Pumpkin Bread

If you love pumpkin, you HAVE to try this easy pumpkin bread recipe! Moist, warmly spiced, and filled with pumpkin flavor, it's the perfect fall treat.

Pumpkin Bread

Once I tried this pumpkin bread recipe, I finally understood what all the fall pumpkin hype was about. To be honest, I didn’t get it for a long time. Why go crazy for pumpkin when apples, sweet potatoes, and hundreds of amazing squash varieties (spaghetti, delicata, acorn, and butternut, to name a few) are in peak season too? Enter: this pumpkin bread recipe. Super moist, warmly spiced, and filled with delicious pumpkin flavor, it totally won me over to team pumpkin.

I typically crave pumpkin bread at two times of day: in the morning for breakfast or in the afternoon with a coffee or tea. Because I wanted this recipe to be one I could feel good about enjoying first thing in the morning, I made it on the healthy side. Honestly, it’s the best pumpkin bread I’ve had! It’s lightly sweet, so the bold, spiced flavors really shine through. And though it’s wonderfully moist, it’s not too rich, so I have no problem polishing off a generous slice (or two). If pumpkin season means having this recipe on repeat for a while, I’m 100% on board.

Pumpkin bread recipe ingredients

Healthy Pumpkin Bread Recipe Ingredients

Here’s what you’ll need to make this healthy pumpkin bread recipe:

  • Pumpkin, of course! My loaf uses a full cup of pumpkin puree, which gives it the perfect moist texture and adds delicious pumpkin flavor.
  • Whole wheat pastry flour – My favorite flour for healthy baking! A mix of half all-purpose flour and regular whole wheat flour would work here too.
  • Extra-virgin olive oil – For moisture and richness. I often use olive oil when I bake, but feel free to swap in a neutral oil if you prefer.
  • Almond milk – Or whatever type of milk you keep on hand. Regular milk and my homemade oat milk are both great choices.
  • Baking powder, baking soda, and eggs – They help the loaf puff up as it bakes.
  • Cane sugar – For sweetness.
  • Cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice – For warm, cozy fall flavor. A tablespoon of pumpkin pie spice would also do the trick!
  • Vanilla extract – It enhances the spices’ warm flavor.
  • And sea salt – To make all the flavors pop!

Find the complete recipe with measurements below.

Hand pouring almond milk into bowl of wet ingredients for pumpkin bread recipe

How to Make Pumpkin Bread

This pumpkin bread recipe is so easy to make! Here’s how it goes:

First, make the batter. Whisk together the wet ingredients in one bowl and the dry ingredients in another.

Hand whisking wet ingredients in a mixing bowl

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Don’t overmix, or the pumpkin bread will be dense.

Adding dry ingredients to wet ingredients in mixing bowl

Then, bake. Pour the batter into a greased loaf pan and bake at 350°F until the top springs back to the touch or a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 45 minutes.

Hand using spatula to stir batter for healthy pumpkin bread recipe

Allow the loaf to cool completely before slicing and serving.

Finally, enjoy! Devour a slice plain, or slather it with butter, honey butter, or almond butter. Leftover pumpkin bread will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

For longer storage, wrap slices in aluminum foil or plastic wrap, and freeze for up to 3 months. Allow the slices to thaw at room temperature, or unwrap and defrost them in the microwave for about 30 seconds.

Pouring pumpkin bread batter into loaf pan

Pumpkin Bread Recipe Variations

Do you like nuts, fruit, or chocolate in your pumpkin bread? Feel free to adapt this recipe to suit your tastes. Here are a few fun ways to change it up:

  • Add some crunch. Stir in 1/2 cup of your favorite chopped nuts, and sprinkle some on top. Pecans or walnuts would be especially good!
  • Make it fruity. Fold 1/2 cup dried cranberries, dried tart cherries, raisins, or chopped dates into the batter.
  • Go the chocolate route. Sometimes, you just need a slice of pumpkin bread that’s studded with melty chocolate chips. If that’s what you’re craving, fold 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips into the batter, and scatter more on top for good measure.
  • Frost it. Craving a more decadent treat? Slather this loaf with my tangy cream cheese frosting!
  • Make it vegan. Substitute 4 tablespoons ground flaxseed and 6 tablespoons warm water for the eggs. This version isn’t quite as puffy, but it’s still delicious.

Let me know what variations you try!

And if you have pumpkin puree leftover, use it to make pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin waffles, or a pumpkin spice latte!

Pumpkin bread recipe

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Pumpkin Bread

rate this recipe:
4.87 from 97 votes
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 45 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 5 mins
Serves 8
This healthy pumpkin bread recipe is a delicious fall treat! It's super moist and warmly spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice.

Ingredients

  • cups whole wheat pastry flour*
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon allspice
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • ½ cup almond milk, or any milk
  • ½ cup cane sugar
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 eggs**
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease an 8x4-inch loaf pan.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the pumpkin puree, almond milk, sugar, olive oil, eggs, and vanilla until smooth.
  • Pour the dry ingredients into the bowl of wet ingredients and stir until just combined. Do not overmix. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until the top springs back to the touch and a toothpick inserted comes clean.

