Vegan Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread (1-bowl, Oat Flour)
Oat flour pumpkin bread is the best gluten free dairy free pumpkin bread & made in just 1-bowl!
Moist, classic pumpkin bread that’s lightly sweet, with perfect pumpkin spice flavors. It’s secretly the best vegan gluten free pumpkin bread!
Vegan gluten free pumpkin bread: they said it couldn’t be done. They said it’d be gummy. They said… Oh, heck, they said fuggettaboutit!
But today I’m saying, “Dontfuggettaboutit!” Alright, I’m probably not cool enough to pull that one off… Back on point:
I shared this vegan pumpkin bread with you a few years back, and since then, it’s stood the test of time. However, things weren’t always coming up roses.
The recipe testing for this now-beloved, but not-so-much-before recipe was… embarrassing. Like, cringeworthy, hide your face and change your name because you don’t need that ruined name anymore, EMBARRASSING.
vegan pumpkin bread: the best gluten free pumpkin bread recipe!
Before I got to the glory that is this oat flour pumpkin bread marvel, or it’s irresistible cousin Vegan Gluten Free Pumpkin Coffee Cake, there were trials. Let’s just say “trials” is the nicest word for what occurred, and I mean that word in every sense.
For fun, and as a lovely confidence booster for you (you = waaaay cooler than me), let’s go over these baking torture pumpkin bread trials. Grab a cup of coffee and a few of these Vegan Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies. Let’s dive in!
trial & error: developing vegan gluten free pumpkin bread
Trial #1: Extremely dry vegan gluten free pumpkin bread. Like, drier than any desert known to man. Drier than a piece of toast that’s been put into a dehydrator and soaked in salt or whatever they call it during the Wild West times. In fact, this vegan gluten free pumpkin bread might’ve been a great contender for throwing in the ol’ saddlebag for a good, three-month journey to avenge so-and-so’s brother over The Saloon Incident. Or something. Plus, it totally would have made for an amazing weapon.
things get spicy: vegan gluten free pumpkin bread
Trial #2: Less dry, too spicy. Yes, I said it. TOO SPICY gluten free oat flour pumpkin bread. As if people aren’t normally scared of gluten free bread enough. And hilarity of all hilarity, note that I did nothing to the spice ratio… sometimes a good bit of ironic kitchen uncool magic happens and you get super spicy, in a weird savory way, pumpkin bread. My friend, I truly, madly, deeply (oh haaaay, Savage Garden!!) love spicy foods, but this one was too unfortunate and oddly… “unique” to bear.
Trial #3: Straight-up savory. And while some folks might argue that savory vegan gluten free pumpkin bread can be quite the treat… allow me to convince you that this particular loaf was quite the trick. See what I did there??? Aw… come on, give me something for these foolhardy kitchen shenanigans!
I actually thought about saving this trial to turn into some kind of gluten free vegan pumpkin sandwich bread. I think it would’ve been really good with spicy hummus (inspired by Trial #2, of course), a healthy dosing of jalapeños and olives, and a Vegan Pumpkin Pie Smoothie to cool things down. Yummmy!!!
the vegan gluten free pumpkin bread recipe trials continue…
Trial #4 (aka the “How do I even have the stones to call myself a ‘baker’” trial): Moist AF. Hide the kiddies and covers their gentle ears. AF. Yep, I said it!! There comes a time when all you can do is scream into a stack of oven mitts and throw a stare cruelly at your mixing bowl and in-cahoots whisk. This loaf actually looked pretty good on the outside. Good crust, strong structure. A promising vegan gluten free pumpkin bread recipe overall. Right?
Wrong. Oh so wrong… Alas, a mere two hours of waiting for it to cool later… a hearty slice of a center piece revealed… like, an ENTIRE can of pumpkin. It’s almost like it re-found itself inside the loaf. Like, it knew that it never wanted to meld with other ingredients ever again. It would just stay as one. 100% pumpkin puree. Forever and ever.
