The Best Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread — This recipe is truly the best homemade pumpkin bread you’ll ever make. It’s moist, packed with chocolatey goodness, and tastes like fall!

sliced loaf of Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread 

Easy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

This is an easy pumpkin bread with chocolate chips that requires no mixer and goes from bowl to oven in minutes. Between the molasses, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and McCormick’s new Pumpkin Pie Spice Extract, the bread is true comfort food and beautifully showcase the flavors of fall.

To create this chocolate chip pumpkin loaf recipe, I adapted my beloved Cream Cheese-Filled Pumpkin Bread for a loaf that’s soft, moist, springy, dense yet still fluffy, and nicely spiced.

Like all my pumpkin, carrot, and sweet potato desserts, using enough spices to ensure the final result is full-flavored is imperative. It’s perfect for snacking on any time of the day!

Pumpkin Pie Spice Extract

Ingredients for Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread 

To make this moist pumpkin bread with chocolate chips, you’ll need: 

  • Egg
  • Pumpkin puree
  • Brown sugar
  • Granulated sugar
  • Canola oil
  • Sour cream
  • Molasses 
  • McCormick Pumpkin Pie Spice Extract (or use vanilla extract)
  • Cinnamon 
  • Ground nutmeg
  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking powder and baking soda
  • Salt
  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips 

Note: Scroll down to the recipe card section of the post for the ingredients with amounts included and for more complete directions.

sliced Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread 

How to Make Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

This chocolate chip pumpkin bread is super easy to prepare! Here are the basic recipe steps:

  1. Whisk together everything but the flour, baking powder and baking soda, and chocolate chips (you don’t want to over mix the flour by mistake).
  2. Once combined, gently stir in the remaining dry ingredients and fold in the chocolate chips. 
  3. Turn the batter into a greased 9×5-inch loaf pan and bake until the top is domed and golden, and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  4. Let the pan cool for 15 minutes before removing it from the pan to cool on a wire rack. 
The Best Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread - Super soft, moist, rich pumpkin flavor, and loaded with chocolate chips! Easy, no mixer recipe that's the BEST!!

Recipe FAQs

Can I Freeze Pumpkin Bread? 

I’m sure you could! To freeze this loaf, first let it cool to room temperature and then wrap it in a few layers of plastic wrap (or seal inside a freezer bag). When you’re ready to enjoy the frozen loaf, set it on your counter to thaw. 

Can I Make This in a Smaller Loaf Pan? 

No, you should use a 9×5-inch loaf pan for this recipe. If you use a smaller pan, it’s likely that your bread will spill over while it’s baking. 

Can I Use homemade pumpkin puree?

Homemade pumpkin puree typically contains more moisture than canned puree, so my gut says no, it will not work in this recipe. We want moist pumpkin chocolate chip bread, not soggy bread!

Do I have to use mini chocolate chips?

No! I recommend using mini chocolate chips since they distribute more evenly throughout the batter, but regular chocolate chips will work as well.

Can I Add nuts to the batter?

Of course! To make pumpkin bread with chocolate chips and nuts, replace up to 1/2 cup of the chocolate chips with chopped pecans or walnuts. Do NOT add chopped nuts to the existing recipe without taking out some of the chocolate chips, otherwise the batter will overflow in the loaf pan.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread — This pumpkin chocolate chip bread is truly the best homemade pumpkin bread you'll ever make. It's moist, packed with chocolate chips, and tastes like fall!

Tips for Making Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

Use pure pumpkin puree for this moist pumpkin bread recipe, and NOT sweetened pumpkin pie filling. The packaging is very similar, so be sure to read the ingredients list to make sure you’re buying pure pumpkin for that amazing pumpkin flavor! 

Tent the pan with a sheet of foil loosely draped over the top at the 40-minute mark if you feel the tops and sides of the loaf will become too browned before center cooks through.

Baking times will vary based on moisture content of pumpkin, climate, and oven variances. Bake until done; watch your bread, not the clock.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread — This pumpkin chocolate chip bread is truly the best homemade pumpkin bread you'll ever make. It's moist, packed with chocolate chips, and tastes like fall!

