This Easy Pumpkin Bread will become your go-to quick bread recipe for fall. Just one bowl, a handful of ingredients and the perfect loaf every time. Customize with your favorite mix-ins or try baking two mini loaves and giving one for a friend!
*Originally published Oct 2014. Photos updated Oct 2018*
Everyone needs a pumpkin bread recipe easy enough to make quickly in one bowl. I first created this recipe when I was almost 41 weeks pregnant with my son because believe me, if there’s ever a time you need easy recipes, that is it.
This recipe uses basic ingredients and comes out great every time. You need:
- Melted butter – You can experiment with swapping some of the butter for oil or Greek yogurt.
- Pumpkin puree – Be sure to use 100% pumpkin, not pumpkin pie filling
- Brown sugar – White sugar would also work
- Cinnamon and vanilla – for flavor! You can also add some ground ginger if you like the taste.
- White Whole Wheat Flour – you can sub a 1:1 gluten-free blend if needed
I personally like making mini loaves because they’re just so much more fun to eat. You can also give the second one away to a friend or stick it in the freezer!
Easy Pumpkin Bread with Chocolate Chips
Chocolate chips are always a great mix-in option but if you want to change things up, you could try fresh cranberries! Or if you’re looking for a fall recipe that’s a bit more unique, be sure to try my Pumpkin Gingerbread Muffins!
But let’s get back to this bread shall we? Whip up a batch today and enjoy some with your morning coffee all week!
Here’s how you make it:
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Easy Pumpkin Bread with Chocolate Chips
This Easy Pumpkin Bread requires just one bowl and a few simple ingredients. It will quickly become your go-to fall recipe.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 45 minutes
- Total Time: 50 minutes
- Yield: 1 loaf or 2 mini loaves 1x
- 6 Tbsp butter, melted
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 2 eggs
- 2/3 cup brown sugar (I often use 1/2 cup)
- 1.5 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1.5 cups white whole wheat flour
- 3/4 tsp ground ginger (optional)
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)
- Combine butter, pumpkin, eggs and sugar in a large bowl and mix well.
- Add remaining ingredients and stir until just combined.
- Pour into greased loaf pan (or two mini pans) and bake at 350 degrees F for 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. (If using mini loaves, you may want to check on them sooner).
So there you have it, pumpkin bread quick and easy? One bowl, minimal effort, delicious result! Now let’s talk about some variations:
Pumpkin Bread Cream Cheese
The pumpkin bread cream cheese pairing seems to be very popular. While I haven’t tried this myself, I’d imagine this is the perfect recipe to add a cream cheese swirl to! Just take a packaged of room temperature cream cheese and beat until smooth, then add 1/2 cup powdered sugar and beat again. Swirl into loaf before baking. Or try these Pumpkin Cream Cheese Swirl Muffins from The Novice Chef.
Pumpkin Bread Vegan
This is likely not the best recipe to try to make vegan. If you really wanted to try, you could swap the butter for oil or an oil/applesuace combo and use flax eggs but I think it would make it much denser. If you’re looking for a pumpkin bread vegan recipe, I would try this Vegan Pumpkin Bread from Well Plated.
Pumpkin Bread Gluten Free
You could easily make this recipe gluten-free by swapping King Arthur’s Measure for Measure Gluten-Free mix for the white whole wheat flour. I’ve done it myself and it’s great! OR you could try my other favorite pumpkin bread recipe: Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bean Bread or make these Gluten-Free Pumpkin Yogurt Bars.
Pumpkin Bread Healthy
This may not be the very best pumpkin bread healthy recipe you can find, it’s certainly not the worst. When I make it, I reduce the sugar from 2/3 cup to 1/2 cup. You can also experiment with replacing some of the butter with oil or Greek yogurt. I also always use white whole wheat flour vs regular white flour.
Pumpkin Bread Dairy Free
I don’t have a dairy-free pumpkin bread recipe for you but I do have these Dairy-Free Pumpkin Bars!
Recipe for Pumpkin Bread Pudding
I don’t have a recipe for pumpkin bread pudding specifically, but I do have this Instant Pot Gingerbread Bread Pudding (with an oven option) and you could easily add some pumpkin and take away the molasses and ginger!
Now, who wants a slice?
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