Gluten-Free Vegan Pumpkin Bread

This recipe has been stored up in the F&B’s archives for a while now but seeing the influx of pumpkin recipes out there recently, I figured now is a great time to share the tastiest gluten-free vegan pumpkin bread out there. I feel a bit all over the place with recipes lately. In fact, life has been an extension of the recipes I have been creating…

To recap: 3 weeks ago I quit my job. For multiple reasons. Reason #1: It was a terrible place to be at–full of toxicity that I needed to rid of. Reason #2: I was tired of always dreaming about what I really wanted to do with my life instead of actually doing it. Having a terrible job was great motivation to branch off on my own, but so was several years of feeling that crazy push in my heart to do what I wanted…

Pumpkin Bread that happens to be gluten, egg, and dairy free.


Changing what you are used to doing (regardless of what it is that needs to be changed) is always scary. For me, money was a big factor but also, what if I found out that I couldn’t do it after all? The first few nights of being “unemployed,” or self-employed really, I had a rough time sleeping. I worried about finances and time-management: Would I feel stressed and uninspired like I did last year when I was looking for a job? Would I be able to pay my bills once the money I saved up ran out?

Gluten-Free & Vegan Pumpkin BreadThen I realized that thoughts like those were all a part of self-sabotage, not to mention they were useless because I was already moving in the direction that I wanted–wasn’t that victory enough? Wasn’t that enough evidence to keep my thoughts positive?…

So I have begun my new journey with a positive outlook. I switched to words like YES and straying away from “going there” with catastrophic possibilities.  Instead of fixating on what could go wrong, I started to tell myself silly things like, Hey Cara, why not focus on what could go right?! Well, I’m not sure about what is going to happen but what I do know is because of positivity I was able to make one happy gluten-free and vegan pumpkin bread…

Gluten-free & Vegan Pumpkin Bread
Cook time
Total time
Dry ingredients
  • ⅔ c. brown rice flour
  • ⅔ c. sorghum flour
  • ⅓ c. potato starch
  • ⅓ c. arrowroot powder
  • ¾ c. brown sugar
  • ½ c. sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ¾ tsp. xanthan gum
  • 1½ tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp. ground cloves (optional)
  • ½ tsp. salt
Wet ingredients
  • 1 c. canned pumpkin puree (not the pie mix)
  • ½ c. oil
  • ½ c. boiling water
  • 1 Tbsp. EnerG egg replacer + 4 Tbsp. warm water, beaten with electric mixer for 30 seconds
  • ½ c. walnuts, chopped (optional)
  • Raw pepitas for garnishing the top
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9x5 loaf pan.
  2. In a large bowl, mix all of the dry ingredients together.
  3. In a medium bowl, thoroughly mix the wet ingredients together.
  4. Pour wet ingredients into the dry. With a wooden spoon, mix until just combined. Fold in walnuts.
  5. Pour batter into the loaf pan (if garnishing, place pepitas on top of batter). Bake for 50-60 minutes or until knife comes out smooth when inserted.
  6. Allow to cool for 10 minutes and transfer to cooling rack.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 3303 Fat: 151g Saturated fat: 12g Unsaturated fat: 132g Trans fat: 1g Carbohydrates: 482g Sugar: 272g Sodium: 3823mg Fiber: 24g Protein: 28g
 Remind me to say YES more often!



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  1. ciao cara! con cosa posso sostituire la gomma di xantano?? grazie mille il tuo blog è fantastico

    • Hi Angelica :) You can use either guar gum or try it without xanthan and see how it works. It just might hold together but make sure you let it cool completely if you are doing that! xo

  2. Can I substitute applesauce for the eggs? If so, how much? Thanks!

    • Hi Debbie–By eggs, do you mean the Ener-G egg replacer? If so, don’t sub anything, simply omit it. I think it might be fine without it, actually. Let me know though! I’d be very curious…

  3. Morning,Cara. Is there a substitute for arrowroot powder? I don’t have any. Also, congratulations on moving forward. I would like to suggest a site: It has wonderful, very positive, and short readings everyday. Try it, it’s free. Great, uplifting, thought provoking. 100% positive! Enjoy!!

  4. Hey Cara, I was wondering I can substitute arrowroot powder for cornstarch here? Thanks for all your wonderful-looking recipes!

  5. Hi there,

    how much egg can I substitute for 1 Tbsp. Egg-Replacer?

  6. Congrats on moving forward, you are going to be absolutely amazing in whatever you decide to put your mind too!

  7. This was so delicious! I just added a little bit of allspice, but probably less than 1/8th tsp. I made this as a study snack and I’m not so sure it’ll last longer than a weekend. As always, good stuff!

  8. Congrats on the big change, it’s exciting and scary for sure, but great to get away from a toxic environment.

    And the bread looks great, thanks!

    • Thank you so much Christine! Exciting and scary is the perfect way to put it but I am so grateful to be given this opportunity. xo

  9. One of the things I’ve been meaning to do is make something other than pumpkin pie when I buy a pumpkin. You know what though? It’s sooo hard! I love my pie too much! The bread looks fantastic. I’ve got to try it out. Really. 😀

  10. Your Biggest Fan! says:

    This looks like something I should be having with my morning coffee!
    I was talking up your web site to a few GF & other allergies gals while I was at my convention.:-)
    Then, what did I see when I went to Amazon????
    If you’re not sleeping now, it’s got to be because of all that positive energy flowing from you! Can hardly contain my excitement! Can’t wait to tell EVERYONE!
    P.S. You need to package and sell your flour mixture. We can’t get most of that here!

  11. I’m so excited for you – congrats on taking the big leap of faith!

  12. Congrats for taking the leap! You are screamingly talented and good-hearted and have everything it takes to follow your heart and be successful doing what you love! Never pass up the chance, no matter how scary…you’ll never regret it and will discover all new things about yourself and how creative you can be. All the best to you!
    And thanks for the breathtakingly delicious pumpkin bread recipe…yumza!

  13. This looks delicious Cara!

    You have the absolute right mind set. If you are going into things expecting things to go wrong and to fail, they surely will. Positive affirmations and the belief that you can succeed are half the battle! Good luck with everything and congratulations on taking the leap!

  14. This bread looks absolutely delicious! Good luck with your future, the ebook looks incredible and hurray for staying positive!

  15. Yay! Positivity wins. I’m all about that who positive affirmation brings great results/The Secret business. It’s so real. Keep saying YES and good things are bound to happen.

    • It really does work, doesn’t it? There are times when I wanna convince myself that it is hogwash, then I go and think some positive crap and something incredible lands in my lap. Go positivity! xo

  16. Good luck on the start of your new journey! This looks like a delicious way to start it off!

  17. That bread looks positively scrumptious! and a great outlook i must say. All the best for the changes and your cookbook!!:)

  18. Good for you – all my best wishes for your new life! I can relate – having just embarked on a major life change myself 😉

  19. Hi Cara,what exciting news, congratulations on following your dream.Chamge is always scary, but keep going, it will get better and better. I have a favourite 2 min video I like to watch that keeps me motivated and my mind positive. The url is rediculously long, but if you go to youtube and search “A credo for making it happen” it will be the first listing. It us by a lady called Danielle Laport. Good luck, “you can do this” :)
    Ps, your pumpkin loaf looks wonderful. I can’t wait to try it

    • I am so grateful for this reference, Tracy. Thank you so much for sharing what motivates you–I’m eager to check it out! xo


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