Healthy Pumpkin Sweet Potato Bread with Cinnamon Oat Crumble Topping

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Fall is by far one of my favorite seasons. Especially during October, when the weather hasn’t gotten too cold yet, and all of the leaves have fully changed their colors – it’s truly the best time of the year. One of my favorite ways to celebrate fall is to make all of the fall-inspired treats. This pumpkin sweet potato bread is one of my favorites to make. I created this recipe because I wanted a very healthy take on a not-so-healthy classic. A sweet bread that is normally full of refined sugars and flour, I wanted to create something that was less processed, less refined, and more nutritious.

This easy healthy pumpkin bread with oat flour is a high-fiber, nutrient-dense bread that can help you enjoy and celebrate the changing seasons and upcoming holidays, without it affecting your waistline. In this recipe, I’ll show you how easy it is to make, what ingredients you’ll need, how to change it up according to your dietary preferences, how to store it, and many other tips and tricks.

Is Homemade Pumpkin Sweet Potato Bread Healthy?

Yes! Homemade pumpkin sweet potato bread is healthy, especially when you follow this recipe. In general, the pumpkin puree, roasted sweet potatoes, cinnamon, and other fall ingredients make it a healthy dessert or breakfast option, because it’s packed with fiber, healthy fats, and other vitamins.

Pumpkin is high in vitamins E and C, while sweet potatoes are high in vitamins A and B. These vitamins can help with your eye health, reproduction health, and the health of your brain and skin.


Plus the fiber in this recipe will help you feel fuller longer.

How to Make Pumpkin Sweet Potato Bread

Make the Oat Flour: For this healthy pumpkin bread with oat flour, you can either make your oat flour from scratch or just buy it from the store pre-made. If you’re making it from scratch, then take 2 ½ cups of old-fashioned oats and put them in a food processor. Pulse the oats for about 2 minutes, or until it becomes a course flour.

Roast the Sweet Potatoes: Just like oat flour, you can buy cooked sweet potatoes at the store, or roast them yourself. I recommend roasting them yourself because it’s cheaper and easier to do.

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Rinse the sweet potatoes under cold water, and scrub with your hands or a scrub brush. You want to get any excess dirt off the potatoes. Then, poke holes all around the surface of the potatoes with a fork. Place on a baking sheet, and roast for 40-60 minutes, or until fork tender. Once done, let them cool for 10-15 minutes, and peel the skins off with your hands. You only need to roast one or two sweet potatoes for this recipe, depending on the size.

Mix Ingredients for the Batter: First, start by mixing the dry ingredients in a medium-sized bowl, including the oat flour, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, baking soda, ground ginger, and salt. Then, in a separate large-sized bowl, mix the sugar and wet ingredients with a hand mixer, including the eggs, sugar, maple syrup, and coconut oil. Mix the sweet potatoes and pumpkin puree into the bowl with the wet ingredients.

Next, dump the dry ingredients into the bowl with the wet ingredients, and mix with the hand mixer on slow to medium speed, until fully combined.

pumpkin sweet potato bread batter

Make the Crumble Topping: In a small bowl, combine the oat flour, light brown sugar, cinnamon, and coconut oil. Using your hands, pinch the mixture for 5 minutes in order to form the crumble. You want to group the coconut oil with the dry ingredients and pinch them together so they form a crumble.

Assemble the Batter and Crumble Topping: Grease a 9×5 loaf bread pan with cooking oil spray. Lightly coat the inside of the pan with oat flour. This will prevent the bread from sticking to the pan when it bakes. Pour the batter into the pan and sprinkle an even layer of crumble on top.

Pumpkin Sweet Potato PreBake

Bake at 350°F: Bake for 60-70 minutes or until evenly cooked through. To tell if the bread is thoroughly cooked, take a knife or toothpick and insert it into the center of the loaf while it’s still baking. If it comes out with batter on it, the bread still needs time to cook. If it comes out clean, the bread is done baking.

Baked Pumpkin Sweet Potato Bread

Ingredients for Pumpkin Sweet Potato Bread

Roasted Sweet Potatoes: I prefer to use roasted sweet potatoes rather than potatoes cooked any other way. When you roast sweet potatoes, the sugars in the potatoes caramelize in the oven, providing an extra sweet and rich flavor profile to the bread. Check out my quick guide on how to roast sweet potatoes in the oven in order to prepare the perfect potatoes for this recipe.

Pumpkin Puree: Pumpkin puree is another star of this pumpkin sweet potato bread recipe. You can use canned or homemade.

Oat Flour: Instead of using white flour, I opt for oat flour, as it’s less processed and has more nutrients. White flour is highly processed and is stripped from many of its nutrients. Even store-bought whole wheat flour is really processed and will also affect the flavor of this recipe. You can buy oat flour in the store or make oat flour yourself in less than 5 minutes!

