5 Clean & Delicious Ways to Make Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin bread
Photo Credit: Cookie and Kate

October 21, 2020

By Isadora Baum

There’s a small window in time when the whole world goes wild for pumpkin everything and we have no intentions of being left out. That’s why we’ve been digging into a bunch of different ways to enjoy pumpkin season. Whether that means ordering a healthier pumpkin spice latte, making your own or simply using canned pumpkin to get dinner started we’re leaving no pumpkin unturned. That brings us to pumpkin bread! If you’re looking for clean recipes (aka something that’s not laden with sugar, processed ingredients, and concerning oils) that are big on pumpkin flavor, this round up is for you. From vegan options to delicious gluten-free versions, take a look and discover which delicious (and nutritious) pumpkin bread recipe you’re going to bake next!

Healthy Pumpkin Bread from Cookie and Kate

A hallmark of a good pumpkin bread recipe is one you can adapt to fit your dietary needs. Kate over at one of our favorite whole food blogs, Cookie and Kate, developed a delicious pumpkin bread recipe made with whole grain whole wheat flour, the milk of your choice, and either honey or maple syrup for the sweetener. All the mixing and magic happens in one bowl. Count us in!

Paleo pumpkin bread
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Paleo Pumpkin Bread from Well Plated

If a super moist, low carb, extra delicious pumpkin bread sounds like a total fantasy, you haven’t seen this recipe yet. It begins with an almond flour base which gives it an earthy, slightly nutty flavor. The familiar cast of spices — cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg — bring the autumn vibe, and maple syrup make it just sweet enough. The chocolate chips are optional so if you’re more of a chopped nuts person, then have at it!

The Best Vegan Pumpkin Bread from Nora Cooks

All you need is one bowl to make this easy vegan pumpkin bread recipe that takes just an hour and fifteen minutes total time. The cake is yummy and moist, with a crunchy topping from pepitas but you could also use pecans, if desired. This recipe uses canola oil, canned pumpkin puree, and a variety of ground spices, like ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, and ground cloves. If you’re avoiding canola oil, avocado oil or a canola-olive oil blend are great substitutes.

More on oils: Coconut Oil , Avocado Oil, Olive Oil, Canola Oil — What You Need to Know

Vegan spelt pumpkin bread
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Vegan Spelt Pumpkin Bread from The First Mess

If you’re ready to take your classic pumpkin bread to the next level, this is the recipe to try. It uses light spelt flour as the base which brings a nutty flavor and lightness to the loaf. This bread is all about the warming spices and crunchy mix-ins. In addition to the expected trio of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves, ground ginger is added for extra warmth. Chocolate chunks and pumpkin seeds make every bite an adventure. A splash of orange juice and vanilla enhance the maple syrup turning this loaf into anything but average.

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bread from Broma Bakery

This gluten-free pumpkin bread is delicious and easy-to-make, since it relies on the gluten-free flour from Bob’s Red Mill. Use brown sugar, or coconut sugar, a variety of spices, and maple syrup for sweetness and you’ve got a classic (but gluten-free) pumpkin bread that’s ready in under an hour!