Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

4.87 from 23 votes

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Moist, sweet and cakey, this Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread Recipe is beyond good. Filled with chocolate and baked to perfection, it’s the perfect fall treat!

I’m sort of in love with my Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread ever. I’ve been sitting on this recipe, making it the same way for the past six weeks because I wanted to *be sure* it was good. Friends, we are there! Its just the right amount of sweetness balanced with spice, pumpkin and chocolate…basically everything pumpkin bread should be. Step aside Zucchini Bread. Take a seat Cinnamon Swirl Donut Bread. We are ready for all things pumpkin!

pumpkin Chocolate Chip bread

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

This Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread yields a moist, sweet cakey loaf that is all sorts of pumpkin and chocolate. It’s made in one bowl, poured into one loaf pan and topped with chocolate. Then it’s baked in a light-colored loaf pan for about an hour. But first, you need these ingredients!

  • Salted Butter – softened! You can use unsalted if that’s what you have, just add an extra pinch of salt with the dry ingredients.
  • Canola Oil – this makes the loaf pleasantly moist.
  • Granulated Sugar – to sweeten of course.
  • Pumpkin Puree – you can either use canned or make your own homemade pumpkin puree.
  • Eggs – this adds structure and helps the bread rise a bit.
  • Vanilla – for flavoring.
  • All-Purpose Flour – adds structure to the bread and fills it out.
  • Baking Powder – helps the bread rise.
  • Salt – to balance and compliment flavors.
  • Buttermilk – extra moisture comes from this ingredient that creates an extra soft pumpkin bread. If you don’t have buttermilk on hand mix together 1/4 cup of milk and 1/4 teaspoon of white vinegar.
  • Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips – chocolate and pumpkin is always a good pairing. Switch out for white chocolate, dark chocolate or even nuts if you want. I would go with walnuts or pecans.
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

How to Make Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

Now with those helpful tips in mind and the ingredients gathered, you’re ready to make the best pumpkin bread ever. To make pumpkin bread:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease light colored loaf pan (8 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ x 2 3/4” high) with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix oil, butter and, sugar until well combined. Stir in eggs, vanilla and, pumpkin until smooth.
  3. Gently stir in dry ingredients and buttermilk until it’s uniform batter has formed. Scrape sides to ensure no lumps are present. Stir in 3/4 cup chocolate chips. Pour into prepared pan and top with remaining 1/4 cup chocolate chips.
  4. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes in the lower half of the oven until completely baked. Remove from oven and cool at least 15 minutes before removing from pan. Slice, serve and enjoy!

Pro Tips for making the Best Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

To get the best results with this pumpkin bread recipe you will want to:

  • Stir the flour in until just combined. Meaning, don’t stir it like crazy because you don’t want to develop any gluten. Gluten = chewy. For a loaf that is basically a cake, you’ll want it to be tender like a cake. So, don’t overthink it and don’t over mix.
  • Use a light-colored loaf pan… and parchment paper if you can swing it. These are the ones I own and I couldn’t recommend them enough. They are fabulous. Dark pans tend to lead to crispy, dark edges. We do not want that for this loaf! Also, bake the loaf in the lower half of the oven. If you do happen to use a darker pan, reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees and start checking doneness at 45 minutes in. You don’t want it to burn.
  • Let it cool before removing from the pan. Not cooled completely but cooled enough that it won’t fall apart once it’s been removed from the pan. 15 – 20 minutes after bake time is a good sweet spot. You shouldn’t have to use oven mitts to remove it from the pan. Everything can be very warm to the touch still, but its too hot if you have to use oven mitts. And of course, eat it warm!
Pumpkin Bread

Make-Ahead

The amazing thing about Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread is that it can be made ahead of time! It is best served warm (isn’t any baked good?) but it is also delicious at room temperature.

Normally, this recipe can last for up to 3 days stored at room temperature. The longer it sits, the more crumbly and dry it gets. Warming will help with this, but storing it in the refrigerator would be preferred, especially if you’re wanting this to last beyond 3 days. Storing this pumpkin bread in the fridge will actually extend its shelf like as long as its wrapped well or in an airtight container.  That way you can make it a couple of days in advance and keep it fresh in the fridge. Simply eat cold or reheat for 10 seconds per slice in the microwave.

Storing Options

Another option to make this recipe ahead of time is to freeze it.

Bake accordingly and let the loaf cool completely. Then wrap it with plastic wrap a couple of times over and then put into a plastic freezer bag. This will prevent it from getting freezer burn. When stored this way, Pumpkin Bread can last for up to 3 months! Now that is fall meal prepping.

Pumpkin Bread Recipe

More Pumpkin Recipes to Try:

Everyone should have a plethora of pumpkin recipes and this pumpkin chocolate chip bread recipe definitely needs to make it to your recipe box. It always is delicious, always goes over well and always gets finished first.

