Easy Pumpkin Bread Recipe

Prep 10 mins
Cook 50 mins
Total 1 hr
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This super soft, moist Pumpkin Bread recipe is packed with pumpkin flavor and tastes *just* like the Starbucks Pumpkin Loaf. It’s incredibly easy to make and ready to go in the oven in just 10 minutes!

The Best Homemade Pumpkin Bread

Is it even fall without pumpkin bread? No, probably not. And, this pumpkin bread is probably the best you’ll ever have!

This easy pumpkin bread recipe starts with the most important ingredient – one whole can of pumpkin. We flavor it up with the perfect blend of spices and pop it into the oven. It’s a breeze to put together and goes into the oven in just 10 minutes.

I promise you will get that perfect, super soft, moist pumpkin bread, with tons of spiced pumpkin flavor, every single time with this recipe. Serve it warm with butter, room temperature or even chilled! It’s insanely delicious all three ways!

Pumpkin loaf on a grey and white plate with forks and butter.

Just Like Starbucks’ Pumpkin Bread

This recipe is a copycat recipe for the famous Pumpkin Loaf from Starbucks! If you are a crazy fan of Starbucks’ pumpkin bread, you have to make this version at home. For the price of one piece at Starbucks, you can have an entire loaf of it at home!

The only flavor difference between this pumpkin bread and the one at Starbucks: Pepitas sprinkled on top! I left them off because my kids prefer this bread without, but if you like the added crunch just sprinkle them right on top before baking.

More Reasons to Love this Pumpkin Bread Recipe

In addition to tasting just like Starbucks’ pumpkin bread, here are more reasons to give this recipe a try:

  • Quick and easy: Comes together in 10 minutes, no mixer required!
  • Moist and flavorful: This recipe makes a tender loaf of bread with tons of pumpkin flavor.
  • Versatile: Want to add chocolate chips? Go for it. Chopped walnuts? Why not!
  • Lasts: This bread tastes even better on day 2 or 3 as the flavors develop.

In closing, you should definitely make this pumpkin bread. All your fall baking dreams will come true and you’ll have a delicious slice of bread to enjoy with a warm beverage.

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Pumpkin Bread Ingredients

You’ll need a few baking ingredients on hand to make this pumpkin bread. You probably already have most of them already, so you’ll likely only need to pick up a few things:

  • All purpose flour
  • Pumpkin spice – From the store, or you can make your own (directions below).
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Pumpkin –  Make sure it is pure pumpkin puree, not pumpkin pie filling.
  • Granulated sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Large eggs
  • Vegetable oil – You could use canola oil if you prefer or have it on hand, I’d avoid olive oil though because it often has a very strong flavor that may come through in the pumpkin bread.
  • Vanilla extract – Pure is my preferred, but you can use artificial vanilla if you have that on hand.

Can I Add Pepitas, Like the Starbucks Bread?

Yes, you can definitely add pepitas to this recipe if you want a 100% spot-on recreation of the Starbucks pumpkin bread. Just sprinkle some on top of the bread before baking.

Pepitas are a great source of healthy fats and fatty acids, so not only will they add some crunch to your pumpkin bread but they’ll add some great nutrients too.

Can I Add Chocolate Chips or Nuts?

Yes, you can add up to 1/2 cup of chocolate chips or chopped nuts to the batter before it bakes. I recommend chopped walnuts.

Pumpkin Spice vs. Cinnamon

You can use pumpkin pie spice or just cinnamon in this recipe. Either way is delicious. If you do not have Pumpkin Spice on hand, but would like to make it, below is a simple recipe:

DIY Pumpkin Pie Spice

  • 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  1. Mix all ingredients together. This recipe will make a little over 2 tablespoons of pumpkin pie spice.
  2. You can double or triple the recipe and save it for any other wonderful Fall recipes or even sprinkle it over your morning coffee!
White bowl with pumpkin batter inside with a whisk.

