Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

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Pumpkin bread gets an upgrade with the addition of LOTS of chocolate! It’s moist, perfectly dense, loaded with pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice, and packed with melty chocolate chips.

Overhead shot of Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread on a wooden cutting board.

Homemade Pumpkin Bread with Chocolate Chips

Hear that? That is the sound of my clicking my heels and twirling like Maria in The Sound of Music, because it is finally fall! Fall means crisp leaves, cozy nights in front of the fire, and ALL the pumpkin recipes, all the time! You can pretty much count on me to be on my way to the store to buy some pumpkin puree as soon as the first leaf hits the ground.

The only thing better than pumpkin desserts are pumpkin chocolate chip desserts. True story! I’ve made pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, pumpkin chocolate chip cake, and pumpkin chocolate chip bars, so I figured it was about time I made pumpkin chocolate chip bread! 

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Why? Because pumpkin and chocolate is always a good idea.

Hands slicing a loaf of pumpkin chocolate chip bread on a wooden cutting board.

🧾 What You’ll Need

Overhead shot of all ingredients needed to make Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread.

Ingredients

Here are a few ingredient notes to keep in mind for this pumpkin bread recipe! (Links are affiliate links and I earn a small commission from qualifying purchases.)

  • Pumpkin puree: be sure you’re using plain pumpkin puree, not pumpkin pie filling. They are not the same thing! Canned pumpkin pie filling has a lot of additional sugar (and other ingredients) that will mess up this recipe.
  • Pumpkin pie spice: Pumpkin pie spice is a mix of common spices used in pumpkin pie. It’s an easy way to infuse your fall baking with those classic cozy autumn flavors, without having to buy lots of individual spices. You can swap it out for an equal amount of ground cinnamon if that’s all you have on hand.
  • Chocolate chips: I use semi-sweet chocolate chips, but feel free to use another type of baking chips if preferred. You can use milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate, butterscotch, or cinnamon chips.

Equipment

  • Loaf pan: you’ll need an 8.5 x 4.5-inch loaf pan for this pumpkin bread recipe. This is the one I use and recommend! A 9″ pan will also work, but the loaf will be more squat, and you might need to shorten the baking time.
  • Mixer: you’ll need either a hand mixer or a stand mixer to make this.
Slice of Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread on a piece of white parchment paper on a plate.

📋 Instructions

This pumpkin bread is a simple, easy-to-make recipe that comes together in no time at all! You can find easily printable instructions in the recipe card right here.

  1. In a medium bowl, use an electric hand mixer or stand mixer to beat the eggs until they’re well blended.
Two-photo collage showing how to beat eggs for pumpkin bread.

2. Add in the pumpkin puree and beat again until well combined.

Two-photo collage showing how to make Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread batter.

3. In a small bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and pumpkin pie spice.

4. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the pumpkin mixture, then beat until well blended.

Two-photo collage showing how to make Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread batter.

5. Add in the chocolate chips and hand mix until they’re distributed throughout the batter. Transfer the batter to a greased loaf pan.

Two-photo collage showing mixing and pouring Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread into a loaf pan.

6. Place the loaf pan in the oven and bake at 350ºF for 50-60 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

💭 Variations

This chocolate chip pumpkin bread recipe is pretty darn great as it is (if I do say so myself), but feel free to give it your own twist with any of these variations!

  • Add nuts. Sprinkle chopped nuts on top of the bread or mix them straight into the batter for some extra crunch. Pecans or walnuts would be delicious!
  • Swap the baking chips. Feel free to swap the chocolate chips out for butterscotch chips, white chocolate chips, or cinnamon chips, if preferred.
  • Frost it. Slather on your favorite frosting for some added sweetness. I’m sure it would be delicious with my pumpkin butterscotch frosting!
  • Add cinnamon and sugar. For an even sweeter flavor with a slight crunch, coat the inside of the pan with a mixture of cinnamon and granulated sugar before adding the batter. 
  • Make muffins. If you’d prefer to make pumpkin muffins instead of pumpkin bread, use a standard sized muffin tin lined with muffin liners and bake for 15-25 minutes.
  • Add glaze. Make a quick homemade glaze using milk and powdered sugar. Start with 1 cup of powdered sugar, then whisk in a dash of milk at a time until it reaches your desired texture. Once it’s ready you can drizzle it over the bread.
Hand removing a slice of pumpkin chocolate chip bread from the rest of the loaf on a wooden cutting board.

