Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread Fall Favorite

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

By Maria Lichty

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread-perfectly spiced homemade pumpkin bread with chocolate chips. Everyone's favorite fall quick bread recipe! 

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I love fall for many reasons, but Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread is at the top of the list, along with Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies and Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars. There is nothing better than pumpkin AND chocolate! 

This homemade pumpkin bread is easy to whip up and tastes better than any pumpkin bread you can get at a bakery. And the best part? It makes TWO large loaves (9×5-inch size), so you can share one with a friend, stash it in the freezer for later, or enjoy it all by yourself because one loaf never lasts long. It is SO good! 

This bread is great for breakfast, brunch, snack time, dessert, Halloween, Thanksgiving, or anytime! Obviously, it is extra delicious during the fall months, but I do make it year-round and no one complains. 

Pumpkin Puree vs. Pumpkin Pie Filling

This recipe calls for pumpkin puree (100% pure pumpkin), not pumpkin pie filling! Pumpkin puree is made with just pumpkin, while pumpkin pie filling has all kinds of ingredients and flavors added in. Double check your cans and make sure you have the right stuff! 

Pumpkin Bread Spices

This is the perfect blend of spices for creating the best pumpkin flavor! I've included a combination of…

  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Ginger
  • Cloves

These spices together create a warm, nostalgic flavor that's just incredible with the pumpkin. If you have pre-made pumpkin pie spice, you can use 2 tablespoons instead of the mix of spices, but personally I like adding the spices individually because I think the flavor is better. 

Chocolate Chips & More

I love using semi-sweet chocolate chips in my pumpkin bread, but you can also use the following! It's fun to mix it up! 

  • Milk chocolate chips
  • Dark chocolate chunks or chips
  • White chocolate chips
  • Butterscotch chips
  • Cinnamon chips
  • Walnuts, pecans, or even candied pecans

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread Tips

Below are my tips for creating the perfect Pumpkin Chocolate Bread. It's fluffy, moist, and filled with seasonal pumpkin flavor!

  • Have your buttermilk and eggs at room temperature. Pull them out before you begin baking so they can rest for a bit. You can run your eggs under warm water to speed this process or set them in a bowl of warm water. If you don't have buttermilk, use regular milk with a teaspoon of lemon juice or vinegar. Let it sit for a few minutes before mixing it in.
  • There are a couple ingredients that give this pumpkin bread the perfect, moist texture: pumpkin (of course!), buttermilk, brown sugar, and eggs. 
  • Don't overmix the batter! Mix by hand and just until everything is incorporated and no more. Gently fold in the chocolate chips, again making sure you're only mixing as much as absolutely necessary.
  • Grease your loaf pans really well. You want each baked loaf to easily come out of the pan.
  • Reserve some of the chocolate chips for the tops of your loaves. The chocolate chips make the bread extra beautiful and you can't go wrong with more chocolate.  
  • I also like to sprinkle turbinado sugar on top of each loaf. This gives each slice of pumpkin bread a sugary-sweet crunch. Don't skip this step. It's SO yummy!
  • If the top of your bread is browning too quickly, tent a piece of aluminum foil on top. This will let the middle continue to cook while slowing the browning on top!
  • Let the bread cool in the pan for 15 minutes and then carefully remove it. Let it cool completely before slicing. I know it is hard to wait, but worth it! 

How to Store

Once baked and cooled, you can wrap the loaf in plastic wrap or place in an airtight container and store on the counter at room temperature for 3 to 5 days

You can also freeze the bread, which is so nice since this recipe makes two loaves. I love having one in the freezer for a rainy day. 

To freeze, wrap the cooled loaf in plastic wrap AND aluminum foil and freeze for up to three months. I always label and date my bread so I know what it is. Defrost before slicing and serving. 

You can also freeze individual slices if you want a quick grab and go pumpkin treat from the freezer. 

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease two 9×5-inch loaf pans with cooking spray and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine the sugars, pumpkin, oil, buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla. Mix until smooth.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined, being careful to not over mix.
  • Fold in 1 ½ cups chocolate chips, reserving ¼ cup for the tops of the loaves.
  • Evenly divide batter between the prepared pans. Sprinkle the loaves with remaining chocolate chips and sprinkle evenly with turbinado sugar.
  • Bake for 50 to 65 minutes, or until browned and a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the center of the loaf. If the loaves are browning too quickly, you can loosely tent them with foil so the middle can keep baking.
  • Remove loaves from oven and cool in pans on a wire rack for 15 minutes. With a knife, go around the bread and loosen the loaves. Remove from pan and cool completely before slicing.


Updated the original recipe from 2009. They are similar, but I like the updated version better. If you want the original, here are the ingredients: 3 ½ cups all-purpose flour, 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon, 1 tablespoon ground nutmeg, 2 teaspoons baking soda, 1 ½ teaspoons salt, 3 cups granulated sugar, 15 ounces pure pumpkin, 1 cup canola oil, 2/3 cup water, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 4 large eggs, 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips. Follow the same instructions.


Calories: 338kcal, Carbohydrates: 52g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Cholesterol: 30mg, Sodium: 267mg, Potassium: 90mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 36g, Vitamin A: 2838IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 45mg, Iron: 2mg
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