Amazing Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

by Julie Cohn
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It’s officially fall, which means it’s chocolate chip pumpkin bread time!  I know what you are thinking…there are so many pumpkin bread recipes on the internet (so, so many), but I promise this is one of the best recipes you will ever make.  I repeat: this is the most amazing chocolate chip pumpkin bread you will ever make!  (Putting away my bullhorn…)

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Insanely decadent, this chocolate chip pumpkin bread is moist and fluffy, with real pumpkin taste, but is not overloaded with too much spice.  For extra OMG, there is a healthy dose of chocolate chips nestled inside  (Is there such a thing as an unhealthy dose of chocolate chips?)  This recipe has been tested in our “test kitchen” over and over and then test-tasted by family and friends.  It is a winner! 

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I made a batch last weekend and it is already gone!  Two loaves went to my son at college and two to my Dad in Florida, and they have already eaten them and are asking for more.  The other two?  My husband and I devoured!  Fortunately, this recipe is as easy as it is delicious–it only takes about 15 minutes to whip up (as long as you soften the butter ahead of time) and then another 40 minutes in the oven.  Guess what I will be making this weekend…more Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread!

Hint: With the holidays coming, this pumpkin bread makes a great gift.  Just wrap these little beauties in cellophane paper and tie with a bow.

Healthy Substitutions

I tweaked the recipe to make it healthy, but if you want it even healthier, please use the following substitutions:

Grass-fed butter:   I no longer use regular butter because grass-fed butter is good for your brain and has more nutrients.  If you do not wish to use butter at all, you can use coconut oil, olive oil (regular blend, not extra-virgin), canola oil, or unsweetened yogurt.  If you use canola or yogurt, I suggest you only substitute half the butter out because it will affect the taste and the texture.  

Eggs:  If you do not wish to use poultry eggs, you can substitute with flaxseed “eggs”

Flour:  I used 2/3 unbleached regular flour and 1/3 almond flour.  If you do not want to use a wheat-based flour, use a combination of almond and quinoa or oat or brown rice flour.  I do not recommend using coconut flour as it will make your loaves too dry.  

Sugar:  I use a combination of brown sugar and coconut sugar in this recipe but you can also use coconut sugar in place of the brown sugar too.  You can use honey as well, but I suggest substituting only one cup of honey and the coconut or brown sugar for the remaining sugar.  

Apple Cider:  Use pure apple cider or apple juice.  In a pinch, you can use oat milk but coconut or almond milk will make your chocolate chip pumpkin bread denser.  

Vanilla Extract:  Use pure vanilla extract.  If you cannot find pure vanilla extract, use vanilla paste.  (See my link below) 

Chocolate Chips:  You can use milk chocolate chips but semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips complement the pumpkin flavor better.  

Spices:  Use Ceylon cinnamon if you have it available, but any good cinnamon will do.  I also use pumpkin pie spice in this recipe but if you do not have pumpkin pie available, substitute with 1/8 tsp. of ground ginger, 1/8 tsp of ground nutmeg, and 1/8 tsp. ground clove. 

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Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

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Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

Yield: 6 Full Size Loaves
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

A deliciously fluffy and flavorful pumpkin bread with the decadence of chocolate chips.


  • 2 c. Unsalted grass-fed Butter
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans Solid Pumpkin
  • 8 Eggs
  • 2 c. Brown Sugar
  • 1 c. Coconut Sugar
  • 1 1/2 c. Apple Cider or Juice
  • 3 tsp. Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 6 c. Unbleached White Flour
  • 1 c. Almond Flour
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. Baking Soda
  • 1 Tbsp. Salt
  • 1 Tbsp. Ground Cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1 (12-ounce) Bag of Semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Grease 5-6 (9-inch) loaf pans (I use avocado oil)
  3. Place softened butter, pumpkin, eggs, and sugar in a large mixing bowl and mix with a stand mixer until blended.
  4. Add the apple cider and vanilla and blend more.
  5. Slowly add the baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice and blend for a minute more.
  6. Slowly stir the flours in by hand. This is a big bowl of ingredients, so make sure to blend from the bottom up to incorporate the flour into the batter.
  7. Mix in the bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips and blend.
  8. Spoon the batter in each of the loaf pans, filling each pan 2/3 of the way full.
  9. Place in the heated oven and bake 38-50 minutes. You can test doneness by sticking a cake tester in the center-if the tester comes out clean (except for the chocolate) your bread is done.
  10. Remove from the oven and place the pans on a cooling rack to cool. Freeze any loaves you do not use within 2-3 days.


This recipe makes 5-6 full-size loaves or approximately 12 mini loaves. I use the Wilton mini pans recommended below and make smaller loaves to give as gifts.

Nutrition Information
Yield 48 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 206Total Fat 10gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 51mgSodium 342mgCarbohydrates 26gFiber 1gSugar 13gProtein 3g

All nutrition information is approximate.

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For another tasty fall treat, try my chocolate chip pumpkin donuts, Pumpkin Spice Latte Scones, or Chocolate Chip-Toffee Pumpkin Bars.  If you like coffee with your treats, try this Homemade Pumpkin Spice Creamer!


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pegasuslegend 09/17/2018 at 11:51 pm

Pumpkin season is upon us and I am always looking for new recipes. I love pumpkin breads. Perfect for gift giving and the colors are fabulous in this one .. I love the addition of Chocolate too!!

Julie Cohn 09/17/2018 at 11:54 pm

Thank you – I am obsessed with this bread!

homemadezagat 09/18/2018 at 1:35 am

Annnd we have pumpkin. And this looks really really good. I love the combination. Will def have to put this on my “to make” list. Can the loaves freeze well? I may have to cut the recipe down

Julie Cohn 09/18/2018 at 2:03 am

Yes, the loaves freeze very easily!

Mahy Elamin 09/18/2018 at 5:44 am

Wow, this recipe looks great. Very interesting combination of ingredients. I really like. THANK YOU!

Marisa Franca 09/18/2018 at 12:18 pm

I’m so glad it’s pumpkin season!! Although why we wait until fall to start enjoying that ingredient I don’t know. We can purchase it canned and it’s still good. What a great variation you’ve thought of — adding chocolate chips to the bread. I bet the aroma was heavenly when it was baking.

Veena Azmanov 09/18/2018 at 2:15 pm

I I love pumpkin bread. Never tried it with chocolate chips though. I bet it tasted delicious. Can’t wait to try this. Saving for later

The Olive Blogger 09/18/2018 at 7:27 pm

This recipe was made for me, chocolate AND pumpkin!? This is one of the many reasons why Fall is my favourite season <3

Alexis 09/19/2018 at 1:00 am

Pumpkin bread is my favorite, but wow add chocolate and I’m in heaven. This quick bread recipe looks amazing, we’ll have to make it this week with the leftover pumpkin we have.


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