Grandma’s Pumpkin Bread – A Moist Pumpkin Bread Recipe (with nuts, raisins or chocolate chips)

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Grandma’s Pumpkin Bread is a moist pumpkin bread recipe that can be made plain or you can add nuts, raisins or chocolate chips. This easy to follow recipe gives options for one pumpkin loaf or two depending on whether or not you want to use an entire can of pumpkin.

This easy quick break is a perfect addition to an autumn Sunday brunch or to have on hand when friends visit to go with a warm cup of coffee or tea. We love to freeze a loaf to have on hand when we run out of  breakfast or dessert options during a busy week.

Grandma’s Pumpkin Bread Recipe

I have a minor confession to make.  This is Grandma’s Pumpkin bread recipe; however, it’s not my grandma I’m talking about. This old fashioned pumpkin bread recipe belongs to Maryann’s grandma.

Maryann’s grandma is the bees knees.  I love flipping through her cook book to explore her favorite recipes.

Recently, I spent the weekend with Maryann, which revolves around eating food, making food, talking about food, planning food, shopping for food, pretty much anything to do with food.

I had a hankering for anything pumpkin, and Maryann had a can of pumpkin that needed used.

She whipped out Grandma’s cook book which of course had an easy pumpkin bread recipe.

Moist Pumpkin Bread Recipe

What I love most about this old fashioned pumpkin bread recipe is that it is so moist.  There’s nothing dry about it.

My second favorite thing about this moist pumpkin loaf is the easy alterations/variations that can be made.

In my family, pumpkin bread and chocolate chips go together like peanut butter and jelly or bacon and eggs.  This means that when I make this recipes it is always a Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Loaf.

Maryann’s grandma liked to add plumped raisins and/or chopped nuts to this old fashioned version of pumpkin bread.

The original version calls for 1 cup of canned pumpkin and makes one pumpkin loaf.  I’ve included instructions on how to use the entire can of pumpkin which makes two pumpkin loaves.

Another thing to keep in mind is that you could easily replace the ground spices (cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice) with an equal amount of pumpkin pie spice, or you could even omit them all if fall spices aren’t you cup of tea.  You could also omit the nutmeg and/allspice if all you have on hand is ground cinnamon.

Pumpkin Loaf Ingredients

Canned Pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)

Eggs

Vegetable Oil

Sugar

Flour

Baking Soda

Baking Powder

Salt

Ground Cinnamon

Ground Nutmeg

Allspice

Optional Pumpkin Loaf Ingredients

Chocolate Chips

Chopped Nuts

Raisins (plus water for plumping)

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How to make pumpkin bread moist?

For the full ingredient amounts and recipe instructions for old fashioned pumpkin bread, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of this post. 

  1. Mix together beaten eggs, canned pumpkin, vegetable oil and sugar.
  2. Sift together flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg and allspice.
  3. Add sifted dry ingredients to wet ingredients, combine until smooth.
  4. Optional: add in chocolate chips, raisins that have been plumped in warm water, or ground nuts.
  5. Pour into 9 x 5 inch bread pans that have been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.
  6. Bake for approximately 1 hour or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Notes About Pumpkin Bread recipe with oil:

  • Use canned pumpkin, not pumpkin pie filling.
  • Pumpkin bread can be made plain or add chocolate chips, nuts and/or raisins for new variations.
  • If you do not have allspice or nutmeg, omit it, and add more cinnamon.
  • Substitute equal amounts pumpkin pie spice of the total quantities of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice if desired.
  • To easily remove pumpkin bread from the bread pan, line it with parchment paper that hangs over the long side of the pan as handles. Spray the pan with nonstick cooking spray including the parchment paper.
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Grandma's Pumpkin Bread is a moist pumpkin bread recipe that can be made plain, with nuts, raisins or chocolate chips. This easy to follow recipe gives options for one pumpkin loaf or two depending on whether or not you want to use an entire can of pumpkin. 

Pumpkin Bread with a Whole Can of Pumpkin

The ingredient amounts below make 2 9 x 5 inch loaves of pumpkin bread. .

