Pumpkin bread has a soft and moist crumb with wonderful pumpkin flavor. This recipe is easy, keeps well, and can be made ahead. Plan to make a batch of Honey Butter as well because it pairs really well with pumpkin bread.
Want to know a secret? This is based on our popular Pumpkin Cake and easy Pumpkin Cupcakes. Several readers shared that they had converted the base to make a pumpkin bread so I tested it and, sure enough – it became an instant hit.
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What is Pumpkin Bread?
This is a sweet bread or a dessert bread made with pumpkin puree. It’s similar in consistency to banana bread and is intended to be enjoyed as a treat after a meal or with a mug of coffee. The crumb is wonderfully moist and flavorful on its own and does not require a frosting, but we love serving it with honey butter.
Ingredients for Pumpkin Bread:
This is a failproof recipe with a short list of ingredients. You don’t need any fancy equipment to make it, just a couple of mixing bowls and a whisk and don’t forget the loaf pans! This makes two (8 1/2″ x 4 1/2″) loaves of pumpkin spice bread. If you have a can of pumpkin puree, you likely have the rest of the ingredients which are pantry and refrigerator staples:
P.s. the vanilla doesn’t belong here. We suspect it snuck into the picture when no one was looking.
What is the Best Pumpkin Puree?
Since pumpkin puree is packed plain without any additional flavorings, you can use any brand of pumpkin puree. Double-check that you are getting pumpkin puree and NOT pumpkin pie mix. If using homemade pumpkin puree, be sure it is well-drained.
We discovered this Organic Pumpkin puree (pictured above) and have been using it for all of our pumpkin baking. I stock up when it goes on sale in Autumn because it is convenient when the pumpkin craving hits, and it has great pumpkin flavor.
How to Make Pumpkin Bread:
This recipe couldn’t be easier. You simply mix the dry ingredients, mix the wet ingredients, put them together and bake.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon
- In a second bowl, whisk together pumpkin puree, oil, eggs and vanilla extract
- Whisk wet ingredients into dry ingredients, transfer to 2 buttered/ floured loaf pans and bake.
How to Freeze Pumpkin Bread:
Pumpkin bread freezes very well. To freeze, let the loaf cool to room temperature first, then wrap thoroughly in plastic wrap. Cover with a layer of aluminum foil, or transfer to a freezer Ziploc bag and freeze for 2-3 months. You can wrap and freeze either the entire loaf or individual slices.
To thaw: Place loaf in the refrigerator overnight, or thaw at room temperature for a few hours then unwrap to serve.
Can I Add Chocolate?
I thought you might ask! If you really want to have fun with this, you can add some chocolate morsels as we did in our Chocolate Chip Banana Bread and make it a Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread. You can’t go wrong with chocolate!
If you’re feeling adventurous, you can try folding 1 cup of cranberries (dried, fresh or frozen) in at the end for a cranberry pumpkin version.
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Pumpkin Bread Recipe
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Pumpkin bread has a soft and moist crumb with wonderful pumpkin flavor. It’s easy, keeps really well, and can be made ahead.
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $6-$8
Keyword: pumpkin bread
Calories: 164 kcal
Servings: 16 slices (makes 2 loaves)
Preheat oven to 350˚F. Butter and lightly dust with flour, two 8 1/2″x4 1/2″ bread pans.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients: 2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 1/2 cups sugar, 1 tsp baking soda, 2 tsp baking powder, and 2 tsp cinnamon.
In a second medium mixing bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients: 3 room temp eggs, 1 cup oil, and pumpkin puree.
Pour wet ingredients over dry ingredients then whisk together until smooth. Divide evenly between 2 prepared bread pans and bake at 350˚F for 45-55 minutes*, or until a toothpick comes out clean (my oven took 50 min). Let cool in the pans for 10-15 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to fully cool.
*Bake times can vary based on your oven and the color of your baking pan. A darker colored pan will bake faster and a lighter colored pan will take longer to bake.
Pumpkin Bread Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 164 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Vitamin A 4181IU84%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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