Pumpkin Nut Bread with Crumble Topping — Super soft, tender, moist pumpkin bread with a pecan crumble topping!! The mini loaves are EASY, brimming will fall flavors, totally IRRESISTIBLE, and perfect for entertaining or gift-giving!!

three mini pumpkin nut bread loaves

Mini Pumpkin Nut Bread Loaves

These mini pumpkin pecan bread loaves with crumble topping is fast, easy, you don’t need a mixer, and tastes more like cake than bread. I’ll never complain about eating cake, err bread, for breakfast.

The bread is so soft, tender, ridiculously moist without being dense or heavy, and topped with a delectable crumble topping that I want to pick off and devour piece by piece from every loaf.

In past years I’ve made this Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Bread and Mini Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread, and those recipes have become some of my hottest fall recipes on my blog, Pinterest, and on Facebook. This video showing you just how I make the bread has been watched 11 million times and counting.

sliced mini pumpkin pecan bread loaf next to a bag of Fisher pecans

For this recipe, I added Fisher Pecan Halves to the bread and to the crumble topping. Last year I made this Pumpkin Crumb Coffee Cake in partnership with Fisher Nuts using their pecans and it’s one of my favorite fall coffee cakes. 

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I’ve been working with Fisher Nuts for years. Check out this Sweet Potato Casserole with Butter Pecan Topping and these Sea Salt Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies that I’ve made using their pecans. 

The great thing about this recipe is that you can use it to make mini loaves, one large loaf, or muffins! These mini pumpkin loaves are perfect for gift giving or as something to set out during your holiday parties. 

three mini pumpkin nut bread loaves next to a bag of Fisher pecans

What’s in This Pumpkin Nut Bread?

To make this pumpkin bread from scratch with the crumble topping, you’ll see it’s a very short and sweet ingredients list. All you will need is: 

  • Flour
  • White and brown sugar
  • Butter
  • Fisher Pecan Halves (Fisher Pecan Halves and Pieces may be used)
  • Pumpkin puree
  • Oil (canola or vegetable)
  • Pumpkin pie spice
  • Baking soda, baking powder, salt

I want to point out that other than the 3 tablespoons of butter in the crumble topping, this is a vegan recipe. No eggs and no butter are in the bread itself which may come in handy for some people. To keep it vegan you can either skip the crumble topping altogether or swap out the 3 tablespoons of butter for a vegan buttery substitute.

slice of moist pumpkin bread with crumble topping

How to Make Mini Pumpkin Nut Bread Loaves

To make the moist pumpkin bread, simply combine the wet ingredients in one bowl and the dry in another. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix to combine. 

Gently fold in the pecans, then turn the batter into three greased mini loaf pans. 

Then, make the easy crumble topping and sprinkle over the loaves (the recipe card below walks you through how to make crumble topping). 

Bake the pumpkin streusel bread until the tops are set and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs, but no batter.

sliced mini loaf of pumpkin bread with crumble topping

What Mini Loaf Pans Do You Use? 

I think mini food is not only irresistibly cute but things bake more quickly and more evenly in them. I used three of these mini loaf pans  and if you don’t have a set of mini loaf pans and you’re even somewhat of a baker, I recommend buying a set.

They come in handy all the time for extra batter. For example when a muffin recipe makes 14 instead of 12. Pour that extra batter in a mini loaf and bake it alongside the muffin pan.

Can I Make This as a Regular Bread Loaf? 

If you want to make this pumpkin pecan bread recipe as a full-size 9×5-inch loaf, it’ll likely need about 50-55 minutes to bake. As with any type of baking, watch your baked goods and not the clock when it comes to determining if they’re done or not.

Can I Make This Recipe Into Muffins? 

Yes, muffins will require about 18-24 minutes in the oven. 

Mini Crumble Topping Pumpkin Bread - Super soft, tender, moist pumpkin bread with a pecan crumble topping!! The mini loaves are EASY, brimming will fall flavors, totally IRRESISTIBLE, and perfect for entertaining or gift-giving!!

Tips for Making Pumpkin Streusel Bread

  • First and foremost, make sure you use pure pumpkin puree and NOT pumpkin pie filling. Pumpkin pie filling is sweetened and spiced and will result in overly sweet pumpkin bread.
  • Feel free to add more pumpkin pie spice, if desired. Some of us are major pumpkin fiends. Ahem.
  • You can always add more pecans to the bread batter. If you love the extra crunch and flavor of pecans, go for it.
  • After the bread is done baking, you can sprinkle some pecans over the top. I tried to incorporate them into the crumble topping but they were burning since this bread needs to bake at 400F, so after baking is the way to go.
  • Lastly, you need to let this bread cool before serving it. I know it’s tempting to dig in right away but the crumble topping crisps up as it cools, so I highly recommend waiting until cooled to devour. 
Mini Crumble Topping Pumpkin Bread - Super soft, tender, moist pumpkin bread with a pecan crumble topping!! The mini loaves are EASY, brimming will fall flavors, totally IRRESISTIBLE, and perfect for entertaining or gift-giving!!
Yield: 12

Mini Crumble Topping Pumpkin Bread

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 32 minutes
Cooling Time 15 minutes
Total Time 57 minutes

Super soft, tender, moist pumpkin bread with a pecan crumble topping!! The mini loaves are EASY, brimming will fall flavors, totally IRRESISTIBLE, and perfect for entertaining or gift-giving!!

Ingredients

Crumble Topping

  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Bread

Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 400F. Spray three 5x3x2-inch mini loaf pans very well with floured cooking spray or grease and flour the pans; set aside.

    Crumble Topping:

    1. To a medium bowl, add the flour, sugars, pumpkin pie spice, salt, and stir with a fork to combine.
    2. Drizzle in the melted butter and mix and fluff with the fork to combine until small pebbles form; set aside.

    Bread:

    1. To a large bowl add the flour, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, salt, and whisk together; set aside.
    2. To a separate large bowl add the sugars, pumpkin, oil, milk, molasses, vanilla, and whisk until combined.
    3. Pour the wet pumpkin mixture over the dry ingredients, and stir until just combined; don’t overmix.
    4. Add the pecans and stir to combine.
    5. Evenly distribute batter between the 3 prepared pans, filling each about 2/3-full.
    6. Evenly sprinkle the crumble topping over each of the pans.
    7. Bake for about 30 to 34 minutes, or until tops are set and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs, but no batter. Because all mini pans, ovens, and climates vary, baking times may vary.
    8. After baking, optionally sprinkle the top of each loaf with a few pecans.
    9. Allow the bread to cool in pans for about 15 minutes before removing and placing on a wire rack to cool completely.

Notes

To make one large loaf: If you want to make this recipe as a full-size 9x5-inch loaf, it'll likely need about 50-55 minutes to bake.

To make muffins: Muffins will require about 18-24 minutes.

Bake time: As with any type of baking, watch your baked goods and not the clock when it comes to determining if they're done or not.

Storage: Bread will keep airtight at room temp for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 4 months.

Adapted from Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Bread and Mini Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 291Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 188mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 1gSugar: 22gProtein: 3g

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