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Epic Vegan Pumpkin Bread

So you’ve heard of Banana Bread right? Well Pumpkin Bread is kind of like that but with added Fall flavors like cinnamon and nutmeg to make things extra delicious and festive!

This recipe is very simple and easily customizable in terms of add-ins. So feel free to add in chopped walnuts or dried cranberries. Dark chocolate chips are good too!

Personally, I prefer it like this – plain and simple – letting the cozy spices of the season do all of the talking.

I really hope you love this recipe! Enjoy!

Flax “Egg”

  • 2 tbsp ground flax + 4 tbsp water 


  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp soda
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt 


  • 1 1/4 cup cane sugar
  • 1/2 cup melted refined coconut oil 
  • 2 tsp fresh grated ginger
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1/3 cup water 


  • 5 tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp water

Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees.

Then combine the ground flax seeds and water in a small bowl. Mix and set aside to thicken.

In another bowl, add in all of the dry ingredients and mix well. Set aside.

Then combine the sugar and melted coconut oil in a large mixing bowl and mix very well, stirring continuously for about 1 minute. Add in thickened flax โ€œeggโ€ and mix until well combined and slightly fluffy. About 1-2 minutes.

Add half of the dry mixture to the wet mixture, stir to combine and then add in the remaining flour. Mix until incorporated (careful not to over mix) and alternate mixing in the pumpkin puree and water.

Basically: add half of the pumpkin puree. Stir. Add half of the water. Stir. Then add the remaining pumpkin. Stir. And finish with the remaining half of the water. This creates a nice texture to the finished product ๐Ÿ™‚

Next, grease loaf tin with coconut oil or vegan butter. Add in the batter and bake for between 1:10-1:15 minutes depending on your oven.

The pumpkin loaf should be deeply golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center should come out clean.

When you remove the pumpkin bread from the oven, allow it to rest for 10 minutes, then gently remove from the tin.

Important: let the loaf cool completely on a wire rack so that air circulates all around it. This will prevent the middle from becoming dense and doughy.

Once cooled, mix together the powder sugar and water to create a runny icing, then drizzle it generously over the pumpkin bread and add a handful of chopped pecans or a light dusting of cinnamon on top if desired.

Tip: Make a double batch to save in your freezer or gift a friend!

Hope you enjoy!!

  1. Cane sugar is preferable for this recipe. You can substitute with granulated (next best option) but the texture will be slightly different, and I wouldn’t recommend using coconut or liquid sugars for this one, again because of the texture ๐Ÿ™‚
  2. It’s tempting to pull this out of the oven after about 40 minutes, because it will start to look done…but resist! It needs at least an hour to bake all the way through so be patient. After an hour you can start checking on it..some ovens will require one hour and five minutes, others, one hour and fifteen minutes (like mine) The toothpick test is a great way to know for sure!
Nicole Vranjican

Hey! I’m Nicole and I make practical vegan recipes for REAL life. I cook with simple, easy to find ingredients and I’m passionate about creating delicious plant-based meals that everyone will love!

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  1. Monica
    November 26, 2019 / 4:28 am

    can i use oat flour?

    • Nicole
      November 26, 2019 / 6:50 am

      I haven’t tried it with oat flour but it will probably be great! Let me know how it goes!

      • Christina
        November 30, 2019 / 7:41 pm

        What specific flour can you use for this recipe ?

        • Nicole
          December 1, 2019 / 1:28 am

          I use organic all purpose flour ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. LAURA
    November 26, 2019 / 8:17 am

    Looks so good! For the coconut oil, do you measure 1/2 cup solid and then melt that or do you melt it first then measure out 1/2 cup ?

    • Nicole
      November 29, 2019 / 6:28 pm

      Great question ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s melted when it’s measured. I learned that with recipes “1/2 cup of melted coconut oil” oil is different than when it calls for “1/2 cup of coconut oil, melted” The latter means that you melt it after measuring (which is not ideal because how solid it is at room temperature can affect how much is actually measured) For that reason, I typically melt it first, then measure, so that the recipe is replaceable for anyone who’s making it at home! Hope that’s helpful. Let me know know if you make this recipe! Hope you love it!

  3. November 26, 2019 / 12:57 pm

    Looks awesome. Cant wait to make some might even replace the vegan pumpkin tart I had planned for dessert this holiday. Thanks for sharing and posting the full recipe on your blog.

    • Nicole
      November 29, 2019 / 6:28 pm

      My pleasure Rebecca! I really hope you love this recipe and that you had a nice holiday!!

  4. Angie Moreno
    November 27, 2019 / 8:18 am

    Hi Nicole,
    I live in Spain and I can’t get hold of pumpkin puree, could you tell me how to make it since I’ve got a pretty big pumpkin that I bought for Halloween and still haven’t used. Happy Thanksgiving and thanks for the recipe.

    Lots of love

    • Nicole
      November 29, 2019 / 6:24 pm

      Hey ๐Ÿ™‚ I would peel it and then either roast or steam it until fork tender. Let it cool slightly and blend it up!

  5. Shay Davis
    December 1, 2019 / 4:58 pm

    Could I use vegan butter for this? ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Nicole
      December 1, 2019 / 6:40 pm

      Yep ๐Ÿ™‚ I tested it with vegan butter and the texture was best with refined coconut oil but it’s a very slight difference so go for it! Just make sure you melt it before measuring. Enjoy!

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