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Vegan Rum Raisin Bread (Jamaican-Inspired)

December 25, 2019
This Homemade Rum Raisin Bread is fluffy and soft with deep flavors of cinnamon, naturally sweetened, and 100% vegan! It takes less than 10 minutes to make and offers a healthy and nutritious breakfast option with just the right amount of sweetness. 

Vegan Rum Raisin Bread (Jamaican-Inspired)

This Rum Raisin Bread is the sort of recipe that feels decadent and festive enough to make for holiday mornings but is also easy enough to whip up on a weekday. Made with bread flour, flaxseed, and warming spices, this vegan bread is incredibly fluffy and moist. it also happens to be refined sugar-free, dairy-free, and can be made nut-free if you use soy or oat milk.

Homemade Rum Raisin Bread on a cutting board with a slice removed

You can toast up slices of freshly baked Rum Raisin bread or wrap it up for a holiday gift! There’s no wrong time to enjoy this delicious homemade bread. 

To be honest, I had to test this recipe more times than I’d like to get it perfect. It was either way too moist or too dry before I landed on this perfect recipe that is tender, chewy and soft. all it needs is a pat of butter or a smear of cream cheese to make a totally satisfying breakfast. 

Homemade Rum Raisin Bread in a white baking dish with parchment paper on the sides

How to Make Vegan Rum Raisin Bread 

The flavors in the bread of cinnamon, allspice, and raisins are inspired by my Jamaican roots. A bit of rum extract always tastes like the islands to me.

Ingredients

Find the following ingredients to make this dairy-free bread recipe:

  • Bread flour. I use the organic bread flour from Bob’s Red Mill. If you need gluten-free bread, see below for my recommended swaps. Other readers have had success making this recipe with regular all-purpose flour an even with whole wheat flour for extra fiber. 
  • Baking powder. this helps lighten the bread as it bakes. 
  • Flaxseed meal. Mixing flaxseed meal with warm water makes vegan “flax eggs” to replace eggs in most recipes. 
  • Ground cinnamon and allspice. These add just a hint of spiced flavor to the bread, it’s not overwhelming but certainly delicious.
  • Vegan butter. Instead of vegan butter, you can use coconut oil or vegetable oil. 
  • Rum extract. Feel free to use real white rum instead of extract for the bread. 
  • Maple syrup or agave. You can also use a different liquid or powdered sweetener, depending on what you have at home. See the notes section below for my recommended swaps. 
  • Almond milk. Feel free to use any of your favorite plant-based milk alternatives. 
  • Raisins. Soaking the raisins helps them become plump and moist in the bread. I wanted the raisins to just melt in your mouth, so I soak them for 10-15 minutes in boiling water to soften them. In addition, the raisins become plumper, which means more raisins in ever bite!

Homemade Rum Raisin Bread on a cutting board with a white knife

Gluten-Free Rum Raisin Bread

If you don’t eat gluten, you can still enjoy this vegan bread recipe! Simply swap the flour with a gluten-free all-purpose flour blend. I recommend Bob’s Red Mill’s flour for this. 

If you find that the gluten-free bread dough is too runny, add more flour, 1/4 cup at a time, until it’s thick. 

Homemade Rum + Raisin Bread on a wooden cutting board with a slice cut away

Nut-Free Version

You can even make this bread dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free AND nut-free! Simply use a nut-free milk such as soy or oat milk. In addition, make sure your vegan butter is not made with coconut. Other than tat, the ingredients are naturally free of nuts and other allergens. 

Homemade Rum + Raisin Bread on a cutting board with slices stacked on top of each other

LOOKING FOR A HEALTHIER SWEETENER OPTION?

The Best Healthy Sugar Alternatives + Substitutes list is all about finding better ways to enjoy your favorite sweets without compromising your healthy lifestyle. For those who follow a vegetarian and/or vegan lifestyle, this lists offers a few great ideas to incorporate healthy sweeteners into your diet.

You can experiment with different healthy sweeteners in this bread recipe that fit your diet. One I’m loving right now is this bee-free honey that’s fully vegan but works great for baking! 

Homemade Rum + Raisin Bread on white plates and the loaf on a cutting board with white flowers in the background

How to Serve Healthy Cinnamon-Raisin Bread

This is my go-to treat when I’m creating a cinnamon roll in the morning but am trying to take the healthier route. You can slice it up for breakfast or enjoy it with a cup of tea for an afternoon pick-me-up. It’s also fully kid-approved!

