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Homemade Pumpkin Bread Recipe

Like Christmas décor, pumpkin is a flavor seems to pop up earlier and earlier each year. And also like Christmas, some people love that and some people loathe it.

Please place me directly in the love category.

I LOVE pumpkin. I swear I could eat it in everything. Pumpkin lattes, pumpkin soup, pumpkin ravioli with brown sage butter, pumpkin pie…please pass me all the pumpkin. I will happily eat it and savor each bite with a cup of fresh coffee (or in the case of the ravioli red wine) and feel complete for the day.

However, one of the things I love most about pumpkin has nothing to do with me.

Homemade Pumpkin Bread Recipe

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My kids – who seem to be the pickiest children on the planet – also love pumpkin.

It’s honestly like some sort of fall miracle. We have a lot of eating problems with my children, especially my son. He is insanely picky about taste and texture. He has a lot of mouthfeel issues. He can’t stand carbonation or anything that makes his mouth feel “prickly.” His favorite foods include yogurt and bread. God forbid we try to feed him vegetables…except pumpkin.

Now, don’t let me lead you astray. I don’t think he would eat pieces of pumpkin. And he certainly wouldn’t eat puree (too much texture) no matter how I sweetened it. But he will eat pumpkin bread.

I first found out he was a fan thanks to Starbucks. It was a time when I had multiple doctor’s appointments for him a week. I quit my job and started blogging because he was sick all the time and couldn’t recover because his body didn’t have the nutrients it needed. He wouldn’t eat ANYTHING and we were in and out of the hospital. A food therapist and Starbucks pumpkin loaf became regular rituals once I realized he would eat the pumpkin bread there.

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“So much better” than that famous coffee place

That lead me to making my own pumpkin bread and which my very picky kids now exclaim, “is so much better than Starbucks.”

For me personally, my pumpkin bread is a dessert. It’s one of those dishes that works perfectly with my afternoon coffee and a magazine. It’s one of my favorite flavors and it tastes like home for some reason, even though my mom never made anything like this.

Pumpkin bread just seems like it goes with falling leaves, cooler days, the yellow cornstalks outside my living room window and the mums on my porch. A little bit of heaven. A little bit of sweetness. A whole lot of delicious, moist flavor.

For my kids – because my daughter loves it too – it is a way for me to get them to taste a flavor they might not eat otherwise. When I made this loaf pictured, they ate it in an afternoon. And I let them. Because let’s be honest, there’s only a few months out of the year when you’re really craving pumpkin bread. It doesn’t work in June, no matter what retailer explains to be having Christmas in July.

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Made fresh with love

Made from fresh, homemade pumpkin puree combined with cinnamon, fresh eggs from the chickens, real sugar and whole milk.  I topped it with a cinnamon maple glaze that is perfectly sweet and dries nicely in case you want to travel with it. My pumpkin bread is a seasonal wonder. And if that season just so happens to start in August now, I won’t complain. 🙂

Thank you for visiting today, friends. I hope you’ll try this pumpkin bread throughout the fall season and come back to share your thoughts. You can watch the video for the recipe below.

You can also find the homemade pumpkin puree here, and since you will have seeds, you might as well check out my recipe for pumpkin seeds that’s here too. Happy eating.

Homemade Pumpkin Bread Recipe
Homemade Pumpkin Bread Recipe


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Homemade Pumpkin Bread Recipe

This made-from-scratch pumpkin bread recipe will be your new, go-to seasonal recipe. Get it today below. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cooling time30 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pumpkin bread recipe
Author: Rachel Quenzer


Pumpkin Pie Spice

  • 4 Tbsp. of cinnamon
  • 1.5 tsp. of nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. ground all-spice
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves

Pumpkin Bread

  • 1 & 1/4 cups of flour
  • 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. pumkin pie spice
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup pure pumpkin puree
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened or melted but not hot
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1/2 Tbsp. vanilla
  • Butter or oil for greasing the baking pan. I prefer butter.

