October 20, 2008

Super Moist Pumpkin Bread

by IsaChandra

Serves 8

The bread gets its name Super Moist from the addition of an unusual ingredient: coconut milk! This bread is so good that most people (even vegans) don’t believe that it’s vegan.

(2) 8″ x 4″ loaf pans

1 cup chopped walnuts
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups packed dark brown sugar
2/3 cup white sugar
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 cups pumpkin puree
1 cup vegetable oil
2/3 cup coconut milk
2/3 cup flaked coconut

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour two 8″ x 4″ loaf pans.
2. Spread walnuts in a single layer on an ungreased baking sheet. Toast in the preheated oven for 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Set aside to cool.
3. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, brown sugar, white sugar, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Add the pumpkin puree, oil, and coconut milk, and mix until all of the flour is absorbed. Fold in the flaked coconut and toasted walnuts. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans.
4. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes in the preheated oven or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from oven, and cover loaves tightly with foil. Allow to steam for 10 minutes. Remove foil, and turn out onto a cooling rack. Tent loosely with the foil, and allow to cool completely.

  • November 13, 2010 at 5:03 am: liese

    I just used this recipe to make cupcakes, and they are FABULOUS — incredibly moist, sweet, buttery (without the butter, of course).

    I cut the oil down to 3/4 c and added an extra 2tbs of pumpkin; also used white whole wheat flour and added some flax meal for extra health and richness. Can’t wait to make these again!

  • December 11, 2010 at 10:20 pm: Bri

    I made these in muffin form for a craft fair I was tabling at yesterday. I’m not vegan, but I was once upon a time, and I like to make lots of vegan stuff so vegans and lactose intolerant folks, like my sweetie, can enjoy my stuff without having to take pills. Everybody loved them, including a bunch of non-vegans who added cream cheese buttercream frosting & called them cupcakes. Because I knew they were going to rock, I made a triple batch of batter and saved some to make later for my pumpkin-loving fiance. I didn’t have nutmeg and replaced some of the oil with applesauce. The last 10 I had with me were snatched up by one person after I put out my ‘Everything’s $1’ sign 20 minutes before the end of the fair. Thanks so much for this recipe. I can tell it’s going to become a staple!

  • December 12, 2010 at 11:42 pm: shauna

    i have used this recipe numerous times. it’s a great one! the pumpkin bread is so good and moist, especially warm with some margarine. mmmm.

  • December 16, 2010 at 11:56 pm: Heather Evans

    Isa, for the pumpkin…what size can of puree are you using? Thanks!

  • December 24, 2010 at 2:54 am: wg

    would it still work out if I leave out the walnuts?

  • December 29, 2010 at 9:33 pm: Frankie Marie

    I’ve made this recipe at least 5 times so far and I seriously cannot get enough of it! I just recently made muffins instead of the loaves and they turned out wonderfully! Added some homemade glaze on top and everyone at the Christmas party ended up LOVING them! Thank you! P.S. If you love Pumpkin-anything (like I do) then you’re going to love this!

  • February 13, 2011 at 7:23 am: Erin

    I just made this tonight and it is DEELISH — thank you for posting this! I had tried the “vegan pumpkin cake” that Whole Foods Market sells in their dessert food bar here in California, carefully studied the listed ingredients they post, and did some searches online to find something similar…and yours matches their formula and end result, so I am excited! I only made a few modifications…I cut the recipe in half to make just one loaf; used all whole wheat pastry flour; used 1/2 c brown sugar and 1/4 c maple syrup as the only sweeteners (omitted the white sugar); added ginger and cloves in similar quantities to the other spices, only used 3 Tbsp oil (1T olive/2T avocado oil); and omitted the walnuts…all in the interest of cutting the calories down a bit for my personal preference. It still came out very moist (love your idea of the foil), sweet enough and overall great.

  • March 23, 2011 at 5:39 pm: Megan

    Simply awesome and easily prepared.

  • April 14, 2011 at 2:14 am: Paula

    Great recipe. I made it however with sweet potato and I used pecans. I blooped a bit by using 1 whole cup of coconut milk, but it came out okay. Also forgot to do the foil bit. Also the bottom burned a bit, but I scraped it off with a small grater. All in all, for the first try, it came out wonderful. Thanks Isa.

  • May 9, 2011 at 11:03 am: DANNY

    i forgot to add the oil , so i took the batter out of the oven and added oil wow it came out so a failure hehe , NEXT TIME !