  • 15 ounces canned pumpkin
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 1/3 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon allspice

Optional ingredients

  • Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread: add 2 cups chocolate chips.
  • Pumpkin Raisin Bread: soak 1 cup raisins in 2/3 cups water. Drain water before adding raisins to batter.
  • Pumpkin Nut Bread: add 1 cup chopped nuts to the batter.

Follow the directions in the recipe card below but use 2 loaf pans instead of one. Baking time should be similar but always test your loaves for doneness.

Grandma's Pumpkin Bread is a moist pumpkin bread recipe that can be made plain, with nuts, raisins or chocolate chips. This easy to follow recipe gives options for one pumpkin loaf or two depending on whether or not you want to use an entire can of pumpkin. 

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Grandma's Pumpkin Bread is a moist pumpkin bread recipe that can be made plain, with nuts, raisins or chocolate chips. This easy to follow recipe gives options for one pumpkin loaf or two depending on whether or not you want to use an entire can of pumpkin. 
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Grandma's Pumpkin Bread - A Moist Pumpkin Bread Recipe (with nuts, raisins or chocolate chips)

Grandma's Pumpkin Bread is a moist pumpkin bread recipe that can be made plain, with nuts, raisins or chocolate chips. This easy to follow recipe gives options for one pumpkin loaf or two depending on whether or not you want to use an entire can of pumpkin.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate chip pumpkin bread, grandma's pumpkin bread, moist pumpkin bread recipe, old fashioned pumpkin bread, pumpkin loaf
Servings: 1 loaf
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 2/3 cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice (optional)

Optional Additions

  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
  • 1/2 cup raisins, soaked in 1/3 cup water (water drained and discarded)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Spray a 9 x 5 inch bread pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Combine pumpkin, sugar, oil and eggs and mix well.
    Grandma's Pumpkin Bread is a moist pumpkin bread recipe that can be made plain, with nuts, raisins or chocolate chips. This easy to follow recipe gives options for one pumpkin loaf or two depending on whether or not you want to use an entire can of pumpkin. 
  • Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice.
  • Add sifted, dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Mix until smooth.
    Grandma's Pumpkin Bread is a moist pumpkin bread recipe that can be made plain, with nuts, raisins or chocolate chips. This easy to follow recipe gives options for one pumpkin loaf or two depending on whether or not you want to use an entire can of pumpkin. 
  • Optional step: add in one or more of the optional additions. If adding raisins, be sure to drain off soaking water first.
    Grandma's Pumpkin Bread is a moist pumpkin bread recipe that can be made plain, with nuts, raisins or chocolate chips. This easy to follow recipe gives options for one pumpkin loaf or two depending on whether or not you want to use an entire can of pumpkin. 
  • Pour into prepared loaf pan.
  • Bake for approximately 1 hour or until a toothpick comes out clean.
    Grandma's Pumpkin Bread is a moist pumpkin bread recipe that can be made plain, with nuts, raisins or chocolate chips. This easy to follow recipe gives options for one pumpkin loaf or two depending on whether or not you want to use an entire can of pumpkin. 

Notes

  • Use canned pumpkin, not pumpkin pie filling.
  • Pumpkin bread can be made plain or add chocolate chips, nuts and/or raisins for new variations.
  • If you do not have allspice or nutmeg, omit it, and add more cinnamon.
  • Substitute equal amounts pumpkin pie spice of the total quantities of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice if desired.
  • To easily remove pumpkin bread from the bread pan, line it with parchment paper that hangs over the long side of the pan as handles. Spray the pan with nonstick cooking spray including the parchment paper.
Ingredient Amounts for 2 Loaves (using 1 whole can of pumpkin)
15 ounces canned pumpkin
3 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
3 1/3 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon allspice
Optional ingredients
Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread: add 2 cups chocolate chips.
Pumpkin Raisin Bread: soak 1 cup raisins in 2/3 cups water. Drain water before adding raisins to batter.
Pumpkin Nut Bread: add 1 cup chopped nuts to the batter.

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2 Comments

  1. Great recipe! Made 2 loaves. Only put 1 cup of sugar though so took about another 15 min. to cook-maybe that’s why. Had 1 cup of chocolate chips and some pumpkin seeds on top. Is my ‘go to’ recipe for pumpkin bread now!

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