Cinnamon Maple Glaze

  • 1 and 1/2 cups of powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup of whole milk
  • 1/2 Tbsp. cinnamon
  • 4 Tbsp. butter, melted but not hot


Pumpkin Pie Spice

  • If you want to make my pumpkin pie spice here is how: Combine 4 Tbsp. of cinnamon, 1 tsp, of ground ginger, 1/2 tsp. ground all-spice, 1.5 tsp. of nutmeg, 1/2 tsp of cloves. Mix well and keep in an airtight container. 

Pumpkin Bread

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degree. 
  • Mix together your dry ingredients - flour, sugar, brown sugar, baking powder and pumpkin pie spice. Whisk well to make sure everything is combine and flavor is distributed throughout the batter. 
  • Next add your wet ingredients - pumpkin puree, melted butter, milk, maple syrup, vanilla and eggs. Mix well with a hand mixer.
  • Grease your pan really well. I like to use butter as mentioned in the ingredients. 
  • Spoon in your mixture and bake based on pan color and material. If you're using a light color ceramic pan you can bake it at 350 degrees for 40-50 minutes. Check at 40 minutes with a toothpick. If you're using a metal pan you might have to adjust the cooking time and temperature. Dark surfaces tend to cook the outside of breads and cakes faster. In that case, lower the temperature of the oven and increase your baking time a bit. 
  • When done, remove the bread from the oven and let cool for at least 30 minutes before removing to from the pan. To do so, simply flip the pan upside down and carefully lift it off the bread. 
  • While the bread is cooling, make your maple glaze. Simply combine all your glaze ingredients and whisk until it's a little thicker than runny. It will continue to harden so give it just a few minutes and then drizzle it over the bread. 
  • Eat it alone or serve it with a little butter!

Homemade Pumpkin Bread Recipe

Homemade Pumpkin Bread Recipe

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  1. Kelly Moran

    Pumpkin everything is my motto for the season, so this is right up my alley! That pumpkin bread sounds incredible on its own but that Cinnamon Maple Glaze must put it over the top! I absolutely cannot wait to bake one of these with my daughter!

  2. Heather

    I am a huge fan of pumpkin everything! I have been looking for a good pumpkin bread recipe, so thanks!

  3. Lynn Armstrong

    I’ve made pumpkin bread, but never with a glaze on it! I totally need to try this! It looks a million times more yummy than my own.

  4. Cyndi Buchanan

    This looks delicious! I’ll be trying this recipe out soon!

  5. Amber Myers

    5 stars
    I am drooling. I just love pumpkin stuff and this looks incredible! I will be making it for dessert one day.

  6. Tara Pittman

    It is fall and I have yet to make anything with pumpkin. This bread is something that I need to make.

  7. Stacie

    5 stars
    It’s like everything good about fall was distilled down into the bread to be made for us! I need this in my life!

  8. Melissa Chapman

    5 stars
    That bread looks amazing and I can taste it through the computer. I could only wish I could make it half as good as yours looks but I might try.

  9. Amber

    This really looks amazing! I am a fan of pumpkin bread at Starbucks so really needing to try this recipe out and compare myself 🙂

  10. Sarah

    This looks amazing! Perfect timing too, I just cooked a large pumpkin up and I’m running out of recipes.

  11. Rena

    5 stars
    That looks delicious. I’m not usually a big fan of pumpkin but this is something I know I would like.

  12. cait

    oh my you had me a pumpkin but when i saw that it was a pumpkin bread- even better! yum

  13. Amy Desrosiers

    This recipe looks incredibly delicious! I love a good slice of pumpkin bread with a hot coffee!

  14. Brianne Tursi Manz

    5 stars
    Big fan already, and I haven’t even tried it! I love all things pumpkin, and this is perfect!

  15. Melanie

    My husband and I like all things pumpkin. I make a few pumpkin treats in the fall. I will have to make this one soon.

  16. Tasheena

    5 stars
    OMG! This looks so yummy, I’ve never had pumpkin bread before. I can’t wait to give this a try.

  17. Kathy

    I love pumpkin bread. This is probably one of my favorites too. It’s so good! I can’t wait to try out your recipe here.

  18. Theresa

    5 stars
    I haven’t made bread in a really long time, but now you’ve got my mouth watering and I need some pumpkin bread asap. I cannot wait to give this recipe a try!

