Pumpkin Bread with Toasted Walnuts

Pumpkin Bread with Toasted Walnuts

Pumpkin Bread with Toasted Walnuts ~ a moist pumpkin quick bread studded with toasted walnuts makes a perfect fall breakfast or coffee break treat. 

A loaf of pumpkin bread with toasted walnuts, sliced

I’m lobbying for year round status for my favorite versatile ingredient…pumpkin!

It’s one of my most treasured foodie joys, and I hate to see it treated like a fall fad. Why should banana, zucchini and carrot be welcome in March and not pumpkin? Food bloggers get a lot of flak for overdoing this particular orange squash, and I understand that sometimes we go a bit too far… but I really think it’s a food worth celebrating. And if it can’t be a year round pleasure then I say indulge with abandon while it’s PC to enjoy it.

Pumpkin Bread with Toasted Walnuts

Today’s understated recipe illustrates my point. This quick bread has just the right amount of sweetness, earthy pumpkin flavor, light spice, tender crumb, and strong walnut presence. It has the perfect crumb, actually, and I think that’s largely due to the pumpkin. It’s heaven any time of the day, but I have a fondness for it at breakfast. Slather it with butter or cream cheese if you want.

Eat it warm from the oven or cold form the fridge. If you have a toaster oven, you’re golden.

A slice of Pumpkin Bread with Toasted Walnuts

This bread is a celebration of two things, really — pumpkin and walnuts. I used walnut oil to bring that nutty message home, and lots of the freshest walnuts I could fine. Shell them yourself for the best taste…second best is a bag of walnut halves. The bigger the pieces the fresher the nuts will be. I like to toast them and then give them a rough chop once they’ve cooled.

Slices of Pumpkin Bread with Toasted Walnuts

So who’s going to sign my petition to spring pumpkin out of seasonal ‘jail’?

A slice of pumpkin bread with toasted walnuts

Some of my other favorite pumpkin recipe on the blog ~

Pumpkin Bread with Toasted Walnuts
3.75 from 4 votes

Pumpkin Bread with Toasted Walnuts

Author Sue Moran


  • 1 heaping cup walnut halves the bigger the pieces the fresher the flavor
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp pumpkin puree
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup walnut oil you can substitute vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder


  • Set oven to 375F
  • Spread the walnut out on a dry baking sheet and toast for about 15 minutes, just until you start to smell them...let them cool a bit before giving them a rough chop.
  • Whisk together the pumpkin and the eggs. Then whisk in the sugar, oil, buttermilk, vinegar and spices.
  • Sift in the in the flour and baking powder and mix just until combined. Fold in the walnuts. Don't over mix.
  • Turn the batter into a 9x5 loaf pan that has been sprayed with oil and lined with parchment paper with ends that extend beyond the top of the pan. This just makes it easier to remove the cake from the pan.
  • Bake for about 55 minutes to an hour, or until the cake has risen and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out without wet batter clinging to it.

Cook's notes

recipe adapted from NoshOn.it
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although theviewfromgreatisland.com tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.


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    October 29, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    I am so excited to make this recipe! I am a huge pumpkin flavor fan and look forward to every autumn (my favorite season!) so I can make pumpkin recipes! One question – what if you don’t roast the walnuts? Is the flavor just less intense? Thank you!

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      October 30, 2014 at 5:45 am

      I’m with you on that, Lauren! Roasting the nuts just give them a little extra flavor and crunch, it’s not necessary, though. Enjoy!

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    October 24, 2014 at 10:22 am

    Duh. Saw the loaf pan size rereading the recipe! Sorry.

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      October 24, 2014 at 11:17 am

      No I edited the recipe after your comment! I need my readers to spot those issues, it helps everybody 😉

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    October 24, 2014 at 10:04 am

    Two questions. What size loaf pans and can a cup of milk soured with a tablespoon of white vinegar be used to replace buttermilk (using the appropriate amount of milk called for in the recipe?)

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      October 24, 2014 at 10:17 am

      That’s a standar 9×5 loaf pan, Maria, and yes, you can substitute homemade buttermilk, or even plain whole milk in this recipe!

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    [email protected]+Hungry+Healthy+Happy
    October 24, 2014 at 7:42 am

    I have added walnuts to banana bread before, but I bet it is amazing in pumpkin bread too.

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    Toni | BoulderLocavore
    October 23, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    I am loving this! Your photos are so alluring too. I want to crawl into one of them and snuggle up to a slice of this beautiful bread!

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      October 24, 2014 at 7:46 am

      Thanks Toni, I got so sick of the flat light in my dining room that I’ve taken to photographing right on the kitchen counter, next to the sink, and low and behold, I like the light better. It’s a lot more convenient, too!

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    Christiane - Taking On Magazines
    October 23, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    You just stay right up there on your pumpkin soapbox! I love the stuff and buy up cans of pumpkin whenever I can find them. I’d eat this for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. It sounds like you balanced everything perfectly.

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    heather @french press
    October 23, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    I love that you added walnuts – I wish I could get my kids on board with nuts

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      October 23, 2014 at 5:19 pm

      Hey Heather — I bet you could process the nuts until they’re finely ground and add them in, they’d never notice!

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    Christie - Food Done Light
    October 23, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    I love that you used walnut oil. I haven’t thought to bake with it! What a fabulous bread.

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      October 23, 2014 at 3:53 pm

      Thanks Christie, I didn’t talk enough about that in the post — I’ve always loved walnut oil, mostly for salads, but I like that you can really smell, and taste the walnut flavor in it.

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    October 23, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    You’ve convinced me! I love sweet breads and this one looks delightful, Sue!

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    October 23, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    I’d love a thick slice of your bread with my afternoon coffee, the walnuts must add such a nice crunch!

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    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite
    October 23, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    I think this quick bread looks great and perfect for a Thanksgiving meal.

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    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness
    October 23, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    This bread looks perfect! Love the added walnuts!

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    October 23, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    Sue, that looks like a delicious loaf. Would love to have a slice with my tea this afternoon!

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    October 23, 2014 at 11:38 am

    Hi Sue,
    Love your recipes. I was wondering if I could substitute the Pumpkin for Sweet Potato? I have nothing against pumpkin mind you however my family grew Sweet Potatoes so I’ve always used those instead of Pumpkin.

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      October 23, 2014 at 12:00 pm

      I think that’s a fabulous idea, Pat, in fact, I should have tried that myself for this post, it would have been something a little different. If you try it, let me know how it turns out. The only difference might be that the sweet potato is a little drier than pumpkin puree, so you might need a little extra liquid.

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        October 23, 2014 at 12:38 pm

        Thank you so much Sue and I will let you know how it turns out. Hope to cook some this weekend! Have a Beautiful Day!!

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    October 23, 2014 at 10:58 am

    Finally a seasonal pumpkin recipe that doesn’t frighten me! GREG

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    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    October 23, 2014 at 9:50 am

    Pumpkin bread is always in season in my house 🙂 Lovely!

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    October 23, 2014 at 9:11 am

    I’ll sign your petition for year-round pumpkin recipes – especially if I get to eat bread like this! The color inside and out is amazing. The walnuts must be so good in this sweet loaf. Thanks Sue!

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