The Best Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

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Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread, sliced, on a cooling rack

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

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread with a knife on a rack

VINTAGE VIEW ~ this Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread is from TVFGI archives, first published way back in 2011. As part of a series on the blog I’m reviving some of the best recipes that you may have missed over the years ~ I’ve updated my notes and taken fresh photos.  This bread is one of my handful of all time top favorite recipes, and I don’t want you to miss it!

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.

a chocolate chip pumpkin bread dusted with powdered sugar

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.

chocolate chip pumpkin bread batter in a bundt pan

Normally I used canned pumpkin for this, but since I found small pumpkins at the farmer’s market, I decided to do it all from scratch.  I set out the directions below if you want to give it a try.

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

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’ll be surprised at how delicious the pumpkin and chocolate combination is.

TIP: 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 (10-12 ounce) bag of chocolate chips to the batter. Too much chocolate overwhelms the pumpkin and upsets the perfect balance of flavors in this cake.

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

Slices of Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

Want to make your own 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.

other pumpkin recipes you’ll love ~

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread
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Category: dessert, quick bread

Cuisine: American

Yield: serves 16

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

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


    wet ingredients
  • 1 15-ounce can pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 tsp each of nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice (I was out of allspice so I substituted ginger)
    dry ingredients
  • 2 & 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 (10-12 ounce) bag of chocolate chips (I like dark chocolate)


  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 50-55 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!

tvfgi recommends: a great basic bundt pan

Bundt pans come in all sorts of wonderful shapes and sizes, which is great, except that you never know how your pan is going to work with a specific recipe.  I like to use this one from Wilton which is a basic, all purpose pan that’s sturdy, nonstick, and a standard size.  The simple fluted shape insures an easy release, and isn’t that what it’s all about?

 Don’t forget to pin this chocolate chip pumpkin bread!


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  • Reply
    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!!

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 :)

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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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    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. :)

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    September 14, 2011 at 1:53 am

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

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    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!

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    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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    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! :)

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    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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    September 13, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    I am so going to make this!

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    September 13, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    Hey, I’m away from home, too!

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    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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