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An old family recipe - this Grape-Nuts Bread is hearty and delicious! One of the best breads I've eaten!

After my mother passed away two years ago, I was given her old recipe box. (I’m the only food blogger among my brothers and sisters, so it only made sense for me to inherit it – and lucky me!)

The box is filled with some old, time-tested family recipes that I vividly remember my mom making, recipes that simply caught her eye in a magazine and she saved, and other recipes that friends and family shared with her.  (I can tell who gave them to her by the handwriting on the recipe cards!) It’s really a treasure!

The recipe box has been on the bookshelf of my office for a while now – and the other night, my husband Jack and I started looking through it again.  We love updating and recreating old family recipes (you already know that if you’re a regular here at A Family Feast!) – and this Grape-Nuts Bread was one of the recipes that immediately caught Jack’s eye!

An old family recipe - this Grape-Nuts Bread is hearty and delicious! One of the best breads I've eaten!

I have very vague memories of my mom making this bread (she loved baking all kinds of quick breads that didn’t require yeast in the recipe), and I believe she copied the recipe off the side of a Grape-Nuts cereal box many years ago.

Jack had never heard of Grape-Nuts bread – but was immediately inspired to try baking it the next morning!   And I’m so glad he did – it’s a fantastic bread!

It’s hearty, slightly (and perfectly) sweet, and the Grape-Nuts give this dense white bread some wonderful texture!  Although the original recipe didn’t call for it, Jack also added golden raisins to the dough and it was a great addition!  (We also updated the recipe with more current cooking terms – buttermilk today used to be referred to as ‘sour milk’ in older recipes, etc.)

An old family recipe - this Grape-Nuts Bread is hearty and delicious! One of the best breads I've eaten!

The dough mixes up very heavy and dense – but it bakes up perfectly so don’t be worried that this bread won’t rise in the pan!  Also, my mom’s original recipe did not include a baking time (gotta love those old recipes!) – but we found that an hour was about right for our oven.  You may want to start checking the bread for doneness about 50 minutes into the baking time – using a toothpick inserted into the middle as the method to check for doneness.

We loved this Grape-Nuts bread so much – we can’t wait to make it again!  (And thanks for the great recipe Babci!)

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Grapenuts Bread - A Family Feast

Grape-Nuts Bread

  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 1 loaf


  • 1 cup Grape-Nuts cereal
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • ½ cup golden raisins
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 3 ½ cups flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • Shortening to grease the loaf pan
  • Flour to coat the loaf pan


  1. In a large bowl, mix Grape-Nuts cereal, buttermilk and raisins and let sit for 15 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. After 15 minutes, add baking soda to grape nut mixture and stir.
  4. In a medium bowl, sift sugar, flour and baking powder and stir into grape nut mixture. Use a wooden spoon for this, the dough is very dense and sticky.
  5. Grease and flour a loaf pan and place dough into pan, pushing to edges.
  6. Place in center of oven and set timer for 50 minutes. If it is browning too quickly, cover with foil and continue baking for 10 more minutes. Test loaf by inserting a tooth pick in center to see if it pulls out clean and tap the bread to see if has a hollow sound. If not quite there, bake for another five to ten additional minutes.
  7. Let cool in pan for a few minutes then remove to a cooling rack.


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  • Kris wrote:

    Made recipe as written. The bread turned out fabulous. It’s a dense bread, not too sweet but delicious with a cup of coffee.

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Kris!

  • Hugh Lavery wrote:

    Hello, I found a period version of this recipe in a family letter dated March 2, 1938.

    “get a pkg of Grape Nuts at the store, if they have them there, and put 3/4 cup in 1 cup of sour milk & let stand a few min, then put in 1/2 cup sugar, 1 egg, 2 cups of flour with a teaspoon of B.Powder, soda & salt & bake 40 minutes & see what a good loaf of bread it is & easy to make.”

    This was from my maternal great-aunt Emma (Potter) Parker in Corry, PA to her brother, my grandfather, George Potter in Sargent, Missouri.

    • Martha wrote:

      Wow Hugh! Thanks for sharing!

  • Lisa M. Topp wrote:

    I loved this bread!!! It was so satisfying with a cup of coffee or tea! A new favorite, for sure…thank you!

    • Martha wrote:

      You’re welcome Lisa! Glad you enjoyed the bread!

