Pumpkin Bread Recipe

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
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5 from 7 reviews

The Best Pumpkin Bread Recipe packs the classic flavors of fall in a loaf that stays moist for days! Filled with warm autumn spices and the perfect level of sweetness, it’s impossible to stop at just once slice.

Want to flex your baking skills? Here’s another fall favorite for you: Apple Bread! For a kid-friendly recipe that sneaks in a ton of veggie goodness, you should try this Carrot Zucchini Bread. Finally, this Chocolate Coffee Bread is a sure hit for chocolate lovers.

Easy pumpkin bread recipe

Moist Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin Bread is the best way to welcome the fall season. It’s got all those autumn flavors we know and love— pumpkin, spices like ginger, cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg, and just a hint of vanilla. It’s wonderfully moist and stays like that for several days.

Also, no kneading is required, because this is a quick bread with a few easy preparation steps. Just combine the ingredients according to the recipe. Then, pop it in the oven, and, in less than one hour, you’ll have a house smelling of sweet autumn spices. So flavorful and delicious, that this will quickly become your favorite autumn treat. 

Because pumpkin bread is so easy, baking these loaves can be a fun family activity. Let the little ones get in there and help stir the batter! You can even make it a nice tradition every year. Aside from enjoying it yourself, these loves also make for fantastic gifts and for potlucks because it’s a breeze to make a big batch.

Moist pumpkin bread ingredients

How to make the best pumpkin bread?

  1. Preheat the oven: Preheat your oven to 350F and grease a 9×5 loaf pan. This will make it effortless to remove the baked loaf.
  2. Mix the ingredients: Whisk your dry ingredients together (flour, spices, salt, baking powder, baking soda). Next, do the same for your wet ingredients (puree, vanilla, eggs, buttermilk, sugars, and oil). Then, combine both mixtures together. 
  3. Bake: Pour into pan and bake for around an hour.
  4. Let it rest: Cool inside the pan for around 20 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. Serve: Slice and serve.

Steps how to make pumpkin bread - recipe

Pumpkin bread recipe variations:

The loaf is easily adjustable and can be made by adding or swapping various ingredients. Some of our favorites are:

  • Add chocolate chips: Feel free to add your favorite chocolate chips (semi-sweet complements the flavors so well!), white chocolate chips, or caramel chips.
  • Add some drizzle on top: Drizzle with salted caramel or chocolate sauce.
  • Mix in some nuts: For a crunchier texture, mix in a cup of your favorite nuts. 
  • Make it vegan: Use butter and egg substitutes to make it vegan.
  • Reduce the sugar intake: To reduce the sugar, simply halve the sugar level to make it less sweet.
  • Throw in some dried fruits: Raisins or Gogi berry would work great. 
  • Mix in some berries: Also, if you like it fruitier, perk it up with fresh cranberries, strawberries, blueberries, etc.
  • Top it with cream cheese frosting: This is super delicious!
  • Double the spice mix for more intense flavor

What to eat with Pumpkin Bread?

It’s already so good plain or with salted butter! But I also love eating with Nutella, jam, cream cheese, or with this Slow Cooker Apple Butter. You can also use the Cinnamon Honey Butter in this recipe.

Also, it tastes phenomenal with some Homemade Blueberry Sauce, Cranberry Sauce, and Keto Caramel Sauce too!

Pumpkin bread with frosting

How to keep pumpkin bread moist?

The oil, buttermilk, and puree are the key to this ultra-moist loaf. In case your loaf dries out after several days, sprinkle with some water, wrap in foil, and warm in the oven for around 15 minutes.

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How to store pumpkin bread?

  • This will stay good at room temperature for up to four days.
  • You can also refrigerate it. First, let it cool completely. Then, wrap in foil, and transfer it to the fridge for up to 7 days. 
  • To freeze, wrap it with foil, or use an airtight container. Then, freeze it up to three months.

Please keep in mind, that the loaf easily absorbs other odors, so make sure you place it in an airtight container.

Sliced pumpkin bread

 Pumpkin Bread Recipe Tips:

  • If adding fresh berries, toss them in a bit of flour first so they don’t sink to the bottom of the loaf.
  • Feel free to make your own puree if you don’t want to use canned.
  • If using homemade, blot out your puree to eliminate extra moisture. Also, do this by measuring it out according to the recipe, then using a paper towel to squeeze the excess liquid.
  • Don’t forget to cool the loaf in the pan first. This allows the loaf to it hold its shape.
  • No buttermilk? Then, make your own buttermilk! Place 1 Tbsp white vinegar or lemon juice in your measuring cup, then add enough milk to reach one cup. You can also use plain yogurt instead of buttermilk. 
  • You can easily make turn this recipe into muffins. Simply, bake in muffin pans instead of a loaf.
  • Similarly, to make it into a bundt cake, use a bundt pan for baking. 
  • Use an oven thermometer for precise baking temperature.
  • Chop it up and make it into bread pudding!
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5 from 7 reviews
The Best Pumpkin Bread Recipe
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 8 slices
Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 1 hour Total time: 1 hr 20 mins

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Calories: 349 Carbohydrates: 52 Protein: 2 Fat: 15 Saturated Fat: 2 Cholesterol: 42 Sodium: 313 Potassium: 132 Fiber: 1 Sugar: 49 Vitamin A: 4838 Vitamin C: 1 Calcium: 51 Iron: 1
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Pam Wattenbarger

Pumpkin bread is the perfect Fall pick me up! I'm so excited to be able to try all my favorite pumpkin flavors again!

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Brianne

I have to make this! I love pumpkin bread, and this is the first recipe I've seen with a glaze on top like this.

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Sarah Bailey

Pumpkin time of year is coming! This sounds like such a great recipe for pumpkin bread as well - I would most definitely love a slice warm from the oven.

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Amber Myers

This looks incredible. I love pumpkin desserts and will be making this. I love all the pumpkin stuff!

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Tasheena

I’ve never had pumpkin banana bread before. Looking forward to giving this recipe a try.

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Beth

This recipe looks great! Pumpkin bread is always a favorite fall treat. I need to start making it more often.

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Heather

This pumpkin bread is delicious! Love the icing on top!

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Brandy Ellen Writes

I haven't had pumpkin bread in so long! My oldest and I were just talking about getting some pumpkins to roast pumpkin seeds, but maybe we need to get some ingredients to also make some pumpkin bread. This looks so delicious!

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Jennifer Van Haitsma

I just made pumpkin bread yesterday as a matter of fact. I will have to try your recipe next. Thanks for sharing!

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Terri A Steffes

My mom's pumpkin bread is soooo good. She makes a simple glaze and recently started adding pumpkin pie spice on top of the glaze. Over the top!!

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Lois

This is a heavenly recipe. I just love pumpkin, can use my fresh pumpkin.

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Swathi

This is delicious and perfect pumpkin bread. I would love to start my baking with pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice. yummy

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Jessica Formicola

This is the best pumpkin bread recipe I've ever tried! I will be making this all fall long!

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