Easy 5-Minute Boston Brown Bread (Healthy/Low-Fat)

Total Time
1hr 10mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 1 hr

if you are a fan of the canned version you will love this! --- not only is this low fat, egg-free and very low in cholesterol it takes only 5 minutes to mix although there is another 5 minutes sitting time, you may use 2 cups whole wheat flour and 1 cup all-purpose flour either way works well--- for greasing the pan see my Pan Release, Professional Pan Coating (Better Than Pam Spray!)

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Set oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Grease and flour a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan (can use two smaller loaf pans).
  3. In a large bowl whisk the whole wheat flour with white flour, baking soda and brown sugar.
  4. Using a wooden spoon or spatula mix in molasses and buttermilk until JUST combined (do not over mix).
  5. Gently mix in raisins or chopped dates.
  6. Spread in prepared loaf pan then allow the pan to sit on the counter for 5 minutes.
  7. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until the loaf tests done (reduce cooking time if using smaller loaf pans).
  8. Cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
Most Helpful

Looks good, but...at 253 calories per serving with 102% of the daily value of sugar, I'm not sure I would classify this recipe as "healthy". Low fat does not mean low calorie if you use a lot of sugar. In fact, this is generating studies because it used to be accepted that fat was the villain in heart disease. Now researchers are looking at the cause of obesity, which increases the risk for heart disease and other illnesses. They are studying the possibility that so much added sugar in our diets is to blame.

bngrey55 February 19, 2016

This recipe for Boston Brown Bread is sublime. Simple, quick, delicious, and made with items I always have in the pantry.. I soaked raisins first in hot water to ensure they were moist and plump; used full-flavor molasses (not mild), bakers' powdered buttermilk (mixes with water); and added 1/2 cup very coarsely chopped walnuts. My loaves cooked perfectly in 50 minutes. Thank you so much for sharing!

letarr December 19, 2014

Whoops! I forgot to rate the recipe......it is definitely a 5 star recipe. (Well, I'm 'clicking' on the 5 star rating....but, not sure it is working properly. But, it is definitely a 5 star recipe.

luvadacook November 12, 2012