The Best Pumpkin Bread

Homemade pumpkin bread is a favorite fall recipe packed with cinnamon spice, chocolate chips, and tons of pumpkin flavor. The days of bland pumpkin bread are behind us!

pumpkin bread

When September rolls around, I have the sudden urge to make every quick bread known to man. Some of my favorites are cinnamon swirl banana bread, apple blueberry bread, and this orange beauty: the BEST pumpkin bread I’ve ever had. This is my absolute favorite pumpkin bread recipe because each slice is incredibly moist. There are no dry crumbs here! This pumpkin bread is also packed with pumpkin and pumpkin spice flavors. But the best part? Plenty of chocolate chips grace every bite. I’m telling you… this is some good stuff!

The Best Pumpkin Bread

When I was testing this pumpkin bread recipe, it took me about 6 or 7 tries to get it just right. After a week of sunken, soggy, and flavorless loaves, I finally mastered what ingredients and how much of each to use- and the result is absolute perfection.

  1. Pumpkin: There is a TON of pumpkin in this pumpkin bread recipe! I use so much for both flavor and moisture.
  2. Oil: Adds incredible moisture and lightens up the crumb.
  3. Favorite Fall Spices: Cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves… the gang’s all here! These three spices complement the pumpkin flavor wonderfully (and are often found together in many of my pumpkin recipes).
  4. Orange Juice: I know it’s a little weird, but don’t be nervous. This bread will NOT taste like oranges! I use orange juice because a little liquid prevents a super dense baked bread. Milk works too if you don’t have OJ, but the subtle orange flavor is beautiful in this bread.
  5. Chocolate Chips: Because pumpkin + chocolate is always a good idea!

pumpkin bread with chocolate chips

pumpkin bread

I always bake with canned pumpkin, but homemade pumpkin puree works too. If interested, here’s how to make pumpkin puree. Make sure you blot your homemade pumpkin puree to rid some of the moisture (not necessary if using canned pumpkin). Simply measure your pumpkin puree, then squeeze out moisture with a paper towel.

Why I Love this Pumpkin Bread Recipe

  • Delicious in the fall
  • Smells wonderful while it bakes
  • Easy to make
  • No mixer required
  • Extra moist
  • Tons of pumpkin flavor
  • Loaded with fall spices
  • Studded with chocolate chips
  • Similar to banana bread, it tastes even better on day 2 (if it lasts that long!)

I love this pumpkin bread so much that I included this very recipe in my first cookbook, Sally’s Baking Addiction. After receiving so many wonderful reviews, I knew it had to live on my blog, too. If you’ve tried it before, then you know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t, you need to add this lip-smacking bread to your fall baking list!

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The Best Pumpkin Bread

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes
  • Yield: 1 loaf
  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Baking

Description

Homemade pumpkin bread is a favorite fall recipe packed with sweet cinnamon spice, chocolate chips, and tons of pumpkin flavor. The days of bland pumpkin bread are behind us!


Ingredients

  • 1 and 3/4 cups (220g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg*
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves*
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger*
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (150g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (100g) packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 1 and 1/2 cups (340g) pumpkin puree (canned or fresh)
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) vegetable oil, canola oil, or melted coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) orange juice*
  • 2/3 cup (120g) semi-sweet chocolate chips*

Instructions

  1. Adjust the oven rack to the lower third position and preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C) degrees. Lowering the oven rack prevents the top of your bread from browning too much too soon. Spray a 9×5 inch loaf pan with non-stick spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, and salt together until combined. In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs, granulated sugar, and brown sugar together until combined. Whisk in the pumpkin, oil, and orange juice. Pour these wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and gently mix together using a rubber spatula or a wooden spoon. There will be a few lumps. Do not overmix. Gently fold in the chocolate chips.
  3. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Bake for 60-65 minutes, making sure to loosely cover the bread with aluminum foil halfway through to prevent the top from getting too brown. The bread is done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean with only a few small moist crumbs. This may be before or after 60-65 minutes depending on your oven, so begin checking every 5 minutes at the 55 minute mark or so.
  4. Allow the bread to cool completely in the pan on a wire rack before removing and slicing. Cover and store leftover bread at room temperature for up to 3-4 days or in the refrigerator for up to about 10 days.