How to Make Pumpkin Bread

Making pumpkin bread is super easy. You just need to measure the ingredients, dump, mix, and bake. Here’s how you do it:

  • Prep the oven and pan: Start by preheating your oven to 375 degrees. Preheating helps make sure the bread cooks evenly. While the oven preheats, grease a 9×5 baking loaf pan and line with parchment paper so that it hangs some over the sides. You can use oil, butter and flour, or non-stick spray to grease the pan. The parchment paper makes removing the bread very easy.
  • Mix the dry ingredients: In a medium sized bowl, whisk the flour, pumpkin spice, baking soda, and salt until they are well combined. Set the bowl aside.
  • Mix the wet ingredients: In a large bowl, whisk the pumpkin, sugar and brown sugar. When they are well combined, beat in the eggs, vegetable oil, and vanilla extract. 
  • Bring it all together: Once the eggs and oil are combined, slowly whisk in the flour mixture, until there are no lumps.
Unbaked pumpkin bread batter in a lined loaf pan
  • Bake: Pour the batter into your prepared loaf pan and smooth the top with a spatula. If you are using a 9×5 baking loaf pan, the loaf should be done around 40 to 45 minutes or when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. 

Note: If you are using a different size loaf pan, you will need to vary the time some. Shorter loaf pans will bake for longer while longer ones may need less time.

  • Tent with foil. After about 30 minutes, cover the top of the bread with foil. Covering the top with foil helps to make sure the top does not brown too much.
  • Cool & Serve: Allow the bread to cool, slice, and serve with your favorite toppings. Store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature. Can also serve warm with butter!
Up close image of pumpkin bread sliced on a piece of parchment paper.

Tips for Success

Even though this is a super easy pumpkin bread recipe, it never hurts to have a few tricks up your sleeve. Here’s what I recommend to make sure you bake up the absolute best pumpkin quick bread.

  • Pack the brown sugar: Make sure you pack the brown sugar when measuring, this ensures you get the right amount.
  • Don’t over-mix: Stir the batter just long enough to remove the lumps and then bake.
  • Ovens bake differently: If your oven cooks hotter or cooler, you may need to adjust your bake time slightly.
  • Use the right kind of oil: Avoid strong flavored oils like olive oil or coconut oil, vegetable or canola oil often work best.
  • Cover the bread with foil at 30 minutes: This helps stop the top from over-browning the bread.

Serving ideas

Pumpkin bread is a lot like banana bread. It’s a sweet quick bread that is perfect for a quick breakfast or a mid-afternoon snack. I often eat it plain or add a small amount of butter on top. You could also heat it up a little and top it with Nutella, cream cheese, apple butter, or other kinds of butter or jams.

How to Store & Warm Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin bread needs to be kept at room temperature or below. To store it, first let the bread cool completely on a wire rack. After it is completely cool, tightly wrap the bread in plastic wrap or place it in an airtight container. You can then store it on your counter for about 5 days or in the fridge for up to a week.

If you like warm slices of bread, you can slice a piece off and lightly toast it in your toaster oven or a standard toaster. You can also microwave it for 10 seconds!

Two slices of pumpkin bread on a gray plate with butter on top.

I am so excited to finally be sharing this super soft, easy Pumpkin Bread recipe with all of you. We have been testing it for the past 3 years and I finally feel that I got the recipe perfect to be able to say it’s as good (if not better!) than Starbucks’ Pumpkin Bread!

Please leave a review — you can even leave a photo now in the comments – sharing how this recipe turns out for you!

Looking for more amazing sweet Pumpkin recipes? Try this reader favorite for Pumpkin Cream Cheese Swirl Muffins, easy Maple Glazed Pumpkin Donuts and my favorite impressive — but still easy to make — Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake!

Yield: 1 loaf

Best Pumpkin Bread

Up close image of pumpkin bread sliced on a piece of parchment paper.

