Coconut Oil Pumpkin Bread

This Coconut Oil Pumpkin Bread recipe is simple to make in just one bowl, and it is perfectly spiced, moist, and delish!

Coconut Oil Pumpkin Bread | #fall #recipe

Annnnd…I finally made you a pumpkin recipe this year!

I know, I know.  It seems like the blogosphere has been full of pumpkin recipes since Hobby Lobby started rolling out their Christmas decorations this past July.  But, as much as I’m a believer that pumpkin should be enjoyed year-round, I have to say that I’m one of those people who really looks forward to the tradition of fall baking in the fall.  And now that the calendar has flipped to October, and the weather is cooling off, and the leaves are starting to turn, it finally feels like fall.

So to celebrate, I thought it was about dang time I post a pumpkin bread recipe here on the blog!  But of course, this isn’t just any pumpkin bread.  For something a little different this year, I decided to try making coconut oil pumpkin bread…and I’m so glad I did!  You can barely taste that coconut, but I love the subtle sweetness it lends to the bread.  It’s also quick and easy to make, it’s (yes, I’m going to say the “m-word”) moist, it’s mildly yet perfectly spiced, and I’m pretty sure that it definitely needs to happen in your home soon.

So let’s do some fall baking!

Coconut Oil Pumpkin Bread | #fall #recipe

I have to say that the inspiration for this coconut oil pumpkin bread actually came from you.  I was debating whether to take a classic recipe and give it a browned butter or coconut oil twist.  But after polling you on Facebook, coconut oil came out as the winner because — lest I forget — the world is seriously digging all things coconut oil right now.

We still may try browned butter another time (stay tuned).  But for today, coconut oil it is!

Coconut Oil Pumpkin Bread | #fall #recipe

The two primary ingredients you need for this one are a jar of coconut oil and some pumpkin puree.

(Note: that’s obviously not at all what’s pictured, but I couldn’t help but buy a bunch of these mini pumpkins for decor last week, and think they’re much cuter than a can of pumpkin.)

Coconut Oil Pumpkin Bread | #fall #recipe

Mix up a simple batter that’s made with two kinds of sugar, lots of spices, and a handful of other ingredients you probably have in your pantry.

Coconut Oil Pumpkin Bread | #fall #recipe

Then pour the batter into a bread pan, and bake it up until it is cooked all the way through.  You’re probably going to need to use a toothpick to test this one.

Coconut Oil Pumpkin Bread | #fall #recipe

Then hold your horses and wait for it to cool down a bit.  (I was impatient — hence the crumbs everywhere…)

And then slice it up!

Coconut Oil Pumpkin Bread | #fall #recipe

And serve it up!

Coconut Oil Pumpkin Bread | #fall #recipe

I find this bread so flavorful that it doesn’t even need a pat of butter, but you can serve it up however sounds good.  You know, with a side of mini pumpkins if desired.

Happy pumpkin baking!

Coconut Oil Pumpkin Bread | #fall #recipe

Coconut Oil Pumpkin Bread

This Coconut Oil Pumpkin Bread recipe is simple to make in one bowl, and it is perfectly spiced and made with coconut oil.


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup white whole wheat flour (*see alternate substitution below)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a 9x5 loaf pan with cooking spray, or line it with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Whisk together sugars, flour, spices, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Create a well in the center of the bowl, and add pumpkin, eggs, oil, water and vanilla into the well. Whisk, starting with the wet ingredients and working your way to the outside of the bowl, mixing until batter is smooth and clump-free. Do not over-mix. (Batter will be slightly lumpy.)
  3. Pour batter into the loaf pan, and smooth the top with a spoon. Bake for 55-65 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 20 minutes, then carefully invert the loaf and cool on a rack until it reaches room temperature. Cover in plastic wrap or store in a sealed container for up to 5 days.

*If you do not have white whole wheat flour, you can just include 1 3/4 cup of all-purpose flour, instead of doing part white whole wheat and part all-purpose.

Slightly adapted from AllRecipes, via The Baker Chick.

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

Coconut Oil Pumpkin Bread | #fall #recipe

Leave a Comment:


  1. Loraine D. — January 3, 2015 @ 12:52 am (#)

    Do I need to make any adjustments if I want to add raisins and walnuts? Any suggestions on amount of nuts and raisins for good balance?