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Homemade Rum + Raisin Bread

Homemade Rum + Raisin Bread

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 1 hr
Total Time: 1 hr 10 mins
Serves: 8 servings
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups organic Artisan bread flour (See Notes!)
  • 2 tsps baking powder
  • 2 Tbsps flaxseed meal + 6 Tbsps WARM water! (This creates '2 flax eggs')
  • 2 Tbsps ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 4 Tbsps vegan butter, melted (See Notes!)
  • 1 tsp rum extract (See Notes!)
  • 1/4 cup Agave syrup or Maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup Almond milk + 1 Tbsp! (You can use your fave plant-based milk!)
  • 1 cup organic raisins, soaked

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and lightly grease a standard size loaf pan with vegan butter or coconut oil, then lining it with parchment paper (hanging on the sides).
  • In a small bowl, add the flaxseed meal and water together to a bowl, stirring and letting it set + thicken for 5 minutes; This makes the 'flax eggs'.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, allspice, and salt until combined.
  • In a small bowl or standard 2-cup measuring cup, add the raisins and pour boiling water atop until completely covered. Let them sit for 5-10 minutes, until slightly softened and puffy. Drain + rinse and set aside.
  • Add the flax eggs, melted vegan butter, rum extract, Agave, and milk to the dry ingredients, stirring everything together using a rubber spatula until combined and moist, yet thick. NOTE: If too dry, add additional milk, 1 Tbsp at a time. Fold in raisins.
  • Scoop batter in the prepared loaf pan (evenly spreading it out) and bake it for 55-60 minutes, or until the centers come out clean once tested using a toothpick.
  • Once done, remove bread from oven and let it cool for 10-15 minutes before gently removing it from loaf pan to cool completely.
  • Slice and enjoy!
  • Bon Appetit!

Tips & Tricks

  • STORAGE:Refrigerate leftover bread by tightly wrapping it in foil paper or keeping it fully covered in a cake stand—lasts up to a week. Can also be stored at room temperature for up to 2 days and if needed, it can be frozen for up to 3 months. Just ensure that your bread cools completely before placing it in the refrigerator or freezer (stored in a freezer safe ziplock).
  • SWEETENER: You can always use organic brown sugar, pure maple syrup, vegan honey, or date syrup, date syrup or nectar as a substitute for Agave syrup. For vegan honey—-Bee Free Honee, click link.
  • GLUTEN-FREE VERSION: To make this bread GF, I recommend using a GF Flour Blend (Bob’s Red Mills has a great version!). **NOTE: If the bread mixture is too ‘thin + runny’, simply add additional GF flour, 1/4 cup at a time.**
  • OIL: Instead of vegan butter, you can also use coconut oil or vegetable oil, if preferred.
    RUM: You can feel free to use actual white rum in substitute for rum extract.
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  1. This cinnamon raisin bread is to die for! Seriously, I made a double batch the first time baking it and I’m so glad I did. This is delicious and if I could give it 10 stars I would!!
    Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  2. Hi. I made this for the 1st time today, but I used all purpose unbleached flour as I didn’t have artisan flour. I didn’t make any other changes, followed the recipe to the letter, but it was more ‘stiff’ than spreadable. Also, once the time was up, my bread stayed the size as it went in the pan. It did not rise at all. The top was rather hard and crunchy (I didn’t over-bake it) but the centre was more ‘bread’ like. Otherwise, it smelled delicious while baking and was tasty. I didn’t use a mixer, but did it by hand. Is this how it should be? Thanks as I want to try again.

    • Hi Donna! Yes, it definitely is more ‘crunchy’ on the outside and ‘bread-like’ on the inside, so your results were just right! Also, it usually doesn’t rise that much with this specific recipe. I’m glad that you enjoyed it! 🙂

  3. Really enjoyed this and love that is it not too sweet! I made with whole wheat flour 🙂 thank you for posting and sharing ! It’s definitely a nice alternative when your craving a cinnamon roll 😀

    • Hi Nicole! I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed this Bread! It’s definitely a favorite in our house! 🙂

  4. We made this bread this morning and it’s gone ahaha It’s so delicious plus the house smelled so great afterwards!!!

  5. I love your healthy twist on cinnamon raisin bread . This bread had bold flavor and fluffy and soft. I had mine with a cup of herbal tea and it was a perfect breakfast. Thanks for such a great recipe.

  6. Is there anything more comforting than a slice of cinnamon raisin bread for breakfast with tea? I remember is so fondly as a child! I love this version and am totally sharing it with my bestie!

  7. This cinnamon raisin bread looks so good! The spices are perfect, I can see this making an excellent gift over the holidays! My sister is vegan so I know she will just love this!

  8. I made this loaf for holiday breakfast – and because it keeps so well, I was able to make it well in advance! Such a wonderful bread, so much delicious cinnamon flavor, and can’t wait to make it again!

  9. I love finding healthy versions of foods my family loves. I need to make this for my son and husband would love having something a bit sweet in the morning. Great post!