Vegan Chia Pumpkin and Oat Snacking Loaf

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Vegan Chia Pumpkin and Oat Snacking Loaf

Whether you’re looking for a nutritious snack for yourself or your kids, you’ll love this snacking loaf, made with vegan ingredients and naturally sweetened by applesauce and banana.

Vegan Chia Pumpkin and Oat Snacking Loaf

I feel like snacks are hard. You’re either eating crackers or raw veggies and there’s little in between, unless you take the time to make a smoothie bowl or some yogurt or something like that. Well, let me introduce you to the snacking loaf!

I call this a snacking loaf because that’s what I personally have it as and so do my kids (they also have it as breakfast or as a side with lunch.) It’s not super sweet, so it’s a nice balanced snack that can be amped up with a nut butter. The kids love it with applesauce or almond butter and I have a couple of slices with some grapes as a filling snack.

Vegan Chia Pumpkin and Oat Snacking Loaf

It’s a one bowl kind of baking recipe – just add all your dry ingredients to a bowl, then add your wet, then mix together and pour into loaf pans. Speaking of loaf pans, these are the ones I use for this recipe. I also have made this recipe as muffins, just decrease your time down to 25 minutes, checking for doneness and continuing to cook if needed.

If you want to make this even more kid friendly or as a dessert, add some cacao powder to the dry mix and/or add chocolate chips! Heck, you could even add some birthday cake inspired sprinkles!

Vegan Chia Pumpkin and Oat Snacking Loaf

And if you can’t find canned pumpkin right now (it’s like toilet paper when COVID started – hard to come by and very desirable!), you can use canned sweet potato puree, too.

These are great for meal prep, great for packing for on-the-go snacks (obviously don’t serve with almond butter or applesauce if you’re on the go, what a mess!), and great to just switch up your snack or breakfast game.



Serves makes 4 mini loaves (about 6 thick slices each)

Vegan Chia Pumpkin and Oat Snacking Loaf

10 minPrep Time

40 minCook Time

50 minTotal Time

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  • 1.25 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 large banana, mashed
  • 1 (15oz) can pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 4 mini loaf pans with coconut oil.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and chia seeds. Add the banana, pumpkin, vanilla, and applesauce and stir together until combined.
  3. Scoop the mixture into the loaf pans about ¾ of the way to the top and smooth with the back of a spoon. Bake in the oven for 35-45 minutes or until browned on the outside and toothpick comes out clean. I usually go for 40 minutes, because they do firm up substantially during the cooling process. Slice and serve or freeze for up to 3 months for optimal freshness.

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Anonymous says:
Calories, Carbs and Sugar counts? Thank You so much for this great recipe! Judi in Enid.
Meaghan says:
Unfortunately, we don't provide that information any longer - if you input the ingredients in a tracker, you can get some more information!
Lucy says:
Need to find a substitute for the wheat flour and oats? I am Gluten free. thanks.
Meaghan says:
Any typical substitutes you may use in baking would do!
Lindsey says:
Is there any way to bake using one large loaf pan?
Meaghan says:
We haven't tried that but you could definitely give it a go. If you do, let us know how it comes out!

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