4-Ingredient Root Beer Quick Bread

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Root Beer Bread is an easy quick bread recipe that’s made with only 4 ingredients, and in just ONE bowl!! This bread is perfect for an easy breakfast idea or a simple afternoon snack!

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Root Beer Bread

This is one of my favorite easy quick bread recipes because it uses only one bowl and four simple ingredients. You can eat it plain or you can top it with cinnamon butter.

overhead: greased loaf pan next to bowls of flour, sugar, and whisked egg

What makes a quick bread a quick bread?

The ingredients in most quick bread recipes are flour, some type of liquid, and a leavening agent.

They are called quick because they should be baked immediately after mixing all of the ingredients together.

One of my favorite things about making this type of bread is that there’s no yeast involved. That means no kneading or waiting for it to rise before you bake it.

It doesn’t get much easier than this Root Beer Quick Bread.

While most of these types of bread are sweet, there are a few savory versions as well.

This Bacon Cheddar Beer Bread is an example of a savory quick bread recipe. Or this Strawberry Ice Cream Bread makes a delicious dessert.

quick bread batter in loaf pan

Ingredient Notes

  • Root Beer: You can use any brand you like for this quick bread recipe. A store brand root beer will work just as well as a name brand.

Keep in mind that this quick bread will take on the taste of whatever type of root beer you use. So, be sure you use your favorite brand.

root beer bread batter in loaf pan

How to make Root Beer Bread

You won’t believe how easy this quick bread is to make.

  1. Combine all of the dry ingredients in a bowl. Then, add the soda to a well in the center and mix.
  2. Pour it into a bread pan and drizzle it with melted butter.
  3. Bake for 30 minutes at 350°F.
  4. Remove the quick bread from the oven and drizzle with more butter.
  5. Bake for another 25 to 30 minutes. Allow it to cool for 5 minutes and remove it from the pan.
  6. Let it cool completely on a wire rack. Then, enjoy it!

Recipe notes

This Root Beer Bread recipe uses self-rising flour. It works with the carbonation in the root beer to rise. But, you can still make this quick bread recipe if you don’t have self-rising flour.

Just substitute all-purpose flour in this root beer bread recipe with a few simple adjustments.

Self-rising flour is a blend of all-purpose flour, baking powder, and salt.

So, you can make your own if you are out of self-rising flour. If you plan to use all-purpose flour, you’ll need to add 1 tablespoon of baking powder and 3/4 teaspoon salt.

Then, use the same cup-for-cup amount of all-purpose in place of the self-rising.

loaf of quick bread in pan

What can I substitute for root beer?

Well, you can’t make root beer bread without the primary ingredient. But, you can substitute another type of soda in this quick bread recipe! Maybe try some lemon-lime soda, cola, cream soda, or even cherry.

Each one will have a unique flavor that you are sure to enjoy. You can use diet sodas in this recipe as well. It helps cut the sugar and the carbs if you use an option that is lower in sugar.

Experiment until you find the flavor your family enjoys the most.

Uses for Root Beer Bread

You can add any of your favorite sweet add-ins to this recipe. Try a tablespoon of rolled oats, sesame seeds, or pumpkin seeds.

Or, why not try topping the root beer bread with a cinnamon and sugar mix.

Or, use root beer bread as the basis for your favorite French toast recipe or French toast casserole!

Storage and Freezing

You can store this bread in a sealed plastic bag or airtight container. It should stay good for several days at room temperature stored this way.

If you want to freeze this bread to enjoy in the future, you can do that as well. Just slice the bread first.

Then, separate each slice with parchment paper or wax paper so they don’t stick together.

You can freeze two or three slices in individual freezer bags. Or, freeze the entire loaf (sliced) in a larger container.

overhead: slices and loaf of root beer bread on cutting board

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slices of bread made with root beer

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    4-Ingredient Root Beer Quick Bread + Video

    Donna Elick
    Root Beer Bread is an easy quick bread recipe that's made with 4 ingredients! This bread is perfect for an easy breakfast idea or snack!
    5 stars from 3 reviews
    Tried this recipe?Please comment and review!
    Prep Time 5 minutes
    Cook Time 1 hour
    Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
    Course Bread
    Cuisine American
    Method Oven
    Servings 8


    • 3 cups self-rising flour, See Notes
    • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
    • 12 ounce bottle root beer, we used A&W Root Beer
    • 3 tablespoons butter, melted and divided


    • Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare a 9″x5″ bread pan by greasing with 1 tablespoon of butter. Set aside.
    • In a large bowl, combine self-rising flour and sugar with a whisk. Make a well in the center. Add the root beer into the well.
    • Stir the mixture with a spoon until combined.
    • Pour the mixture into your prepared bread pan. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons of butter. Bake for 55-60 minutes, until browned on top and loaf thumps when you tap the top.
    • Place on a wire rack and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Remove bread from the pan and allow it to cool on the wire rack. You can brush with more butter if you choose.
    • Enjoy!


    Donna’s Notes

    1. You can substitute all-purpose flour in this beer bread recipe with a few adjustments. If you plan to use all-purpose flour, you’ll need to use 3 cups of all-purpose flour and add 1 tablespoon of baking powder and 3/4 teaspoon salt.
    2. If you are using unsalted butter, just add 1/4 teaspoon salt to the flour and sugar.
    3. Store loaves in a sealed plastic bag or airtight container. It should stay fresh for a few days at room temperature.
    4. You can also freeze it for later. For best results, slice it first, then place a piece of parchment paper between each slice. This way, you can thaw just what you need. Keep it all in a freezer-safe plastic bag for up to 6 months.


    Serving: 1 | Calories: 242cal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 40mg | Sugar: 9g | Fiber: 1g | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg

    All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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    Originally published May 2020. Updated and republished June 2022.

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    1. This bread was great I followed the recipe the only thing I did different was use a can of diet 7 up and it came out perfect especially with butter when it was done thanks for sharing🙂

    2. This is a perfect recipe. My six year old grandson loves to bake. This recipe is easy for him to do by himself. He has made it with different soda flavors and has had thumbs up by all the family. Thanks for sharing.

    3. curious about the drizzled butter. those that have made this bread did you drizzle all the butter before you baked it as per recipe on bottom of page or did you do the butter 2 different times as in the steps given above the recipe

    4. 5 stars
      This recipe is so easy, so it wasn’t hard to follow for a beginning baker like me. It came out perfectly! (which shocked me because I expected to mess it up) Everyone loved it with some cinnamon-honey butter on it!

    5. 5 stars
      I loved this! The only pop I had was Key Lime sparkly water. The taste was barely noticeable. I will be making this again!

    6. 5 stars
      OMG! this was so easy and so good! And with me watching my fat grams, it was awesome! I used I can’t believe its not butter and only half the listed amount. It was perfect. No more store bread for me! Can’t wait to try different variations!

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