Crumbly Pumpkin Bread — Damn Delicious

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Crumbly Pumpkin Bread

With lightened-up options, this can be eaten guilt-free! And the crumb topping is out of this world amazing!

I hope everyone had a safe and wonderful Halloween! I went home straight from work, spent an hour in the worst traffic of my life (and I only live 12 miles away from work), took a long nap, and spent the rest of the night at the gym watching Dexter. I sure know how to party it up, right? At least some sort of blood splatter was involved.

Now with all the candy and Halloween-related foods we’ve all devoured lately, I thought I would bring you a lightened-up pumpkin bread to balance it all out, made with whole wheat pastry flour, coconut oil and applesauce. And I just couldn’t help but add a very crumbly topping to go along with that super moist and light pumpkin-cakey-inside. It’s the perfect breakfast option to go along with that piping hot cup of coffee, and it’s also just sweet enough as a delightful midnight snack.

Crumbly Pumpkin Bread

Yield: 3 mini loaves

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

With lightened-up options, this can be eaten guilt-free! And the crumb topping is out of this world amazing!


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup pumpkin purée
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the crumb topping

  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly coat three 5 3/4-inch mini loaf pans with nonstick spray. To make the crumb topping, combine flour, sugars, pumpkin pie spice and butter; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flours, sugar, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  3. In a large glass measuring cup or another bowl, whisk together pumpkin, coconut oil, butter, apple sauce, egg and vanilla.
  4. Pour mixture over dry ingredients and stir using a rubber spatula just until moist.
  5. Scoop the batter evenly into the loaf pans. Sprinkle with reserved topping, using your fingertips to gently press the crumbs into the batter.
  6. Place into oven and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and let cool for 15 minutes before inverting the cake onto a wire rack.

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this looks amazing … love the crumb topping.

It is damn delicious!! Everyone loved it! I added raisins in it. I think it need some nutmeg and little of cinnamon. I made them into muffins, I liked it that way…easy to grab and go if in hurry.

I love that you made this in muffin form – definitely want to try that next!

How long did have the muffins in for?

I also tried this in muffin form, and it turned out really well. I baked them at the recommended temperature for 25 minutes, checking them with a toothpick after 15.

Can I use vegetable oil or applesauce in replace in coconut oil and regular pastry flour vs. whole wheat pastry? thank you!

Applesauce should work great. For the whole wheat pastry flour, I would just use all-purpose flour. Hope that helps!

Hi, what would sub for apple sauce? oil? same measure? Thank you!

You can substitute vegetable oil for the same amount.

Can I use coconut oil for the applesauce? Or is it better to use olive oil?

It’s best to use applesauce but to substitute, I would recommend vegetable oil. As for the muffins, I’m not sure how long they need to be in the oven as this recipe is for mini loaves. I would start at 12-15 minutes and test with a toothpick to see if it is fully baked through.

Hmm I used two bread pans instead of three, must have greatly affected the cooking time, after 35 minutes they are quite mushy still. Baking another 10mins…but thank you for the awesome recipe nontheless!

Hi, this recipe looks amazing! I would love to make it in a standard size loaf pan. Would you be able to help me adjust the ingredients measurements to do so? I’m not particularly talented in the kitchen, so I could use all the help I can get! :o) Thanks!

Just be sure to fill the standard size loaf pan 3/4 full.e As for baking time, I would start at 30 minutes and test as I go. Hope that helps!

I doubled the recipe and made 4 small loaves, and 1 big one. It ended up being almost an hour with all 5 in there and the big one cooked in an hour as well. I did only make one serving of the crumbled topping and I found that to be PLENTY. I used Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, as well as Organic Butter. Worked beautifully. I wouldn’t mind having a bit more spice, next time I’ll double up. GREAT RECIPE. This one’s going in the AWESOMENESS-HOUSEWIFE APPROVED- GOOD FOR GIFT GIVING file 😉 Thanks for the recipe

This looks absolutely amazing. I definitely need to try this asap!

How would you tweak it for high altitude? Thanks!

Unfortunately, I’ve never baked in a high altitude setting. I would suggest researching how to bake in this kind of environment.

