Coconut Pumpkin Bread. It’s one of the best fall desserts I have ever eaten! It actually qualifies as a quick bread, so Coconut Pumpkin Bread is perfectly acceptable to be served at breakfast or brunch. You have my permission. The combination of pumpkin and pudding make this bread unbelievably moist and rich.
Last Saturday it was 90 degrees. Today it SNOWED at my house. Lightly, but it did snow. I took a drive up to Park City this morning. And it was an all-out blizzard up there. Snow in the first week of October sends me into baking mode.
I love to change up the normal and this recipe includes a combo of pumpkin and coconut and pudding in the batter to make a super moist pumpkin loaf. It’s so good all by itself or with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. One recipe makes two very dense loaves, which usually produce about 8 thick slices. It freezes well and can be made days ahead and stored in the fridge until you are ready to slice and serve.
I’ve made several loaves of coconut pumpkin bread in the past week. I love it because it’s a little change from the usual pumpkin bread varieties of either chocolate chips or raisins. It’s always a big hit in our house.
Coconut Pumpkin Bread
Yield 2 loaves
This recipe was given to my by my dear friend Tessa and has been a family favorite for years.
- 1 1/3 cup vegetable or canola oil
- 4-5 large eggs
- 2 cups pumpkin
- 2 teaspoons coconut emulsion or 1 teaspoon coconut flavoring*
- 2 cups flour
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon soda
- 1 cup chopped nuts (optional) if not using nuts, add ¼ cup flour to recipe
- 2 -3.4 oz packages of instant coconut cream pudding (dry) or vanilla pudding if you are unable to find coconut*
- 1/4 cup coconut
- additional coconut for sprinkling on top, if desired
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees and set oven racks on bottom third of oven.
- Line and grease 2 loaf pans.
- Beat eggs and oil together in large mixing bowl. Add pumpkin. Mix well.
- Add all dry ingredients; mix until all ingredients are incorporated.
- Pour ingredients into prepared loaf pans.
- Sprinkle tops of leaves with coconut, press in slightly.
- Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
- Let cool for 10 minutes, then remove to rack and let cool completely.
-You may add 1/4 cup of coconut to batter if desired.-If you are unable to find coconut pudding, purchase vanilla pudding and add 2 teaspoons coconut emulsion or 1 teaspoon coconut flavoring to the batter. Coconut emulsion may be found online at Amazon or in baking supply stores.