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An easy quick bread infused with coconut and pumpkin.

Pumpkin Coconut Bread | www.tasteandtellblog.com

Photo Updated October 2013

Originally posted October 10, 2008 – I couldn’t stop the pumpkin, so I’m bringing this one up from the archives with an updated photo. I love this combination of pumpkin and coconut. This is the perfect fall quick bread!

I have been taught that you should never judge a book by it’s cover. And really, I believe this is true – especially in the case of this humble looking quick bread. It may look like nothing special from the outside, but once you taste it, you’ll know it’s not a boring bread.

Pumpkin recipes have been hitting the web like crazy lately, and I’m bringing you one more to add to your arsenal of fall and holiday treats – this Pumpkin Coconut Bread. I have to be honest and say that before I chose this family cookbook as the Cookbook of the Month for October, I already had this recipe chosen out to make. I love pumpkin. I love coconut. But I don’t think I’d ever had them together! But this bread combines them beautifully. Neither flavor overtakes the other, but they combine in harmony.

I made mine as mini loaves because my husband and I tend to like the edges of breads like this best, and mini loaves mean more edges!! I will say that I had my fair share, but my husband really gobbled these up. I halved the recipe and got 8 mini loaves, which lasted 2 days!

So whether or not you are feeling the chill of fall yet, these will really get you in the mood!

Pumpkin Coconut Bread
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An easy quick bread infused with coconut and pumpkin.
Serves: 16-20 servings
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup sweetened coconut
  • 2 (3 oz) packages coconut pudding (not instant)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1⅓ cups vegetable oil
  • 5 eggs, beaten
  • 1 can (15 oz) pumpkin
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease 2 9x5-inch loaf pans.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, coconut, pudding mixes, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda and salt. Make a well in the center, and add the vegetable oil, eggs and pumpkin. Mix just until combined, and pour evenly into the loaf pans.
  3. Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let cool for 5-10 minutes, then turn out to cool completely.

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65 Responses to Pumpkin Coconut Bread {Cookbook of the Month Recipe}

  1. Jingle says:

    Oh, that looks so cute with that little dotted ribbon tied around it!

  2. Mary says:

    I love new plays on old recipes; I never would have thought of combining coconut with pumpkin! These look and sound wonderful.

  3. kat says:

    I'm loving all the pumpkin recipes right now & I'm with you on the mini loaves…

  4. Katerina says:

    I also love coconut and pumpkin. Would this recipe make one or two regular sized loaves?

  5. Deborah says:


    This makes 2 regular sized loaves. I will go back and put that on the recipe so there isn’t any confusion!

  6. Aggie says:

    This looks fantastic. I may have to use this recipe for the loaves I usually make for gifts! Yum!

  7. RecipeGirl says:

    Mmmmm. And what a GREAT idea to make those in mini loaves for those of us edge lovers!

  8. Barbara Bakes says:

    Your bread looks so moist and tasty.

  9. The Food Librarian says:

    So cute! I love pumpkin too. The little ribbon is lovely!

  10. Erin says:

    This looks delicious! I would have never thought to pair pumpkin and coconut together.

  11. Megan says:

    Oohhh, I’m with you! I love pumpkin and coconut but would of never thought to put the two together. I always make pumpkin bead and I’ll try this one this year. Love the ribbon. It’s like we untied a present! :0

  12. Marisa says:

    I can’t wait to try this recipe! I was just telling my husband last night that I love coconut and want to cook with it more as I was drooling over a coconut shrimp recipe. So what is a better pairing than coconut and pumpkin (also a favorite)!

  13. Patsyk says:

    Those look so cute… but, we are not big fans of coconut in our house… so, I’ll have to stick to a more traditionl recipe for now. ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Jamie @ Baldwin Bungalow says:

    Oh, yum. It’s too bad my husband doesn’t like coconut. I LOVE coconut, although right at this moment I’m out of it. I bought canned pumpkin at Costco so I need to use it up!

    Fav thing to do with coconut:
    Mix it in with chocolate ice cream. Add chocolate chips and walnuts and mix even more. YUM!

  15. Sharon says:

    I’ve never thought of the pumpkin – coconut combination, but it sounds fabulous! Where did you find the coconut pudding mix?

  16. Deborah says:


    You should be able to find it at most grocery stores. I just bought the Jello brand – but I believe it was coconut cream flavored.

  17. kimberleyblue says:

    this is great! i’ve been looking for some pumpkin baked goods that are a bit different – this one definitely fits the bill!

    and sounds really good.

  18. Steph says:

    These little loafs look so yummy! Hey I heard you had lunch with Kelsey Nixon yesterday, I did too, isn’t she the cutest little thing? I’m so excited!

  19. Mandy says:

    This is two of my favorite things! Thanks for posting, a must for fall.

  20. Sylvie says:

    There can never be too many good pumpkin recipes on the net! Thanks for sharing yours.

  21. Esi says:

    Ok, this bread and that chicken below have me itching to cook right now. Too bad I am away from my kitchen, but they both look great!

  22. Laurie says:

    This bread looks so delicious! I love pumpkin and coconut so the combination sounds divine.

  23. Elle says:

    Ah, the pudding is the key ingredient I’ll bet…a nice moist pumpkin bread with coconut…yummy! Love your photo with the ribbons.

  24. noble pig says:

    Oh how yummy, I love the ribbon…love it.

  25. Mary says:

    I love pumpkin bread and yours looks delicious! I hope coconut pudding mix is easy to find ’cause I’d like to make it too!