Just add an extra tablespoon or 2 to the batter. That’s really all you have to do. I have great results with cutting back on the fats about 1/4 cup.
Add about 10 min to baking time.

delicious! though, i think it needs a bit of cinnamon. I only had a regular loaf pan so i cooked it for 40-45 mins and it came out great. definitely going to try a make this as muffins next time. thanks!

I made this tonight and it turned out fantastic! I’m a sucker for anything pumpkin so this recipe is a keeper! The only thing I did differently was that I added 1/4 cup rolled oats to the topping!

Sounds amazing! I’ll have to try that next time!

I made this 2 days ago and It is SO good. I won’t tell you how much I ate the day I made it because it is embarrassing. 🙂 I love that it not super sweet and yet very moist. And the crumb topping? It’s awesome and the perfect compliment. I’m getting ready to make another batch and plan to freeze half of it so that I don’t eat too much! Thanks for the recipe!

Ps. I did add about a tsp. cinnamon because of the recommendation from some other commenters.

This recipe is absolutely delicious. I made one large loaf with this recipe and baked it for about an hour. Thank you for the great recipe!

I love this recipe it came out great. Its great because I am using it for a church activity which only lasts an hour and it uses the same size pans I wanted to use. This recipe was meant to be. Thank you

Hi! I bought whole wheat pastry flour in the summer and haven’t used it yet. Its unopen but is it still good? I thought I saw somewhere that it should be refrigerated immediately even unopened. Thanks!

You should check the expiration date before using. I also leave my opened whole wheat pastry flour in my pantry.

I loved this recipe so much! The cake was so moist and flavorful! I love the contrast of crunchy topping and the soft, moist cake! And my husband loves a streusel topping on just about anything, which makes me happy to serve it to him! Thanks for sharing recipe! Can’t wait to try more from your site!

So yummy, thanks for sharing! I made it for the second time today, and it turned out just as delicious as the first time around. I made one large loaf (instead of three mini loaves), and just baked it for approx. 55 minutes instead. Also substituted veg. oil for coconut oil and AP flour for wheat pastry flour. All in all, turned out fabulous 🙂

What beautiful picture of your bread. They look so life-like. I can also smell and taste the delicious bread. Great recipe and damndelicious Bread.

This looks wonderful, can I substitute veg. oil for coconut oil?

You can certainly give that a try but it is best to use the ingredients listed here to obtain the best results possible.

Love this! Made it last week, and my toddler gobbled up every last crumb. I ended up making it without the crumb topping, for a a little less sugar (and less mess), but still wonderful.

Fantastic! I just made these in muffin form. 20 minutes at 350 degrees was perfect. Thanks for this recipe. It’s a keeper!

Your crumb topping was fantastic. Plus I like how it uses melted butter– so much easier than cutting in cold butter. I used my own (unhealthy) pumpkin bread recipe but that topping is what it was always missing. It turned out exactly like your gorgeous pictures. Thanks!

Hi!! I would love to try your recipe but all I have is fresh Pumpkin. How should I cook it in order to make the puree??

Patricia, as I have never tried it myself, I recommend using online resources to create homemade pumpkin puree.

Yes, cooking the pumpkin will make soft and really that’s all that is in canned pumpkin. Fresh pumpkin tastes way better than the metallic canned stuff.

This bread is so delicious! It was my first time baking with whole wheat flour and was pleasantly surprised that the bread still tasted amazing and not “healthy”. I doubled the recipe and made 2 mini loaves and one regular-sized loaf. The only issue I had was with the crumb topping. The recipe calls for melted butter, however, when I added the melted butter it turned into a soupy mess! So I had to throw it away and start from scratch, this time just cutting in cold butter. The crumb topping ended up turning out delicious nonetheless! Thanks for the recipe 🙂

can you please tell me how to make this gluten free

Debbie, without further recipe testing, I cannot advise on the appropriate substitutions to make this gluten-free. Please use your best judgment to convert this recipe to fit your dietary restrictions.

Can’t wait to try this tonight! If I don’t have whole wheat pastry flour, can I just use all-purpose flour for all of it? Thanks again for a delicious recipe 🙂

I was so excited to take this into work for a Halloween treat… its been baking for an hour and still raw in the middle.. I don’t know what went wrong.. 🙁

Jenna, are you making mini loaves or are you making 1 full loaf with this? Mini loaves should not take longer than 30-35 minutes.

