This vegan pumpkin date bread is made with wholesome ingredients for a delicious, nourishing loaf that’s perfect for Fall and Winter.

Cut open loaf of pumpkin bread with dates in it.

Features

  • dietary features: vegan, refined sugar-free
  • Fall baking perfection: enjoy warm from the oven, slathered with vegan or coconut butter for the most perfect Fall treat
  • caramel pumpkin pie: with the sweet dates studded throughout the pumpkin batter, this loaf tastes like caramel and pumpkin all rolled into one!

Ingredient Notes

Various labelled ingredients for making a pumpkin loaf.
  • dates – any variety works since we’ll be soaking them
  • spelt flour – this recipe has not been tested with any other flours
  • coconut sugar – can be subbed with white sugar, cane sugar, demerara, sucanut and other unrefined granulated sugars, use monk fruit for a sugar-free loaf
  • psyllium powder – sub with 1 tbsp ground flax if you can’t find psyllium powder
  • milk – any plant-based milk works here, I recommend unsweetened almond or cashew
  • pumpkin – use unsweetened canned or homemade pumpkin puree
  • coconut oil – can be substituted with olive oil

Complete list of ingredients and amounts is located in the recipe card below.


Step by Step Instructions

Before you Start: Preheat the oven to 350 F.

Step 1. Place the pitted, chopped dates in a bowl and pour boiling water oven them. Let them sit for 10 minutes then drain well.

Pouring boiled water over pitted, chopped dates in a bowl.

Step 2. Mix the psyllium powder and water in a small dish and set side for at least 3 minutes.

Psyllium powder mixed with water to form a gel in a small dish.

Step 3. Mix the flour, sugar, baking soda and sea salt together in a large mixing bowl.

Quick Tip: I love psyllium husk powder for replacing eggs but if you can’t find any, replace it with 1 tbsp of ground flax.

Flour, sugar and baking soda mixed together in a glass mixing bowl.

Step 4. Mix the milk and apple cider vinegar together in a small bowl.

Small dish of milk.

Step 5. Add the milk and apple cider vinegar mixture, psyllium egg, melted coconut oil, pumpkin and drained dates to the dry ingredients.

Dates, pumpkin and coconut oil being added to a mixing bowl of flour.

Step 6. Gently fold the batter together until all the dry ingredients have been wetted. Do not over mix. It should take roughly 20 folds to fully mix the batter.

Bowl of pumpkin loaf batter with dates in it.

Step 7. Spoon the mixture into a loaf pan, bake for 50 minutes then let cool in the pan for 5 minutes before carefully removing.

Quick Tip: Be sure to line the pan with parchment paper or give it a light coating of non-stick cooking spray for easy removal.

Raw pumpkin loaf batter in a loaf pan.
Overhead image of a baked pumpkin loaf in a loaf pan.

Let cool for at least 30 minutes before carefully slicing. Enjoy a slice warm topped with vegan butter or spread of choice!

Overhead image of a loaf, half is cut into slices.

Storing

  • Room Temperature: Store at room temperature wrapped in in tinfoil or an airtight container for up to 3 days.
  • Fridge: Let cool completely then store wrapped in foil or in an airtight container for up to 1 week. Can be refrigerated whole or in slices
  • Freezer: Let cool completely then store wrapped in foil or in an airtight container or freezer safe bag for up to 3 months. Can be frozen whole or in slices. I like freezing in slices so I can grab one as needed. Thaw at room temp or in the fridge or microwave.
Overhead image of a slice of pumpkin bread studded with dates.

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Cut open loaf of pumpkin bread with dates in it.

Vegan Pumpkin Date Bread

  • Author: Deryn Macey
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 12 slices 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

This lovely pumpkin loaf is delicious, cozy and just about perfect for Fall and Winter mornings. Try a slice warm from the oven slathered with coconut butter for the ultimate comforting sweet treat.


Scale

Ingredients


Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. Place the chopped dates in a bowl, pour boiling water over them and set aside for about 10 minutes.
  3. Mix the psyllium and water in a small dish and set aside for at least 3 minutes.
  4. Mix the flour, sugar, baking soda and sea salt together in a bowl.
  5. Mix the milk and apple cider vinegar together in a small bowl.
  6. Add the milk and apple cider vinegar mixture, psyllium egg, melted coconut oil and pumpkin to the dry ingredients. Drain the dates and add those too.
  7. Fold together gently until all the dry ingredients are wetted. Do not over mix.
  8. Line a standard-sized loaf pan with parchment paper or lightly coat with non-stick cooking spray.
  9. Evenly spread the batter into the pan and bake for 50 minutes.
  10. Let sit in the pan for about 5 minutes.
  11. Carefully lift or lift out of the pan and let cool for at least 30 minutes before slicing.

Notes

Psyllium powder can be substituted with 1 tbsp ground flax. Coconut sugar can be subbed with white sugar, cane sugar or for sugar-free loaf, granulated monk fruit sweetener.

For best results, use a kitchen scale to weigh ingredients according to recipe.

Storage: Let cool completely before storing. Store whole or in slices wrapped in foil or in a sealable container or bag. Will keep at room temperature for up to 3 days, in the fridge for up to 1 week or can be frozen up to 3 months. If frozen, thaw in the fridge, at room temperature or in the microwave.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 210
  • Sugar: 22.1 g
  • Sodium: 428 mg
  • Fat: 5.1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 39 g
  • Fiber: 4.2 g
  • Protein: 3.8 g

Keywords: vegan pumpkin bread, vegan pumpkin loaf

Originally published October 16, 2017. Updated with new photos and text on September 22, 2020.