Perfect Vegan Pumpkin Bread

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If you love pumpkin, this Vegan Pumpkin Bread is going to knock your socks off! Warmly spiced and super moist, it’s a perfect fall (or any season) dessert.

overhead photo of slice of pumpkin bread on white plate with glass of almond milk

This pumpkin bread recipe is so delicious, no one will ever guess that it’s a healthier version that is oil-free, egg-free, and dairy-free!

cooked pumpkin bread in clear glass baking dish on cooling rack

You’ll love this pumpkin bread because it’s…

  • Perfectly sweet
  • Moist
  • Wholesome & fresh
  • Perfect as a cake or even muffins
  • Delicious

This delicious pumpkin bread (or muffins) is made with warm and comforting ingredients like pumpkin, raisins, nutmeg, and cinnamon that make it yummilicious!

a loaf of sliced vegan pumpkin bread with pumpkin in background

How to make vegan pumpkin bread

The recipe card at the bottom of the page has the full list of ingredients with measurements and instructions.

Anytime I am baking, I always start out with two bowls. One is large for all the dry ingredients like flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, spices, and dry sweetener.

This gives plenty of room to whisk these ingredients together, plus more room for combining even more later on.

stainless bowl with whole wheat flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon

The second bowl is a bit smaller and used for mixing the wet ingredients. If you are feeling creative, try making your own Almond Milk.

  • You’ll want to begin this recipe by preheating the oven to 350°F.
  • Next, select a loaf baking pan approximately 9″x5″ but it doesn’t have to be exactly this size. If using a glass or metal pan, you will need to line it with parchment paper to prevent sticking.
  • Another option is to use a nonstick silicone loaf baking pan. When using these silicone pans, always place a baking sheet beneath it before baking to add support. Be aware that using a silicone pan will reduce the cooking time by 5-10 minutes.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg, baking powder, and salt.
  • In a separate slightly smaller bowl, stir together the pumpkin, maple syrup, vanilla, and almond milk.
stainless mixing bowl with pumpkin and spices and whisk
  • Pour the small bowl contents into the large bowl with the dry ingredients and mix with a spoon until combined but don’t over-stir it. Fold in the walnuts and raisins.
  • Pour batter into a baking dish and bake at 350°F for approximately 60 minutes. Oven temperatures vary so check around the 45-minute mark. When a toothpick can be inserted into the middle and come out clean, it is done.
large mixing bowl with flour, pumpkin, raisins, walnuts

*Originally published November 2014. Recipe was updated and tweaked October 2022.

slice of healthy pumpkin bread on white plate

Your Healthy Pumpkin Bread Questions Answered:

  • Q: Can this pumpkin bread be made gluten-free? Though I haven’t made this gluten-free, I’m sure it can be. Check out Minimalist Baker’s gluten-free baking guide for suggestions.
  • Q: Can I make this recipe with date paste? I’m sure you can, but I haven’t personally tried it yet. Other good less refined dry sugar options are sucanat and coconut sugar.
  • Q: Would it be okay to bake this as muffins instead of bread? Absolutely! I do that all the time.
  • Q: Can I freeze this bread? Yes, this recipe freezes very well. Simply defrost and enjoy again.

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4.47 from 13 votes

Vegan Pumpkin Bread

If you love pumpkin, this vegan pumpkin bread is going to knock your socks off! Warmly spiced and super moist, it’s a perfect fall dessert or any season of the year.
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 15 servings

Ingredients 

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar or coconut sugar
  • 1- 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1.5 cup canned pumpkin 15 oz can
  • 1/4 cup plant milk
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1.5 teaspoons applecider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts (optional)

Instructions

  • You’ll want to begin this recipe by preheating the oven to 350°F.
  • Next, select a loaf baking pan approximately 9″x5″ but it doesn’t have to be exactly that size. If using a glass or metal pan, you will need to line it with parchment paper to prevent sticking. Another option is to use a nonstick silicone loaf baking pan. When using these silicone pans, always place a baking sheet beneath it before baking to add support. Be aware that using a silicone pan will reduce the cooking time by 5-10 minutes.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg, baking powder, and salt.
  • In a separate slightly smaller bowl, stir together the pumpkin, maple syrup, vanilla, vinegar, and almond milk.
  • Pour the small bowl contents into the large bowl with the dry ingredients and mix with a spoon until combined but don't over-stir it. Fold in the walnuts and raisins.
  • Pour batter into a baking dish and bake at 350°F for approximately 60 minutes. Oven temperatures vary so check around the 45-minute mark. When a toothpick can be inserted into the middle and come out clean, it is done.

