32 Pumpkin Bread Recipes for Your First Taste of Fall
If you're ready for cool temperatures and warm bread of the pumpkin persuasion, we have 32 pumpkin bread recipes you won't want to resist.
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It's definitely that time of year when the sun hasn't quite set on summer and fall is within reach. But we're ready now to work autumn flavors into every meal. Of course, canned pumpkin makes pumpkin bread the first reasonable option for diving into the fall food foray. Right now, every time I come across a pumpkin bread recipe, it practically dares me not to make it. I'm taking the challenge and passing it along to you, with 32 of our favorite pumpkin bread recipes.
Tips Before You Get Started
Pumpkin bread is pretty easy to make, but there are a couple of things to keep in mind when you choose your recipe:
Most, if not all, of these recipes call for pumpkin pie spice or pumpkin spice. If you don't have any on hand, you may have the components in your cupboard. If you have ground cloves, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and ground ginger, you can mix it at home. Here's a basic recipe to follow so you can get the ratios right.
These recipes call for "pumpkin puree" as opposed to "pumpkin pie filling" or "pumpkin pie mix." The mix and filling already contain sugar and spices, so you want to look for "100% pumpkin" or "pure pumpkin," when you're grocery shopping so you don't have to adjust the sweetness or spices.
Carrot-Pumpkin Bread with Cider Glaze
Carrot-Pumpkin Bread with Cider Glaze by the every kitchen
I'm a big fan of the Carrot-Pumpkin Bread. For one, I love both carrot cake and pumpkin bread, but it seems like I always have a couple orphaned carrots at the bottom of the crisper that I don't want to waste — and this recipe puts one of them to use. It's a fairly straightforward recipe, but, in addition to the carrots, what makes it special is the glaze. It's made up of cinnamon, cloves, milk, and powdered sugar. It's easy to put together and even easier to eat.
Pumpkin Nutella Muffins
Pumpkin Nutella Muffins by Your Cup of Cake
While you can (and should) enjoy Nutella year-round, pumpkin season does coincide with hazelnut season, making these Pumpkin Nutella Muffins fall celebration muffins. The muffins themselves are a basic pumpkin bread recipe, it's after you fill the cupcake liners that you add a dollop of Nutella on top and swirl it around with a toothpick. Pretty easy, right?
Pumpkin Streusel Bread
Pumpkin Streusel Bread by Lil' Luna
Is there a quickbread or muffin that isn't made better with streusel? I think not. It's such a simple mixture of brown sugar, cinnamon, butter, and all-purpose flour, but it makes a regular old pumpkin bread recipe into the best pumpkin bread recipe. If that wasn't a hard enough sell, perhaps the addition of apple sauce can tempt you into making it, because what does fall taste like if not pumpkins and apples?
Healthy Pumpkin Bread
Healthy Pumpkin Bread by Well Plated
In case you were wondering, there is such thing as healthy pumpkin bread and this version of our favorite fall quickbread is an excellent healthy iteration. this blogger uses honey to sweeten it, Greek yogurt to pull the dry ingredients into a batter and millet, a super grain, for extra nutrition and texture (the little white dots in the photo are millet). If you want to make the most of a tasty autumn treat, this recipe is the way to go.
Vegan Pumpkin Focaccia Bread
Vegan Pumpkin Focaccia Bread by Blissful Basil
While there are many vegan pumpkin bread recipes, it's not often that you come across a savory pumpkin bread, so we thought you might find this recipe both interesting and useful. Focaccia is actually a naturally vegan bread, so the only real (artful) liberty this blogger took was adding the pumpkin puree and the sweetener used is maple syrup rather than honey or white sugar to keep it vegan. It returns a pillowy soft bread worthy of a celebration for the season.
Praline Pumpkin Bread
Praline Pumpkin Bread by Southern Bite
This recipe had me at "praline." The praline part is the glaze that cloaks the pumpkin bread (a classic version) but it's what really makes this recipe exceptional. If you're familiar with New Orleans-style pecan pralines, this is a simplified method to turn it into a glaze. It calls for heating sweetened condensed milk with brown sugar, stirring in the pecans and pouring it over the warm bread. You probably shouldn't eat this to start your day, but it will make a spectacular end to your day.