This recipe may be amazing, but there is too much topping for the bread. Reduce to 2/3 and the recipe may be alright Too much waste..

Mjski, please feel free to reduce the crumb topping as needed (everyone has different preferences). I have personally made this a dozen times and used every single crumb each time!

Hello there,
I just made this recipe yesterday, but I made it as muffins. My boyfriend is obsessed, and they are already almost gone. I posted a link onto my blog because we are so smitten.

The combination of substituting regular flour for pastry, and using a regular sized bread pan instead of mini loaf pans must have been the reason for my failure. It has been cooking for over an hour and is still pretty soupy inside, with burnt outsides. In the future, I would probably attempt muffins instead. I hope no one else makes my mistake, it was very disappointing. 🙁 My only other solace is to blame my crappy apartment oven lol.

Julie, I’m so sorry that this didn’t turn out! But it is really best to use all of the ingredients listed in the recipe without any substitutions to obtain the best results possible. But if substitutions because of what you have on hand or due to dietary restrictions, please do so at your discretion.

Your recipe sounds amazing I want to do it tonight but I have a couple of questions:
Can I substitute sugar with coconut sugar? And how much can I use?
For the brown sugar and butter what can I use that makes it helthier (for the topping)?
And can I substitute the butter with more applesauce? And how much?

Zio, these are all great questions but without further recipe testing, I cannot advise appropriate substitutes that will not alter the overall taste/texture of the bread. Using a substitution(s) may also result in a mediocre outcome but if substitutions must be made, please use your best judgment.

Your recipe good. I will try in coming weekend. Can’t say now what will be happen. 🙂 But undoubtedly it will be a challenge for me. If i get perfectly, I’ll share….

Just a thought…would it work to substitute additional pumpkin for the applesauce? I used canola oil and the loaves are baking right now but since I had extra pumpkin left, I wondered if that would work as well? Smells delicious and I’m super excited to try out that topping!

Unfortunately, without further recipe testing, I cannot answer this with certainty. Substitutions may also lead to a mediocre outcome but as always, please use your best judgment.

Hi! I just made this and it’s fantastic! I did do one big loaf baked for 55 minutes and added some cinnamon to the batter. This is going into my regular holiday season rotation. 🙂 I love your site and your recipes – thank you! 🙂

You are very patient with these people. 😉

A mom in our preschool made these for us this week and I have to say that this is one of the most delicious things I have ever tasted. Bravo!!

The crumble topping recipe must be a mistake?? The amount of butter doesn’t make sense; way too much. It came out looking as wet as the bread batter. I added twice as much flour and then it turned out alright…

The measurements are correct. A little bit of wetness is completely normal.

I’ve never baked with coconut oil. Do I need to melt it first or should I use it in solid form?

The coconut oil should not be in solid form.

For these recipe with the coconut oil i have coconut oil that is liquid form and solid which would be best??

I recommend using coconut oil in liquid form.

Made this today. Turned out wonderful. I did have to use AP flour and canola oil still turned out great.

I have the best luck with your recipes even when I have to substitute. We enjoy your recipes and ease of ingredients.

Thank you for sharing and bringing fabulous food to our table

This may help the people inquiring about gluten free possibilities. I made this for a GF friend of mine, and simply subbed in my GF flour. The streusel was maybe a bit firmer than it might have been otherwise, but the loaf turned out great. I also made some high-altitude adjustments, but not quite enough, since I got a bit of a hollow in the center, where the butter melted out of the streusel pooled. Still delicious.

Easy GF flour ( 80 g. finely ground nonfat dry milk, 180 g. superfine white rice flour, 105 g. cornstarch, 100 g. superfine brown rice flour, 85 g. tapioca starch/flour, 20 g. potato starch, 10 g. xanthan gum).
So bottom line, YES it adapts nicely to gluten free. Thanks for the recipe!

I made this once before when I didn’t have coconut oil (I think I did as you suggested in a comment and substituted more applesauce). This time I did. Coconut oil is solid at room temperature, and since the recipe specified that the butter should be melted but not the coconut oil, I assumed I should leave it solid (I probably should have kept checking comments!). But it might be helpful to future users of this recipe to specific that the coconut oil should be melted/liquid form. (Otherwise, this is a fabulous recipe…I just have to figure out how to salvage my batter with its solid coconut oil pieces… 🙂 )

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