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. Cara
    09.20.2021

    3 stars
    Not sure why, but this recipe didn’t work for me. I tried it twice and both ended with the bread looking like a fallen soufflé. The first try the inside was definitely not cooked through. The second try I cooked it longer and is edible, but not anything like the pictures. I made it vegan so maybe that is the issue?

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      09.20.2021

      Hi Cara, the flax version is more flat than the photos – we still liked it even though it wasn’t as puffy.

  2. Kaitlin
    09.19.2021

    5 stars
    So good! I subbed the equal weight of AP flour (159g for the recipe) and it turned out perfect! Most quick breads have way too much sugar for my taste, so this will be a keeper!

  3. Brigitte
    09.19.2021

    5 stars
    This was a delicious warm sweet surprise on a very sunny cool morning to devour!!!!

    I sent the recipe to my daughter in law Emily G.,to enjoy with Tyler!
    🎃💗🎃

  4. Kim
    09.19.2021

    Would you have the nutritional content of this recipe?

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      09.19.2021

      I’m sorry, I don’t calculate nutritional info but you could plug the ingredients into a site like My Fitness Pal.

  5. Paige
    09.18.2021

    I am also grain-free. Do you have a recommendation to replace the wheat flour?

    Thank you.

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      09.18.2021

      Hi Paige, I don’t – I’d search for a pumpkin bread recipe that’s specifically made to be grain free.

  6. stephanie
    09.18.2021

    We’re already 3/4 of the way through our first loaf of pumpkin bread, so no, it’s not early at all!!

  7. Kerry
    08.31.2021

    Is there a gluten free pumpkin cake recipe please?

  8. Kristen Chang
    04.24.2021

    Can I substitute some other sweetener for the sugar? I don’t like Stevia or Truvia sweeteners. Was thinking maple syrup? If so how to adjust the recipe. Thank you!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      04.24.2021

      Hi Kristen, you can substitute only with another dry sugar like coconut sugar (but not Stevia or Truvia unless you use Truvia’s 1:1 baking blend). Maple syrup will throw off the liquid ratios in the recipe.

    • Kristen Chang
      04.24.2021

      Thanks so much for getting back to me! I appreciate it.

    • Jamie
      09.18.2021

      Hi Kristen – did you even up making this with maple syrup or honey? Looking for a similar type of recipe. Thanks!

      • Kristen Chang
        09.18.2021

        I have not -forgot all about this! I read up on it and I believe you would use 6 Tablespoons maple syrup in place of the 1/2 c. Sugar and remove 1 Tablespoon plus
        1 and 1/2 tsp. of the liquid in this recipe.
        I am interested in trying it soon. Also thinking of trying it by using coconut sugar instead of the white sugar. When I make it I will let you know!

    • Jo
      09.18.2021

      King Arthur has a substitute sugar that is getting great reviews. I haven’t used it yet (oven was broken 😡). Read the reviews they’re great about questions too. Hope this helps.

      • Kristen Chang
        09.19.2021

        Thanks. Will check it out!

  9. Penelope
    02.21.2021

    5 stars
    Delicious! I think it could have made two; it was a little raw inside, and I baked it for almost an hour, but otherwise, five stars! So good!

  10. Melissa
    01.28.2021

    5 stars
    This was so so good! I used everything exactly as written and it came out amazing. Thank you for the wonderful recipe, even my super picky toddlers downed it!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      01.28.2021

      Yay, I’m so glad everyone loved it!

  11. Laurie
    01.21.2021

    Can all-purpose flour be used in lieu of the whole wheat pastry flour? I’m asking because I only have all-purpose flour.

  12. Georgia
    12.28.2020

    Hi Jeanie,

    Absolutely love your blog and made many foods from your blog for Christmas lunch.

    Interested in doing this one, however I only have buckwheat flour. Would that work as a 1:1 ratio?

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      12.28.2020

      Hi Georgia, I’m so glad you’ve been enjoying the recipes! I don’t think it would work with buckwheat flour on it’s own – I think it would be pretty dense.

      • Georgia
        12.28.2020

        Okay, thank you for the reply. Will look for spelt flour. Happy New Year!

  13. Lovejoy
    12.15.2020

    So I am in the middle of making this, and doubling the mount. However, in my attempt I accidentally put in a full cup of oil. Is there any way I can correct this? So far I’ve only mixed the pumpkin, milk, sugar, and eggs but none of the other dry ingredients.

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      12.15.2020

      Hi, I’d suggest just adding additional ingredients to 4x the recipe.

  14. Kris Dobbins
    12.12.2020

    I have starting grinding my own wheat. Would ground soft white wheat work? I also have spelt I could grind. Could I use half spelt and half soft white wheat?

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      12.12.2020

      Hi Kris, I think any of those options would work!

  15. diane
    11.23.2020

    Love and Lemons has become my most favorite go-to recipe site. It seems I’m a little late to the game since many of these comments are from 2015, but I’m finding exactly the kinds of recipes and vegan substitutes I’ve been searching for .

  16. Diane
    11.23.2020

    5 stars
    Love, Love, Love that you include the vegan substitute for eggs. I use flaxmeal for almost everything baked and it’s a joy to know I can here and it will be a success. Looking forward to making several loaves for friends. Thank You!

  17. Alex
    11.15.2020

    I love finding healthy options! Can I use honey instead of cane sugar for this pumpkin bread?

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      11.16.2020

      Hi Alex, not for this one – if you want a less refined sugar, you could use coconut sugar.

      • Alex
        11.19.2020

        I’m not able to use coconut sugar. Although, I saw in the comments that it was a popular alternative. Why wouldn’t honey work??

        • Jeanine Donofrio
          11.19.2020

          Changing the sugar from dry to wet will change the consistency of the bread. So a dry sugar can be swapped with another dry sugar. Going from dry to wet will affect how the bread rises and it might fall flat.

          • Alex
            11.25.2020

            I just wanted to share an update. I tested the recipe with raw honey instead of sugar at a 1:1 ratio and it didn’t mess with the consistency of the bread at all! I even made it into mini loaves so I could also try out different variations on each. One regular, one with chopped nuts, one with chocolate chips, and one with a cinnamon sugar swirl. They turned out great 🙂

    • Jamie
      09.18.2021

      Thanks for reporting back Alex! Going to try it with honey very soon.

  18. Perdita
    11.14.2020

    Hi! For the vegan version, you only use 6 TBSP of water. for 4 TBSP flax. Is this just specific to this recipe? Aren’t flax eggs normally 1 TBSP flax + 3 TBSP water? Can’t wait to try!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      11.15.2020

      Yep, it’s specific to this recipe!

  19. Lindsay
    11.01.2020

    Ugh what happened to the Vegan Pumpkin Bread with Chocolate Chips recipe? Such a bummer you removed that original one from your site. This recipe is just not as good!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      11.01.2020

      The vegan version is actually the same recipe, the only difference is spelt flour vs. whole wheat and the chocolate chips.

  20. Nastassja
    10.31.2020

    This isn’t specifically about the recipe but where did you get that mixing bowl? It’s awesome!!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      11.01.2020

      Sheldon Ceramics 🙂

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