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Pumpkin Pecan Bread is healthy pumpkin bread recipe with dates, white whole wheat flour, cornmeal, pecans and coconut milk. | ifoodreal.com

Pumpkin, coconut oil+milk+flakes, pecans. No dairy, no eggs, no processed sugar. You got my full attention, pumpkin pecan bread. And you are perfect for school snacks too?! And kids like you?! Now you really have my attention! Pumpkin and coconut is a mind blowing combination => flourless pumpkin muffins. This easy vegan bread came out so flavourful and moist, soft and crunchy at same time! I also added flaxseed for extra fiber and Omega 3 boost.

Vegan?! I realized this pumpkin bread is vegan only after my neighbour dropped by. I couldn’t remember if I added eggs or dairy, until I started “selling” her on my pumpkin pecan bread. She dropped by with some leftover “normal” baked goods and pizza. Later on that night, she texted me “That pumpkin bread…you are killing me!”. You know what I said?! “You are killing me 3 times faster”, cause this bread is just sooo healthy and guilt-free.

I’m not vegan but I definitely appreciate vegan and vegetarian meals here and there.

Pumpkin Pecan Bread is healthy pumpkin bread recipe with dates, white whole wheat flour, cornmeal, pecans and coconut milk. | ifoodreal.com

I don’t know if I’m even supposed to refer to the original source of the recipe if I changed 10 ingredients and their volumes. But I will tell you the story anyways. Did you hear about my 6 camping trips this summer yet? I mean, me, kids and Alex in a tent trailer, 6 times, over a 3 months period, for as long as 8 days?! One time it was plus MIL for 3 days. Amazing we are still married!

So, the last camping trip was 8 days. I made sure I stocked up on my favourite magazines from the library. I’m cheap, I don’t buy magazines. Honestly, waste of money. Just borrow them.

In one of the Clean Eating magazines was this peach pecan snack bread. As soon as I saw it, I had my heart set on it. I had to have it! You know why? Because the ingredients were so darn simple. The recipe loses me as soon as I see spelt flour, fresh marjoram or even better liquid cane syrup on the ingredients list. Sorry, too complicated.

Pumpkin Pecan Bread is healthy pumpkin bread recipe with dates, white whole wheat flour, cornmeal, pecans and coconut milk. | ifoodreal.com

White whole wheat flour, cornmeal, dates, coconut milk, pecans…Whoa, I knew I and you guys would love it right away. And the idea of making snack bread instead of traditional loaf like whole wheat pumpkin bread, really appealed to me.

Now on to variations and ingredients. You can use finely shredded coconut flakes. I just happened to have sliced ones. Just make sure they are unsweetened, unsuplhured and preferably organic. So much better for you. Use any kind of dates, don’t have to be Medjool. Flax seeds are optional, are OK to skip if you are out. White whole wheat flour can be substituted with whole wheat pastry flour. Don’t confuse pumpkin puree with pumpkin pie filling, totally 2 different things. Coconut oil can be subbed for olive oil.

That’s it. Pretty easy. Enjoy and maybe try my healthy carrot cake bread or healthy oat bran muffins next?!

Pumpkin Pecan Bread

Pumpkin Pecan Bread


  • 3/4 cup light coconut milk, canned
  • 1/2 cup almond milk, unsweetened
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 17 dates, pitted
  • 1 cup pumpkin purée, canned (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 tbsp flax seeds, ground (I used roasted)
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped & divided
  • 1/4 cup coconut flakes, unsweetened
  • Cooking spray (I use Misto)


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line 8 x 8 square baking dish with parchment paper, spray with cooking spray and set aside. I used metal dish.
  2. In a blender, blend until kind of smooth coconut milk, almond milk, coconut oil, dates, pumpkin puree and vanilla. The idea is to chop the dates finely and combine with the rest of the ingredients. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, add cornmeal, flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, flax seeds, 1/4 cup and pecans. Mix until combined, breaking any lumps of baking powder (usually) with spatula. Add wet ingredients from the blender and mix gently, just enough to combine.
  4. Pour batter into the baking dish, levelling with a spatula. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup pecans and coconut flakes, press gently on the topping to make sure it won't fall off after and bake for 30 minutes. Transfer bread from the baking dish to a cooling rack, holding onto the sides of the parchment paper and let cool for 30 minutes. Cut into 16 squares using serrated knife.
  5. Storage Instructions: Keep airtight in a cool dark place for up to 3 days. Freeze in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

Nutritional Info

Servings Per Recipe: 16 squares

Amount Per Serving = 1 square:
Calories: 151.9
Total Fat: 6.3 g
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Sodium: 22.0 mg
Total Carbs: 22.6 g
Dietary Fiber: 3.8 g
Sugars: 6.6 g
Protein: 2.7 g
WW Points+: 4

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    • Olena (iFOODreal)

      Thank you! LOL, yeah. I have fallen a victim already.:) Made pumpkin pie pancakes this morning.

    • Olena (iFOODreal)

      Thanks, Norma. No butter = no cholesterol. Although, a little bit of organic butter once in a while is good for you. Let me know how it turns out.

  1. alma

    looks yummy! is it sweet at all though? Should I add some sure if I wonna make it more cake-like?

    • Olena (iFOODreal)

      It was perfectly sweet for me. Dates are quite sweet. We all have different taste buds so I recommend you taste the batter or make it as original and then adjust the sugars.:) to give you a guideline I find all Starbucks and store bought goods too sweet. At least two times sweeter. But I have been eating clean for quite a while now, so my taste buds are cleaned up too lol.

  2. Cristina

    Thank you Olena for this beautiful recipe. I baked it yesterday and my picky two year old son loved it so much he wanted to have seconds!

  3. Jen

    My first crack at vegan baking! Delicious! I have tried some more of your recipes and they are all amazing, thank you!!!

    • Olena (iFOODreal)

      You are so welcome, Jen.:) Vegan baking rocks! I am far away from being vegan but I’m really growing on it.

    • Olena

      Hmm, I honestly don’t know. I haven’t tried. Cornmeal adds texture to this bread and is quite “thirsty”. A close substitute would be coconut flour.

  4. Melissa

    I wanted to thank you for your site, it takes time to be inventive with cooking, but then to post recipes and pictures for everyone to utilize is even more work intensive. I have eaten clean off and on for years, but always struggled with plain bland foods. For a long time eating clean for me was broiled or baked veg, roasted meats and clean grains. The recipes I have tried from your site have been a real tool in my cooking repertoire. My husband is from a small town in Nova Scotia where he had limited access to ethnic and diverse foods, so he can be on the picky side. Everytime I attempt something healthy (god forbid I use Quinoa) it “tastes like sticks” in his eyes. He has eaten many of your recipes and loved them….especially the Thai Turkey meatballs. I made this bread, and everyone loved it. My son is 17 and picky but trying to eat healthier especially during football season. His friend was over when I made this bread and they loved it. So thank you for all you do…its much appreciated.

    • Olena

      Awe, that’s so awesome to hear today! See, clean food is healthy. In fact, clean food is real food. What food should taste like. I love clean eating because it is not a diet, with no restrictions like many other diets, as long as you eat unprocessed and whole foods as much as you can. Love it!

      Oh, I understand the NS factor. My mom’s husband is from deep AB and to feed him anything besides meat and potatoes is a struggle!!! My mom can’t cook from my website because it’s too fancy LOL.

      I noticed the same with my son’s friends…They eat all my baked goods and most food. You are so welcome! Happy to hear more people are eating healthy!!!



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