Eggs: Eggs not only add some added protein to this baked bread, but it acts as a binder to bind the ingredients together and add moisture too.

Coconut Oil: Coconut oil will add moisture and prevent the bread from being too dry or overcooked.

Sweetener: In this healthy pumpkin bread recipe, I combine a couple of healthier, more natural sweeteners instead of using white cane sugar. In this pumpkin sweet potato bread, use ¼ cup of maple syrup and ½ cup of coconut sugar. My recipe for pumpkin sweet potato bread isn’t as sweet as other recipes, allowing the earthy and sweet flavors of the pumpkin and sweet potato to really shine.

Fall Spices: Fall spices is what make the flavors of this pumpkin sweet potato bread pop. The spices I use in this recipe include pumpkin pie spice, ground ginger, and cinnamon.

How to Make Cinnamon Oat Crumble Topping

In order to make the cinnamon oat crumble topping for pumpkin sweet bread, you’ll want to combine coconut oil, cinnamon, oat flour, and brown sugar. The cinnamon and sugar give the crumble its flavor and sweetness. The firm coconut oil and flour will help form the clumps characteristic of crumb topping.

Combine the ingredients in a small bowl, and stir the ingredients to combine. Pinch the mixture with your fingers, and continue to do this for at least 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, you should see large crumbs forming. You should be able to pinch the mixture with your fingers and have it stick and clump together.


How Much Pumpkin for Pumpkin Sweet Potato Bread?

That depends on how much pumpkin flavor you want and how dense and moist you want the bread to be. In this recipe, I call for one cup of pumpkin puree. By adding one cup of pumpkin, you’ll add enough pumpkin flavor and make the pumpkin sweet potato bread really moist.

If you want to omit the sweet potato, and just make healthy pumpkin bread, then I suggest you use two cups of pumpkin puree instead and keep the rest of the ingredient measurements the same.

How Much Pumpkin Pie Spice Goes Into Pumpkin Bread?

Again, this is largely preference based. How much pumpkin pie spice flavor do you want? Do you want it to be strong or very light? In this recipe, and any recipe that makes one 9×5 inch pan of bread, I recommend using two teaspoons. This will make the bread taste noticeably of pumpkin spice, but it won’t be too strong.

What Makes Pumpkin Bread Moist?

All of the wet ingredients in pumpkin sweet bread make it moist! The eggs, sugar, oil, and pumpkin puree all contribute to making moist bread. And in this recipe, the sweet potato also makes it moist.

If you want your bread dryer and more crumbly, then add fewer of these ingredients. If you want your bread really dense and moist, then add more of these ingredients. Just don’t add too much, as that could make your bread soggy, and prevent it from having a fluffy texture.

In order to make one 9×5 inch pan of bread, I recommend using ½ – 1 cup of sugar, 1-2 cups of pumpkin puree, 2-3 eggs, and ¼-1/2 cup of oil. With sweet potato pumpkin bread, add one cup of pumpkin puree and one cup of roasted sweet potato, no more.

Sliced Pumpkin Bread

Is Pumpkin Sweet Potato Bread Vegan?

The original and traditional recipes aren’t vegan, but you can easily make them vegan. Omit the eggs and increase the amount of pumpkin puree or sweet potato to make up for the lack of eggs. You can also use more oil in place of eggs.

If you use other dairy products in your bread recipe (this one doesn’t), then you can replace any milk or yogurt products with more pumpkin or sweet potato.

How to Make Pumpkin Sweet Potato Bread Gluten-Free?

Primarily, use gluten-free flour. If you’re using this recipe and you want to make it gluten-free, I recommend making your own oat flour from certified gluten-free oats. You can also buy store-bought oat flour that is certified gluten-free.

Pumpkin Sweet Potato Bread Out of the Pan

How Long Does Pumpkin Bread Last?

Pumpkin bread can last as long as 2-3 days on the counter, 4-7 days in the fridge, or 3-4 months in the freezer. You can store it in an air-tight container, or slice it and store it in Ziploc bags.

How to Serve Pumpkin Sweet Potato Bread

You can serve this recipe for pumpkin sweet potato bread for breakfast, a snack, or dessert.

If you’re serving it as breakfast, share it with the whole family and serve it with a side of fruit and scrambled eggs for a balanced meal. You could also pair it with an apple-carrot breakfast smoothie.