    • Ali — January 3rd, 2015 @ 1:44 pm

      You could probably add in 1/2 cup more without throwing off the balance. Or just substitute some nuts and raisins in place of the chocolate chips. Enjoy! :)

  2. Linda Bradley — January 24, 2015 @ 1:33 pm (#)

    I made this bread today and its the BEST  Pumpkin bread I have EVER had! It was everything you said it was and MORE. This will be my GO TO Pumpkin Bread recipe from now on. 
    OH how I love how moist it is! 

  3. Jill — September 27, 2015 @ 4:24 pm (#)

    If I wanted to sub in maple syrup to replace the white and brown sugars, how much should I swap in? I try not too consume too much refined sugar. Thanks!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 1st, 2015 @ 9:18 am

      Hi Jill, you could definitely do that. We’d say use 1 cup of maple syrup, and you’ll also need to adjust the liquid, so we’d actually leave out the water. We hope this helps, and that you enjoy!

  4. Florine — September 28, 2015 @ 4:49 am (#)

    What to use if not alowed te eat wheat flour because of gluten intolarance?


    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — September 28th, 2015 @ 8:58 am

      Hi Florine! We think you could try using a gluten-free flour blend (King Arthur and Bob’s Red Mill make them). Or, you could try using half rice flour and half almond meal or coconut flour. We hope this helps, and that you enjoy the recipe!

  5. Sara — September 29, 2015 @ 6:16 pm (#)

    Absolutely delicious! Your site has become my favourite this year and recipes like these are exactly why. Made this last night and my husband (who is affectionately known as The Critic in our circle of friends) deemed this the “best pumpkin thing” he’s ever had. Thank you!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — September 30th, 2015 @ 9:08 am

      Thank you Sarah, that’s so nice of you to say, and we’re happy you and your husband enjoyed this so much! :)

  6. Maria — September 30, 2015 @ 6:30 pm (#)

    As summer leaves I am always sad and depressed to think of the dark returning and the colder weather. However, I made this tonight and it lifted my spirits! So moist and delicious. Thanks for another great recipe! 😊

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 1st, 2015 @ 8:45 am

      Awww that’s so sweet Maria, we’re happy you enjoyed this! :)

  7. Becky — October 12, 2015 @ 7:23 pm (#)

    I don’t know how I’m just now stumbling on this, but here I am anyway! Can I substitute the white flour for all whole wheat flour? Also, have you ever used coconut sugar? Is there a good amount to substitute both white and brown sugars for coconut sugar or agave nectar/honey? 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 13th, 2015 @ 9:58 am

      Hi Becky! You could try just whole wheat, but we haven’t tried that in this recipe, and would be concerned about the bread being a little too dense and not as light and moist. We haven’t tried coconut sugar, but we’ve heard it’s better for cookies and candies, because the granules are so small (it can make cakes and breads pretty dense). We’d actually suggest muscovado (it’s most similar to brown sugar) or honey/agave. We found both of these guides to be pretty helpful:

  8. Jen — October 17, 2015 @ 11:03 am (#)

    Just made some this morning and added mini chocolate chips to the batter – sooo good! I love that it’s a little healthier because of the coconut oil and whole wheat flour. Thanks for posting!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 18th, 2015 @ 12:26 pm

      Thanks for sharing Jen, we’re happy you enjoyed this (and great call on adding those mini chocolate chips)! :)

  9. Christine — October 25, 2015 @ 5:46 pm (#)

    This is the best pumpkin bread I’ve ever made. It’s a perfect balance between pumpkin flavor and sweetness, which I find is easier said than done with pumpkin flavored things; one usually overpowers the other. The coconut oil keeps is super moist, and it’s just sooooo good toasted with butter. It’s also rather quick and easy to throw together. Will definitely be keeping this one around!!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 29th, 2015 @ 2:03 pm

      Thanks so much Christine, that’s such a nice compliment! We’re so happy you loved it! :D

  10. Lisa — October 27, 2015 @ 7:01 pm (#)

    Do I measure the coconut in its solid form as 1/2 cup and that will equal 1/2 cup melted? 

    • Ali — November 4th, 2015 @ 5:24 pm

      I recommend melting the coconut oil and then measuring it, to be most accurate. But the solid measurement should be really close!

  11. Vicki — October 29, 2015 @ 9:42 am (#)

    It says to use pumpkin puree not canned pumpkin.  I am pretty new to this baking stuff.  What exactly is pumpkin puree?  Is it something that you can buy or do you have to make it from scratch?


