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Native American Indian Bread (Bannock Bread)


Native American Indian Bread (Bannock Bread)

This easy-to-make recipe is delicious with butter melting over the top of the warm bread.

Terri Pischoff Wuerthner
Bannock bread was a staple bread to native Americans. The use of oats are an indication that it may have originated in Acadia (now Nova Scotia), as bannock means oats, and many Acadian breads contained oats. While this recipe has been in our family for many years, I have no idea where we got it, only that it was on a handwritten, old card yellowed with age.

This is a good recipe to use to teach kids how to bake, as the dough is simple to make, and is just patted into a pie plate--there is no rolling or cutting. The texture is a bit like shortbread, and it's a perfect breakfast for kids on the go.

Yield: 8


  • 1 tablespoon corn oil
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus some for flouring hands
  • 3/4 cup rolled oats (not instant oats)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cube butter (1/4 pound),melted and cooled
  • 1/2 cup water, or more if need


Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Grease a pie plate with the oil.

Mix the flour, oats, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl until well combined.

Add the butter and stir just until mixed; add the water and stir just until blended; don't overmix or the bread will be heavy. Small lumps are okay as long as the flour is absorbed into the dough.

Place the dough to the pie plate. Lightly flour your hands and gently pat the dough evenly into the plate. Score the dough into eight wedges to make cutting easier when the bread is done. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes or until light golden, and slightly darker around the edges.

Cut into eight pieces and serve with butter, jam, syrup, and honey.

Have your kids drink a glass of milk before or with the bread so they get a complete protein. Or give them some nuts or seeds as they, along with the oats, make a complete protein.

See the following recipes for more Cajun and Creole breakfast treats:

American Indian Fry Bread

Native American Recipes

A Variety of Cornbread Recipes

Cornmeal Pancake Recipe

Back to School Lunch Ideas


Back to School, Cajun Style

Bacon-Fried Cornmeal Cakes

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