Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread


I make this chocolate chip pumpkin bread during the holidays. With chocolate chips and walnuts in every bite, this bread is generously spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg. Use less if you're a fan of milder pumpkin bread. Bake in standard loaf pans or 1-pound coffee tins, then wrap cooled loaves in colored cellophane to give as gifts. Freezes well.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hr
Total Time:
1 hr 20 mins
3 9x5-inch loaves

Cozy up with a slice (or two, or three) of chocolate chip pumpkin bread this fall. This simple treat will quickly earn a permanent place in your recipe box.

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread Ingredients

Here's what you'll need to make this unforgettable chocolate chip pumpkin bread recipe:

· Sugar: This perfectly sweet recipe calls for a cup of white sugar per loaf.
· Pumpkin puree: Use store-bought pumpkin puree or puree your own pumpkin at home.
· Oil: Vegetable oil adds moisture without affecting the flavor. Substitutes include canola oil, butter, or applesauce.
· Eggs: Whole eggs add moisture, richness, and flavor. Plus, they help bind the batter together.
· Flour: All-purpose flour provides strength and structure.
· Spices: This cozy pumpkin bread is spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg.
· Baking soda: Baking soda acts as a leavener, which means it helps the pumpkin bread rise.
· Salt: A half teaspoon of salt per loaf doesn't sound like much, but trust us: You'll miss it if you skip it. Salt lends complexity while enhancing all the other flavors.
· Chocolate chips: Of course, you'll need semisweet chocolate chips. You could use milk or dark chocolate if you prefer.
· Nuts: This recipe calls for chopped walnuts, but pecans or almonds would also work well.

How to Make Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

You'll find the full, step-by-step recipe below — but here's a brief overview of what you can expect when you make this top-rated chocolate chip pumpkin bread:

1. Make the batter: Beat the sugar, pumpkin, oil, water, and eggs with an electric mixer until they're smooth. Add the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, and salt. Fold in the chocolate chips and nuts.
2. Bake the bread: Pour the batter into three prepared loaf pans. Bake in a preheated oven until a knife comes out clean.

How to Store Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

Allow the bread to cool. Wrap the loaves tightly in storage wrap and store at room temperature for up to five days or in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Can You Freeze Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread?

Yes! Freeze chocolate chip pumpkin bread by wrapping each loaf in one layer of storage wrap followed by one layer of aluminum foil. Label with the date and freeze for up to three months. Thaw the bread, unwrapped, at room temperature.

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"This is my second time making this," says Lynnette DuFord. "I used fresh pumpkins that I roasted and pureed in my food processor. I think it gives a deeper layer of flavor."

"This was fun to make and yielded a lot of batter," according to ssarahmm. "It took a little longer to cook because it was so moist, but well worth it! I will make this again. A great recipe to use for those extra cans of pumpkin in the cupboard!"

"I have made this recipe as is, and it comes out great every time," says Jennifer Buller King. "Family and friends request this for Christmas every year, it's so good. In the interest of making it a little bit healthier, I have made it with half the sugar and replaced the oil with applesauce. It still comes out great that way too."

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


  • 3 cups white sugar

  • 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree

  • 4 large eggs

  • 1 cup vegetable oil

  • cup water

  • 3 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon, or to taste

  • 1 tablespoon ground nutmeg, or to taste

  • 2 teaspoons baking soda

  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt

  • 1 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips

  • ½ cup chopped walnuts


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour three 9x5-inch loaf pans (or three empty 16-ounce coffee tins).

  2. Gather all ingredients.

    All ingredients.

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  3. Combine sugar, pumpkin, eggs, oil, and water in a large bowl. Beat with an electric mixer until smooth. Blend in flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, and salt.

    Blended mixture.

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  4. Fold in chocolate chips and nuts.

    Chocolate chips added to mixture.

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  5. Evenly divide batter between the prepared pans; they should be 1/2 to 3/4 full.

    Mixture spread among pans.

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  6. Bake in the preheated oven until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean, about 1 hour.

    Knife inserted in bread.

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  7. Remove from the oven and let cool on wire racks before removing from the pans.

  8. Enjoy!

    close up view of a couple slices of chocolate chip pumpkin bread


Nutrition Facts (per serving)

251 Calories
11g Fat
36g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 30
Calories 251
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Cholesterol 25mg 8%
Sodium 226mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 36g 13%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 16mg 1%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 85mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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