    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 30th, 2015 @ 10:27 am

      Hi Vicki, the canned pumpkin you want to use for this recipe is just pure pumpkin, and you’ll find it in the canned vegetables section of the grocery store. The other type of canned pumpkin you’ll often see is “pumpkin pie mix,” which you don’t want, so just make sure it says “pure pumpkin.” We hope you enjoy the recipe!

  12. Lori — November 16, 2015 @ 5:53 pm (#)

    Just checking this out but wondered baking soda and salt….? and no baking powder?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 16th, 2015 @ 9:01 pm

      That’s correct Lori, just trust us, it works and is very yummy! :)

  13. Grace — November 18, 2015 @ 8:56 pm (#)

    I try your recipe but it has to much salt for me maybe because I used sea salt ??? Is not sweet at all is like salty bread with pumpkin flavor. 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 19th, 2015 @ 8:13 am

      Oh yes, we definitely think that’s a result of the sea salt! Sea salt is much more potent/concentrated. We always use kosher salt (unless specified otherwise). Iodized (table salt) is usually fine in baking as well. But yes, if using sea salt you never need as much. We hope this helps you moving forward!

  14. Manelle Ostman — February 8, 2016 @ 9:04 pm (#)

    I made it and loved it,  however I do wish you had included the nutritional information…. how many calories etc. 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 9th, 2016 @ 1:56 pm

      We’re glad you enjoyed this Manelle! We currently are not publishing nutrition facts on the site, as the nutrition calculators available are not 100% accurate, and we never want to publish anything that might be misleading. However, a lot of our readers love the My Fitness Pal nutrition calculator, so feel free to try that for an estimate. We hope that helps!

  15. Amy — March 16, 2016 @ 10:45 am (#)

    I’ve made this and it was delicious! I’d like to try making them as muffins. Any suggestions for an approximate baking time they would need? 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 16th, 2016 @ 5:24 pm

      Thanks Amy — we’re glad you enjoyed it! For using this recipe to bake muffins, we think they’d probably take 20-30 min.

  16. Toby — November 5, 2016 @ 2:07 pm (#)

    I made this yesterday and it was delicious. We don’t have pumpkin pie spice in Australia so I just added a pinch of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice and ground cloves. It had a real gingerbread taste to it. Yum. I’m making another loaf today :) 

  17. Sharon — November 8, 2016 @ 6:31 am (#)

    Do you have the nutritional values for this bread such as calories, fat, sodium, sugar, protein etc.?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 15th, 2016 @ 11:14 am

      Hi Sharon! We’re sorry but we are unsure of the nutrition facts/amount of calories in this recipe. We currently are not publishing nutrition facts on the site, as the nutrition calculators available are not 100% accurate, and we never want to publish anything that might be misleading. However, a lot of our readers love the My Fitness Pal nutrition calculator, so feel free to try that for an estimate. We hope that helps!

  18. Carolyn — November 14, 2016 @ 7:53 am (#)

    I made this last night. I skimped a bit on the sugars and the oil and added a heaping 3/4 of pumpkin purée, but the breads (used 6 small loaf pans) came out absolutely delicious. I added some chopped walnuts and craisins to three of the breads, and that made a very good-tasting pumpkin bread even better! Thanks for sharing. I’m anxious to read more of your posts. 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 18th, 2016 @ 2:32 pm

      We’re so glad you liked it, Carolyn! Also, we bet the walnuts and craisins were awesome additions!

  19. Michelle — December 9, 2016 @ 4:32 pm (#)

    Heads Up! I used liquid coconut oil for baking and it does NOT make delicious coconut oil pumpkin bread at all! :( I’ll have to assume you have to buy the cold pressed and unrefined coconut oil to make this work. I’ll have to give it another go and see what all the rave is about..

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — December 15th, 2016 @ 11:18 am

      Oh no! Yes, we use the cold pressed, unrefined stuff that comes in a jar. We hope you can give these another shot!

  20. Enwal — March 24, 2017 @ 8:53 am (#)

    I have made this twice in the last week, it’s a great recipe! I added 1/3 cup of greek yogurt and swapped the water for milk and the bread turned out super moist and flavourful. I also baked for just under the requested time, ~50 minutes because my oven runs hot. Definitely saving this recipe as my go-to pumpkin bread!

    • Ali — March 27th, 2017 @ 5:19 pm

      Yay, I’m so glad to hear that you’ve enjoyed the recipe! :)


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