So print, bake, eat, repeat. Have a great day, friends!

4.87 from 23 votes

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

Moist, sweet and cakey, this Pumpkin Bread Recipe is beyond good. Filled with chocolate and baked to perfection, it's the perfect fall treat!
servings 12 slices
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease light colored loaf pan (8 1/2" x 4 1/2" x 2 3/4” high) with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, mix oil, butter and, sugar until well combined. Stir in eggs, vanilla and, pumpkin until smooth. 
  • Gently stir in dry ingredients and buttermilk until it's uniform batter has formed. Scrape sides to ensure no lumps are present. Stir in 3/4 cup chocolate chips. Pour into prepared pan and top with remaining 1/4 cup chocolate chips.
  • Bake for 50 to 60 minutes in the lower half of the oven until completely baked. Remove from oven and cool at least 15 minutes before removing from pan. Slice and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 303kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 150mg | Potassium: 174mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 1770IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Breads, Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Pumpkin Bread, Pumpkin Bread Recipe, Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

 

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    1. Samantha

      5 stars
      This pumpkin bread was so good!!! Quick, easy, lots of chocolate! My two small children also enjoyed this one! I think this one will be making a regular appearance in my baking!

      1. Lauren

        Not in the recipe as written because my husband is a stickler and hates cinnamon and chocolate together, but feel free to add in what you’d like! Pumpkin pie spice or a cinnamon/nutmeg mix!

    1. Samantha

      This pumpkin bread was so good!!! Quick, easy, lots of chocolate! My two small children also enjoyed this one! I think this one will be making a regular appearance in my baking!

    1. Patti Beardslee

      This looks delicious. My son and I have been wanting to make something with pumpkin and this is definitely what our first try will be!!

  1. Erin

    5 stars
    Hi Lauren – thanks for the great recipe! I made it for dessert yesterday for our family dinner and doubled the recipe and baked it in a bundt pan. I then did a simple glaze of powdered sugar, milk, and cinnamon on it while still warm. It was incredible. Your recipe earned rave reviews and the best part? I still have some to eat tonight! 🙂

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  3. Melissa

    5 stars
    I can’t wait for Fall to come so I can make this Pumpkin Bread Recipe again! The chocolate chips really take it over the top while the texture is the best I’ve encountered. Simply the best, thanks!

  4. Kate Greenwood

    Just made a loaf and it looks just perfect! Can’t wait to slice into it. I used mini chips so I only added 3/4 total and since I live at 4100’ it did take a bit longer to bake. Thanks for the easy recipe!

  5. Morgan Koontz

    5 stars
    I tried this recipe and my bread came out perfect! Making this bread is definitely going to be a Fall tradition. THANK YOU and I love this blog!

  6. Carol

    I loved this recipe and have made it TWICE because it was devoured so quickly! Thank you for creating such deliciousness for us!

  7. April Jacobson

    Pumpkin Chocolate Chip bread is my favorite!! Most places where I buy pumpkin bread don’t put chocolate chips in their bread, so I can’t wait to make this one! Chocolate makes everything taste better!!:)

  8. Nery

    5 stars
    Loooooove pumpkin and chocolate together and I wanted to comment on this recipe because it’s my next one to do! Congratulations again by the way! Love your posts and blogs about an all around family! Not just food and tips but family and just mommying ! Thank you again! 😘❤️🎉🙌🏼

  9. Trish Whiteside

    Lauren your recipes are always so delicious and this one is no exception! I love hearing about your sweet family. Thanks for sharing your journey through life with us. ❤️

  10. Mary Beth Mancini

    I haven’t had a chance to make this yet but I love how you explain the ingredients and what they all do and give tips to get the best result. Always enjoy your posts!!

  11. Susan Bush

    This looks absolutely divine! I have been wanting to plan to bake something to take to our family Thanksgiving, but am pretty nervous because I have basically zero experience in the kitchen. This recipe is just what I was looking for! I love the idea of baking little loaves as gifts too! I am excited to try it, and even more excited to taste it. 😍

  12. Marissa Chalin

    5 stars
    I made this but added some espresso as well- it was incredible! I love this recipe so much, it’s perfect for fall (and all the other seasons tbh).

  13. Beth Wroten

    I haven’t made this yet, but in honor of the Fall season and since it has both chocolate and pumpkin (two of my favorites) I can’t wait to try it. 😉

  14. Terri Verhunce

    I LOVE everything pumpkin! Can not wait to make this for the weekend! Love all your recipes, keep them coming 🙂
    Terri

  15. stacey dellarose

    I’ll be trying this recipe on my next day off of work. Its finally cooled down a bit here so seems like the perfect time. Thanks for the recipe.

  16. Rachel J

    5 stars
    Can’t have too many pumpkin bread recipes and this one looks fabulous! I love any quick bread that add chocolate chips 🙂

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