Healthy Pumpkin Bread

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This healthy pumpkin bread is a delicious, healthy recipe that is perfect for breakfast or dessert! It is super soft and fluffy. This bread is warmly spiced, cozy, and so flavorful. Great for any time of the day!
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This homemade healthy pumpkin bread is so soft and fluffy! The texture and flavor are perfect for fall. The light and moist texture is complemented by the warm spices. This quick and easy recipe takes less than an hour in total. Serve this healthy quick bread for breakfast, an afternoon snack, or a healthier dessert!

Healthy pumpkin bread.

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • This healthy pumpkin bread is quick and easy to make.
  • Everything is made in one mixing bowl.
  • This quick bread is made with nutritious and wholesome ingredients.
  • This bread contains essential nutrients like fiber, vitamins, and minerals.
  • It is naturally sweetened with coconut sugar.
  • This loaf has warm and cozy fall flavors. For wintertime, make this Gingerbread Loaf!
  • The pumpkin makes this recipe moist and soft.
  • This recipe is grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free.
  • Check out these Healthy Pumpkin Muffins and these Pumpkin Protein Muffins for another fall favorite recipe!

Ingredients & Substitutes

These are the ingredients and substitutions for this healthy pumpkin bread. Scroll down to the bottom for the full recipe.

Use pumpkin purée, not pumpkin pie filling.

Melted coconut oil adds nutrients and moisture to the bread. Feel free to substitute with melted butter if you are not dairy-free.

Eggs give the bread a light and fluffy texture. We do not recommend trying to use flax eggs or another vegan replacement.

Vanilla extract adds a cozy flavor.

Paleo baking flour is made with real food ingredients and is naturally gluten-free. If you are not gluten-free, use whole wheat flour if needed.

Baking powder and baking soda help leaven this bread.

Coconut sugar naturally sweetens this recipe. We prefer this healthier sweetener to brown sugar.

Cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice add a cozy flavor!

Lastly, feel free to add in chocolate chips, walnuts, pecans, or another add-in.

Ingredients for healthy pumpkin bread.

Taste & Texture

This healthy pumpkin bread is so soft and fluffy! It has a moist texture.

This bread is bursting with cozy fall flavors! The main flavors are pumpkin and cinnamon.

How to Make

Step 1

First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees Celsius).  Line a bread loaf pan with parchment paper.

Step 2

In a mixing bowl, combine the pumpkin purée, melted coconut oil, eggs, and vanilla extract.  Stir together.

Pumpkin purée in bowl.

Step 3

Next, add in all of the remaining ingredients.  Stir together.

Step 4

Pour the bread batter into the parchment-lined bread pan.

Loaf pan with orange batter.

Step 5

Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Baked pumpkin bread.

Step 6

Lastly, remove the bread from the oven.  Wait at least 1 hour before slicing and serving.

Expert Tips for Success

Follow these tips for making the best healthy pumpkin bread.

Use pumpkin purée, not pumpkin pie filling.

Do not overmix the bread batter.

Use parchment paper to prevent sticking. In addition, this helps with removing the bread.

Do not overbake. Once a toothpick inserted comes out clean, remove the bread from the oven.

Allow the pumpkin bread to cool before slicing into.

Flavor Variations & Add-Ins

Here are some ideas to add to your healthy pumpkin bread.

Add in chocolate chips. Chocolate and pumpkin work so well together.

Add in pecans or walnuts. This adds a delicious crunch.

Add in some nutmeg for an additional seasonal flavor.

Add in dried cranberries for some natural sweetness.

Add a creamy cheesecake filling like this Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bread.

Platter with pumpkin bread.

How to Serve & Store

Serve this healthy pumpkin bread once fully cooled.

Serve with some Greek yogurt, fresh fruit, or other breakfast food.

This bread pairs well with coffee, tea, and smoothies.

Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

It will stay fresh for up to a week in the refrigerator.

You can also freeze it for up to two months.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I make this recipe gluten-free?

This recipe uses Paleo baking flour, which is gluten-free.

What can I use instead of sugar?

This recipe uses coconut sugar, which is much less processed than white sugar. Do not omit the coconut sugar.

What does it taste like?

This bread tastes like Starbucks pumpkin bread, but slightly less sweet.

Can I make this ahead of time?

This bread will only stay fresh for about 3 days at room temperature.

Soft fluffy pumpkin loaf.

Equipment Needed

Pre-Cut Parchment Paper Sheets: These parchment paper sheets make clean-up easy!

Pyrex 3 Glass Mixing Bowls: These are my favorite mixing bowls for baking bread.

Pyrex Glass Measuring Cups: I love these glass measuring cups.

Bread Pan: I use this bread pan when I bake this healthy pumpkin bread!

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    1. Hi Beth! Unfortunately not, since maple syrup is a liquid sweetener and coconut sugar is granulated. We try to stay away from processed sugars, but brown sugar would be an option for replacing the coconut sugar.