Pumpkin Bread or Muffins

Tuesday, October 8, 2013
This recipe for the best and easiest to make Pumpkin Bread is from the 1950s and mom always made this as soon as our pumpkins were ready to pick from dad's garden.

I tried so many recipes for this bread over the years and still come back to mom's it really is the best when it comes to moist, flavorful, and shouting pumpkin spice flavors.

The recipe can also be made with pure canned pumpkin and molded into muffins or even smaller loaves to give as gifts to family and friends during the holiday like she did.

The smell of this pumpkin bread baking alone will hook you forever on making this recipe from scratch with that good old-fashioned aroma of cinnamon throughout the house.

We often spread the pumpkin bread with cinnamon butter or cream cheese for a perfect after-dinner or breakfast treat.

You can even turn this into a luscious pumpkin bread dessert by using a slice topped with whipped cream and a drizzle of warmed caramel sauce.

Scroll down to our printable recipe card for this easy yummy recipe.

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Fall and Pumpkin Recipes

The onset of fall just reminds me of pumpkin and apple recipes with the flavors of cinnamon spice.

Cinnamon, fresh pumpkin puree, and spices in this moist cake will be your favorite recipe to make after you try this once.

Of course, if you're not a baker you can always try our  4 Ingredient Pumpkin Cake made with a mix that's terrific in a hurry and non-baker.

If you love pumpkin and fall you may also like our Amaretto Cheesecake, Pumpkin Fluff Pie, and our Pumpkin Oatmeal Bars.

fresh pumpkin puree and batter for bread

Best Spreads on Pumpkin Bread and Muffins

  1. Nutella
  2. Cream cheese
  3. Butter
  4. Cinnamon jam
  5. Sliced with warm caramel and Whipped cream as a dessert
  6. Cinnamon honey butter
  7. Apple butter

ingredients for pumpkin bread recipe

Ingredients You Will Need(scroll to the recipe card for exact measurements):

  1. eggs
  2. white sugar 
  3. canned or fresh pure pumpkin
  4. vegetable oil 
  5. flour
  6.  baking soda
  7. baking powder
  8. salt 
  9. the ground cinnamon, ground cloves,  ground nutmeg  or pumpkin pie spice
  10. optional: raisins or chocolate chips, nuts see the recipe card for more suggestions

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  • Cool completely before slicing the bread
  • wrap bread in plastic ziplock bags for storing
  • the bread stays moist for up to 4 days in the refrigerator 
  • pumpkin bread and muffins can be frozen in storage bags for up to six months
  • this recipe can be cut in half and for muffins adjust the time to around 25 minutes or until the center springs back
  • drizzle rum caramel sauce on top with whipped cream for a delicious adult dessert

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Pumpkin Spice Bread

If you were looking for great pumpkin spice flavored bread or muffins, this can be the last recipe you'll even want.

Mom always used fresh ingredients and easy-to-find pantry items so there's nothing unusual to buy.

If you're a pumpkin fan you may also love our Slow Cooker Pumpkin Spiced Latte recipe to go along with this bread of our Pumpkin Frappuccino!

Pumpkin Bread or Muffins

Pumpkin Bread or Muffins

Yield: 4 loaves
Author: Claudia1 Lamascolo
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 70 MinTotal time: 1 H & 19 M
Our Pumpkin Bread or muffins is the best sweet recipe to kick off fall. Spread some cream cheese on top and this will be a new favorite fall treat!


  • 6 eggs
  • 4 cups white sugar
  • 1-29- ounce can of. pure pumpkin or fresh
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 - 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda 
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2  teaspoons ground cinnamon 
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves 
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Optional: 2 cups  of whatever  add-ins you prefer: chocolate chunks, raisins, craisins, white or chocolate chips, or a mixture,  
  • 1 cup of chopped nuts of choice: pumpkin seeds, pistachio, pecan, walnuts, toasted almonds, macadamia nuts


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 and prepare 3 loaf pans lined with parchment paper or heavily grease with butter or cooking spray.
  2. In a 5-quart mixing bowl beat the eggs slightly. 
  3. Add the sugar, pumpkin, and oil mixing evenly.
  4. Grab a clean bowl and add the flour and spices combined with the leavening agents until evenly mixed.
  5. Stir the wet mixture into the flour mixture (do not beat ) just blend together evenly.
  6. Fold the chocolate, raisins, and/or nuts in the last.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven for around 70 minutes using the toothpick in the center checking it comes out clean.
  8. Cool for around 8 to 10 minutes before removing from the pan.
  9. I flip them on wax paper to cool or a wire rack.