Dairy-Free Keto Pumpkin Bread
Dairy-Free Keto Pumpkin Bread by Zenberry Keto
There are all sorts of keto "breads" out there, but keto pumpkin bread is one of the more interesting and manageable keto bread recipes, IMHO. Coconut flour replaces wheat flour, coconut oil is used in place of melted butter, and it's sweetened with erythritol and stevia — all of that makes a decent bread, but the pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice give it autumnal spirit.
Pumpkin Pie Monkey Bread
Pumpkin Pie Monkey Bread by Cookie Rookie
There aren't many breads as delightful as monkey bread, and pumpkin works itself into monkey bread without taking it over. Also, it's super easy. This blogger uses store-bought biscuit dough cut into pieces and then douses the pieces with a pumpkin mixture and bakes it in a bundt pan. It makes an excellent breakfast treat if you're serving a crowd or if you want to over-serve yourself.
Coconut Double Chocolate Pumpkin Bread
Coconut Double Chocolate Pumpkin Bread by Ambitious Kitchen
Pumpkin and chocolate is one of those strange flavor combinations that just works, and it works really well in this Coconut Double Chocolate Pumpkin Bread. Do you know what else this bread is? Healthy! And Dairy-free! But you might just be fooled into thinking you're eating a moist piece of chocolate cake. This blogger uses cocoa powder and dark chocolate chips to make it chocolatey. Instead of butter or vegetable oil, she relies on coconut oil, and the pumpkin puree stands in for the liquid that milk would otherwise provide. To top off this cake with a little bit of crunch, she sprinkles it with toasted coconut flakes.
Cranberry Pecan Pumpkin Bread
Cranberry Pecan Pumpkin Bread by Mom On Timeout If you're dying to fast-forward to the holidays, this Cranberry Pecan Pumpkin Bread might tide you over until at least October, depending on how often you plan to make this blissfully blended bread. This is a fairly traditional pumpkin bread recipe with a few craisins and pecans folded in, so you if you can make regular quick breads, you can make this one, too.
Pumpkin Cheesecake Muffins
Pumpkin Cheesecake Muffins by Sally's Baking Addiction
This one is a favorite of mine because I love an over-the-top dessert, and stuffing a pumpkin muffin with cheesecake and topping it with streusel qualifies as over-the-top. If that's not enough, this blogger does not mess around when she says "cheesecake." She doesn't just make a cream cheese and sugar mixture — she includes an egg yolk and vanilla extract as if this were a full cheesecake. She then drops a little bit of the pumpkin mixture in the cupcake tins followed by the cheesecake mixture and another dollop of pumpkin batter. Sprinkle it with the sugary crumb topping and you have yourself a masterpiece masked as a muffin.
Pumpkin-Apple Bread by Taste and Tell
If you want to trade cranberries for our other favorite fall fruit, you can call off the dogs, the hunt ends with this Pumpkin-Apple Bread. What I like about this recipe is that the blogger grates the apple instead of dicing it so that you get lots of apple flavor distributed evenly throughout the bread instead of mushy chunks. This is also a low-fat recipe — no canola oil or butter is used, just buttermilk and an egg hold all the fruit, flour, and sugar together.
Pumpkin Yeast Bread
Pumpkin Yeast Bread by koti beth
If you want pumpkin flavor in your sandwich, this might be the kind of pumpkin recipe you should try: Yeast bread with a pumpkin twist. It uses most of the same ingredients as the quickbread version, but no baking soda or baking powder. It does have eggs and butter, which technically makes it an enriched yeast dough like brioche. Do you know what that means? You could have pumpkin French toast in your fall future.
Pumpkin Banana Bread
Pumpkin Banana Bread by Well Plated
Banana bread is kind of the standard quickbread, so it makes perfect sense to combine banana and pumpkin here. For this recipe, it might be best to wait until you have some leftover pumpkin from holiday baking to try this recipe because instead of a whole can of pumpkin puree, it calls for one cup of pumpkin and a cup of mashed bananas. It's definitely ideal for those of you making an effort reduce food waste or making the most of what you have on hand.
There are dozens more inventive recipes to try from now until the end of pumpkin season — here are a few more for inspiration.