  19. Luna S

    This sounds so mouthwatering! I will have to make this for my family soon, I bet they would love it.

  20. Bella

    Yummm this bread looks so good I wish I could eat gluten i am super allergic. pumpkin anything is amazing.

  21. Beth

    5 stars
    We love pumpkin bread! I’ll have to try this recipe, the maple glaze seems like it would really elevate it to dessert!

  22. Ruth I

    This is the type of pumpkin bread I have been looking for. This is going to taste great! Might be good with peanut butter too.

  23. Catalina

    5 stars
    Pumpkin bread is my favorite bread! I will make for the weekend brunch!

  24. Toni

    5 stars
    This will be a huge hit at my house! It looks really good!

  25. Lisa Joy Thompson

    This pumpkin bread looks amazing! My twins love pumpkin everything and would be over-the-moon excited if I made this for them! I’ll definitely be trying this soon!

  26. Karen Morse

    5 stars
    It doesn’t get any better than this! I love how the favorite fall flavors come together in this pumpkin bread recipe. That glaze is a winner for me. I wouldn’t mind making my own pumpkin bread at home! I’m sure it’s great with coffee.

  27. Nancy L

    OMG! My friend brought a pumpkin bread over this past weekend. She didn’t put any glaze on top though. I’m going to make this glaze and add it to the top! Oh, so good!!! Thanks!

  28. Lynndee

    I love pumpkin spice everything, but I have never tried preparing a pumpkin bread myself. I just bought one from the store before. Your bread looks delicious!

  29. Shayla Marie

    This looks delicious and the video was remarkable!

  30. Paula Schuck

    5 stars
    You had me at sugar maple. YUM! I love pumpkin flavoured baked goods and treats. I pinned this immediately because it is something I will definitely make and share with the kids.

  31. Amanda

    I’ll be baking this up today–it is SO cold!

  32. 5 stars
    I am a sucker for a good bread and this one is right up my alley. I am bookmarking so I can make it. Thanks for this win, my family will be happy.

  33. jill nunn

    5 stars
    oh my gosh! this wouldn’t be more perfect for fall! I must make this soon!

  34. Pamela Frost

    I need to make this. My kids would love it too and it would be a nice item to bring to Thanksgiving.

  35. Maria Yakimchuk

    That looks beautiful and delicious. Pumpkin everything is for me this and every fall.

  36. Rika Livingston

    This looks so good! I love pumpkin flavor, can’t wait to make this!

  37. Vanessa

    I wished my screen was a scratch and sniff because I bet these smell delicious. They look amazing too. I’m not a baker, but I may try this recipe out. Thanks!

  38. Heather

    Yuuummm. I cannot wait to make this. Pumpkin anything is my favorite this season!

  39. Claudia Krusch

    5 stars
    We love pumpkin bread! I can’t wait to try your recipe! Great with coffee and tea!

  40. Marysa

    This sounds amazing, and the glaze is the perfect addition. My kids love making banana bread and I think it would be fun to try this recipe.

  41. Nikka shae

    This is the perfect season for Pumpkin anything! I especially love some pumpkin pie!

  42. Jasmine Hewitt

    ooh i’d like to try this. been craving pumpkin bread a lot lately

  43. Jennifer Brock

    Pumpkin bread is the one pumpkin thing that I LOVEEEEEE! This looks absolutely delish!

  44. Amy H

    Yeah, I agree. I don’t think I’d crave Pumpkin bread in June. It is the perfect time right now to have a loaf on your counter.

  45. Monica Brigham

    Rachel this bread looks amazing! I’ll have to make it myself.

  46. Monica

    Rachel this bread looks amazing! I’ll have to make it myself.

  47. Emily

    This is a perfect recipe for Thanksgiving breakfast or brunch. I’m definitely saving this for later.

  48. Aliya

    This sounds and looks amazing. I definitely need to try this recipe. I’ve never had pumpkin bread, but this looks absolutely delicious! Thanks, for sharing.

  49. Rachel

    Girrrrl I cannot! This looks delicious!

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