Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread is a must make every fall — the cake is moist and tender with just the right amount of spice, and the chocolate chips take it from delicious to dynamite!

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When my oldest went off to college a few years ago, I went care package crazy.  I was not only sending the standard cookies and brownies, I was creating themed boxes for holidays and looking for any excuse to send off a package.  It was fun for both of us for a while, but the day came when she timidly asked me to slow down the pace.  She already had all the nail polish, Halloween face paint, Valentine confetti and bags of mini candy she needed.  And the packaging was starting to pile up in the dorm room.

I had pretty much forgotten about care packages altogether when my youngest, just a few weeks into the college year, put in a request for some of my chocolate chip pumpkin bread.   This is a wonderful recipe that’s been a family fall staple forever.  It’s fool proof, and really really delicious.  It’s one of those recipes that you’ll get asked for again and again.

Normally I used canned pumpkin for this, but because I’m in New England, and they had small pumpkins at the farmer’s market, I decided to do it all from scratch.  I set out the directions after the recipe, below.

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

Ingredients

    wet ingredients
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree*
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 tsp each of nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice (I was out of allspice so I substituted ginger)
    dry ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Set oven to 350F
  2. Spray a non-stick bundt pan with cooking spray.
  3. Whisk the wet ingredients together with the spices and set aside.
  4. Whisk together the dry ingredients.
  5. Mix the dry into the wet until JUST combined. Fold in the nuts and chocolate chips.
  6. Spoon into the bundt pan and even out slightly, if necessary.
  7. Bake until a toothpick comes out without wet batter clinging to it, wet crumbs are fine, about 40-50 minutes. The range of baking time depends on your pan and your oven. Check early.
  8. Cool briefly and turn out onto a plate or rack. It’s delicious hot, warm, or cold!
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notes:

  • If you’re like me and think that more is more when it comes to chocolate, don’t be tempted to add more than 1 cup of chocolate chips to the batter. Too much chocolate overwhelms the pumpkin and upsets the fabulous balance of flavors in this cake.

I’ve found this recipe to be just about foolproof as long as you follow the amounts carefully, and don’t over mix it before putting it in the oven.  It’s always moist with wonderful pumpkin flavor, and you’d be surprised at how delicious the pumpkin and chocolate combination is.

This cake keeps well and is sturdy, so it’s perfect for shipping.  I slice it up and wrap the individual pieces.

Of course I saved a piece for me.

* If you want to make fresh pumpkin puree, take a small eating pumpkin and cut it in half. Scoop out the seeds and set face down on an oiled baking sheet. Bake at 350 until it’s tender when pierced.

Scoop out the pulp and puree in a blender or processor till smooth.

Having gone through all this, I can tell you that it just wasn’t worth the extra trouble.  There was no difference in taste.  And I have read that canned pumpkin is actually higher in nutrients than fresh.  Go figure.

36 Comments

  • Reply
    Maya
    November 12, 2016 at 6:56 am

    Hi! Can these be made as muffins?

    Thanks!

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    Michele @BaconFatte
    August 26, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    I’ve been fighting my pumpkin cravings because I’m not willing to let go of summer yet, but the moment I saw *this* on your Facebook feed, I knew all bets were off. I absolutely can’t wait to make this, Susan! (And I don’t really think there’s a reason to wait until October… Do you?) ;-)

    • Reply
      Sue
      August 26, 2016 at 6:03 pm

      No reason at all, Michele ;) And as a matter of fact as I’m answering this I’ve got a pen and paper out and I’m making a list of all the pumpkin recipes I want to make!

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    Jane
    September 13, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    Can’t wait to make this! Want to ship it off to my grandsons. But since one has a nut allergy can I just skip the walnuts? And make no further adjustments? Thanks!

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    Channing
    October 16, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    Incredible recipe! I used coconut oil and GF flour and a little more pumpkin puree. The bundt pan was a MUST!

    • Reply
      Sue
      October 16, 2014 at 7:52 pm

      Good to know, Channing — this has always been one of my most beloved recipes!

  • Reply
    Maya
    September 17, 2014 at 7:56 am

    Hi Sue,

    This looks amazing! Is it possible to make it in a loaf pan instead of a bundt pan?

    Thank you!

    • Reply
      Sue
      September 17, 2014 at 8:22 am

      I’ve done that Maya, and the thing is that you have to watch the baking time, and make sure it gets cooked all the way through. You can divide the batter into smaller loaf pans, too. I’ve experimented over the years, but there is something about the bundt that cooks this bread perfectly.

  • Reply
    Lisa
    November 26, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Made this today. DELICIOUS!!!

    • Reply
      Sue
      November 26, 2013 at 12:00 pm

      I’m so glad you liked it, Lisa — it’s probably one of my favorite foods ever.

  • Reply
    Kelly
    November 21, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    Haha, that’s a great post. I finally got tired of the work and bought some commercial pumpkin too. I tend to add the skins to my homemade pumpkin puree though for added nutrients and flavor because I think the skins are in the canned stuff too. Good either way. :)

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    Amy L
    September 28, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    The company my husband used to work for had a large community garden and they planted a large patch of pumpkins for a couple of years. My husband brought home so many pumpkins that first year which I cooked, pureed, and froze. After baking with the fresh and frozen pumpkin I found that I preferred canned. The following year I told my husband to just bring home a few pumpkins for jack-o-lanterns and roasted seeds. I’ll stick with the cans :)
    Thanks for sharing this recipe. I Love your blog!

