Pumpkin Bread Recipe

By October 2, 2019Baking, Bread, Quick Breads

This Pumpkin Bread Recipe is a must make for the Fall! It’s moist, full of flavor with spices and nuts, and super easy to put together. The mini loaves make great gifts too!

Pumpkin Bread sliced on gray plate with cinnamon butter

It’s October and you know what that means – let the Fall baking begin! And of course, Fall baking is all about the pumpkin, well and maybe apples too! 

Pumpkin…’tis the season…Pumpkin Pie, Pumpkin Cookies, Pumpkin Cake, Pumpkin Muffins, Pumpkin Cupcakes…and Pumpkin Bread!

Pumpkin Bread Recipe sliced on table

Quick bread recipes are super easy to put together, typically a recipe will make several loaves, and you can serve it for breakfast, a snack or of course dessert too. That’s a win in my book! 

Ingredients to make Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin Bread Recipe


  • Sugar – white granulated is best
  • Oil – I like Vegetable Oil in this recipe, you could also try Canola Oil
  • Eggs – be sure they are room temperature. If you forget to take them out of the fridge, fill a bowl or measuring cup with very hot water and let the eggs set in it for several minutes
  • Pumpkin – it’s really important that you use solid pack pumpkin, NOT pumpkin pie filling
  • Flour – all purpose flour is best
  • Spices – you can use Pumpkin Pie Spice, or a combination of ground cinnamon, ground cloves, and ground nutmeg
  • Baking Soda
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt
  • Walnut or Pecans – the nuts are optional, feel free to leave them out if you would like

Kitchen Essentials Needed

  • Large Mixing Bowl
  • Electric Hand Mixer
  • Measuring Spoons and Cups
  • Rubber Spatula
  • Bread Pans – large or mini loaf pans

Photos of how to make pumpkin bread

How to make Pumpkin Bread

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  1. Beat the sugar and oil together until well combined
  2. Mix in the eggs and pumpkin
  3. Sift together dry ingredients and gradually add to pumpkin mixture
  4. Fold in chopped nuts
  5. Be sure mixture is well combined but not over mixed
  6. Divide batter evenly into pans

Slice of Pumpkin Bread with Cinnamon Butter on it

Frequently Asked Questions 

Do I have to add nuts to the pumpkin bread? 

No you don’t. It’s totally up to you. 

What type of Pumpkin do I need to use? 

Solid pack canned pumpkin is what you will need. Be sure not to use Pumpkin Pie filling, canned filling already has added ingredients in it. 

How long will this bread last? 

Be sure to wrap the cooled bread in plastic wrap, then place in resealable bag or airtight container. It should last at least 1 week. 

Do I need to store the bread in the refrigerator? 

No, that’s not necessary, but you can if you want to. 

Would brown sugar be better than white sugar in this recipe? 

You may certainly try the recipe with brown sugar, I have not made it that way yet. 

What size pan do I need to make the pumpkin bread? 

This recipe will make 1 regular size loaf, made in a 8 x 4 inch pan. Or you can make mini loaves, I like this pan because it has 4 mini loaves together

Can I add chocolate chips to this recipe? 

Yes you can if you would like. Add 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips to the batter. Here is a good recipe for Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

Sliced Pumpkin Bread on wire rack

To serve the Pumpkin Bread, you can enjoy it plain or with whipped Cinnamon Butter. 

Pumpkin Bread with printable bread wrapper

One of my favorite things to give is quick bread to neighbors, friends, teachers, or family. These beautiful bread wrappers will make your gift giving even more special – and super easy. 

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Do you LOVE pumpkin? Enjoy pumpkin throughout the fall season with these pumpkin recipes:

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Pumpkin Bread sliced on gray plate with cinnamon butter

Pumpkin Bread Recipe

Yield: 1 large loaf or 4 small loaves
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

A delicious quick bread that is perfect for the Fall and Holiday season!


  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 (15-16 oz) can solid pack pumpkin (be sure it’s not pie filling)
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg {or make your own Pumpkin Pie Spice blend}
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Spray bread pans {1 large or 4 small} with non-stick cooking spray
  3. Beat sugar and oil in large bowl
  4. Mix in eggs and pumpkin
  5. Sift dry ingredients in another bowl
  6. Add dry mixture to pumpkin mixture in 2 additions
  7. Fold in walnuts
  8. Divide batter into greased pans.
  9. Bake until toothpick comes out clean, about 40 – 45 minutes for mini loaves, and 1 hour 10 minutes for large pan.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0Total Fat: 0g
What is your favorite way to enjoy Pumpkin Bread?


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