Liven Up The Bread Basket This Thanksgiving

Ann Dunaway Teh

Bread Recipes for the Thanksgiving Table

There is nothing quite like fresh, warm bread covered in melted butter. Cue the drool. When it comes to holiday meals, one thing you can count on are carbs – and lots of them. Starchy sides like potatoes, breads, pies, cakes, etc. overwhelm the table.

So we compiled a list of our favorite healthy bread recipes that are deceptively decadent – healthy twists on old favorites so you don’t mind reaching for seconds (or thirds.. or fourths.. but who’s counting)!

Pumpkin Crescent Rolls

Making homemade crescent rolls is easier than you might think. Using white whole wheat flour makes these whole grain, but their light texture and the addition of a little bit of pumpkin will leave your family none the wiser. Using a bread machine for the dough makes it super easy to do and you’ll get 24 rolls out of the recipe. 

Pumpkin Crescent Rolls

Rosemary Bread

Using fresh rosemary in this whole wheat bread really gives it a great aroma and flavor. Dried rosemary can easily be used in its place though. A bread machine makes it super easy to have this bread done in no time, so you can spend your time making the rest of your meal. 


Whole Wheat Corn Muffins

This recipe was fun to test, and it took us a few tries to get the consistency just right, but we finally did. The secret ingredient is canned corn. Double the recipe to use up the whole can so you have plenty for a crowd or store the rest in the freezer for another time. 

Whole Wheat Corn Muffins

Pumpkin Cranberry Muffins

This is one of Ann’s all-time favorite muffin recipes. Fresh cranberries add a nice balance to the muffin so they aren’t overly sweet but packed full of flavor. You could also make it into 2 loaves instead of muffins if you’d rather. Either way, your family will love them. 

Pumpkin Cranberry Muffins - perfect for fall

From our table to yours, have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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And if you need more Thanksgiving inspiration, check out our crave-able carrot recipes, apple-centered recipes, and other side dishes to spice up the table. 

The most drool-worthy bread recipes to liven up your bread basket this Thanksgiving

Our dietetic intern, Kim Baltenberger, contributed to this post. She was born and raised in the Deep South – a place that bred both her love of nutrition and her affection for home-grown ingredients. Her motto: you’re never too full for chocolate. She is currently completing her internship at Southern Regional Hospital. Connect with her at

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