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Grape-Nuts Bread

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!)


Grape-Nuts Bread

Grapenuts Bread - A Family Feast
  • 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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  1. 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!

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

  3. 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!!

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

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

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

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

    • 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!

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

    • 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!)

  10. 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.

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

  12. 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.

  13. 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!

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

  15. 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!!

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

  17. 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!

  18. 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!

  19. 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.

    • I’m glad you gave it another try Brandy!

      • 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! 🙂

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. Kathleen Gentile :

    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.

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

  24. Rosemary Correia :

    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.