Vegan Pumpkin Bread (GF)

The craving for everything pumpkin is still going strong and this moist and flavourful bread is popular with both kids and adults alike.

Vegan Pumpkin Bread (GF) | Simply Fresh Dinners

You know I’m all about ensuring that healthy dishes taste as good (and better) than unhealthy alternatives and this pumpkin bread ranks up there as a big winner.

Vegan Pumpkin Bread (GF) | Simply Fresh Dinners

Before you start writing me about the butter on the bread, yes, if you’re vegan, you’re not going to use that, ha!  When you’re eating this healthy, you’re entitled to a little butter (that is fine in small doses) unless you’re eliminating dairy from your diet.

Vegan Pumpkin Bread (GF) | Simply Fresh Dinners

I’m so happy to introduce you to Liz who, along with Ayano is part of my new baking team!  Liz is also a mom of a two young children ages 3 and 1.  She is wanting to ensure that her little ones are getting only the best, nutritious foods so she is the perfect fit for the blog.  Plus, I’m madly in love with her adorable children!

Vegan Pumpkin Bread (GF) | Simply Fresh Dinners

Liz is also a neighbour, friend and photographer.  These photos are hers and I’m so impressed with her first experience shooting food!  I think I’ll have to ask her to reshoot some of my old original photos, haha!

I thought you’d get a kick out of her comments on her first experience shooting food.  They made me literally laugh out loud!

1. Don’t assume that you have all of the equipment you need; check before hand.  It is possible that your mother-in-law has thrown out some of your baking equipment and your husband has neglected to tell you (however, all it takes is a “look” and he will rush out to replace the equipment, in an attempt to correct his error).

2. It is impossible to set up a tripod and stage the shot while you wait for your goods to bake, when there is a 1 year-old and a 3 year-old on the premises (who the hell let them in, anyway?).

3. People look at you strangely when they see you taking pictures of food.  Especially close-up pictures.

Vegan Pumpkin Bread (GF) | Simply Fresh Dinners

I know that all food bloggers reading this can relate – we’ve all been there, right?  I let her know that a time will come when her family is sitting at the table getting more and more annoyed while she’s standing on a step ladder in the kitchen trying to get the best overhead shot of dinner!

So glad to have you on board, Liz, and looking forward to lots of healthy, kid-friendly deliciousness!

When you check out all the ingredients in this pumpkin bread, you’ll be smacking your lips in anticipation of every scrumptious bite!  Gotta have it!


Vegan Pumpkin Bread (Gluten-Free)

Print Recipe
Serves: 9-12 Cooking Time: 1 hour


  • 1 cup buckwheat flour
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 6 Tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar



Preheat your oven to 350 F and line a standard loaf pan with parchment paper. (Not to be confused with wax paper!)


In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the buckwheat flour, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and baking soda, then stir in the pumpkin puree, melted coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla and water. Finally, add in the apple cider vinegar, which will help the loaf rise when it reacts with the baking soda.


Transfer the batter to the lined loaf pan, and smooth the top with a spatula. Bake at 350F for 50-60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.


Allow to cool completely before slicing and serving.


Adapted from . Recipe prepared and photographed by Liz Renshaw, Simply Fresh Dinners. *Use Bob's Red Mill Buckwheat Flour for best results.



The craving for everything pumpkin is still going strong and this moist and flavourful bread is popular with both kids and adults alike. From Simply Fresh Dinners!


  • Reply
    November 19, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    A great little recipes for those vegans…..LOL I love the traditional styling of pumpkin bread. This one looks very healthy. Hope your weekend is fabulous my sweet friend. Lots of love from W.W.
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    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    November 19, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    Perfect! Gluten-free AND vegan so I can actually enjoy 😉 Plus buckwheat flour is one of my favorites <3
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    Bam's Kitchen
    November 19, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    I love love love that photo of her little one picking up the pumpkin bread. So sweet! I used to call this stage the rubberband wrist stage….I can totally relate to all of the photo issues and tripods and toddlers are not a good combination. This recipe sounds so delicious and healthy. Sharing of course!
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      November 19, 2016 at 9:41 pm

      I had to tell them it was pumpkin cake to get them to try it. But once they did they loved it!

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    Blair @ The Seasoned Mom
    November 19, 2016 at 4:59 pm

    Wow! That bread sounds great! I’m going to try to remember to make a batch soon. I’ll be adding chocolate chips, though. 🙂

    Good to meet you, Liz!!!
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      November 19, 2016 at 9:45 pm

      Very excited to be here! 🙂

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    November 19, 2016 at 7:21 pm

    Really anxious to try out this bread! I have a favorite “regular” pumpkin bread recipe that I love but does contain sugar and eggs as well as white flour. I don’t have any buckwheat flour available right not – do you think I could substitute whole wheat or a blend? I am okay with gluten : ) Looking forward to more from your new team – congratulations!

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      November 20, 2016 at 9:15 am

      Hi Mindy,
      Liz used Bob’s Redmill Buckwheat Flour for this and you can get it online if it’s not at a local store. Gluten-free flours like buckwheat don’t rise as well as wheat flours do so it may end up denser and heavier than you’d like. It could also be crumbly. After doing quite a bit of reading this morning and calling a gluten-free baker friend, the best answer I can give you is that it would be a risk and definitely would not taste like this recipe.
      Maybe Santa can put some in your stocking? lol. Liz is going to be using it again for more recipes so you may want to stock up 🙂
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    Anita Rivera
    November 20, 2016 at 5:55 am

    This is an absolutely perfect recipe to avoid wheat and unnecessary ingredients that don’t add to a densely nutritious recipe! Everything in here is good for you! And we love hearty breads and this looks packed with flavor and hefty, moist taste. Good morning, Robyn!

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      November 20, 2016 at 9:18 am

      Morning, Anita!
      Don’t you love a recipe that has so much flavour and is so darn good for you? I love it that Liz’s kids gobbled this up! I’ve got even more healthy baking on the way, friend, so get your oven mitts on!
      Happy Sunday! xoxo
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    Chris Scheuer
    November 20, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    How fun to have some fellow bakers to help you Robyn. This bread is certainly loaded with nutritious ingredients and would be great for breakfasts on the run!

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      November 20, 2016 at 3:58 pm

      It’s great, Chris and I’m learning lots in the process 🙂 Hope you’re enjoying your weekend!
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    Karen (Back Road Journal)
    November 21, 2016 at 9:32 am

    How nice to have help for others. The little hand on the bread is so cute…clever shot.
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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    November 21, 2016 at 9:32 pm

    The bread sounds wonderful and how fun to have a new baker on hand. Have a lovely week!
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      November 22, 2016 at 7:53 am

      Thanks, Tricia, I’m so thrilled to have a baking team! Loving your boozy cranberry sauce 🙂

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    November 22, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    HI Robyn,
    This looks and sounds delicious – I love pumpkin bread. The ingredients look and sound so healthy and perfect for the holidays. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned & tweeted. Have a healthy, happy & blessed Thanksgiving!
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      November 22, 2016 at 10:11 pm

      Thanks, Marla! I’m so thrilled to have Liz on my team. She’s got a knack for baking as well as photography!
      Always a pleasure to link up with you 🙂

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    John/Kitchen Riffs
    November 23, 2016 at 11:15 am

    Great looking bread! And fun thoughts on photography — food photography definitely doesn’t come naturally to most of us. So. Much. Work. Great when we nail a shot, though. Fun read — thanks.
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