Vegan Day of the Dead Bread

This Day of the Dead, vegan Day of the Dead bread is so easy to prepare and delicious that I’m sure you’ll bake it more than once.

Why is it vegan? Because the authentic recipe calls for eggs and milk. My recipe does not contain eggs or dairy like the original recipe. This bread is soft and with a hint of orange. It is a delicious Day of the Dead bread.

vegan day of the dead bread


The Day of the Dead is a huge holiday in Mexico, and it is not a day to celebrate or venerate death. On this day, our deceased loved ones are honored and remembered.

In honor of them, the Day of the Dead is celebrated. Our loved ones who are no longer among us are celebrated and honored by placing an altar of the dead- Altar de Muertos. On this altar, we put flowers, the favorite food of the person we are celebrating, a picture of them, and the Pan de Muerto (on my altar is the vegan dead bread).

Day of the Dead in México is a big celebration. And it is not to celebrate death, is to celebrate the people that left us. It is a way to keep giving love and respect to our loved ones.

The most common way to pay our respects to the deceased is to do an altar. This altar is to let the dead know that they are welcome to visit and that we still love them and miss them. Usually, there is one altar per person. It does not have to be big or fancy, just some flowers and food will do.

vegan day of the dead bread


The Day of the Dead is one of the most typical and meaningful foods for this day. This bread is decorated with pieces of bread dough forming bones and skulls. The bones are set in a circular shape to represent the circle of life. Each state in Mexico has its shape and recipe for the pan de Muerto. In some states, the bread is made in the form of animals, flowers, or dead people.


The Day of the Dead is not a day to be sad or crcryng, it is a day where life after death is celebrated.

This is a celebration of the memories we have of the person that left us physically, but it is here with us in spirit.

vegan day of the dead bread


The ingredients for the bread of the dead are straightforward; it contains flour, milk, yeast, orange zest, sugar, and salt. The steps to make it are straight and simple. The specific steps are on the recipe card.

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  1. First, you have to heat the milk and the oil in a saucepan. The temperature should be 95ºF (35ºC).
  2. Second, measure the sugar and flour and put them in the bowl of the electric mixer. Add the milk and oil, beat, and put the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Third, let the dough rise. Form the bread and bake. When you take it out of the oven, you can glaze it with a simple syrup or with melted vegetable butter and sprinkle it with sugar.
vegan day of the dead bread

The dough of the pan de muerto is sticky, it is normal. 

Use flour in your hands and the area where you are going to knead so that it does not stick. Specially when you are forming the bones.

I make this vegan Day of the Dead bread for my family every year. And we all love it, it really is delicious with a cup of coffee on the side or if you want to serve it more Mexican have it with a hot chocolate or with horchata.

Here is the recipe for this vegan day of the dead bread and I hope you like it very, very much, and bake it to celebrate all the people who are still with us and those who are no longer around.

Bake this bread to celebrate the lives of the people who came before us and to celebrate their legacy, but above all to celebrate eternal life.

When you make the recipe take a picture and post it on FB, Instagram with @piloncilloyvainilla and tell me how it went. I love to see everything you do. You can also save it for later on Pinterest.

It would also be incredible if you gave it five stars and/or tell me how it went in the comments section; if you have doubts or ideas, also put them there.

Vegan Day of the Dead Bread

This vegan day of the dead bread is easy to make, delicious, authentic and perfect to celebrate our loved ones.
4.92 from 12 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
dough rising 1 hr
Total Time 50 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 8 personas
Calories 480.36 kcal


  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 1/2 cup safflower oil
  • teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 3/4 cup sugar plus more for sprinkling
  • 4 ½ cups all-purpose flour plus more for kneading
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest


  • Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  • Bring the milk and oil to 95ºF. It should be warm.
  • Put the flour in a bowl of an electric mixer and make a well in the middle. Sprinkle the sugar and the yeast. Pour the warm almond milk and oil and mix on slow speed with the hook attachment for 10 minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Transfer the dough to a heavily greased bowl.
  • Cover and let the dough rise for an hour.
  • Prepare one oven sheet with parchment paper. Transfer the dough to the oven sheet and take three small pieces, with the rest form a ball. The dough will be sticky, flour your hands to prevent it from sticking.
  • With one piece of dough form a ball, with the other two form two logs. Place the logs in form of an X on top of the big piece of dough and place the small ball on top.
  • Bake for 30 minutes or until golden on the top. While the bread is still warm brush some oil or melted vegan butter on top and sprinkle with sugar.


  • The dough will be sticky, it is important to knead for 10 minutes.
  • It is easier if form three Day of the Dead pieces of bread, they will hold their shape better and will cook faster. 
  • Use thick almond or other vegetable milk, nothing too watery. 


Calories: 480.36kcalCarbohydrates: 75.62gProtein: 10.32gFat: 15.58gSaturated Fat: 1.2gSodium: 231.65mgPotassium: 139.7mgFiber: 3.98gSugar: 18.96gVitamin C: 1.02mgCalcium: 87.57mgIron: 3.41mg
Keyword Day of the dead bread, Vegan Day of The Dead bread


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This post was sponsored by Kroger in October 2018. The recipe, pictures, and opinions are all mine.

Nutritional information of this recipe is only an estimate, the accuracy for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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Stephanie Chiaramonte

5 stars
My husband and I made this recipe and LOVED IT!

Anna Gross

5 stars
This was amazing!
We didn’t have enough orange so we added lemon zest too
We made six breads
A little oil on the hands works too
Feliz dia de Los Muertos

Fabi Perez

5 stars
i love making this recipe it’s super easy and delicious!! best recipe i’ve found by far!!


5 stars
This recipe is so easy. I have made it 4 times in the last week for celebrations and it is so delicious! Thank you for this recipe!


Hi! I made this tonight but my dough was really runny. Is this supposed to be kneaded by hand before rising? There was no mention of kneading it in the recipe. Just using the dough hook. Bread making makes me nervous so I follow the recipe to the letter. I ended up with a flat loaf and it needed to bake for about an hour to get done.

Becky O

This dough came out super wet, almost like a quick dough. Is it supposed to be kneadable?

Becky O

Yea, I wound up adding another cup and a half. Bread is weird. Heating up the oven now!

Enriqueta Lemoine

5 stars
Thanks for sharing this Ale. I love Pan de Muerto.

Rikki Ridgeway

This sounds like a total hit for the entire family, I need to try it.


Something new to try at home. We are now baking and making our own bread to guarantee the nutrients and ingredients we use are okay with us.

Wendy Polisi

What a nice offering to the dead. I would love to bake this sometime to try it out!