  • May 28, 2011 at 10:35 am: Patricia Smith

    MMMMMMMM. Who says there are no fat vegans? I had better not make these too often! I followed the recipe to the letter, except I had no coconut, so left it out. Absolutely perfect. Scrumptious! A perfect breakfast, even if it is almost summer time, and I had to use canned pumpkin. Great food here at PPK. Makes me grateful to be vegan. But it is going to make all this weight a bit harder to lose! ;-)

  • June 10, 2011 at 1:06 pm: Trista

    Yummmmmmy! Just made the loaves last night, enjoyed a slice this morning. I substituted half of the flour with spelt flour and added some dried cranberries very tasty with a cup of joe. Isa, keep the recipes coming girl cause this cheeka is loving um. My 17 month old loved the bread as well.

  • July 31, 2011 at 4:35 pm: JJ

    Wow! I love pumpkin bread, and this matches my previous favorite non-vegan recipe! It is so delicious, moist, fulfilling, great texture, and I even made it in a cake pan and served it as a pumpkin cake once. Everyone who has tried this (most of them non-vegans) has LOVED it! Thanks for the recipe!!!

  • August 24, 2011 at 5:12 am: Dodge

    i keep coming back to this recipe again and again and again. I’m making a bunch to give out at Burning Man. Thank you x1,000.

  • August 24, 2011 at 10:55 pm: Patricia Sjöberg

    Has anyone made this with Almond milk? I don’t have any coconut milk right now, and would like to make this again.

  • August 28, 2011 at 8:36 pm: Shannon

    I’ve made this recipe dozens of times since the fall of 2009. It is my absolute favorite vegan dessert recipe. The only modifications I make are omitting the almonds and shredded coconut, and, also, doubling the nutmeg and cinnamon (i tend to use heaping measurements too). Every person I’ve prepared this for loves this recipe. Many of them are shocked that it contains no dairy and no eggs. It’s so nice to be able to bring people into my lifestyle with good food because people have this misconception that vegans are somehow “deprived” of good food. This recipe (and website, in general) proves that this is simply not the case.

  • August 29, 2011 at 2:36 pm: Shannon

    Edit: I forgot to mention that I only use whole wheat pastry flour (not all-purpose flour) and Sugar In the Raw instead of white sugar (I suppose you could use Florida Crystals too). Made this again last night (double batch) and we’ve been eating it all morning. So delicious!!!

  • September 6, 2011 at 8:33 pm: shauna

    i love this recipe. i bake these every fall! it isn’t technically fall yet, but a cold front came in…so i’ll be in the kitchen tonight. see ya.

  • October 1, 2011 at 4:33 pm: Jordan Girolametto-Prosen

    Isa, what happened to your apple butter pumpkin bread recipe? This one sounds absolutely to die for, but I absolutely loved your other version when I made it last year! I can’t find the recipe anywhere and I’ve been itching to make it all year!!!! Could you repost it or send it to me or tell me where I can find it??? I am on a pumpkin baking kick right now and between ppk and your cookbooks you’ve got my pumpkin cravings covered!

  • October 12, 2011 at 5:24 pm: Amber

    Made these yesterday as muffins/cupcakes with a chai icing. They were so great!!! Thanks for sharing your wonderful recipes!

  • November 9, 2011 at 9:20 pm: Michelle

    Someone tried it in a breadbakingmachine yet? Don’t have an oven:(

  • November 21, 2011 at 1:30 pm: Snappy

    Wow- really the BEST pumpkin bread ever! I made it last night and added a cup of vegan chocolate chips. Super yummy!!

  • December 12, 2011 at 11:18 pm: Karyn

    YUMMY! Thank you for this recipe! I made this for Thanksgiving, using spelt flour. One loaf I made plain (no walnuts or flaked coconut) and one loaf I added pecans and chocolate chips. I accidentally added entire can of coconut milk, but WOW, what a pleasant mistake! My family LOVED this bread. I’ll be making it again for Christmas, and yes I will be using an entire can of coconut milk :)

  • January 8, 2012 at 9:10 pm: Katy

    Yummy! I have mine in the oven now! I don’t have any foil and the supermarket is closed so I hope it will turn out the same if i just cover it with something else like a plate…?
    Any who even if it doesn’t, I tried a sneaky spoon of the mixture and it was amaaaaaaaaaazing!!

  • April 14, 2012 at 6:35 pm: Jer

    This is one of our favorites – so, so, SO good. I leave the walnuts out as everyone in my family claims not to like nuts in their baking, so I sometimes throw a handful of big fat raisins in instead.
    Anyway, its majorly tasty fresh from the oven, or completely cooled. It seems to get more moist the longer it sits.
    I really love having half a can of coconut milk leftover, too, so I can make myself a tasty smoothie while the loaves bake.

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  • September 24, 2012 at 11:36 pm: Kim

    Will this work if you leave out the flaked coconut and walnuts?

