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Vegan Pumpkin Pecan Blondies

by Allie on October 6, 2010 · 53 comments

in Dessert,Oven Lovin' (Baking),Recipes

I made these Vegan Pumpkin Pecan Blondies for the first time this past weekend as the dessert for my Project Food Blog Dinner Party (<–have you voted yet?).

It is no secret that pumpkin and pecans are two of my favorite foods. If you take a look my recipes page, you’ll find that I love to combine these two ingredients…a lot.

Given the amount of requests I got for this recipe, I think it’s safe to say that many of y’all are big pumpkin + pecan fans too.


The original recipe called for fresh sweet potato puree. While I had canned sweet potato puree on hand, I opted for canned pumpkin instead. I also cut back on the sugar just a smidge and used pumpkin pie spice to go along with the pumpkin switcheroo.

I usually find that when I bake with pumpkin, I get a very moist end product. These blondies, however, were thick, dense and slightly cakey. Thus, you can wrap them up and eat them on the go without having to worry about smushing them.

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I used a 9×5 loaf pan instead of an 8×8 square baking dish and believe it or not, I baked these in the toaster oven! I found that I had to lower the temperature by about 20-30 degrees and decrease the cooking time by 2-3 minutes as a result.


These are incredibly scrumptious on their own but next time, I think I’m going to serve them with a side of butter pecan and/or pumpkin ice cream. Perhaps for Thanksgiving dessert?

Or…tonight :) .


Vegan Pumpkin Pecan Blondies

Adapted from Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar


  • 3/4 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 cup toasted chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)


Preheat oven to 375*F. In a large bowl, combine wet ingredients (pumpkin, oil, sugar, brown sugar, almond milk, vanilla) and stir well. Sift in dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, salt, spices) and stir to combine. Be careful not to overmix. Fold in chopped pecans and chocolate chips (optional). Pour batter into a greased loaf pan and even out the top with a spatula. Bake for 25-28 min. or until toothpick comes out clean. Do not overbake! Allow to cool before slicing.


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{ 40 comments… read them below or add one }

1 mallory October 6, 2010 at 2:24 pm

I will be making these ASAP!!!


2 Kim October 6, 2010 at 3:04 pm

I made a pumpkin & pecan loaf this weekend that was out of this world! I’m definitely a new convert to this combo! I’ll for sure have to try out this recipe sometime.. Thanksgiving is this weekend so I might give it a go then!

Thanks for sharing :D


3 Freya October 6, 2010 at 3:06 pm

Oh my, they sure do look super! Love it :)


4 VeggieGirl October 6, 2010 at 3:11 pm

My GOODNESS do those look amazing. Yowza.


5 Emily October 6, 2010 at 3:21 pm

These look awesome and oh-so gooey and good :) I think my love of fall is 99% due to pumpkin baking and cooking!


6 janetha g. @ meals & moves October 6, 2010 at 3:39 pm

Allie! I want one of these NOW.


7 Simply Life October 6, 2010 at 3:44 pm

oh those look great- thanks for the recipe!


8 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey October 6, 2010 at 3:45 pm

GAAAAH you’re my hero!!!


9 Liz @ Tip Top Shape October 6, 2010 at 3:52 pm

Oh these look SO good!!!! I would definitely add some butternut pecan icecream, though. Oh yes…definitely :D


10 Heather (Where's the Beach) October 6, 2010 at 4:05 pm

This is just cruel ;-) Yum. I wonder if you could sub apple sauce for the oil…


11 Heather @ Side of Sneakers October 6, 2010 at 5:02 pm

I cook EVERYTHING in the toaster :)


12 Alyssa October 6, 2010 at 5:22 pm

I need to make these stat! How delicious!


13 Jocelyn @ Enthusiastic Runner October 6, 2010 at 5:27 pm

Those look amazing!


14 Amanda October 6, 2010 at 6:18 pm

They look like they held together really well!