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Notes

Recipe was updated and tweaked October 2022.
Your Healthy Pumpkin Bread Questions Answered:
  • Q: Can this pumpkin bread be made gluten-free? Though I haven’t made this gluten-free, I’m sure it can be. Check out Minimalist Baker’s gluten-free baking guide for suggestions.
  • Q: Can I make this recipe with date paste? I’m sure you can, but I haven’t personally tried it yet. Other good less refined dry sugar options are date sugar, maple syrup, sucanat and coconut sugar.
  • Q: Would it be okay to bake this as muffins instead of bread? Absolutely! I do that all the time.
  • Q: Can I freeze this bread? Yes, this recipe freezes very well. Simply defrost and enjoy again.

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 179kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 2g | Sodium: 155mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 17g

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24 Comments

  1. Re: Pumpkin Walnut Raisin Cake
    Can the Ener G Egg Replacer be replaced or substituted with one of the egg subs on the Physicians Committee Ingredient Sub. Chart? Love you.

  2. Made this recipe twice. I have a question though. Do you add the egg replacer to the flour mixture or the pumpkin mixture? The next sentence or two makes me think you actually mean to add the egg replacer to the pumpkin mixture.

    Anyway, these are delicious and freeze really well.

    1. Donna, you are right. I did mean to say add the egg replacer to the pumpkin mixture. I have fixed that now, and thanks for the alert. 🙂

  3. Ingredients:

    2 tsps. Ener-G Egg Replacer (this is powder that can be purchased at health food stores and some grocery stores)
    1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
    3/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
    3/4 cup dark brown sugar
    1- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    1/8 teaspoon salt
    1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
    1/4 cup raisins
    1 cup canned pumpkin
    1/2 cup apple sauce
    1/4 cup molasses
    1/4 cup almond milk
    Instructions:

    Preheat oven to 375. Line a 9 x 13 baking dish with parchment paper.

  4. Is the egg replacer equivalent to one or two eggs? I am in uk and don’t know how our egg replacer matches up to yours. If instead I added apple sauce or banana how much would I use? Thanks

    1. The 2 tsp of egg replacer is equal to about 1-1/2 eggs. I have used applesauce instead, and it works well too. I suggest using 1/2 cup of applesauce. Happy baking!

  5. Hey Terri…This cake sounds made to order for the holidays & am excited to try it. Question…would white whole wheat flour work in place of the whole wheat pastry flour? I live in a small town and can’t find the pastry flour here. Thanks in advance!

  6. Has anyone tried it gluten free? I love whole wheat but a family member has celiac disease, so I’ve switched to baking with gf flour.

  7. I usually replace any sugars with date paste….do you think that work replacing the brown sugar with the date paste?

  8. Mine turned out very soggy even though it had 10-12 minutes extra in the oven. I did reduce the sugar to 1/2 cup and used the flax egg. Would that make a difference? Love the flavor and don’t want to give up after one try.

  9. Trying this today, but have a question on the egg replacer. Do you mix the powder with the water as instructed on the box and add the 2 tsp or just add the powder in this recipe?

  10. Do you think replacing the brown sugar with date sugar. If so, how much. I know date sugar isn’t as sweet as brown sugar.

    1. Hi Char- I think date sugar will work just fine in the same ratio. Date sugar is actually a little sweeter than brown sugar, so it should turn out delicious. Hope you enjoy it!

  11. RE: Vegan Pumpkin Bread
    I see apple cider vinegar in the ingredient list, but instructions do not indicate when to add this. Would you clarify? Thanks.

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