Sweet and Moist Pumpkin Bread

The best sweet and moist pumpkin bread, made from scratch with healthier ingredients. This pumpkin bread is easy to make, smells amazing and is just perfect for fall.
Slices of moist pumpkin bread in top of each other
 
 

I’m so glad it is pumpkin season and I’m very happy seeing all sorts of pumpkin recipes on many other food blogs and in magazines.

I realized I haven’t shared a pumpkin recipe in a while, and the only pumpkin recipes I’ve shared so far are for drinks: Pumpkin Spice Smoothie and Pumpkin Spice Latte.

October has arrived and it is time to make some pumpkin bread. I love enjoying a slice of this moist pumpkin bread with my morning or afternoon coffee.

Healthy Pumpkin Bread With Coconut Oil And Greek Yogurt:

I decided to transform my original pumpkin bread recipe into something a little healthier and surprisingly it worked, without changing the taste and texture of the bread.

I reduced the amount of sugar with 1/4 cup, but added a ripe mashed banana, which brought extra sweetness.

Although I’ve always made this bread with regular unbleached flour so far, I substituted about half of the flour with whole wheat (I’m still too scared to use whole wheat flout only, since my last attempts were disastrous).

Instead of canola oil I used melted coconut oil, which made this bread light and moist.

I topped with raw unsalted pumpkin seeds, which created extra crunch after baking.

Using low fat Greek yogurt made this bread extra smooth moist and creates unique flavor.

Sliced moist pumpkin bread on a white cutting board

Tips to make Moist Pumpkin Bread:

Make sure you leave bread cool inside the pan for at least 20 minutes, then transfer to a cooking rack, until it cools completely. This step is important, otherwise bread will fall apart and will not be as fluffy!

Feel free to add some walnuts, pecans or even chocolate chips to this bread. I just prefer it plain, since the nutritional values and flavor  can change a little.

This bread can be wrapped in plastic wrapped and stored in a dry place for up to 3 days. We had some friends over for the weekend, so it was gone in no time, but I’ll make it again!

Sweet and moist pumpkin bread on a cutting board

What ingredients do you need to make this Sweet and Moist Pumpkin bread?

  • sugar
  • egg
  • vanilla extract
  • whole wheat flour
  • white all purpose flour
  • coconut oil
  • Greek yogurt
  • pumpkin puree
  • ripe banana
  • sea salt
  • pumpkin pie spice
  • baking powder
  • baking soda
  • pumpkin seeds
  • cooking spray

Tools:

  • loaf pan

Slices of moist pumpkin bread

How to make this Healthy Moist Pumpkin Bread?

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. Beat egg and sugar for 1 minute. Add coconut oil and vanilla and mix until incorporated.
  3. Dissolve baking soda in yogurt and add to egg mixture. Then add banans and pumpkin pure. Mix until incorporated.
  4. In a separate bowl combine wheat flour, unbleached flour, salt, baking soda and pumpkin pie spice and stir.
  5. Add dry to wet ingredients and mix until incorporated. Do not over mix.
  6. Oil and flour a baking pan (I used 9×5 in pan) and pour mixture. Top with pumpkin seeds.
  7. Bake on 400F for 10 mins. Then reduce temperature to 350 F for 45 mins.
  8. Take out of the oven, but leave bread in the pan for 20 minutes. Remove from pan and set on a cooling rack until it cools to room temperature.
  9. Cut and enjoy!

What Makes This Pumpkin Bread Moist?

Oil in breads, usually produces a moist texture with a fine crumb. Unlike butter, which makes cakes and breads more dense and less moist.

In this pumpkin bread I used coconut oil, but olive or vegetable oil could be substituted.

Make sure you melt the coconut oil, but then bring it to room temperature before you use it in the recipe.

Greek yogurt also brings moisture to the bread.

Adding banana, also helps, but also used it for the extra sweetness and subtle banana flavor. Make sure it is as ripe as it can be.

Healthier Pumpkin Bread:

What makes this Sweet and Moist Pumpkin Bread recipe healthier?

Even though white sugar is used in the recipe, I’ve tried to use minimal amount and add extra sweetness to the bread with one ripe banana.

I substituted half of the white flour with whole wheat flour.

Using pumpkin pure, adds extra fiber to the bread.

Greek yogurt helps make the texture of the bread super moist, but stable and adds protein.

Slices of moist pumpkin bread topped with pumpkin seeds

How long to bake pumpkin bread in the oven for?

Bake in a greased 9×5-inch loaf pan for 45 minutes at 350 F.

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Slices of moist pumpkin bread stacked on top of each other
Sweet and Moist Pumpkin Bread
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hr 5 mins
 
Sweet and moist whole wheat pumpkin bread with pepitas on top.
Course: Dessert
Servings: 12
Calories: 232 kcal
Author: Lyubomira L
Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil (not hot)
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1 cup pumpkin pure
  • 1 medium ripe banana mashed
  • 1 cup unbleached all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 3/4 tsp pumpkin spice
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
  • cooking spray
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. Beat egg and sugar for 1 minute. Add coconut oil and vanilla and mix until incorporated.
  3. Dissolve baking soda in yogurt and add to egg mixture. Then add banans and pumpkin pure. Mix until incorporated.
  4. In a separate bowl combine wheat flour, unbleached flour, salt, baking soda and pumpkin pie spice and stir.
  5. Add dry to wet ingredients and mix until incorporated. Do not over mix.
  6. Oil and flour a baking pan (I used 11x7 in pan) and pour mixture. Top with pumpkin seeds.
  7. Bake on 400F for 10 mins. Then reduce temperature to 350 F for 45 mins.
  8. Take out of the oven, but leave bread in the pan for 20 minutes. Remove from pan and set on a cooling rack until it cools to room temperature.
  9. Cut and enjoy!

Recipe Video

Nutrition Facts
Sweet and Moist Pumpkin Bread
Amount Per Serving
Calories 232 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 14mg 5%
Sodium 163mg 7%
Potassium 175mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 30g 10%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 14g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 64.1%
Vitamin C 2.1%
Calcium 3.1%
Iron 7.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.