15 Matt October 6, 2010 at 6:23 pm

OH MY GOD those look good! I want some ;)


16 holly @ couchpotatoathlete October 6, 2010 at 6:23 pm

Ahh those look so good! And yes I did vote :)


17 rebecca lustig October 6, 2010 at 7:04 pm

i love the contrast between the outer and inner layers!


18 Kaitlin With Honey October 6, 2010 at 7:18 pm

I am drooling. Drooling!


19 Lauren October 6, 2010 at 8:21 pm

These look so amazing. Super gooey, just the way I prefer my bars. :)


20 Paige @Running Around Normal October 6, 2010 at 9:06 pm

I have to make these. They seriously made my stomach growl. Mmmm :)


21 Abby October 6, 2010 at 9:08 pm

Wow. Those look phenomenal! I love pumpkins and pecans, too!


22 maceyb October 6, 2010 at 9:10 pm

These look great!

Just curious, why do you not just use your oven for these (and the pears as well)?


23 emily October 6, 2010 at 9:17 pm

I’m running out of time to make all my bookmarked pumpkin recipes but this looked too good not to save!!


24 Shanna, Like Banana October 6, 2010 at 9:34 pm

Holy wow! I’m totally tagging this entry and making these sometimes. GREAT idea ;)


25 Liz @ LBBakes October 6, 2010 at 9:39 pm



26 Wei-Wei October 6, 2010 at 10:06 pm

I saw Libby’s pumpkin in the grocery store the other day – too bad our family has something against canned goods. I think I’ll buy a roasted sweet potato off the street (YES) and mush it myself. :D


27 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin October 6, 2010 at 10:39 pm

These look almost kind of fudgy or something! Definitely bookmarking this page. :D


28 Tamara October 6, 2010 at 10:53 pm

I have yet to buy my first can of pumpkin of the season, but I think this has just reminded me to put it on the grocery list. I love a recipe heavy on the cinnamon. I’m not vegan, so I may swap out some of the oil for an egg and the pecans for walnuts (just because I have walnuts in my cupboard, not to dis the pecans or anything).


29 Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] October 7, 2010 at 12:16 am

I want to make these THIS weekend – YUMMM!


30 Mary (Sisters Running the Kitchen) October 7, 2010 at 1:37 pm

these look SO AMAZING!!!!


31 Val @ Balancing Val October 7, 2010 at 1:47 pm

I’m soooo attempting these later :)


32 lisa October 8, 2010 at 8:35 am

these look SO good… can we swap applesauce for the oil?


33 Kylie @ A Hungry Spoon October 10, 2010 at 11:35 am

Thank you for posting this delicious recipe–I saw it on Holly’s blog (Couch Potato Athlete), and I can’t wait to make it this week. Also, “Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar” is my absolute favorite baking cookbook! I received it as a gift a few months ago, and I can’t stop trying their recipes! Have you tried the Chocolate Peanut Butter Pillows? They’re a new favorite in our house :)

Thanks again for the great recipe!


34 Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes October 14, 2010 at 12:49 pm

These look A-MA-ZINGGGG!


35 Dee November 4, 2010 at 10:13 pm

Oh my YUM!


36 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) November 23, 2010 at 10:06 pm

I keep seeing these linked on various blogs and I have to say, I drool every time i see them! :)


37 Ash November 25, 2010 at 11:38 am


I made these yesterday and I will be baking them two more times this week (I’m supposed to bring a dish to several people’s places)!

And these were delicious! I loved the texture, and they came out exactly like your picture.
You are awesome =D

I wonder if a carrot cake version of these would work?


38 Alyson @ Nourished Fitness December 12, 2010 at 10:29 pm

Just made these with a couple minor adjustments.. turned out fantastic, thanks!


39 JenniferLeah December 23, 2010 at 8:55 am

found this on The Couch Potato Athlete and oh my yummmmy. I love pumpkin so I can’t wait to check out all your other recipes!
happy holidays


40 Ash December 23, 2010 at 9:34 pm

Made these again today! =D


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