healthy pumpkin bread

Healthy Pumpkin Bread

  • Author: Maggie Michalczyk, RDN
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 55 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 loaf
  • Category: pumpkin bread
  • Method: bake


Get into the spirit of the season with this healthy and simple pumpkin bread. Made with minimal ingredients and maximum pumpkin spice, it’s sure to be a recipe you make all year long when a craving for pumpkin hits! Make it your own by adding different toppings into the batter or keep it plain and top with nut butter while the pieces are still warm.


  • ⅓ cup melted coconut oil
  • ½ cup maple syrup*
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup pumpkin purée
  • ¼ cup almond milk or water
  • 1 ½ teaspoons pumpkin spice
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ¾ cups whole-wheat flour
  • Optional mix-ins: ½ cup dried cranberries, pumpkin seeds, chopped walnuts or pecans, chocolate chips, or white chocolate chips (I think they go GREAT with pumpkin anything!)


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F and grease a 9×5-inch loaf pan.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the oil and maple syrup together together. Add the eggs and whisk until blended.
  3. Add the pumpkin purée, milk, pumpkin spice, baking soda, vanilla and salt, and whisk to combine.
  4. Use a big spoon to stir in the flour until just  combined.
  5. If adding any mix-ins, gently fold them in now.
  6. Pour the batter into your greased loaf pan and bake for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  7. Transfer bread to a cooling rack and let cool before slicing.
  8. Bread is best kept in the refrigerator (heat up a slice when you want!).


*You could use honey in place of maple syrup here, but I prefer the taste when I use maple syrup!

Keywords: pumpkin bread, healthy pumpkin bread, low sugar, whole-wheat

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