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Yield: one 9x5-inch loaf

The Best Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

The Best Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

This pumpkin chocolate chip bread is truly the best homemade pumpkin bread you'll ever make. It's moist, packed with chocolate chips, and tastes like fall!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Cooling Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup canola or vegetable oil (liquid-state coconut oil may be substituted)
  • 1/4 cup cup sour cream (lite is okay; or Greek yogurt may be substituted)
  • 1 tablespoon mild or medium-flavored molasses (not blackstrap, too intense)
  • 2 teaspoons McCormick Pumpkin Pie Spice Extract (McCormick Vanilla Extract may be substituted)
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice (a mixture of cinnamon, allspice, cloves, and nutmeg if you don’t have pumpkin pie spice)
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips (mini size recommended for better distribution, regular size may be substituted)

Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 350F. Spray one 9×5-inch loaf pan with floured cooking spray, or grease and flour the pan; set aside.
    2. To a large bowl, add the the first eleven ingredients, through ground nutmeg, and whisk to combine.
    3. Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and stir until just combined; don’t overmix.
    4. Add the chocolate chips and stir to combine.
    5. Turn batter out into prepared pan, smoothing the top lightly with a spatula and pushing it into corners and sides as necessary.
    6. Bake for about 50 to 55 minutes or until the top is domed, golden, the center is set, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, or with a few moist crumbs, but no batter. The toothpick test is tricky because the you will likely hit melted chocolate so the toothpick will look wet.*
    7. Allow bread to cool in pan for about 15 minutes before turning out on a wire rack to cool completely before slicing and serving. Bread will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 6 months.

Notes

*Tip: Tent the pan with a sheet of foil loosely draped over the top at the 40 minute-mark if you feel the tops and sides will become too browned before center cooks through. Baking times will vary based on moisture content of pumpkin, climate, and oven variances. Bake until done; watch your bread, not the clock.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 243Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 130mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 2gSugar: 22gProtein: 3g

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Post brought to you by McCormick. The recipe, images, and opinions expressed are my own.
Originally posted September 11, 2015 and reposted October 13, 2021 with updated text.

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  1. I baked this recipe exactly as shown with the numerous spices and extract listed. It was good, but my family thought it was still a bit bland. They prefer my regular pumpkin bread recipe, ( which I would be happy to share). It was still nice trying a new version. Thanks, Averie.

    Rating: 4
    1. Thanks for trying the recipe. No one has ever said this is bland! Hard to say what the difference between the two recipes is. Sometimes “bland” can mean it tastes less sweet (less sugar used) when people are describing something. Perhaps mine uses less sugar than yours since I know it uses lots of warming spices. Hard to say but thanks for trying it.

  2. Hi Averie, Looking at the Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread OMG! can’t wait to make this for the holiday’s. I do have a question though. For the Pumpkin Pie Spice in parenthesis you have (cinnamon, allspice, cloves, nutmeg) I take it that’s what is in Pumpkin Pie Spice? How much of each would you use to make your own? Hope this makes sense :). Thanks for any help you can give me. Please keep the delicious recipes coming. Have a wonderful and blessed day and weekend.P.S. I have not made this yet, but I did rate it 5 stars (just for looking delicious) :)

    Rating: 5
    1. I take it that’s what is in Pumpkin Pie Spice? -yes

      How much of each would you use to make your own? -I would google it to find the ratios

  3. This is perfect for a cold fall day & it turned out perfect. Had to use some of the substitute suggestions & worked just fine! Made them in 3 mini bread pans & cooked for about 25-30 minutes. Thanks for another great recipe!

    Rating: 5
  4. Averie …. I am a huge fan of your recipes, many have become my staples … but I have never commented until now. This is THE BEST PUMPKIN recipe EVER … and I have made many, because I love pumpkin!! MAGIC! Thanks!!!

    1. Thanks for coming out of the woodwork to comment and so glad you love this bread – best ever – yay!

  5. This looks delicious :) Do you know if it could be frozen? I’m about to do some frezer cooking in anticipation of baby #3 and would love to have some of these loaves!

