12 Epic Pumpkin Breads to Spice up Your Day

Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread
Photo by My Hot Southern Mess. Photo: My Hot Southern Mess

Spicy, fragrant pumpkin bread is one of autumn's greatest hits. And lucky us, it's so easy to make and share. Here are 12 of our favorite pumpkin bread variations, from chocolate chip to coconut, to enjoy this season.

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Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread

a loaf of pumpkin bread, partially sliced, on a white dish with fall decor in the background
My Hot Southern Mess

This top-rated pumpkin bread recipe has earned 7,000+ 5-star reviews. Yes, it's that good. You can bake it into a large loaf, mini loaves, or muffins — just adjust the total baking time. It also freezes beautifully, if you want to make and freeze a few for quick snacks or give-aways later.

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Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

Love chocolate? Give this one a try. Top tip: To keep the chips from sinking to the bottom, dust them with flour before mixing them into the dough. TheBritishBaker drizzled her loaves with white and orange icing to give her loaves colorful autumn flair.

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Orange Pumpkin Loaf

Orange Pumpkin Loaf

An entire orange, peel and all, is pureed into this citrus-y pumpkin loaf. Erin says, "This is an extraordinary bread. The first time I made it I grated the outer orange peel and then put in the orange sections thinking if I used the whole orange it would be too bitter. The next time I followed the directions using the whole orange and the difference was remarkable. So follow the directions!"

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Chef John's Pumpkin Bread

a boule of yeast bread with a decorative score on top
Carson's Mommy

Pumpkin breads aren't just quick breads; give this 5-star pumpkin yeast bread a try. "This no-knead bread is simple to make, and the addition of pumpkin puree makes it perfect for fall," says Chef John.

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Super Moist Pumpkin Bread

Super Moist Pumpkin Bread on a white and green plate

This vegan-friendly version contains no eggs or dairy, and uses coconut milk for another layer of flavor.

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Pumpkin Gingerbread

Slices of golden brown pumpkin bread on a white plate

An extra helping of ginger gives you a spicy mix that combines two great classic autumn flavors in one tasty loaf. You can dress up your loaf with cream cheese frosting and candied ginger, if you'd like.

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Applesauce Pumpkin Spice Bread

Applesauce Pumpkin Spice Bread

The combination of pumpkin and applesauce creates an extra moist bread that infused with flavorful spices. "House smelled wonderful when this was in the oven," says reviewer lutzflcat. "This turned out very moist, spicy, and pumpkin-y."

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Cranberry Pumpkin Bread

Cranberry Pumpkin Bread

Cranberry sauce gives this extra moist bread a sweet/tangy edge. The recipe calls for egg substitute, but you can use 4 whole large eggs instead.

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Perfect Paleo Pumpkin Bread

Perfect Paleo Pumpkin Bread

Here's a 5-star pumpkin loaf even a caveman would love. It has almond and coconut flours for structure, maple syrup for sweetness, and coconut oil for rich moisture.

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Pumpkin Cheese Bread

Pumpkin Cheese Bread II

There's a surprise layer of pumpkin spice cream cheese baked into the middle of this pumpkin bread. Reviewer LAURADJ says, "Without a doubt, this is indeed the best pumpkin bread I have ever seen. It takes a little extra effort, but it is worth it!"

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Pumpkin Coconut Bread

Pumpkin Coconut Bread

The addition of coconut flakes gives this pumpkin bread a tropical twist and fluffy texture. If you want to keep things light, several reviewers had success substituting applesauce for half of the oil.

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Pumpkin Oat Bread

Pumpkin Oat Bread

Recipe creator happiestmama says, "Satisfy your craving with this hearty, flavorful bread perfect for the fall. A cup of chai tea goes wonderfully with this bread."

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