Vegan Pumpkin Coconut Bread

by Chef Pandita on November 24, 2012

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Hi there.

Remember me?

Is anybody reading this?

My last post was exactly 4 months ago. So much has happened I don’t know where to start…

I really wasn’t planning to blog today but this vegan pumpkin coconut bread was SO good I had to share the recipe. Even though Thanksgiving is not celebrated in the Dominican Republic, I’ve been celebrating it for the past 3-4 years with my bff Annush who comes visit her family every year. I couldn’t join them this time because I had to babysit my cousins; we decided to have a sushi party and since it was Thanksgiving day I wanted to make a pumpkin dessert. Found a wonderful recipe by Isa Chandra Moskowitz which caugh my eye because it calls for coconut milk and flaked coconut. The recipe name was pretty irresistible too: Super Moist Pumpkin Bread. Sold.

The original recipe called for vegetable oil which I substituted with coconut oil. I’ve been using this miracle oil for a while and I can’t get enough! I drizzle it on fruit salads, blend it in my smoothies, love it on my skin… I even tried the ancient ayurvedic thechnicque called ‘oil pulling‘ but that didn’t last more than a few days. If you are familiar with oil pulling I would love to hear about your experience with it!

Before leaving you with this wonderful recipe, let me fill you in with what has happened during these 4 months I’ve been MIA from this blog [if you follow me on IG/Twitter/FB just jump to the recipe :P]:

  • As I mentioned on my last post, I got a proposal to be part of the judge panel on a cooking reality show and it was such a hit season 2 has been already confirmed. You can watch all 10 episodes HERE [sorry, spanish only. I am going to suggest they add subtitles so my readers and friends abroad can enjoy it too!]. I will write a post about this project but I must say I am proud to be part of this. My face was [still is] everywhere, got to meet a lot of talented kids and thanks to MercaSID a sudent/cook/aspiring chef won an all expense paid scholarship to study at at Le Cordon Bleu Peru. Congrats, Raymond 😉
  • I won a trip to Napa with @Beringer_RD and it was so much fun. First time in SF/Napa, my friends at El Catador extended our stay and sent us to all the wineries they represent here in DR: Hess Collection, Mondavi, Far Niente, Duckhorn, Joseph Phelps, Darioush, Opus One… All I can say is that it was an AMAZING experience and I have over 2k photos I need to organize and share with you in upcoming posts 😉 Special shoutout to Roger who made our dining experience at Michael Mina even more special than we imagined it would be.
  • Got my ServSafe certificate. Go me! 😀
  • Marutaro told me he loves me ❤_❤  [I also met his cousin outside Bouchon Bakery in Yountville.]
  • My bff got engaged to a really cool guy who loves her like crazy and I’m gonna be a bridesmaid for the first time in my life 😀 [so happy for both of them!]
  • I’ve grown up. This year has been quite unexpected with a lot of ups and downs. Still deciding if I like this or not…

I hope to blog more often as I used to. Meanwhile please go get the ingredients and bake this super moist pumpkin coconut bread. You’re welcome.

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Vegan Pumpkin Coconut Bread
Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 12
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 3½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups pumpkin puree
  • ¾ cup coconut oil
  • ⅔ cup coconut milk
  • ⅔ cup flaked unsweetened coconut
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour two 8" x 4" loaf pans.
  2. Spread walnuts in a single layer on an ungreased baking sheet. Toast in the preheated oven for 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Set aside to cool.
  3. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, brown sugar, baking soda, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon.
  4. Add the pumpkin puree, coconut oil and coconut milk, and mix until all of the flour is absorbed.
  5. Fold in the flaked coconut and toasted walnuts.
  6. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans.
  7. Bake for 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from oven, and cover loaves tightly with foil. Allow to steam for 10 minutes.
  8. Remove foil, and turn out onto a cooling rack. Tent loosely with the foil, and allow to cool completely.
  9. Enjoy!

 Thank you for reading!


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Melissa B. { hungryfoodlove } November 25, 2012 at 1:13 am

I am reading! Actually, this is the first post I have read from your blog. I started blogging myself two months ago, and since have been immersed in the blogosphere and that is how I found about you and have enjoyed following this panda, sorry, pandita over social media. I know how important it is for me to hear from my readers and that is why I am sending you this shout: I am reading and me likey! Keep it up!


Chef Pandita November 25, 2012 at 8:39 am

Welcome to the blogging world! I have been doing this on and off for a few years now, and after this 4 month period I think I’m ready to start blogging regularly again. Since I share so much of my life on my FB page/Twitter/Instagram sometimes I just have no inspiration to sit down and work on a blog post. Thanks so much for the blog love, heading over to your page now. *pandahugs*


yummychunklet November 25, 2012 at 12:20 pm

Congrats on your accomplishments! Welcome back!


Chef Pandita December 2, 2012 at 9:35 pm

Thank you! So glad to be back 😀


Cher November 25, 2012 at 1:47 pm

Congratulations on all the wonderful things you have going on.
The bread looks delightful!


Chef Pandita December 3, 2012 at 5:24 pm

Thanks so much for visiting my blog! Just found your comment on my spam folder. Stupid wordpress can’t tell you’re a real person 😛 I’m slowly getting back to blogging. Glad to see old friends leaving me some comment love :) xoxo


Mari November 25, 2012 at 7:42 pm

This looks so rich and moist! I believe the combination of coconut and pumpkin goes well. I am glad you started to blog again, I’ve been following you for quite some time after your blog break, and I was glad to receive an email update from you. Welcome back :)


Chef Pandita December 2, 2012 at 9:36 pm

Thanks, Mari :)


Maureen | Orgasmic Chef November 25, 2012 at 7:44 pm

I knew from our first conversation that you were going places but I never knew you’d do it this fast! I’m so pleased at your success my sweet friend.

I watched your videos and yeah, I had little clue what you were saying but I got the general idea. You do look all grown up. :)

Love this bread. I’ve never put coconut milk in pumpkin bread but now I wonder why I didn’t think of it.


Chef Pandita December 2, 2012 at 9:37 pm

Hello Maureen! The coconut milk was a key ingredient in this bread. Thanks so much for your comments, I am glad to be back :)


Fatima December 13, 2012 at 5:27 pm

Instead of all-purpose flour, can i use another and still be ok? as in kamut flour, almond flor or whole wheat?


Chef Pandita March 5, 2013 at 4:02 pm

Hi! Whole wheat is ok. However, kamut and almond behave differently. You´d have to test the recipe with them.


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