Notes

  1. Make Ahead Tip: Baked bread can be frozen up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and bring to room temperature before serving.
  2. Special Tools: Glass Mixing Bowls | Rainbow Whisk | Loaf Pan | Cooling Rack | Libby’s Pure Pumpkin
  3. Spices: You can use 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice instead of nutmeg, cloves, and ginger.
  4. Chocolate Chips: If desired, try using milk chocolate, white chocolate, dark chocolate, or even pecans/walnuts instead of the semi-sweet chocolate chips. You can leave the pumpkin bread plain, too.
  5. Orange Juice: You can substitute milk for orange juice.
  6. Pumpkin Muffins: This recipe makes 15-18 incredible pumpkin chocolate chip muffins. Bake for about 20 minutes at the same oven temperature.
  7. Bundt Cake: Simply make this pumpkin bundt cake (pretty much this exact recipe) and leave out the cream cheese filling. Add 1 and 1/2 cups chocolate chips. About 1 hour bake time.
My favorite recipe for pumpkin bread! The flavor is outstanding and it's so moist!
This is my favorite recipe for pumpkin bread! I love adding chocolate chips. Grab the recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

682 Comments

  1. My frist time trying was delicious

  2. Adore this pumpkin bread recipe. I usually leave it plain but just tried it with chocolate chips. Ok I’m never going back! It’s out of this world!

  3. Not sure if I should ever make this again because I could eat the ENTIRE loaf. It is so so good. Are there any nutrition facts for this bread?

  4. Elizabeth G says:

    I made it with Canola oil and followed the recipe except used 1.5x the amount of cinnamon, cloves, ginger and nutmeg. Delicious!

  5. Vera Moore says:

    Great flavor, but both times I’ve tried this recipe it has taken at least 20 minutes longer to bake through and both times the bread stuck in my old Bake King pans (greased and dusted with flour)! Tops fell off when turning over and bottoms stuck tearing the loaves in half. I always wait at least 10 minutes before turning out loaves. This is the only bread (quick, yeast or sourdough) that sticks in these pans.

    1. Hi Vera, Is your loaf pan 9×5 inches or are you making any ingredient substitutions? A different size pan would change the bake time. You can also try to line your pan with parchemnt paper if you know this one sticks!

      1. No, my pans are 9″x5″. No substitutions with the first go around and none with the 2nd, but an addition of mini chocolate chips.

  6. This recipe is AWESOME! I’ve made it four times now, and everyone I’ve made it for has fallen in love! My roommates and I are trying to eat healthier right now, so we all wanted something that wasn’t too high in calories, was filling, and something that tasted like dessert. This recipe hits all three requirements!

    I’ve made this as muffins all four times, so that when we ate it we could have a general idea of how many calories we were consuming. The third time I made the muffins I put walnuts in some of the muffins, instead of the chocolate chips, because one of my roommates likes nuts in every possible baked good. He said they were delicious.

    One more great thing about these muffins is that they stay moist and delicious for up to four days! (We stored ours in a cupcake/cake snap-closed container.) They might be delicious for even longer, but ours have never lasted longer than that, so we may never know.

    If you’re interested in the nutrition info, I ran the numbers for this recipe. If you make a batch of 18 muffins then 1 muffin will have (roughly):
    206 calories
    31.7g carbs
    8.6g fat
    2.8g protein
    1.6g fiber
    19.4g sugar

  7. Thank you for this wonderful recipe! If I would like to have more pumpkin flavor what can I increase in the recipe? The puree or the pumpkin spice? Thank you!

    1. Hilari @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Abla, I’m so happy you enjoyed this recipe! Additional pumpkin puree will alter the texture, so I recommend adding more pumpkin pie spice. Also, you’ll notice the flavor of this bread intensifies on day 2 if you can wait that long to sample 😉

      1. Thank You so much for your suggestion Hilari!

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