  • September 29, 2012 at 5:44 pm: Patricia Sjöberg

    I left out the walnuts and coconut and it worked great! My oven didn’t turn on so I had to bake the loaves after they had set in the pans for about an hour and a half. But the bread STILL turned out delicious. I had some for breakfast, and made the rest into mini-loaves which I took to church for our Fall Festival. Oh, and I used sweet potato instead of pumpkin. My breakfast AND my contribution were GOOD!

  • October 1, 2012 at 12:27 am: Jean

    Terrific, terrific and so terrific. Does not really have a cocoanutty flavor- just so you know. I would love it if it did but I love it just the way it is- perfect! AND easy! I substituted pecans for walnuts- either would be fine, I think. Next time I will try the chococate pumpkin recipe. And the gingerbread muffins. THANK YOU for having such a great site.

  • October 3, 2012 at 3:35 pm: Jean

    I gotta say that I love this recipe as is but I also like to add a nice healthy dollop of red curry- when combined with the coconut and coconut milk- it really sends it out into the stratosphere…

  • October 9, 2012 at 2:04 pm: Meg

    This is my go-to pumpkin bread recipe. I have mini loaves in the oven now to give as favors at our (all vegan) wedding. Thanks, Isa!

  • October 24, 2012 at 11:25 pm: Genki Kitty

    So amazing! Thank you!

  • October 29, 2012 at 3:52 pm: Lauren

    I know my pumpkin products, and this is the best pumpkin bread I have ever had – vegan or not. I made some modifications, intentional and unintentional – almonds instead of walnuts and an entire can of coconut milk, due to my inability to read directions. I forewent the foil bit, but using all the coconut milk must have saved me. I also cut down the baking time by 10 minutes. Perfection.

  • November 21, 2012 at 4:17 am: Alli

    I had someone else buy my ingredients for this and they ended up with the carton of coconut milk *facepalm* Will it still work? I have no idea how to use it instead of the can

  • December 7, 2012 at 8:41 pm: Lilah

    Made this the other night. I usually get all dumb about fat and sugar content but I followed the directions and used the same ingredients (all I had was lower fat coconut milk though, which worked fine) and this bread is DELICIOUSSSSSSSSS. Thanks!

  • February 1, 2013 at 4:14 am: jojo

    i’ve made this following the recipe to a t and substituting pumpkin with banana. It’s fantastic and everyone always loves it. I also freeze the batter so that I can quickly bake a fresh loaf.

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  • July 21, 2013 at 5:23 pm: Jabrone

    This loaf is still one of our favorites. Everyone loves it. I used pecans recently and tossed in a few butterscotch chips – made it next-level tasty.

  • September 28, 2013 at 8:54 pm: Alisa

    I love this recipe, and now I’m addicted to this website. Didn’t have any walnuts, but the bread was amazing anyway. I’ve made it 3 times in the past month. Thanks!

  • October 21, 2013 at 12:02 am: Veganikki

    Holy moly these are moist and delicious!! I made muffins and added 3-4 vegan chocolate chips to each one for just a little extra sweetness. I can’t wait to shake Isa’s hand at Veg Fest for creating this recipe!

  • November 8, 2013 at 6:28 am: Amber Marie Marie

    So good and such an awesome way to use my carving pumpkin that I never carved for Halloween.

  • December 12, 2013 at 6:14 am: Goreti Tads

    I made this recipe tonight and baked them for 1hr and the bottom and sides were black! Gonna it the burnt parts and cut the leftovers into smaller squares

  • February 24, 2014 at 6:50 am: Karyn

    Delicious! I cut the sugar and oil in half and substituted a 1/2 c of applesauce for the oil. Still perfectly sweet and moist. Thanks for sharing!

  • March 25, 2014 at 5:34 pm: maureen

    Thank you Isa. You are such an inspiration. I and my family and friends always enjoy your recipes.

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  • October 11, 2014 at 5:54 am: Tessa

    My first date with my now husband was a night making this pumpkin bread. My winning line was “well it makes TWO loaves”. It was perfect then and we make it again every fall.

  • December 2, 2014 at 7:26 am: Bunny

    Isa, ty so much for this recipe :) I couldn’t wait to try it…the apt smells fabulous…pumpkin, cinnamon & nutmeg :) If it tastes as good as it smells…I’m in trouble :)

  • February 17, 2015 at 12:43 pm: Vegan Donkey

    I made this delicious cake last week, and I’m starting a flan next week! I like the subtle flavor from the coconut milk and flaked coconut. I am actually planning to make 6 batches of this for some friends, but I’m not sure yet. I’m excited about the new adventures in baking. :-)

  • October 20, 2015 at 4:13 am: Perma Frost

    I used to make this a few years ago, great recipe! But I forgot if I used canned or fresh pumpkin. what did you use here? if canned, do you think using freshly cooked and pureed pumpkin would work too? would I need more sugar?

  • November 22, 2015 at 3:08 am: Kirsten

    Just baked this. This is really good.