soothes the soul. I call it baking therapy, but you can call it whatever you like!

Sometimes the need to bake yeasty loaves of bread and cinnamon rolls doesn’t always align with actually having yeast on hand. Never to be outdone by a shopping list, I get my baking (and bread) cravings in even when certain key ingredients like yeast are missing from my cupboard.

What’s a good human to do when this happens? Keep Calm and Bake On, that’s what I say!

We have plenty of bread and biscuit recipes that don’t require yeast. Here are a few that will fill your house with that homey baked-bread scent and give you the carb-loaded comfort you crave.


Banana Bread

This is the first bread recipe that comes to mind when yeast is nowhere to be found. Our version is simple, doesn’t require a mixer, and uses only one bowl. Banana bread is the perfect breakfast or snack! Looking for more Banana Bread Recipes? Check out some of our favorite recipes here.

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Slices of easy zucchini bread on a platter

In the summer I shred zucchini and freeze it to use later. This is the recipe you’ll want in your back pocket. You’ll get your baking fix while using up that plentiful zucchini. It’s a win-win situation!

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Orange Bread

Brighten up any day with a slice of this bread. You can use any oranges you’d like and increase the flavor with more orange zest!

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Guinness Bread Molasses

If you’re looking for something rich and malty this is the bread for you. If you don’t have Guinness on hand use a different beer – skip the IPAs though, the bitterness will overpower the bread.

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Side view of no-knead dutch oven bread on a cutting board. The crust is deep golden brown and a second loaf is behind the first.

This recipe calls for yeast, but also gives instructions for substituting sourdough starter if you have that on hand. It’s an easy-to-make loaf with a crusty surface and chewy crumb. Let it rise overnight and bake it in the morning!

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Boston Brown Bread

This chewy bread is made right in a coffee can (or a loaf pan, if you desire) and is steamed on the stovetop or in the oven. We give you directions for both ways!

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Oatmeal Soda Bread

This is a fantastic bread to make in times of shortage because this version swaps rolled oats for some of the flour. The result is deeply flavored and nutty loaf.

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Brazilian Cheese Bread

This is a simple, gluten-free bread recipe made from tapioca flour. You can make it with several different types of cheese, but we are particularly fond of feta. Simply pour the ingredients in a blender, pour in a muffin tin, and bake!

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Cheese Biscuits

You’ll want to bake the day away after you try these. What’s not to love about tender, flaky biscuits surrounded with cheese? There are so many variations you could make, so use up whatever cheese you have on hand!

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Southern Biscuits with White Lily Flour - hands holding a plate of biscuits

All you need is four simple ingredients and you’re on your way to the best biscuits in all the land. What makes a good biscuit? It should be strong enough to be dipped in honey or white gravy, and if times are good, a piece of country ham stuck in the middle.

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Bisquick Shortcake Biscuit

If you’re short on flour and yeast head to the pancake aisle! You might be able to repurpose a box of Bisquick. This recipe makes a sweeter biscuit, but you can reduce the sugar to make it more savory if you’d like.

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Yankee Cornbread

This slightly sweetened cornbread is welcome at any dinner table. It pairs perfectly with chili or chicken. Our version has a little Greek yogurt, which definitely isn’t traditional, but it balances out the cornmeal!

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Cornbread made from Southern Cornbread Recipe

If you want cornbread that’s savory, this is the way to go. It’s flavored with bacon drippings, cooked in a cast iron skillet, and comes out wonderfully crumbly! If you want a little heat, try this version.

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Green Chile Cornbread

This cornbread is loaded with bits of corn and chopped green chilies. It’s tender, moist and bursting with flavor.

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Claudia Cash

Claudia is the Community Manager for Simply Recipes, and finds joy building relationships with our readers through Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. As the mother of 5 girls, she is passionate about family dinner and having that time together every day to connect with those we love, even if it's over toast and eggs.

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  1. Becky Smith

    Can’t wait to try these. Already getting zucchini out of my garden now. Put some in the freezer and cooked some and have given a good bit away!! Now I have a good recy to try for zucchini bread!! How long will it keep in the freezer?

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  2. Radu

    I tried a variety of the soda bread in this quarantine as I was not able to find yeast. The starter was taking some time to grow before I could use it so, this bread with soda was perfect. You can see my recipe here:

    It’s a little different from yours but it’s really tasty.