Trial #5 (aka the “Congratulations for being the BEST reader ever, you!! Can’t believe you’re still here, my favorite reader” trial): Meh. Yep, the Meh pumpkin loaf. The… if I brought this vegan gluten free pumpkin bread to a bakesale, no one would say a thing about it because… MEH. Oat flour pumpkin bread eaten and promptly forgotten. The “Beaming Baker can DO better than this, come on, girlfriend!!” pumpkin loaf.
the best vegan gluten free pumpkin bread: finally!!!
Trial #6 (aka There is Meaning in the World, Never Give Up on Your Dreams, Statues Will Be Named After Us Pumpkin Bread): From -1 million to so ridiculously positive, Rocky Balboa would be proud, 100 One Bowl Vegan Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread. But not with 100 bowls. Like… it would be rated 100 out of 100. Oh, you know what I mean!
Dear reader, dear friend, dear best person ever for making it THIS far down this testing post, I’m here to tell you: IT. WAS. ALL. WORTH. IT. This oat flour pumpkin bread, this technically flourless pumpkin bread coz you can grind oats for the “flour”, this gluten free dairy free pumpkin bread, this gf pumpkin bread… whatever you want to call it… is WORTH IT.
You will make this vegan gluten free pumpkin bread like the bosslady or bossgentleperson-folk-being that you are. You will hold that whisk firmly and proudly in your ONE bowl. You will bake it like it’s hot. Because, well, it will be due to high oven temps… and then, you will wait 2-3 hours, most patiently for a thorough cooling. And then, you will slice this vegan gluten free pumpkin bread like you’re carrying the shiniest baton past the most reputable strip thingy at the end of marathons.
Then, you will bring this gorgeous loaf of oat flour pumpkin bread to your mother-in-law, or IRL boss (even tho we know who’s really the boss), or most important bakesale of the century, and present this loaf with a smirk. Because, it’s AWESOME.
How to Make Vegan Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Then, line an 8-inch loaf pan with parchment paper.
Whisk the Wet Ingredients
Add all the wet ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Whisk all of the ingredients together until fully combined.
Add the Dry Ingredients
Add all the dry ingredients to that same bowl. Now, grab a rubber spatula and stir & fold everything together until no flour patches remain.
Tip the bowl over your prepared loaf pan, dropping the pumpkin batter into the pan. Now, smooth the thick batter into an even layer. Finish by smoothing the pumpkin bread batter into a loaf shape. Then, optionally, use a butter knife to cut a slit down slightly off-center of the loaf.
Bake, Cool and Enjoy
Bake, cool, slice and enjoy the best vegan gluten free pumpkin bread!
How to Store this Oat Flour Pumpkin Bread
- Storage Notes: Cool your pumpkin bread completely, then store in an airtight container for up to 1 week. As always, keep out of direct sunlight and away from heat sources & humidity. Those factors can cause the bread to spoil quickly.
- Freezing Instructions: This pumpkin bread freezes well. Wrap in parchment paper and store in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 1 month. Allow to thaw at room temperature for 30 minutes, or heat in the microwave in 10-second increments until just warm.
Don’t fret about the holidays, I’ve got you covered. Especially since we’re getting the ball rolling nice and early! Pumpkin = friend, not foe. YAAASSS!! Holiday, let’s do this! Also, if you’re looking for another amazing GF bread recipe, try my friend Sharon’s gluten free cornbread. I’m probably going to make a batch of this healthy pumpkin oatmeal muffins and gluten free pumpkin cookies to keep this bread company. Are you excited about the holidays? What flavor of quick bread do you like the best?
Sending you all my love and maybe even a dove, xo Demeter ❤️
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Vegan Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread (1-bowl, Oat Flour)
- Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
- Yield: 10-14 slices (1 loaf) 1x
- Diet: Vegan
Oat flour pumpkin bread is the best gluten free dairy free pumpkin bread & made in just 1-bowl! Moist, classic pumpkin bread that’s lightly sweet, with perfect pumpkin spice flavors. It’s secretly the best vegan gluten free pumpkin bread!
