This simple olive oil bread is so easy to make and doesn’t require any yeast! You can have fresh bread on the table in minutes!

Who’s ready for some good old-fashioned bread? There are few things I love more than a fresh slice of bread. The problem is I don’t usually want to make an entire loaf of bread… because I will eat it all in a matter of days. Why aren’t there more single-serving bread recipes? Just in case you love bread as much as I do, here is a super simple recipe for some warm and fluffy bread, no yeast required.

olive oil bread

You’re probably wondering, “Can I make bread without yeast?” and the answer is yes! I love fresh bread, but I don’t always have yeast in my pantry, and even when I do, I don’t want to wait hours for dough to rise. The good news is, you can make bread without yeast!

How to make bread without yeast

All you need is flour, baking powder, olive oil, salt, and warm water! The baking powder gives the bread a little bit of lift without yeast.

I’m not sure if I should call these biscuits or rolls or just little mini loaves. You could make it in a bread pan so it would look more like regular bread, but I made mine in a skillet to save time and avoid preheating the oven. Seriously, this recipe could not be easier!

olive oil bread

Tips for perfect olive oil bread

  • I’ve made these in a non-stick skillet and a cast-iron skillet. I found a non-stick skillet to be the easiest, but either pan will work.
  • Adding a few fresh or dried herbs is an excellent way to add a little extra flavor. I’ve experimented with rosemary and parsley, and both added a subtle hint of flavor.
  • You can either make these in a food processor or by hand in a bowl. I actually think the bowl method is easier in the end because cleaning a food processor can be a hassle. But both work well!
  • This bread is best served fresh. You can keep it in an airtight container or zipper bag for a day or two, but it really is best right out of the pan!

Yeast Free Bread Recipe

To make bread without yeast, mix water, flour, salt, baking powder, and olive oil in a large bowl.

olive oil bread

The baking powder will give this bread a little lift without any yeast. Mix until a dough forms.

olive oil bread

Divide the dough into small disks.

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Cook the loaves in a skillet until toasted on each side.

Technically this recipe makes 4 little mini loaves, so if you wanted to be strict on portions, you could serve 4 people with these. But they’re so delicious that you’ll probably want to eat (at least) 2. Or maybe that’s just me? My absolute favorite olive oil is California Olive Ranch olive oil, but any kind will do.

olive oil bread

I’m glad I can finally whip up a single serving of bread to serve with soups or salads without leaving a huge loaf of bread out on the counter. And this recipe is excellent if you want to make bread without yeast!

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olive oil bread

Olive Oil Bread

  • Author: Liz Thomson
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 15 mins
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Bread


These little single-serving loaves of bread are easy to make and you don’t need any yeast! You can make this in a bowl or a food processor!


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (to taste)
  • 1/3 cup warm water
  • (Rosemary or other herbs, optional.)


Bowl Method:

  1. Combine the flour, baking powder, and sea salt.
  2. Stir in the olive oil and water until mixed.
  3. Warm a large cast iron skillet or non-stick skillet over medium heat until heated.
  4. Sprinkle with olive oil and swirl around the pan to lightly coat.
  5. Shape the dough into 4 small patties.
  6. Drop into the heated skillet and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes on each side.
  7. You can sprinkle them with rosemary or other herbs while they’re cooking.
  8. Serve immediately.

Food Processor Method:

  1. In a food processor, add the flour, baking powder, and salt. Blend for 10 seconds.
  2. While running the food processor on low, slowly add in the olive oil and water.
  3. Blend for 30 seconds or until a dough starts to form. (You’ll be able to tell; it’ll start to clump up.)
  4. Warm a large cast iron skillet or non-stick skillet and heat over medium heat.
  5. Sprinkle with olive oil and swirl around the pan to lightly coat.
  6. Shape the dough into 4 small patties.
  7. Drop into the heated skillet and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes on each side.
  8. You can sprinkle them with rosemary or other herbs while they’re cooking.
  9. Serve immediately.


This olive oil bread is best served right away, but you can make it a day in advance if needed.

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Recipes to serve with olive oil bread

Looking for a whole wheat bread recipe? Try this easy 4 ingredient whole wheat flatbread! Don’t worry- there’s still no yeast required!easy whole wheat flatbread

Are you a carb lover like me, or could you pass on the breadbasket?