Notes

*I like Bob’s Red Mill Whole Wheat Pastry Flour. A mix of half all-purpose and half regular whole wheat flour works here too.
**Make this recipe vegan: In a small bowl, whisk together 4 tablespoons ground flaxseed and 6 tablespoons warm water. Let it sit for 5 minutes, until thickened, and use in place of the eggs.

 

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  1. lahna
    11.02.2022

    5 stars
    Are there nutrition facts available for this recipe?

    • Phoebe Moore
      11.04.2022

      Hi, we don’t calculate nutrition facts for our recipes, but you can always plug the recipe into an online nutrition calculator like MyFitnessPal if you need detail nutrition info. Hope this helps!

  2. April
    10.31.2022

    I love your homemade brownies recipe, and I’m very anxious to try this one. But what if I don’t have any wheat flour on hand? Will other flours work just as well?

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      11.01.2022

      Hi April, it should be fine with just all purpose flour.

  3. Cari
    10.30.2022

    Hi! Is there any reason I can’t/shouldn’t make these into muffins? I know you have a pumpkin muffin recipe on the site as well but I made this bread last time and it was delish but love serving muffins for a larger group.

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      11.01.2022

      Hi Cari, the muffin recipe will be puffier and will definitely make 12 muffins. I think the bread is a little more dense and they might just be squattier.

  4. Emma
    10.29.2022

    5 stars
    Thank you for this absolutely amazing recipe! Made this today and added dark chocolate chips, used buttermilk instead of almond milk , and also reduced the sugar by half and it turned out perfect! (my family doesn’t like very sweet things)

  5. Suzie
    10.25.2022

    4 stars
    Made this last night to have with my morning coffee it was tempting to try it last night before I went to bed at 10:30pm. Smelled awesome, did add pumpkin spice and then lastly chopped walnuts and dates, very nice, would make again

    • Phoebe Moore
      10.28.2022

      Those additions sound delicious! So glad you enjoyed the recipe.

  6. Lainey
    10.22.2022

    4 stars
    Made this for my OCT book club gathering and it was pretty well received.
    I followed the exact instructions but added some pecans and dried cranberries (1/2 cup of each). I also added 1/2 tsp pumpkin spice after reading some of the spice comments.
    The bread deeply split while baking across the top which I wasn’t quite expecting, so as a presentation not the greatest look, but of course did not effect the taste. I served it on its own, but the next day had a slice and decided to add a bit of butter – which put it over the top. I highly recommend it spread with some butter. Fall is officially here.

  7. Maricelle
    10.19.2022

    Hello Jeanine,
    I wish I could send you a picture!
    My pumpkin bread looked perfect, tested and it was done. Then, when turning it over, the center top broke. It looked uncooked, I placed it on a baking sheet back in the oven.
    My poor bread look awful… but, I tried it and was delicious. I used less sugar because I added dried bing cherries and walnuts.
    I keep enjoying it with ricotta on top for added protein at breakfast. I’m about to finish it, my husband only ate a piece twice. …
    what did I do wrong Jeanine?

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      10.21.2022

      Hi Maricelle, it either sounds like it could have baked a little more or you tried to remove it from the pan before it was cooled.

  8. ashley
    10.18.2022

    1 star
    Cooked for 1hr and was still so so dense and wet, like pumpkin pie…taste was not great at all.

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      10.21.2022

      Hi Ashley, did you change anything about the recipe?

  9. KMAC
    10.09.2022

    5 stars
    Delicious! I didn’t realize I was out of eggs so I used the flaxseed option instead. What a pleasant surprise! Lack of eggs will never stand between me and pumpkin bread again. Thank you for sharing your recipes!

  10. Christina Rosenbruch
    10.09.2022

    Can you double this recipe?

  11. Amy
    10.09.2022

    Have you ever replaced the flour in your baked goods with Gluten free flour?

  12. Pam
    10.09.2022

    I love your recipes! I regularly make your pickled red onions from your cookbook. And I’ve been looking for a healthier pumpkin bread recipe—is it sweet enough with 1/2 cup sugar?

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      10.09.2022

      Hi Pam, we think it’s sweet enough!

  13. mc
    10.08.2022

    can you sub another oil for olive?

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      10.09.2022

      Yep! A neutral oil like avocado oil, vegetable oil, or canola oil will work great.

  14. Jeanne
    10.08.2022

    Can the pumpkin bread be made with gluten free flour or almond flour?

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      10.09.2022

      Hi Jeanne, I haven’t tried but I think a GF blend will work. A don’t recommend 1:1 almond flour replacement, when I use almond flour, the wet/dry ratios are usually not the same.

  15. Tammy
    10.06.2022

    Do we know the carb count per slice for diabetic

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      10.07.2022

      Hi Tammy, we don’t calculate nutrition info but you can plug the ingredients into a site like my fitness pal.

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