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 types of squash (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.
  • All-purpose flour and whole wheat flour Spoon and level them to avoid packing too much into your measuring cup.
  • Vegetable oil – For moisture and richness. Another neutral oil, such as avocado or canola oil, would work here too!
  • 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.
  • 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 and 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. Chopped 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. Fold 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips into the batter. Scatter more on top for good measure!
  • Swap the spices. I love the cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice in this pumpkin bread recipe, but other warming spices would be wonderful here too. Substitute ground cloves for the allspice, add a dash of ground ginger, or replace the individual spices with a tablespoon of pumpkin pie spice!
  • 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!

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Pumpkin Bread

rate this recipe:
4.95 from 167 votes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Serves 8
The BEST pumpkin bread recipe! A delicious fall treat, it's super moist and warmly spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice.

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease an 8x4-inch loaf pan.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the all-purpose and whole wheat flours, the cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the pumpkin puree, almond milk, sugar, oil, eggs, and vanilla until smooth.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the 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 out clean.

Notes

*Alternatively, replace both flours with whole wheat pastry flour. I like Bob’s Red Mill.
**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. 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.

  2. Georgiann
    10.04.2022

    Can I make this gluten free?

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      10.08.2022

      Hi Georgiann I haven’t tested this gluten free but I think an all-purpose GF blend like Bob’s would work.

  3. Pj Cole
    09.14.2022

    Can you use bread flour?

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      09.21.2022

      Hi Pj, I think it would make this more dense and chewy – I like to use bread flour for yeasted breads and doughs vs. quick cakey breads like this.

  4. fran
    07.24.2022

    5 stars
    Outstanding recipe! Just 1/2 cup sugar!!! Thank you. I added walnuts, and that was a good call.

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      07.25.2022

      I’m so glad you loved it!

  5. Barbara
    01.16.2022

    I just joined and plan to make a pumpkin bread and carrot cake tomorrow. Instructions look great. I am new to doing baking by checking recipes on the internet but this is great. Thank you so much.

    • iris
      10.12.2023

      I use walnut oil. I always have regular AND roasted walnut oil in my fridge. The roasted is what I prefer to use in recipes like this, for brownies, cookies, etc. Regular is used for when I don’t want the stronger flavor of the roasted. I love La Tourangelle Roasted walnut oil. Good price on Amazon, best is Vitacost.com.
      You can also use (and I do likewise in baking/cooking) non-GMO canola oil. Bertoli has a really light olive oil (organic) that won’t make baked goods taste like olive oil. Look for olive oil that lists on the front of label that it can be used for baking, otherwise go for something else as suggested above.

  6. Han
    01.03.2022

    5 stars
    Healthy and delicious!

  7. Hope
    11.25.2021

    5 stars
    This is a great, easy to follow recipe! The bread was delicious!

  8. Rachel
    11.15.2021

    New favorite pumpkin bread recipe! Perfectly moist and healthy.

  9. Kristen
    10.30.2021

    I used white whole wheat flour and Splenda baking mix, and it did not taste good (not very sweet, dense). It seems that the pastry flour is an important component!

  10. Pam
    10.27.2021

    5 stars
    Delicious bread that takes minutes to put together! I have baked this several times and been asked to share the recipe ( always giving “Love and Lemons” credit!). I like to add about 1/2 cup pecans or walnuts, my husband drizzles it with a glaze of powdered sugar and milk.

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      10.29.2021

      Hi Pam, I’m so glad you’ve loved the bread!

  11. Maria
    10.21.2021

    Can I use maple syrup or honey instead of sugar? And how about using white whole wheat flour? Thank you! I can’t wait to try to make it!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      10.21.2021

      Hi Maria, no you can only swap another dry sugar (coconut sugar would be a good choice). White whole wheat flour will work just fine.

      • Maria
        10.28.2021

        4 stars
        Thank you! I tried it with flax eggs and it did not rise much. I had to bake it an extra 20 min for it not to be wet. I probably did something wrong. The taste though was amazing!!!

  12. Lisa
    10.17.2021

    Hi! Do you think I could use whole wheat flour instead of pastry flour?

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      10.17.2021

      Hi Lisa, you can use a 50/50 mix of all-purpose and regular whole wheat to replace the whole wheat pastry.

  13. Robin
    10.16.2021

    How can I make this gluten free?

    • Lisa in Austin
      10.16.2021

      Hi! I don’t represent this website but thought I would chime in. There are a lot of great GF flour blends out there that you can directly replace the wheat flour in this with. My favorite for quick breads lately has been Bobs Red Mill 1-to-1, and I bet that would work with this too.

  14. Allie
    10.14.2021

    I’m excited to try this!! I love quick breads with whole wheat flour 😍 just wondering if I could use melted butter in place of olive oil?

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      10.14.2021

      Hi Allie, I think that would be fine!

  15. Cristina
    10.11.2021

    5 stars
    My mom has made this recipe several times in the last few weeks, and let me just say, it’s the best pumpkin bread I’ve had!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      10.12.2021

      I’m so glad you’ve loved it!

  16. Hayley
    10.02.2021

    What are some flours i can use in place of whole wheat pastry flour? Would GF baking flour work?

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      10.06.2021

      Hi Hayley, I think other’s have used Bob’s GF all purpose baking flour with success.

  17. Judy
    09.25.2021

    Can I use buttermilk?

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      09.25.2021

      Hi Judy, I haven’t tried it, but I think it would be fine.

  18. Jeanine Donofrio
    09.25.2021

    Hi Jane, I’m sorry you didn’t find it flavorful enough – I think it’s probably personal preference, because we like it :). I’d suggest adding more of the spices to bring out more pumpkin flavor, and be sure you didn’t omit the salt.

  19. Maya
    09.22.2021

    5 stars
    This was an amazing pumpkin bread, definitely worth making! If you don’t have an whole wheat pastry flour, can substitute by using 3/4 cup cake flour, and 3/4 cup all-purpose flour instead, and it turns out just the same.

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      09.23.2021

      I’m so glad you loved it!

  20. Kat
    09.20.2021

    This looks yummy! Just curious… is there a reason why you’ve chosen olive oil rather than something like grapeseed oil for this? I tend to think of olive oil as more savory and use oils like grapeseed for baked goods instead.

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      09.20.2021

      Hi Kat, you can use any neutral oil you like. I use a light everyday-type olive oil for many things, even baking.

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