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Chocolate Pumpkin Bread Recipe

This Chocolate Pumpkin Bread Recipe is richly tender, moist, and chocolatey. Finally, a pumpkin recipe that actually uses up an entire can of pumpkin – no random leftovers. This quick bread tastes amazing for breakfast or dessert. 

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Deliciously moist chocolate pumpkin bread

Chocolate Pumpkin Bread

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Ok, I’ll be done with the sappy now. Onto the tasty. Hello, Chocolate Pumpkin Bread. This one’s for all the chocoholics who also enjoy pumpkin but mostly love chocolate…

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Make your chocolate pumpkin bread in advance

Tips for Making The Best Chocolate Pumpkin Bread

This Chocolate Pumpkin Bread recipe results in a wonderfully flavorful chocolate bread that is supremely moist due to pumpkin. The holiday factor is elevated with fall spices that complement all the chocolatey pumpkin goodness.

  • Use mini chocolate chips instead of regular sized chips. The minis have the awesome skill of melding lusciously into the batter so the entire pumpkin bread is chocolatey good.
  • Go unplugged. I love batters that don’t require electric mixers. Just use your handy dandy hand-whisk. That’s all.
  • Make this bread the night before, if you can. Both texture and flavor are doubly better the next day.
  • We saved the best for last: you get to use up an entire 15oz can of pumpkin in this here recipe. It’s true. If you’re anything like me and never quite know what to do with that random bit of leftover pumpkin puree, we can let go of all that pumpkin-anxiety. The end.
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Chocolate pumpkin bread freezes well

Why we triple love this chocolate pumpkin bread recipe

  • This is a seriously tender, moist, tantalizing chocolate pumpkin bread. This cannot be overstated. Thanks for putting up with my repetition.
  • This bread satisfies both chocolate and pumpkin lovers alike. I will say, it tastes more like chocolate than pumpkin, but the flavors of fall are definitely there.
  • Because I’m obsessed with make-ahead recipes, I super appreciate that this chocolate pumpkin bread can be made the night before I want to bring it to a potluck, brunch, or as a hostess gift.
  • This chocolate pumpkin bread doubles as a dessert, particularly if you top off with homemade whipped cream or ice cream.
  • It freezes awesomely well, or so I’m told. I personally have not been blessed with leftovers.
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Chocolate Pumpkin Bread for breakfast AND dessert

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Chocolate Pumpkin Quick Bread Recipe

4.94 from 16 ratings
This Chocolate Pumpkin Bread Recipe is richly tender, moist, and chocolatey. Finally, a pumpkin recipe that actually uses up an entire can of pumpkin - no random leftovers. This quick bread tastes amazing for breakfast or dessert. 
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 12
Author: Amy Dong


Dry Ingredients

Wet Ingredients

  • 2 large eggs, room temp
  • ½ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 can, 15 oz pure pumpkin puree
  • ½ cup olive oil, melted coconut oil works, too
  • ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • Other: 1 cup mini, semi-sweet chocolate chips (mini ones melt into bread nicely)


  • Preheat oven to 350F with rack on lower middle position. Grease a 9x5 loaf pan and set aside (bake time is for glass pan; if using a dark loaf pan, you may need to lessen baking time a bit.)
  • Use a hand whisk to stir together the dry ingredients in a bowl, until well incorporated. Set aside. In another bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients until well combined. Using a rubber spatula, gently fold together the wet and dry ingredients, just until no flour streaks remain - do not over mix.
  • Gently fold in chocolate chips. Use rubber spatula to scrape all of the batter into prepared loaf pan, evening out the corners.
  • Bake 30 minutes uncovered. Loosely tent with foil and bake another 30-40 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into center comes out almost clean, with a few tender crumbs attached (keep in mind melted chocolate may make it appear under baked; look for tender crumbs of bread batter on toothpick.)
  • Cool entirely in pan on wire rack at room temp. If you can wait until the next day to slice into bread, it's even better after resting overnight. Once bread is cooled to room temp, use thin knife to gently go around edges of bread and carefully release bread from pan. Slice and serve.


Leftover baked quick bread can be stored in airtight container and frozen for up to 1 month.
If you enjoyed this recipe, please come back and give it a rating ♡


Calories: 298kcal | Carbohydrates: 37.8g | Protein: 4.6g | Fat: 15.8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 314.9mg | Fiber: 2.8g | Sugar: 20.8g
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Diet: Vegetarian
Method: Bake

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    • Bree

    We’re going to make this this weekend. It looks so yummy and easy to make!

    • Claire Stokes

    Oh yum, this looks so good! And so moist!! I’ll definitely have to think about making it!

    • Daphne’ Adams

    You put two of my daughters favorite things in one recipe so it will be for a win I hope.

    • Pati Robins
    • 5 stars

    oh my this is just oh so lovely and super yummy recipie xx and a great way to use pumpkin

    • Annette, 3 Little Buttons

    Now that is some seriously tasty looking bread! Chocolate and pumpkin sounds like a very good combination to me 🙂

    • Natalie

    I love pumpkin bread! Looks so delicious and moist!

    • munniofalltrades
    • 5 stars

    Chocolate Pumpkin Bread Recipe looks so amazing and easy! I would love to have some of that bread with some cold milk! 🙂

    • BasicallyTesha

    So you can put chocolate chips into a pumpkin bread and it will taste like …definitely trying this this week .

    • Jasmine – LoveLifeLaughMotherhood

    this looks like it’s perfect with a cup of coffee! sounds awesome!

    • kumamonjeng
    • 5 stars

    Pumpkin is good for health as it is full of antioxidant, glad you have also added pumpkin into this chocolate dessert cake. It is really special as I never tried these combination. Going to try this out and hopefully good and will be included in my Xmas dinner menu.

    • Shar

    Okay… Now this looks delicious! I will have to try this soon! I hope it turns out just as yummy with gluten free flour!

    • Rose A (@mail4rosey)

    No way! I haven’t thought to mix chocolate and pumpkin, but what better place to do it than in a bread recipe!

    • Emily Leary

    I love this recipe! It sounds so yummy and it’s quick and easy to make. I’m sure I’d find it hard to stop at just one slice!

    • Nina

    This looks like such a perfect Thanksgiving recipe. I’m one of those people no longer living in the US, but I’m celebrating it from afar today!

    • Joanna

    This recipe sounds so yummy, I love that you have added so many different spices in it. I love cinnamon and nutmeg, they are such Christmasy flavors.

    • maartjevansandwijk

    This sounds and looks amazing! Need to make this!

    • Noor

    This looks yummy! I would love to give it a try however no oven. You think it will work in a microwave? Your pictures says it all.

    • Amena – Fashionopolis

    This looks delicious. I can’t wait to try this recipe out. Thank you for sharing it.

    ❤ Amena.

    • ChelseaMamma

    I am not a fan of pumpkin and never know what to do with it, but this recipe sounds delicious

    • Geraline Batarra

    This is so delicious and such a perfect afternoon snacks to give to my kids today, thanks for sharing this with us.

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