I would even recommend serving it with chopped pecans sprinkled on top for extra flavor and crunch.

sliced bread with fall leaves

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Healthy Pumpkin Sweet Potato Bread with Cinnamon Oat Crumble Topping

Audrey Sommer
This healthy pumpkin sweet potato bread is made with oat flour, pumpkin, sweet potato, maple syrup, coconut sugar, pumpkin spice, cinnamon, and many other delicious and healthy ingredients. Serve as a dessert, a snack, or a healthy breakfast option.
5 from 15 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 8 slices
Calories 433 kcal


  • 1 ¾ cup oat flour
  • 1 tbsp. cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. ground ginger Dry ground ginger, not fresh
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup coconut sugar
  • cup coconut oil melted
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup roasted or cooked sweet potato

Cinnamon Crumble Topping

  • ½ cup oat flour
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup coconut oil at room temperature
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon


Cinnamon Oat Crumble

  • In a small bowl, combine the oat flour, light brown sugar, cinnamon, and coconut oil.
  • Using your hands, pinch the mixture for 5 minutes. Doing this will help you combine the ingredients together so that chunks form from the flour, cinnamon, oil, and sugar. You want it to form a crumbly texture. Set aside.

Pumpkin Sweet Potato Bread

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Combine oat flour, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, baking soda, ground ginger, and salt in a medium-sized bowl. Stir to combine and then set aside.
  • Combine the eggs, sugar, maple syrup, and coconut oil in a large bowl and blend using a hand mixer. Start with the slow speed and gradually go up to high speed, and mix on high for at least 2 minutes.
  • Stir in the pumpkin puree and roasted sweet potato and mix on low or medium until well combined with the wet ingredients.
  • Dump the dry ingredients into the large bowl of wet ingredients and mix with the low setting on the hand mixture. Mix until all the flour mixture is well combined with the wet ingredients, forming a batter.
  • Grease a 9×5 bread pan with cooking oil spray and coat lightly with oat flour. This will prevent the bread from sticking to the sides of the pan after baking.
  • Taking a spatula, spread the batter evenly in the bread pan.
  • Sprinkle the crumble on top of the bread batter, evenly coating the surface.
  • Bake for 60-70 minutes.
  • Once it’s done baking, let it cool for about 10-20 minutes. Slice and serve.


Recipe Notes: To tell if the bread is thoroughly cooked, take a knife or toothpick and insert it into the center of the loaf while it’s still baking. If it comes out with batter on it, the bread still needs time to cook. If it comes out clean, the bread is done baking.

Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts
Healthy Pumpkin Sweet Potato Bread with Cinnamon Oat Crumble Topping
Serving Size
8 slices
Amount per Serving
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat
Trans Fat
Polyunsaturated Fat
Monounsaturated Fat
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Serving Size
8 slices
Nutrition Facts

These values were taken from a nutrition calculator.

Keyword Autumn Dessert, Fall Breakfast Bread, Healthy Pumpkin Bread, Homemade, Oat Crumble Topping, Pumpkin Bread, Pumpkin Sweet Potato Bread
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29 Responses

  1. 5 stars
    We really enjoyed this healthy and delicious bread for breakfast! The kids enjoyed it as a snack too! Thank you for the recipe.

  2. 5 stars
    This was incredible! The bread itself was flavorful, moist and delicious and the crumble topping took it over the edge. Really glad I found this recipe and will definitely make it again!

  3. 5 stars
    I like starting the day with a healthy breakfast. This pumpkin bread is perfect for this time of the year. The sweet potato brings moisture and adds sweetness. Love it.

    1. Yes, I completely agree. I love this bread, because you can still fully celebrate the holidays without being too unhealthy

  4. 5 stars
    This bread came out really soft and fluffy. It was a great way to use up some leftover sweet potatoes and veer from my usual fall time pumpkin bread.

  5. 5 stars
    This is a lovely bread. It was tender and perfectly moist. While I didn’t have coconut oil, I used olive oil instead and the flavor was still perfect.

    1. That’s great! I’m glad you didn’t let not having all the ingredients stop you. Olive oil is a good and healthy substitute

  6. 5 stars
    This is my new favourite pumpkin bread! The addition of sweet potatoes is genius! I love October too! We’re currently having very mild temps and the leaves have all turned colour. Just wonderful!

    1. The sweet potatoes in this bread are the best! I think sweet potatoes are an unsuspecting ingredient. Not a lot of people know that you can use it so easily in baked goods, but it’s an amazing ingredient for moist cakes and bread. And I love it when the leaves turn colors too!

  7. 5 stars
    This healthy pumpkin sweet potato bread has everything I love bout fall in one bread. The topping was the perfect touch. My whole family loved this and didn’t even know it was a healthier recipe.

  8. 5 stars
    The crumble topping on it was so great, I had to stop myself from scraping it off the whole cake – which was just as incredible with or without the topping 😉

  9. 5 stars
    This Healthy Pumpkin Sweet Potato Bread with Cinnamon Oat Crumble Topping was out of this world, flavorful, and tasty. Great recipe that I will be serving again at Thanksgiving!

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