Easy Pumpkin Bread

Easy Pumpkin Bread is a no-fail quick bread that has a simple pumpkin flavor. This easy pumpkin recipe makes two loaves so you can give one for a gift!

Have you realized that in the past recipes Mom and I have posted, there is more than one main flavor? Like the Chocolate Chip Pecan Pumpkin Roll. Pumpkin. Chocolate. Cream Cheese. 3 flavors.

I’m not saying that’s bad at all, but there is a time for multiple flavors and a time for just one flavor. The flavor I’m going to focus on today is pumpkin. Just simply pumpkin. No chocolate, peanut butter, nuts, nothing but pumpkin.  

slices of pumpkin bread on a plate

Why you’ll love this bread:

  • Better than Starbucks Pumpkin Bread. Yes…it’s true! If you’ve fallen in love with that delicious Starbucks pumpkin bread…try this pumpkin bread recipe. It’s delicious, cheap and you can make this quick bread recipe yourself whenever the craving hits!
  • This Pumpkin Bread is the perfect treat for breakfast or for a snack any time of day. You literally can’t get away from it.
  • This easy pumpkin bread recipe makes two loaves, one for eating and one for giving. Or save both for yourself if you’d like! Pumpkin bread lasts about 1 week when stored in the refrigerator.
two pumpkin bread loaves in pans

Moist Pumpkin Bread

We believe this is the best pumpkin bread recipe. It is so moist, rich, and pumpkin-y.  Even on the second, third, and fourth day (if it makes it that long), you can still cut a slice, warm it up with some butter and it tastes just as amazing as it did fresh from the oven.

What makes it so moist? The oil, eggs and pumpkin all work together to create a deliciously moist bread. It’s almost cake-like and makes fantastic muffins too!

How to Make Pumpkin Bread

You’ll love this quick bread recipe because it is very simple to make.

  • In a medium-size bowl, mix together the oil, sugar, eggs, vanilla and pumpkin in a bowl. Set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix just until combined. Do not overmix.
  • Grease and flour two 9×5 loaf pans. Divide the batter between the two pans.
  • Bake at 325 degrees for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean. Allow the bread to cool in the pan for 10 minutes before turning onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Note…For the best results, mix the wet ingredients together, then the dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Yes, it does take two pans but by doing this and adding the flour to the wet ingredients pre-mixed, you’ll be sure not to over mix the batter. Mix just until combined to ensure you have a soft, fluffy loaf of bread.

Recipe Variations:

  • If you love chocolate chips and pumpkins together, throw in 1 ½ or 2 cups of chocolate chips (we prefer mini chocolate chips). Fold into the batter after it is mixed and bake as described below.
  • Add in 1 cup of chopped pecans to the batter…or simply sprinkle them on top.
  • Add in homemade cinnamon chips. You’ll thank me later.
  • Make a powdered sugar glaze, but stir in a ½ teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice, then drizzle the loaves with the glaze. Amazing.
pumpkin bread with butter

Can I freeze homemade pumpkin bread?

Yes! Be sure the bread loaves are completely cooled before wrapping them tightly in plastic wrap.

Wrap the bread again in foil or slip the loaves into a zippered plastic bag before freezing. You can store pumpkin bread in the freezer for 2-3 months.

When you are ready to defrost it, remove the loaf from the refrigerator and let it come to room temperature before unwrapping the bread. This will ensure all of the moisture stays in the bread!

slice of pumpkin bread
slice of pumpkin bread

Easy Pumpkin Bread Recipe

4.85 from 26 votes
Pumpkin Bread is a quick no-fail bread that has a simple pumpkin flavor. It makes two loaves so you can give one for a gift!
Servings 20
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

Ingredients
 

  • 1 cup coconut oil {or canola oil}*
  • 2 cups granulated sugar (435 grams)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups solid pack pumpkin
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour (385 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

Instructions
 

  • In a medium-size bowl, mix together the oil, sugar, eggs, vanilla and pumpkin in a bowl. Set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix just until combined. Do not overmix.
  • Grease and flour two 9×5 loaf pans. Divide the batter between the two pans.
  • Bake at 325 degrees for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean. Allow the bread to cool in the pan for 10 minutes before turning onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Sprinkle the top with powdered sugar, if desired.

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Notes

*If you are using coconut oil, be sure you’ve warmed it to be in its liquid form.
The calories shown are based on the each loaf being cut into 10 pieces, with 1 serving being 1 slice of bread. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate.

Nutrition

Calories: 176kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 183mg | Potassium: 121mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 3855IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 1.4mg
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Calories 176
Keyword breakfast bread, pumpkin dessert, pumpkin spice, quick bread recipe

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  1. Hi! I’m now visiting my parents in overseas. I’m not sure if I have access to pumpkin pie spice. The only spice that I have in hand is cinnamon. Will it be OK if I omit nutmeg and all spice? Thanks!

    1. Clove, nutmeg, all spice, and cinnamon. That’s my families recipe. We switch ginger with all spice

  2. 5 stars
    Thanks for this recipe! My family and Ioved it! I made one loaf exactly as the directions said. I added walnuts in the other loaf batter and topped with slivered almonds before baking. That one was great, too.

  3. 5 stars
    In my 65 years of live this is the best pumpkin bread I have ever made. I love the light color and the texture, simply perfect. Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe. I made 2 loaves yesterday and will make 2 more today to share.

  4. My puppy is asking why you did not include a receipe for Pumpkin Doggie Cookies????? He is not happy but us humans sure are!!!!! This is the very best pumpkin loaf I have ever baked!
    I will be baking another two and gifting one to my sister,
    Thank you and my puppy will forgive you this time if you include a Christmas Cookie Reciepe for him!!!!!
    Benny

  5. 5 stars
    Made this today and it’s absolutely delicious! I used to eat the one from Starbucks all the time and this is even better! I only used 1.5 cups of sugar (mix of cane and brown sugar instead of granulated) and added mini chocolate chips. My kids love it…don’t think the second load is going to make it as a gift! πŸ™‚ Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe!

  6. 5 stars
    This was the best pumpkin bread. I used coconut oil, my own pumpkin puree. They needed 10 more min baking time. I added flour coated mini choc chips. It was so good warm with butter.

  7. It’s still in the oven for about 7 more minutes. I followed your recipe except I didn’t use pumpkin pie spice. My grandmother made a pumpkin pie and the only flavor add was vanilla. I DID add the cinnamon, but that and the vanilla was it. I can’t wait to taste it…it smells so good.

  8. Ok I am new at baking. I am baking this pumpkin bread for Thanksgiving. When you mix it, how much is too much ???

    1. You want to mix just until the ingredients are combined, and mix gently. Use a rubber spatula. The key is to not mix it vigorously and again, only til all of the flour mixture is incorporated into the wet.

  9. 5 stars
    This recipe is one of my favorite things to bake. I love how moist it is, and that the pumpkin flavor isn’t covered up with other stuff. I made a couple loaves for Thanksgiving this year and I know it’ll be a hit. πŸ™‚

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