Coffin Bread Recipe

This chocolate coffin bread is a fun way to enjoy a healthier treat for Halloween!

It’s my favorite time of year!! I love the fall and everything that comes with it! Cooler days, sweaters, warm coffee shops, walks through the cool air, the crunch of the fallen leaves, the vibrant colors and most of all…. Halloween!

Coffin Bread Recipe - A skeleton lays in a chocolate, sweet bread coffin.

Yep, Halloween is my favorite holiday of the year. I know some don’t consider it to be a holiday, but we sure do in the McCauley household, and nobody is gonna tell us different!

We go all out! In fact, I think I decorate my house more for Halloween than for any other holiday. And not all that blood and gore stuff either. I’m more of a “Martha Stewart Halloween” kinda girl. With a young kid, the scary stuff isn’t really an option anyway. At least not for us. But even without a kid, I would still avoid all that icky stuff. That’s just not Halloween for me.

What IS Halloween for me, are recipes like this one! Check it out!


Traditionally, coffin bread is a Taiwanese street food that is very much like a pot pie, but in a buttery, very thick piece of hollowed out and toasted bread. With that in mind, I thought I would apply that to the holiday and instead of making dinner, I’d make dessert! I made a loaf of chocolate sweet bread, cut it like a coffin, hollowed it out and put a plastic skeleton inside.

This could also be referred to as casket bread. Both have the same meaning. Typically, this is a savory dinner dish. But why stick with convention when you can enjoy a fun, Halloween treat that is also on the healthier side? Pssst…. you don’t have to tell anyone! They won’t know the difference!

What You’ll Need

  • 6 large whole eggs
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • 1 cup Sucanat or coconut sugar
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp. ground allspice


Making coffin bread is simply a matter of how you cut the loaf of sweet bread. First, you’ll want to bake your loaf of bread.
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Then you’ll cut off small portions of the top two edges at an angle. Keep these top cuts smaller. You can always cut off more later if needed, but if you cut off too much, there’s no going back.
First cuts to form the coffin.

Now cut off the two bottom corners, but make these longer/larger cuts to fully form the coffin.

Clean Eating Grain Free Chocolate Coffin Bread Recipe

Next, you’ll turn the loaf on it’s side and cut off a full slice at about 1/2 inch thick to create the lid of your coffin. Set it aside.

Cutting a lid.

Now you’ll want to carefully hollow out the coffin part of the loaf with a knife or spoon (or both), but don’t discard the bread you pull out. Transfer it to a bowl.

Hollowing out the loaf.

Follow the shape of the coffin, leaving about a 1/2 inch wall, all the way around. This does not have to be exact.

Clean Eating Grain Free Chocolate Coffin Bread Recipe

When you’re finished, it should look pretty close to this.

Clean Eating Grain Free Chocolate Coffin Bread Recipe

Finally, you’ll crumble the filling in the bowl to make the “dirt” that covers your skeleton.

Clean Eating Grain Free Chocolate Coffin Bread Recipe

Place your skeleton in the coffin, cover him with chocolatey “dirt”, and then set the lid at an angle, leaning against the coffin to make it look like the coffin was just opened.

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Grain Free Chocolate Coffin Bread Recipe

Enjoy a chocolatey treat for Halloween that uses much healthier ingredients than anything you can buy at the store!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 1 loaf
Calories: 1482kcal


  • A sharp knife


  • 6 large whole eggs
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • 1 cup Sucanat (affiliate link) or coconut sugar
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp. ground allspice


  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Break your eggs into a big mixing bowl.
  • Whisk quickly with a whisk or fork to break up the yolks.
  • Whisk in the remaining ingredients until you have a smooth batter.
  • Transfer the batter into an oiled, standard bread loaf pan. Make sure to “drop” the pan on the counter a few times gently just to remove any air bubbles that may have collected below the surface of the batter. Keep the pan close to the counter when doing this or you may end up wearing it instead of baking it.
  • Bake for approximately 45-50 minutes. It’s done when you stick a knife or cake tester in the middle and it comes out clean.
  • Cool completely, then remove from the pan.
  • Follow the photo directions below for cutting.
  • Crumble the leftovers and sprinkle it around or even in the bread to look like dirt!


Please note that the nutrition data is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible. This data is for the entire loaf. Divid these numbers by the number of slices you cut this into.


Serving: 1entire loaf | Calories: 1482kcal | Carbohydrates: 262g | Protein: 55g | Fat: 40g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 1116mg | Sodium: 1127mg | Potassium: 1825mg | Fiber: 34g | Sugar: 202g | Vitamin A: 1620IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 417mg | Iron: 18.7mg

Recipe from the Gracious Pantry® archives, originally posted 10/16/16.

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  1. Georgia LaMantia says:

    is this recipe correct? There is no flour in it. Just checing before I tried it.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Georgia – That is correct! 🙂 I hope you enjoy it!