- 1 cup 100% pure pumpkin puree
- ¼ cup melted coconut oil
- ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
- 1 flax egg (1 tablespoon ground flaxseed + 3 tablespoons water, whisk together, set for 15 mins)
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 cups gluten free oat flour – if using homemade oat flour, make sure it’s very finely ground (not coarse)*
- ½ cup almond meal
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground cloves
- ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line an 8-inch loaf pan with parchment paper or greased foil. Set aside.
- Add the wet ingredients to a large bowl: pumpkin, coconut oil, maple syrup, sugar, flax egg, and vanilla. Whisk until well incorporated.
- Add the dry ingredients to the same bowl: oat flour, almond meal, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and salt.
- Whisk as long as you can—the batter will be thick. Switch to folding with a rubber spatula until no flour patches remain. Do not add additional liquids—the batter is meant to be very thick.
- Transfer batter into the prepared loaf pan. Using a clean rubber spatula, smooth batter into an even layer, with a gentle rise down the center—mimicking the shape of a perfect loaf. It is important to follow this step for the perfect loaf shape, as the batter will bake up very close to how it looks raw.
- Using a butter knife, cut a slit down the center (or off center, based on your preference, this is mine). Bake for 55-65 minutes. Mine took 60 minutes. Test for doneness by sticking a toothpick into the center of the loaf. The toothpick will come out clean when the loaf is done.
- Allow to cool on a cooling rack for 2-3 hours, or until completely cool. Lift out, slice and enjoy!
Looking for a nut-free version? Try my Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread Recipe! 🎃
More Delicious Gluten Free Vegan Pumpkin Recipes
Where to Buy Ingredients: Coconut Sugar | Ground Flaxseed | Gluten Free Oat Flour | Almond Meal | Coconut Oil
*If using homemade oat flour, make sure to sift the flour to remove coarse bits of oats that could create grainy/crumbly pumpkin bread.
Storing Notes: Cool completely, then store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
Freezing Instructions: This loaf freezes well. Wrap in parchment paper and store in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 1 month. Allow to thaw at room temperature for 30 minutes, or heat in the microwave in 10-second increments until just warm.
Special Tools: 8-inch Loaf Pan | 4 Event Timer | 4oz Prep Bowls | Loaf Container
Nutrition Information is an estimate based on the best-selling, most common brands per ingredient. Also, it’s estimated based on 14 servings per recipe.
- Prep Time: 25 minutes
- Cook Time: 60 minutes
- Category: Breakfast, Dessert
- Method: Bake
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size: 1 slice
- Calories: 161
- Sugar: 10g
- Sodium: 49mg
- Fat: 8g
- Saturated Fat: 4g
- Carbohydrates: 23g
- Fiber: 2g
- Protein: 3g
- Cholesterol: 0mg
Keywords: vegan gluten free pumpkin bread, oat flour pumpkin bread, gluten free dairy free pumpkin bread
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I love this pumpkin loaf so much! This is my third time making it and it’s just divine! The non vegan boyfriend loves it too 😉
Yay! Always a complement when someone without a special diet enjoys the recipe, too. 😊
This is the 2nd time I’ve made these cookies, big hit!!! I don’t always have the coconut sugar and have substituted brown sugar. These are soft and chewy and easy to make.
Oh I’m so happy to hear it, Julie! I’m glad the brown sugar sub worked for you. 🙂
Hi there! I love this recipe but I have a mild almond allergy that I developed a few years back. Is there any way to substitute it in this recipe with more oat flour?
Hi Diana! You can swap the almond meal for 1/4 cup 2 tablespoons of additional oat flour. Or, you could try using sunflower seed meal. Hope this helps!
I just tried this recipe. Then pumpkin bread was perfectly balanced & so moist! I left out the coconut sugar because I don’t like things too sweet. I also replaced half of the oat flour with store bought gf flour. I really appreciate that this is vegan & gluten-free!
I’m so pleased you enjoyed the bread, Shiela! Good to know the GF flour worked as a sub for you. Here’s to more healthy baking fun! 🙂
Can this recipe be made into muffins instead of a loaf?
Hi Amy! If you’re looking for a muffin version, I’d recommend my vegan gluten free pumpkin muffins. Happy baking!
Would a chia egg work in place of the flax egg?
Hi Rachel! Yep, that should be fine. Happy baking!