Pumpkin Spice Bread

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Enjoy fall flavors year-round with this pumpkin spice bread!

Get ready to fill your home with the smells of the season because we’ve got a favorite fall treat that brings deliciously tasty seasonal ingredients to perfection. Made with 100% clean ingredients, like fresh pumpkin, apples, cinnamon, and flaxseed, this spice bread recipe offers up a hefty dose of SUPERFOODS for maximum nutrition, and it’s VEGAN, too! Enjoy a slice of Pumpkin Spice Bread for breakfast or as an after dinner treat. With only about 85 calories per slice, this is one baked good that won’t do damage to your weight loss program. Pumpkin Spice Bread is also the perfect fall gift for a party host, child’s teacher, or any other individual you want to make smile.

This scrumptious vegan recipe is brought to you by the No Meat Athlete started in 2009 as a simple blog for founder Matt Frazier to journal his transition to a vegetarian (now vegan) diet while training to qualify for the prestigious Boston Marathon. The No Meat Athlete offers invaluable resource for any plant-based athlete looking for inspiration, training tips, nutrition information, and vegan recipes to fuel an active lifestyle.

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Pumpkin Spice Bread

This fall favorite is not only supremely delicious it is full of healthy natural ingredients that your body will love.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Yield 24 people
Serving Size 2 slices
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American


  • 3 tablespoons ground flaxseed
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cups turbinado sugar
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 2 cups fresh pumpkin puree or canned pumpkin puree
  • 3 cups whole-wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon fresh nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup walnuts chopped
  • sprinkles of oats and turbinado sugar for garnish


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Mix together the flaxseed and water until thickened. Combine flax mixture in a large bowl with sugar, applesauce, oil, and pumpkin. In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, spices, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet. Fold in the walnuts. Lightly grease loaf pans.
  • Divide into two regular 8 inch loaf pans or four mini loaf pans. If you’d like, sprinkle on some oats or turbinado to garnish. Bake the large loaves for about 55 minutes and the smaller loaves for about 40 minutes. Let sit for 20 minutes before removing from pans.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 2slices | Calories: 177kcal | Carbohydrates: 23.8g | Protein: 3.4g | Fat: 8.1g | Saturated Fat: 4.2g | Sodium: 130mg | Fiber: 1.8g | Sugar: 10.1g |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 7
Keywords Holiday, Kid-Friendly, Thanksgiving, Vegan

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  1. So I don't have turbinado sugar. . .can I substitute with regular or brown sugar? (i know, not so healthy :o/, but all i've got on hand)!

  2. this is the best pumpkin bread i have ever made and i make it often-i don't use turbinado sugar as i've never heard of it. the applesauce and coconut oil make this so moist and good.

    1. Debbie, Use 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon honey for every cup of sugar. So, for 1/2 cup sugar, just divide those measurements in half. 🙂

  3. My daughter has a tree nut allergy but is fine with peanuts or seeds including pine nuts. What would you suggest as a substitution for the walnuts? Thanks

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