  • Laura Nelson wrote:

    I have been looking for this recipe intermittently for years! I added a banana (my Nanny used to do with this same recipe) ❤️ Amazing, thank you!

    • Martha wrote:

      You’re very welcome – adding a banana sounds delicious Laura! Thank you for the suggestion!

  • Marie Rayburn wrote:

    It turned out wonderfully delicious. I used a different cereal since I didn’t have grape nuts. Also used almond milk.

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Marie – so good to know that some cereal and milk swaps work in this recipe!

  • virginia D ronci wrote:

    I have my moms old recipe,however there were 4 c fl and 1 cup sugar 350 degrees for 40 min////great recipe1

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Virginia!

  • Ginny Traylor wrote:

    I have this recipe from my mother, but the fruit in hers is chopped dried apricots. My recipe calls for 4cups flour, 1 1/2 cups sugar, 1 tsp baking soda, and 2tsp baking powder, and 2 large eggs.

    Now that I found yours, I’m going to try variations

    • Martha wrote:

      We hope our version is just as delicious as your Mom’s recipe Ginny! (I love the idea of adding dried apricots.)

  • Ellen wrote:

    Can you use coconut sugar instead of granulated sugar?

    • Martha wrote:

      Hi Ellen – We haven’t tried swapping in coconut sugar in this recipe…but I think it would work. If you try it, please let us know how it comes out!

  • zendegy wrote:

    Thanks for the great recipe. It was a big hit and I will definitely be making it again!

    • Martha wrote:

      So glad you enjoyed the recipe!

  • PJ wrote:

    I was trolling the internet, looking for something to bake using grape nuts, and the pic for your bread won me over immediately! I will make the bread tomorrow. Can’t wait to try it out of the oven with some kerrygold butter.
    Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Martha wrote:

      Hope you enjoy the recipe PJ!

  • Rosemary Correia wrote:

    Was this recipe supposed to have any eggs? The 1st time I make a recipe I always follow it exactly which I did with recipe. I t only baked for 40 minutes and the top was completely crunchy and the sides and bottom as well. My hubby did say that the inside tasted good.

    • Martha wrote:

      Hi Rosemary – I went back to my mother’s old recipe card to double check and it did not include any eggs in the recipe.

  • Donna wrote:

    Delicious! My toddler loved this bread. I added a tsp of cinnamon to the batter. Thanks for the recipe.

    • Martha wrote:

      You’re very welcome Donna! Great idea to add cinnamon!

  • Kathleen Gentile wrote:

    I tried your Grape Nuts Bread recipe however I cut it in half since I know my husband would not eat it (he’s a finicky one!). I baked it for 30 minutes. The other substitutions I made was making my own buttermilk with milk and lemon and using dried blueberries instead of raisons. It came out wonderful and will give me a way to use the rest of my Grape Nuts cereal because after one or two bowls it does get boring.

    Thank you again.

    • Martha wrote:

      Sounds like a delicious adaptation Kathleen! Thanks for sharing!

  • Patti wrote:

    This sounds wonderful! I love Grape Nuts and have found an ice cream shop that makes Grape Nuts Ice Cream – delicious!!! I’m not fond of raisins so I substituted apricots, YUM! Thanks for some great recipes.

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Patti! I’ve had Grape Nuts ice cream too – it’s delicious! Thanks for writing to us today!

  • Terri wrote:

    The other day my Mother mentioned how she hadn’t had this bread in an very long time as her Mother & Grandmother made it when she was an child. Both, are long gone and no recipe. So very glad I found this recipe and plan on making it for my Mom without the raisins thou as Mom doesn’t like raisins. I hope she’ll enjoy it and it will bring back memories for her.

    • Martha wrote:

      Oh – thank you for writing to us Terri! I also hope she enjoys the recipe and the memories that come along with it!

  • Brandy wrote:

    I confess: the first time I made this recipe I messed it up in so many ways that it tasted terrible. But I recognized my mistakes as I was baking that I knew it would be worth a second try. And it was. Yummy and chewy, just a little sweet thanks to the raisins; it’s a great breakfast bread alternative!
    Thanks for sharing.

    • Martha wrote:

      I’m glad you gave it another try Brandy!