  • Cool completely before slicing the bread
  • wrap bread in plastic ziplock bags for storing
  • the bread stays moist for up to 4 days in the refrigerator 
  • pumpkin bread and muffins can be frozen in storage bags for up to six months
  • this recipe can be cut in half and for muffins adjust the time to around 25 minutes or until the center springs back

Best Spreads on Pumpkin Bread

  1. Nutella
  2. Cream cheese
  3. Butter
  4. Cinnamon jam
  5. Sliced bread topped with warm caramel sauce or ice cream topping and whipped cream as a dessert
  6. Cinnamon honey butter
  7. Apple butter

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Pumpkin Turnovers

Disclosure: This recipe was originally shared in 2010. It was edited and re-published in 2013.


  1. What fabulous muffins! Chocolate and cinnamon are a perfect and very tasty combination with pumpkin. Well done dear, bye bye

  2. I adore anything pumpkin! These muffins look truly wonderful.

  3. Lovely! I too love the combination here. Looks so moist.

  4. My roommate made some similar, some plain, some chocolate chip and I have to say, the chocolate chips were amazing with the pumpkin.

  5. It's funny that as a child...I just couldn't stand desserts with squash...and now I just can't stop using this wonderful ingredient.
    Great recipe for me to add to my repertoire ;o) Thanks.

    Have a great day and flavourful wishes,

  6. I loooove this. I love the combination of chocolate and pumpkin!

  7. This would be fun for a lunch with my mother tomorrow. The aroma of it cooking fills me with anticipation. I had a spread of "fingers," hot dog mummies and witches brooms for my kids when they returned home late from labs. They may be in their early 20's - but their eyes just lit up!

  8. Hey Claudia,
    Pumpkin is in the air...oh, and in your oven too!
    Happy Halloween!

  9. Yum, I was just thinking I need to make some pumpkin bread or cake, Claudia. I might make these for my Cauldron Boy's breakfast tomorrow!

  10. I bought two pumpkins Claudia. Was looking for a good pumpkin muffin and this is it! Muffins don't last very long around our house. They are much easier for dad to grab n eat.

    The first I made bread pudding with, which I'll be posting soon since it's I used the oatmeal bread from the Tastemaker program.

    BTW I made your apple cake, it was awesome!

  11. Scrumptious muffins - pumpkin and chocolate chips sounds like a terrific combo!

  12. This sounds fantastic! I so love the idea of chocolate and pumpkins ... and in a muffin! YUM!

  13. Pumpkin and chocolate - what's not to like! Perfect fall or Halloween treat :)

  14. OMG these muffins look amazing. I love everything about them. The pumpkin craze this time of year is the best. I'm making pumpkin oatmeal chocolate chip cookies tonight. Nice job.

  15. Your bread and muffins are beautiful sights Claudia! One of my favorite combos - I am loving all the baking you have been doing!

  16. chocolate and pumpkin, a fall romance in the shape of a muffin

  17. I'm loving all the chocolate and pumpkin recipes popping up all over the blogosphere! And I've used canned pumpkin puree only once, out of curiosity - still, I have to say I prefer fresh!

    Love your muffins - they're giving me the itch to stir up a batch :D

  18. These muffin sounds wonderful. Love the addition of chocolate chip. Must be so luscious! Thank you for sharing. Hope you're going to enjoy this weekend. And wishing you a very Happy Halloween.
    Cheers, Kristy
    p/s I have an award for you. Please feel free to hop over to collect it. TQ!

  19. You got me going again. I'm picking up pumpkins this weekend then ...LOOK OUT KITCHEN because I'm roasting up a storm.

    I've been seeing a lot of pumpkin cakes,etc. with cream cheese frosting. They are all giving me ideas. :) Love this time of year!

  20. Bread or muffins there is no difference, are both delicious! They taste of Christmas.

  21. I love pumpkin bread! And love the idea of serving it as a dessert with caramel and whipped cream!

  22. What a great Fall flavored bread. I like the idea of making it into muffins and changing up the add ins.

  23. Pumpkin, chocolate and nuts? What a delicious combination and I love how you can tweak the recipe with different fruits too. Can't wait to make this!

  24. looks good - definitely trying this holiday season!

  25. Made this and had nutella on top like you suggested, it was AMAZING! Thanks!!

  26. I just love this pumpkin and chocolate bread. Planning to make it this weekend, wish me luck!

  27. I was looking for a yummy pumpkin bread to make this fall and this one came out perfect. SO delish! This recipe is a keeper!

  28. I'm with you on this! So many recipes claim to be "pumpkin spice" but you can't taste the pumpkin or the spice. LOL This bread was perfectly pumpkin spiced. :)

  29. What a delicious banana bread! It's super moist with the perfect amount of warm spices. Love this for the fall!

  30. This bread is an explosion of flavors in my mouth! Love all the delicious spices you added!

  31. This bread is like an explosion of flavors in my mouth! Love all the spices you added.

  32. How can just a few simple ingredients make such a delicious bread. Loved the balance of spices in each loaf


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