    • Reply
      Sue
      September 28, 2013 at 6:05 pm

      Thanks, Amy! It’s so funny about the canned pumpkin, it has to be one of the only cases where canned trumps fresh :)

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    Magnolia Verandah
    June 5, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    After your comment recently about my Pumpkin, Pineapple and Prune cake I had to source your Pumpkin Bread. We can’t buy canned pumpkin here so fresh is the only alternative. But I found grating it raw into the cake worked perfectly without all the working of roasting etc. Making your bread this weekend!

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    Thyme (Sarah)
    September 6, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    O.K., it is confirmed. I am normal. WE are normal. I have a bag of “fall stuff” in the spare bedroom waiting for inclusion in my “fall themed” care package. It was extremely cathartic to wander through stores picking out various tidbits that I probably would have said “you don’t need that…” when M. was at home. I have little things to decorate the door. I have these paper pumpkin lanterns and bats that can stick to their huge window. I even found Halloween “Pop rocks”. So now I see what I am in store for several years down the road…requests for the favorites that “make the cut”. Thanks Sue!!

  • Reply
    Mary
    February 11, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    Can I just say that I LOVE you for admitting that canned pumpkin is better? I do not like the taste of fresh pumpkin. I can always tell when it has been used in a recipe. I have heard numerous reasons for that, one of which being that commercial canned pumpkin is mostly butternut squash. Whatever the reason, I still buy canned pumpkin and love it best of all!

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    Anonymous
    December 3, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    Looks really yummy. Our pumpkin vine went nuts in the garden this yr. and I still have three that didn’t get used during Thanksgiving. Have one cooking in the oven as I type this to use for pumpkin/choc. chip bread. There is one distinct advantage to roasting your own pumpkin—you can save and toast those great seeds—YUM YUM!!!

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    Jeanette
    September 16, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    What a sweet mom – I’m sure your daughter will appreciate all your effort! I’ve been sending care packages too and my son has been loving them, but will have to include some homemade goodies next time like this pumpkin bread.

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    Nessa Robins
    September 15, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    Sue, we have a few pumpkins growing in the garden for the first time this year and I am determined to make something other than soup out of them! I now have a recipe!
    How lovely that you send care packages – I love it:)

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    Bourbon&Pearls
    September 15, 2011 at 7:44 am

    Oh I always wanted a care package – it was something I only knew from American films. I can’t believe you did this from scratch! I’ve never tasted pumpkin, it’s so hard to find tinned pumpkin here and if you do it’s a fortune as it will be in a ritzy foodie shop who’ve imported it from the US.

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    Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes
    September 14, 2011 at 11:54 pm

    Feel free to send me a care package! LOL!!! Looks fantastic, I love pumpkin anything!!!

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    From Beyond My Kitchen Window
    September 14, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    This looks great. My daughter has had her fill of zucchini bread and now I’ll try this pumpkin bread.

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    annie
    September 14, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    First, I can’t imagine that your daughter asked you to slow down on the care packages…but then since you actually used real pumpkin instead of a can, maybe you did over do it. Seriously, I have never even considered using real pumpkin in my pumpkin bread or muffins. I just made pumpkin muffins this afternoon and i was admiring the graphics on the can instead of marveling at the beauty of a real pumpkin. I think my daughter only hopes I send her that many care packages…really I think it’s very sweet of you!

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    Inside a British Mum's Kitchen
    September 14, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    Great post!! Lovely story about the care packages – I can see myself doing the same thing in a year or two! Wonderful looking bundt cake :)
    Mary

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    Sabrina-eat.drink.and be merry.
    September 14, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    oh my word!!! send one to meeeee!!

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    Monique
    September 14, 2011 at 6:05 am

    oh my goodness….this looks so so yummy! can’t wait to try it…you are such a thoughtful mom…i am sure your youngest will be so happy. thanks for sharing the recipe. :)

  • Reply
    Elaine
    September 14, 2011 at 1:53 am

    You are such a sweet mom. Your kids are lucky to receive such thoughtful care packages.

  • Reply
    Joanne
    September 14, 2011 at 1:49 am

    I was JUST thinking that I wanted to bake pumpkin bread this week! Perfect timing.

    My mom rarely sent me care packages but when she did it always made me happy. I’m sure your youngest love this!

  • Reply
    Linda A. Thompson
    September 14, 2011 at 12:40 am

    Looks yummy, and I’m glad to see you try it with an actual pumpkin! I miss New England pumpkin (and apple) season.

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    Stephanie
    September 13, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    Hmmm my mom really slacked on the care packages in college too, looks like! Haha…this bread looks awesome. Pumpkin and chocolate chip-excellent combination! :)

  • Reply
    girlichef
    September 13, 2011 at 11:34 pm

    Oh, this sounds fabulous…I think I might have to make some soon. I can’t wait until I have college care packages to make up and send! I mean, I can…but I can’t!

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    Rose
    September 13, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    I am so going to make this!

  • Reply
    Anonymous
    September 13, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    Hey, I’m away from home, too!
    –Fang

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    themoveablefeasts
    September 13, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    Oh my gosh I am so jealous! During my time at college (I’m in my third year) my mom has only sent me one care package. Granted, I like baking and cooking more than she does. But still… your children are so lucky that they get to receive this treat in the mail! This looks fantastic and festive and I really want to try it out.

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