Healthy Low Sugar Pumpkin Bread


Sweetened only with maple syrup, this delicious healthy low sugar pumpkin bread is made with whole wheat flour and it’s vegan!

If there’s one thing I love making during the fall months it’s pumpkin bread! It’s loaded with pumpkin flavor, spices and tastes so good with a cup of hot coffee on a crisp fall morning.

Sliced low sugar pumpkin bread on a cutting board.

That said, most pumpkin breads are far from being a health food. They’re loaded with sugar and lack fiber so I set out to create a pumpkin bread recipe that’s lower in sugar and made with a higher-fiber flour, but still tasty and satisfying. And I finally found it!

Ingredients and Substitutions

This recipe calls for whole wheat pastry flour, which offers a lighter texture than regular whole wheat, only 1/4 cup of maple syrup for the whole batch and if you use a flaxseed egg, it’s totally vegan too.

  • whole wheat pastry flour – whole wheat pastry flour works better than regular whole wheat flour if you’re looking for the light and fluffy bread that regular all-purpose flour provides. If you can’t find whole wheat pastry flour you can also use white whole wheat flour or 1 cup all-purpose and 2/3 cup regular whole wheat or 1 2/3 cup all-purpose.
  • baking powder and baking soda
  • cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice
  • sea salt
  • pumpkin puree – use canned pumpkin or make your own pumpkin puree
  • maple syrup
  • vanilla
  • coconut oil
  • unsweetened applesauce
  • flaxseed egg
  • coconut sugar

Three slices of low sugar pumpkin bread stacked.

The coconut sugar and cinnamon topping does add a bit of sugar to the recipe so if you’re really look to keep sugar in check you can omit the topping, but it’s pretty darn tasty and makes for a pretty crust on top of the bread so I wouldn’t recommend skipping it.

Sliced low sugar pumpkin bread loaf on a cutting board.

I am honestly so excited with how great this bread turned out — it took several test batches to finally land on this recipe but it’s perfect.  The bread is  moist, fluffy, flavorful and not too sweet. Perfect for breakfast or mid-day snacking. I love putting a slice in our toaster oven (the actual oven part, not the bread slot) to reheat and topping it with a little nut butter. Such a good combo!

And if you’re gluten-free or grain-free I have a couple other pumpkin bread options for you — these flourless pumpkin muffins (they’re made with almond butter and SO amazing) along with this quinoa flour pumpkin bread with chocolate chips. It’s so hearty, plus pumpkin and chocolate is basically the best combo ever!

Loaf of low sugar pumpkin bread in a baking tin with parchment paper.

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If you make this low sugar pumpkin bread be sure to leave a comment and star rating below. Your feedback means the world to me and is so helpful for other EBF readers who are thinking about making the recipe. 

Low Sugar Pumpkin Bread

5 from 16 votes
Sweetened only with maple syrup, this delicious healthy low sugar pumpkin bread is made with whole wheat flour and it's vegan!
Sliced low sugar pumpkin bread on a cutting board, photographed from above.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings 10


  • 1 2/3 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup*
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 flax egg, 1 Tablespoon ground flaxseed + 3 Tablespoons water*


  • 2 Tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


  • Preheat oven to 350° F. Prepare 1 regular sized loaf pan (8.5 X 2.5 X 2) by spraying it with cooking spray.
  • Whisk together ground flaxseed with water in a small bowl with a fork and let it sit for a few minutes until an gel like consistency forms.
  • In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon pumpkin pie spice and salt). Combine the wet ingredients (pumpkin, maple syrup, vanilla, oil, apple sauce and flax egg) in a medium-sized mixing bowl and blend well. Add the liquid mixture to the dry and stir well.
  • In a small bowl mix coconut sugar and cinnamon for the topping.
  • Pour batter into the loaf pan and top with coconut sugar cinnamon topping and place on the center rack of oven. Bake for 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  • Allow to cool before removing from pan.
  • Storage: Bread should keep at room temperature for at least 3 days. For longer storage, keep in the fridge for up to a week or in the freezer for 1-2 months.


  • For a sweeter pumpkin bread, feel free to use 1/2 cup maple syrup.
  • A regular egg can be used in place of the flax egg if you don't need the recipe to be vegan.


Serving: 1slice Calories: 165kcal Carbohydrates: 27g Protein: 2g Fat: 7g Saturated Fat: 5g Sodium: 225mg Fiber: 5g Sugar: 11g
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: healthy pumpkin bread


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Recipe Rating

      December 9, 2020 AT 10:08 pm

      Followed the recipe except for the coconut oil which I replaced with applesauce and used whole wheat flour. I had to add around 15 mins additional cooking time, and the bread didn’t rise all that much. There’s a nice crack in the center, but the texture is chewy and rubbery with no crumb. Any idea what went wrong?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 10, 2020 AT 12:12 am

        Oh no!! So sorry to hear that. Did you add the baking soda and baking powder?

    2. Tricia
      December 1, 2020 AT 4:26 pm

      5 stars
      I’m making this recipe for the third time! It’s great for breakfast, a snack, or dessert. I like to heat up a slice with some vegan butter.

      I make a few alternations: For the spices, I do 1+ teaspoons cinnamon and 1+ teaspoons ground ginger (it’s what I have). I do a little less than 1/4 cup maple syrup to make it less sweet. And I do 1/4 cup avocado oil instead of coconut oil. 50 minutes in the oven seems to be the best baking time for my oven.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 2, 2020 AT 12:57 am

        I’m so glad you’ve been loving this recipe, Tricia. Thanks for coming back to share the subs you made – it’s super helpful for other readers, so I appreciate it!

    3. Bo
      November 8, 2020 AT 3:08 am

      5 stars
      I omitted the coconut oil because I wanted it to make even healthier, so I added some more milk and it turned out great! It wasn’t dry at all, it was the perfect snack to get me through the week!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 9, 2020 AT 12:06 am

        So glad this pumpkin bread turned out for you, Bo! Thanks for making it and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. It means the world to me. 🙂

    4. Sandra
      October 23, 2020 AT 7:04 pm

      5 stars
      Absolutely delicious!!!
      Made one with King Arthur gluten free (one to one) Added 1/3 c chocolate chips
      The other used part Einkorn part unbleached all purpose and the chocolate chips.

      Love all your recipes I’ve tried

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 24, 2020 AT 3:57 pm

        Ahh yay!! So good to know this bread turned out with the different flours you used. 🙂 I’m so glad they’re a hit! Thanks for making this bread and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it!

    5. Lan
      October 23, 2020 AT 2:58 pm

      5 stars
      This is a great recipe! Healthy and tastes delicious! Thank you for such great recipes!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 24, 2020 AT 4:02 pm

        You’re so welcome, Lan! So glad this bread was a hit. 🙂

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