  26. Grace says:

    me likey! i’m not especially keen on pumpkin flavor, but buddy, i love me some coconut! i think the balance would be terrific. ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. Apples and Butter says:

    That looks delicious. I can’t wait to start cooking with pumpkin this fall!

  28. Emiline says:

    I’ve been dying to bake with pumpkin!
    The loaves look great!

  29. Andrea says:

    I agree 100% with the mini loaf love. Crust is the best and minis = more crust. My fiance doesn’t agree, so when a recipe makes two loaves, I do one of them in the mini pan. I’ve never had pumpkin and coconut together, but it’s a combination I’ve seen before. These look great! I love pumpkin bread, uuummm

  30. Jenny says:

    Cute pics! The bread looks and sounds so yummy! I’m all about the mini loaves too.

  31. Peabody says:

    I have often thought about if coconut and pumpkin would go. I will have to try it out.

  32. Kelly-Jane says:

    That looks lovely, and so cute with your pretty ribbon ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. Indigo says:

    Pumpkin is much less of a big deal here in England; we carve them out for Halloween and most people just throw away the flesh. It’s only since blogging that I’ve realised you can cook it like squash or bake it like carrot cake, and it’s a revelation XD. This looks delicious!

  34. How's it Taste? says:

    I have no doubt this is fantastic, as I’ve been making pumpkin pie with coconut milk for years and it is sooooo good! (Especially if you use fresh pumpkin and cook it in the oven with the coconut milk!) Mmmmmmm! : D

  35. glamah16 says:

    I would never have thought of pairing those two, but why not!Almost a Caribbean influence.

  36. Paula says:

    Oooh, pumpkin and coconut sounds like a great combo. I love your photo; that ribbon is darling on that mini loaf. How neat that you and your hubby like the edges! I like mini loaves because the slices tend to hold together better, if that makes sense. YUM!

  37. Katie says:

    They are so cute. You are onto a winner here. Great flavour combo

  38. Candy says:

    I think it’s perfect! Love the coconut in it.

  39. Prudy says:

    Pretty little picture! I’ve made loads of pumpkin bread but never ever with coconut. Gotta try it!

  40. Patricia Scarpin says:

    Deb, your photos are getting more and more gorgeous! And I have never baked with pumpkin, can you believe it? You are such an inspiration!

  41. Anonymous says:

    Hi Deborah

    Where did you purchase the cookbook of the month, Goodman’s Galloping Gourmet.

  42. Deborah says:

    Anon – unfortunately, it is a family cookbook from the 80s, so it’s not available for purchase. I usually only feature cookbooks that you can buy for the Cookbook of the Month, but I decided to change it up a little this month!

  43. jen says:

    wow, these look great, so yummy looking!

  44. Birdie says:

    This bread looks really good. Your pictures are so appetizing!

  45. kamailesfood says:

    Interesting take on Pumpkin Bread. I don’t think I’ve ever had the pumpkin coconut combo before.

  46. Maris says:

    I would never have thought of combining coconut with pumpkin! I bet the bread turned out very moist.

  47. Maria says:

    Deb these mini loaves look so cute and those flavours must be wonderful!!


  48. Kevin says:

    Pumpkin and coconut sounds like a nice combo for a quick bread.

  49. Monet says:

    I agree, that little loaf with the ribbon is adorable! I love pumpkin and coconut, but I never thought of combining the two–it sounds intriguing! This recipe sounds like one that would stand out a lot from all the other typical fall recipes. I might have to give this one a try soon!

  50. Rosie says:

    Love these made in mini loave pans and don’t they look fantastic and so cute ๐Ÿ™‚

    Rosie x

  51. AnticiPlate says:

    These flavor combinations look very interesting! I will DEFINITELY book mark this and give it a try.

  52. Pearlsofeast says:

    What a great combo,I love the ingredients.Will try out soon.Thanks

  53. kikiverde says:

    I love pumpkin and I love coconut. I can imagine that they’d go great together.

  54. Beth says:

    I made this bread last night so it could flavor through for today. It's so delicious, I love pumpkin!

  55. This looks fabulous!! I need to get on this whole coconut and pumpkin thing!

  56. Ohhh… this looks incredibly moist and delicious. I wish I could reach in a grab a slice right now. ๐Ÿ™‚

  57. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    Delightful ๐Ÿ™‚ I love this recipe! Coconut and pumpkin sounds like an amazing combination

  58. Holy cow, that is some moist looking pumpkin bread!

  59. This sounds amazing!! Love to pumpkin-coconut combination, and it looks so delicious.

  60. barbara delprete says:

    Why no instant pudding. I finally found coconut pudding but they only carry instant.

    • Deborah says:

      The old family recipe specified to use cook and serve, but I’m guessing you won’t have a problem if you use instant. I know the ingredients are different between the two, but I’ll guess that instant would be fine.

  61. barb says:

    I used instant pudding and it was fine.Very tasty

  62. lauryn says:

    Hi, I love pumpkin and I love coconut but I do not have any store i know of around me that sells coconut pudding mix. Is that ingredient promient or can It be replaced with coconut milk maybe?

  63. Kathy says:

    Just made this. I only had 8.5 x 4.5 pans or 9.5 x 5.5 pans. I think it would have been better to have used the larger. Theses had to bake for 1 hour and 20 minutes. Another time I will use parchment paper, as even though I greased the pans well, some still stuck to the bottom. I also used one 6 serving of the pudding as it was all I could get here. We enjoyed the flavour! Another time I may use muffin pans to get more of the “edges”

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