    1. Most bread freezes very well and while I haven’t personally tried with this recipe, I would say you’re safe to freeze it. Congrats on baby #3!

    1. Sour cream or Greek yogurt is your best bet and recommended. In an absolute pinch you could use mayonnaise (it’s egg + oil). You need something thick for the texture, moisture, for batter consistency, etc.

  6. I made the recipe The Best Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread yesterday. This was so devine!! So delicious!! Easy peasy to make and the bread baked up beautifully and its nearly gone today. I should have made two!! 
    Thank you for sharing!

    1. Whole wheat flour doesn’t behave like all-purpose in baking and since I haven’t tested it, I cannot say for sure if it will work or not.

  7. Can’t wait to bake this! I’m defrosting the last of my pumpkin from last year after buying 2 neck pumpkins today for a fresh batch. Do you use the pumpkin pie spice as well as the individual amounts cinnamon and nutmeg? I wasn’t sure if that was the substitute amounts. 
    Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Yes I use all the spices listed, pumpkin pie spice plus cinnamon and nutmeg. To me there’s nothing worse than bland pumpkin recipes but season to taste!

  8. Hi Averie,
    I made this loaf, the
    Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars, and the peanut butter jelly bars (from your book) in the last couple of days. :) I love your site! I think I may have some pumpkin leftover to try the cookies you posted last Friday. :)

    1. You’ve been baking up a storm! Glad the bread and the bars and the PB&J bars have all been good!! Thanks for making cookbook recipes and telling me about it since those are a lot less frequent than blog recipes :)

  9. So I only own an 8×4 loaf pan and have limited kitchen storage space (making the easy answer of “go buy a 9×5!” a solution now, but a problem in a few hours when the loaf is done…) Will an 8×4 hold the whole batch of dough, or should I only fill the pan up to a certain level?

    Clearly, this is all about avoiding having to clean the oven ;)

    1. For $4.99, I’d go to the grocery store and buy a cheapie 9×5 loaf pan. The 8×4 one will nestle right inside of the 9×5 and won’t take up any more storage space. The recipe was written for a 9×5 and it’s impossible to say when I’m not in your kitchen just how full, or not, to fill up a pan.

  10. Averie, you’ve done it again. I never comment but I had to today as this loaf has blown my mind. Not only are your recipes fantastic but I love the way you write them out- explaining every step including the logic behind doing things. It is SO helpful. I have been following you since your love veggie and yoga days and it’s been awesome to see your blog evolve. In a way I have kind of evolved also, as I used to be more restrictive with my diet, but now I love to enjoy delicious treats like this (in moderation!) and truly believe it’s part of a healthy lifestyle to do so. Anyhow, thanks again! I can see how passionate you are about cooking, photography, and this blog- it really shows! I wish you tons of continued success.

    1. Thanks for the wonderful comment and for following along over the many year! I am so happy that you’re less restrictive and feeling good about things! And that you enjoyed this loaf!

      Usually when people write to me saying they’ve followed me since my LV&Y days, it’s with more of a criticism like why don’t I only post vegan/GF food anymore, why don’t I wear my arm on my sleeve and share my personal details, etc. so it’s refreshing (so, so refreshing!!) to hear from someone who’s stuck with me and is happy rather than critical! Life evolves for everyone (and by virtue of that, so do blogs, and so did mine) and thanks for your support!

  11. I’ve made three of your pumpkin recipes already this year and this is the best one. It was a huge hit with my family. Easy to make, moist with strong yet not overpowering pumpkin flavor.

  12. Hello, do you think this will work well with gluten free flour and coconut sugar , I would also be using gluten free Choc chips.
    TIA

    1. I haven’t tried the recipe that way so can’t say for sure. It would depend on what kind of GF flour you’re using, i.e. a blend that’s made for baking vs. just 1 kind of GF flour. I would go with a blend for sure, but can’t speak to if it will work, along with the other substitutions you want to make.