💡 Tips  

Here are a few of my tips for making the best pumpkin bread!

  • Use pumpkin puree. Be sure you get canned pumpkin puree, not pumpkin pie filling. They are not the same thing. Pumpkin pie filling has added ingredients while the only ingredient in pumpkin puree is pumpkin. 
  • Want a more mild pumpkin pie spice flavor? Use just 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice. Prefer a stronger pumpkin spice flavor? Use 2 ½ teaspoons. 
  • If you want chocolate chips on top of the bread like I do in the photos, wait until after the bread is baked to add them, otherwise they will melt. Once the loaf is removed from the oven, place the chocolate chips on top. They will melt a little from the heat but should maintain their shape.

Storage Instructions

Leftover pumpkin chocolate chip bread will last at room temperature or in the fridge for 5 days or in the freezer for 3-4 months. To freeze pumpkin bread, wrap it in cling wrap, aluminum foil, and then place it into a ziplock bag to be stored in the freezer.

Hand holding a slice of pumpkin bread studded with melted chocolate chips.

🎃 More Great Pumpkin Desserts

Don’t miss the step-by-step tutorial showing how to make Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Breadcheck out the web story here!

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Overhead shot of Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread on a wooden cutting board.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

Pumpkin bread gets an upgrade with the addition of LOTS of chocolate! It's moist, perfectly dense, loaded with pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice, and packed with melty chocolate chips.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Servings 8 servings
Calories 423 kcal

Ingredients
 

  • 3 eggs
  • 8 oz pumpkin puree, (1 cup)
  • 5.25 oz granulated sugar, (¾ cup)
  • 3 fl oz vegetable oil, (⅓ cup + 1 tbsp)
  • 7.44 oz all purpose flour, (1 ¾ cup)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice, or ground cinnamon
  • 6 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips, (1 cup)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In a medium bowl, use an electric hand mixer to beat the eggs until they’re well blended.
  • Put the pumpkin puree in the bowl and beat again until well combined.
  • Add the sugar and vegetable oil and beat until well combined.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and pumpkin pie spice. Gradually add this dry mixture to the pumpkin mixture. Again, beat until well blended.
  • Add the chocolate chips and hand mix until they are dispersed throughout the batter.
  • Pour the batter into a greased (8.5 x 4.5 x 2.5) glass loaf pan. Put the loaf pan in the oven and bake for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Cool before cutting. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

If you’d like chocolate chips on top of the bread like in the photos, wait until after the bread is baked. Once the bread is removed from the oven, place the chocolate chips on top of the loaf. The chocolate chips will melt from the residual heat, but retain their shape.

MEASURING TIPS

Our recipes are developed using weight measurements, and we highly recommend using a kitchen scale for baking whenever possible. However, if you prefer to use cups, volume measurements are provided as well. PLEASE NOTE: the adage “8 oz = 1 cup” is NOT true when speaking about weight, so don’t be concerned if the measurements don’t fit this formula.

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Nutrition

Calories: 423 kcal | Carbohydrates: 53 g | Protein: 6 g | Fat: 21 g | Saturated Fat: 14 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4 g | Trans Fat: 1 g | Cholesterol: 63 mg | Sodium: 208 mg | Potassium: 335 mg | Fiber: 3 g | Sugar: 27 g | Vitamin A: 4513 IU | Vitamin C: 1 mg | Calcium: 81 mg | Iron: 3 mg
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Elizabeth LaBau

About Elizabeth LaBau

I’m Elizabeth, but you can call me SugarHero! I’m a former pastry chef turned blogger, cookbook author, and baking instructor, and I consider myself sugar’s #1 fan. Learn more from my About page, or connect with me on social media:

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