The BEST Pumpkin Bread that is easy to make, moist, and loaded with chocolate chips. This pumpkin bread recipe makes two loaves or several mini loafs.  Your family will love it!
My mom made this pumpkin chocolate chip bread all the time growing up, and it’s my absolute favorite recipe!  If you love sweet breads, check out my popular Banana Bread and Lemon Zucchini Bread recipes.
A loaf of pumpkin bread with chocolate chips with a few slices cut in it.
You know a recipe is great when you want to share it with all of your friends and neighbors whenever you make it. This pumpkin bread always bakes so perfectly and has the best flavor and soft, moist texture.  You can make it with or without chocolate chips!

How to make Pumpkin Bread:

1. Cream together sugar and butter in a large bowl until smooth and creamy. Add eggs, vanilla and pumpkin puree and mix until combined.

2. In a separate bowl mix together the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg.
3. Alternately add the flour mixture, then the milk. Lastly, fold in the chocolate chips.

Step-by-step process photos from making pumpkin bread with ingredients including sugar, butter, eggs, pumpkin, flour, cinnamon and spices.

4. Pour batter into greased and floured bread pans.  This recipe makes two loaves, OR one regular loaf and two mini loaves.  I love to make mini loaves and share or freeze the extras.
5. Bake for 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean. Cool for a few minutes in the pan and then invert the bread onto wire racks.

Side by side photos of a loaf pan with the batter for pumpkin bread and the loaf pan after it has baked.

For Healthier Pumpkin Bread;

  • Cut the sugar down to one cup instead of two
  • Leave out the chocolate chips
  • Substitute whole-wheat flour

Two mini loaves of pumpkin bread on a cooling rack.

Secrets to Perfect Pumpkin Bread:

  • The bread pan: Pumpkin bread is best cooked in a lightly colored aluminum bread loaf pan.  These bread pans conduct heat in a way that allows the bread to cook evenly and prevents the bread from getting to brown on the bottom.
  • Parchment paper: I always cut a narrow piece of parchment paper to cover the bottom and two longest sides of the bread pan.  I also allow the parchment paper to hang over the longer sides just slightly.  Spray it with cooking spray before pouring the pumpkin filling in the pan.  When the bread is finished cooking and cooling, it should come out of the bread pan really easily.
  • Cook time: As all ovens are different, if this is your first time trying the recipe in your oven, be sure to check it after 40 minutes.  Insert a toothpick into the center of the bread and if the dough sticks to the toothpick, continue cooking.  Thhe pumpkin bread is finished cooking when the inserted toothpick comes out clean or with few bread crumbs attached.
  • The pumpkin: This recipes calls for pumpkin puree, NOT pumpkin pie filling!
  • Let it cool. After removing it from the oven, allow the pumpkin bread to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes.  Then slifp it upside down on a cooling rack to remove it.

Storing and Freezing Pumpkin Bread:

To store: Allow pumpkin bread to cool completely and store it in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days. After 5 days, store it in the refrigerator for up to 5 additional days.

To freeze: Pumpkin bread freezers really well!  Allow pumpkin bread to cool completely and store it in a freezer-safe container or ziplock bag. Pumpkin bread can be frozen for up to 3 months.  Thaw it overnight in the refrigerator.

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Recipe

A loaf of pumpkin bread with chocolate chips with a few slices cut in it.
Prep 10 mins
Cook 45 mins
Total 55 mins
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Ingredients
 
 

  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter , softened
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 15 ounces canned pumpkin
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 12 ounce package chocolate chips

Instructions
 

  • Grease and flour two 9x5 in loaf pans. (I also like to line the bottom of the pans with wax or parchment paper.)  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Add the sugar and butter to a mixing bowl and beat them with an electric mixer until well combined. Add eggs, pumpkin and vanilla and mix to combine. 
  • In a separate bowl mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg.
  • Alternately add flour mixture, then milk to pumpkin mixture, starting and ending with flour. Fold in chocolate chips at the end.
  • Pour the batter into prepared pans. Bake at 350 degrees F for 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool for a few minutes in the pan before inverting onto a wire rack to cool.
  • *For mini loaves, check them around 35 min of baking, then every 5 min. after that (if they need it) until they are done.

Notes

Recipes makes two 9x5 inch loaves, OR four mini loaves, OR one regular loaf and two mini loaves.
Storing instructions: Allow pumpkin bread to cool completely and store it in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days. After 5 days, store it in the refrigerator for up to 5 additional days. 
Freezing instructions: Pumpkin bread freezers really well!  Allow it to cool completely and store it in a freezer-safe resealable bag. Pumpkin bread can be frozen for up to 3 months.  Thaw overnight in the refrigerator.
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Nutrition

Calories: 241kcalCarbohydrates: 39gProtein: 3gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 221mgPotassium: 75mgFiber: 1gSugar: 26gVitamin A: 2950IUVitamin C: 0.8mgCalcium: 38mgIron: 1.2mg

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*I originally shared this recipe in October 2013. Updated October 2019.

 

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  1. I made this today and thought it came out delicious. I used 1/2 of a 10 oz bag of Ghirardelli 60% cacao bittersweet chocolate chips and non-fat milk (that was all I had in the house). My next door neighbors have been dealing with some car issues, so I gave them one of the loaves. They were so appreciative. Thanks for the yummy recipe.

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