      • Brandy wrote:

        Yes, so am I!
        The first time I baked it, I didn’t realize it would be so dense, and had swapped in some whole wheat flour (mistake Number One). I also didn’t let the milk combine with the grape nuts and raisins for long enough (mistake Number Two). And, I think my flour might have been outdated (mistake Number Three). It didn’t rise at all, and I wound up with a BRICK of bread. Fixed all those mistakes the second time, and added a splash of buttermilk when mixing to help combine it better, and it turned out great!
        Now, I’m imagining what it might taste like with some mashed bananas and chocolate chips mixed in! 🙂

        • Martha wrote:

          Those additions sound GREAT Brandy! If you try a version adding either (or both) of those – let us know how it comes out!

  • Myra wrote:

    Thanks, Martha. My mother made this bread for us years ago. And we loved it. When I asked her why she never made it again, she said she lost the recipe. I definitely will try to make it. Good memories!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thank you Myra! I hope our version is as delicious as the one your mother used to make!

  • Patti wrote:

    So excited to come across this recipe. My husband loves Grape Nuts and raisins in bread so I’m baking it up today. Thanks for sharing!

    • Martha wrote:

      We hope you enjoy the recipe Patti!

  • dina wrote:

    i love buttermilk breads and this sounds great with the grape nuts!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Dina!

  • Kellie @ The Suburban Soapbox wrote:

    My favorite recipes come from a recipe box. I feel like those always hold the hidden gems like this one! Can’t wait to try this bread!!

    • Martha wrote:

      I totally agree Kellie!! Thanks for visiting us today!

  • Renee – Kudos Kitchen wrote:

    What a wonderful bread! I love the addition of the Grape Nuts and the raisins for just that little bit of sweet is amazing!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thank you Renee!

  • Thalia @ butter and brioche wrote:

    wow i would love to receive a family recipe box like that.. there is something really beautiful in reading about recipes that have a personal story behind them!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Thalia!

  • christine wrote:

    What a wonderful recipe. You are so lucky to have had recipes passed down to you. My grandmother never grasped the English language so she couldn’t write anything down for us. I try to recreate her recipes all the time.

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Christine!

  • Angie wrote:

    What a great idea for bread! I haven’t had grape nuts in years, but use to love them!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Angie!

  • Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes wrote:

    that’s so nice that you recreate old family recipes and the memories that go along with them are priceless I’m sure! I love this bread – so unique.

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Ashley!

  • Susan wrote:

    My husband loves grape nuts, and I can see him really enjoying this bread. It looks hearty and filling too. I don’t want to think about the day my mom passes but she has so many recipes and all 4 of us cook, it’s going to be an argument amongst the siblings who gets them.

    • Martha wrote:

      I bet your husband will love this bread Susan! (And – hopefully you and your siblings can share the recipes when that day comes…great treasures!)

  • lynn e wrote:

    I just stumbled across your blog. The recipes are right up my alley. And the photography is some of the best/most appealling I’ve seen. I look forward to trying out many of your recipe ideas.

    • Martha wrote:

      Wow – Thank you so much Lynn! We’re glad you found us and and I hope enjoy our recipes! Martha

  • foodwanderings wrote:

    OMGoodness what a fantastic looking loaf. I don’t know but it reminds me of soda bread!

    • Martha wrote:

      It does look like soda bread but it’s actually completely different – moist, slightly sweet and with a great texture! Hope you’ll give it a try!

  • Amanda ( The Kitcheneer) wrote:

    This bread looks so good! I loved Grape Nuts in my yogurt growing up! I will definitely pin this to try sometime!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Amanda – I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

  • Stephanie @ Back For Seconds wrote:

    There is something really special about having your mother’s recipes, huh? This bread looks delightful!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Stephanie – it definitely is very special!

  • Lauren Kelly Nutrition wrote:

    This bread looks amazing and not too many ingredients which is always a bonus 🙂

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Lauren!

  • Crystal Barrett wrote:

    Oh my gosh! Those pictures have me drooling! Mmmm…. I can picture this bread warm with some of that butter on my plate right now!!

  • Medeja wrote:

    This warm bread with some butter looks great and I imagine tastes good!

    • Martha wrote:

      It really does Medeja! Thanks!

  • Tom @ Raise Your Garden wrote:

    I have to admit I love a bowl of grape nuts in the morning. I never new they could be used in a bread. This is great!

    • Martha wrote:

      Me too Tom! I think you’ll love this bread! Thanks for visiting us today!

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