    1. Thanks for trying the recipe and I’m glad it came out great for you as mini muffins! Glad your house smells awesome!

  13. I’m glad I saw this post, as I had pumpkin bread on my schedule today! Can the recipe be doubled? And have you ever tried using any amount of whole wheat flour? I was thinking of using half and half. Thanks for the recipe!

    1. I haven’t doubled it, although that would probably be fine, but haven’t tried personally.

      As for the whole wheat flour…I haven’t baked this with anything other than AP flour and often when baking with whole wheat flour, the results can be a bit dryer than you wish if you don’t compensate and add more liquid to the batter since w.w. flour sucks up more water. I suggest making it as written that way you’re guaranteed that it will taste great!

  14. Hi Averie.  I made this tonight and it is fantastic.  Thanks for another amazing recipe.  I love all the spices.  MMMM… (Notes: I used vanilla extract and a mix of cloves/ginger/cinnamon/nutmeg in place of allspice.  Great results!)

    1. Thanks for trying the recipe and I’m glad it came out great for you! Glad the spice blend you used worked out great – usually a mix of any of those spices and you really can’t go wrong!

  15. @Averie

    Hi Averie.
    These chocolate chip breads looks so tasty and beautiful from here . I can’t wait  am going to make these stuffs for my family. This is innovative thinking Averie i didn’t see these type of breads,cakes and cupcakes ever in my life.
     Thanks for these stuffs.

  16. Hey., This would be perfect with my coffee right now–temps cooled down last night and we are in for a little taste of fall this weekend. I am excited to see if Kroger has McCormick’s new extract. nice recipe.. Have a great day.. :)

  17. Oh my gosh Averie. Pumpkin and chocolate is a match made in heaven, and this bread looks divine! I love how many chocolate chips there are! And I need to find pumpkin pie spice extract ASAP. 

    1. I wouldn’t replace it with anything but if absolutely necessary you could omit it. However, it provides great depth of flavor and I recommend using it.

  18. Think I could make these into mini muffins instead? I have two 24 count pans.
    I need an individual serve treat for Sunday.

  19. Stop making me be so wishy-washy. I had my mind made up to mix up a batch of your cookies tonight, bake them tomorrow night, and take them to a potluck on Sunday. But now I wanna make your bread and take that instead–I’m confused and it’s your fault! ;)

    1. LOL too funny :) I loved this bread and so did my family. It was gone….fast! if that tells you anything. LMK what you end up making and how it goes over!

  20. This is TO DIE FOR!! Love all those mini chips. I’ve got my oven back (sort of, it’s semi-broken) but I’m baking all the things this weekend, pumpkin bread being one!

  21. YUM! I love pumpkin chocolate chip cookies—the pumpkin and chocolate combo is the best! This bread looks amazing. I’m so excited to start fall baking. Pinned!

    1. I think you’re in the minority based on what’s trending right now in my stats…like the top 10 recipes, all pumpkin :)

  22. Totally freaking out over that new extract! I need to get my hands on some pronto! I also clearly need to make this gorgeous bread pronto as well! Pumpkin and chocolate is my weakness this time of year, and this bread seriously looks so moist and perfect!

  23. Pumpkin Pie Spice Extract?! THAT IS AWESOME. I’ve been baking a ton of pumpkin lately, but all with the traditional spice. Pumpkin and chocolate is such a great combo, so I’ll be on the lookout for the extract! Pinned!

  24. Oh I’m definitely on the hunt for this extract…this bread looks insanely moist and I love all those chocolate chips suspended throughout the bread..can’t wait to try.

  25. This would be perfect with my coffee right now–temps cooled down last night and we are in for a little taste of fall this weekend. I am excited to see if Kroger has McCormick’s new extract. Watkins had a pumpkin spice extract but I could only find it at Wal-Mart and I haven’t seen it in months.

    1. I hope you can get your hands on it, and glad your weather has cooled off. It’s still 95F in San Diego as I bake my way through my ‘fall’ recipe lineup :)

  26. There’s a pumpkin pie spice EXTRACT? Consider my mind blown. I’ve always just used the spice itself. Now I have to adjust my brain to all of this!
    This bread looks perfect. I’m all about using no mixer, and no butter. Yay!