This super soft, moist Pumpkin Bread recipe is packed with pumpkin flavor and tastes *just* like the Starbucks Pumpkin Loaf. Bonus: it’s incredibly easy to make and ready to go in the oven in just 10 minutes!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin spice
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (15 oz) can pumpkin (pure pumpkin puree)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375*F. Grease a 9x5 baking loaf pan and line with parchment paper (where it hangs over the edges) for easy bread removal. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk flour, pumpkin spice, baking soda and salt until well combined. Set aside.
  3. In large bowl, whisk together pumpkin, sugar and brown sugar.
  4. Beat in eggs, vegetable oil and vanilla extract. Slowly whisk in the flour mixture, until there are no lumps.
  5. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan and smooth the top with a spatula. For a 9x5 baking loaf pan, loaf should be done around 50 minutes, until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  6. Cover the top of the bread with foil while baking, around the 30 minute mark, to make sure the top does not brown too much.
  7. Allow to cool, slice and serve. Store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature. Can also serve warm with butter!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

10 servings

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 313Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 37mgSodium: 250mgCarbohydrates: 47gFiber: 1gSugar: 30gProtein: 4g

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61 Responses
  1. KayCee VanCamp

    This recipe is great… It makes a lot of batter, so I was able to make muffins with chocolate chips and pecans also. I used Gluten Free Flour and it turned out amazing!!! My wheat allergic husband loves it! Thank you for such a great recipe

  2. Paulina Acheampong

    Just made mine today and yes needed to cook longer but it’s the best recipe I have baked so far!! Thank you for sharing

  3. Julie

    This is the BEST Pumpkin Bread that I have ever eaten or made!! My husband was so impressed I made it. I say it’s even better than the one from Starbucks!

  4. Marjolein

    This is the first time i made a pumpkin spice loaf, and it’s amazing! Really moist and tender crumb, tasted even better the next days! Mine took about 55-60 minutes to cook, but came out great
    Thanks for the recipe, i am from the Netherlands and we don’t really know Pumpkin Spice that much. Exept PSL from Starbucks
    This one is a keeper

  5. Cally

    I made this tonight and it tastes great but the cooking instructions seem way off. I put the loaf in for 59 and it was still liquify so I left it in and I had it cook for a total of 80 minutes and it STILL came out very undercooked on the bottom. Not sure what happened but I followed every instruction.

  6. Greg

    My pumpkin loaf came out great.
    2 cups of pumpkin equal lots of pumpkin flavor. I baked mine in a Breville counter top smart oven on the bottom rack for 60 mins. This recipe turned out a nice flavorful, moist, big loaf.
    Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  7. Pat Nimmo

    Loved this recipe, I also used coconut oil. I made mini loaves and they were so moist. As said before this bread does taste like pumpkin.

  8. Sharon

    Doubled this recipe, placed in 2 pans. Yes, I had to bake for about 15 minutes longer than suggested. I used the recipe given for making my own Pumpkin Pie Spice. Followed the recipe except for baking time. Took one loaf for refreshments after church today. Everyone raved about it! Never have I made such large loaves of pumpkin bread!

  9. Hannah

    I almost can’t describe how amazing this loaf is. I have made it so many times that I now have it memorized! I usually double it, because everyone wants a loaf! I also use coconut oil, and it turns out great. MAKE THIS LOAF.

  10. Katherine

    It was okay. Not great. Followed all directions. Baked at 375*F for 50 minutes it was still VERY uncooked in the middle.

  11. Joy

    This makes 1 loaf? Seems like almost double the ingredients of another recipe I found for 1 loaf. So just want to verify.

  12. Taylor Heidel

    I’ll start with saying I love your recipes! I’ve made two loaves of this pumpkin bread and it’s perfect. My parents love it for breakfast. My father is allergic to cinnamon so I had to make it with my own pumpkin spice minus the cinnamon (with more allspice to balance it). I love love love this! Thank you!

  13. Laura

    AMAZING pumpkin bread, that actually tastes like pumpkin! I am a starbucks pumpkin bread fan, and it really is very similar in taste. The baking time was a little off for me, more like 60 minutes. Worth the wait though! Thanks for another great recipe!

  14. Hello

    Do you mean to butter the parchment paper or butter the pan and then put in the parchment paper? Just making sure I understand :)

    1. A woman holding a camera standing in front of some shelves.
      Jessica

      I butter then pan and then put in the slip of parchment paper, because my parchment paper only goes on the sides, not on the ends. If you use parchment paper all around the bread and do not have any of the baking pan touching the bread, you would not need to use butter. Hope that helps!

  15. Shane

    Saw this on tiktok and made it tonight. So good! Very moist and was easy to make. My husband and I like it better than Starbucks pumpkin bread!

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