Fall Flavors: Chocolate Pumpkin Bread Recipe

Fall Flavors: Chocolate Pumpkin Bread Recipe

I am such a sucker for the changing weather and all things pumpkin. Not a big pumpkin spice latte gal, but bake it in muffins, cake and breads I begin to drool. Opening my first can of pumpkin this year and I was inspired to make this Chocolate Pumpkin Bread that is sure to please the masses. My kids usually love chocolate chips in their pumpkin bread, so I thought I would mix things up and create a chocolate swirl for flavor and for looks. You can vary the amount of chocolate swirl based on your preferences. Be sure to check out our other quick bread recipes like: Zucchini Apple Quick Bread RecipeQuick Buttermilk Zucchini Bread Recipe and Ultimate Chocolate Banana Bread Recipe.

A wonderful fall combination with this Chocolate pumpkin quick bread recipe

Chocolate Pumpkin Bread Recipe

I just love what cooked pumpkin does to any batter. Canned is so easy and they even sell organic if you prefer. 

A wonderful fall combination with this Chocolate pumpkin quick bread recipe

This recipe makes two loaves of chocolate pumpkin bread. I took out about 2 cups of batter and added the cocoa powder to change it’s flavor and color. 

A wonderful fall combination with this Chocolate pumpkin quick bread recipe

Simply layer your chocolate layer over half of your pumpkin batter. You can carefully smooth the chocolate layer or swirl it into the batter. This is really your recipe. 

A wonderful fall combination with this Chocolate pumpkin quick bread recipe

Top with the remaining pumpkin batter and cook until a toothpick comes out clean. 

A wonderful fall combination with this Chocolate pumpkin quick bread recipe

I love how there was a little crack on top of the chocolate pumpkin bread and the chocolate came thru. Some might say that it was a baking error, I love it. 
A wonderful fall combination with this Chocolate pumpkin bread recipe

What are you waiting for, pumpkin bread that the kids will love after school or for breakfast. I froze one loaf of this yummy chocolate pumpkin bread to use at a later time. Quick breads freeze so nicely. Just take it out the night before to defrost. 

A wonderful fall combination with this Chocolate pumpkin bread recipe

What is your favorite way to use canned pumpkin? 

Chocolate Pumpkin Quick Bread

Chocolate Pumpkin Quick Bread

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Moist and Marbled Chocolate Pumpkin Quick Bread


  • 1/2 cup shortening or butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup plain apple sauce
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 tsp vanilla
  • 1 15 oz can of pumpkin
  • 3 1/3 cup AP flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 2/3 cup of water
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease two 8- by 4 or 9x5 -inch loaf pans
  2. Cream sugar, shortening and applesauce together. Beat in eggs one at a time, then add vanilla. Stir in pumpkin until combined. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Add dry ingredients and water alternatively to pumpkin batter, and then mix until completely combined.
  3. Spoon 2 cups batter into each pan. Spoon 2 cups batter into measuring cup and reserve.
  4. Whisk cocoa into remaining batter and spoon into pan. Either carefully spread the chocolate out our swirl with a knife. Then spoon reserved pumpkin batter over the top.
  5. Bake until top is just set and skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. About 45 minutes. Let cool in pan 45 minutes, then transfer to wire rack to cool completely.
Nutrition Information

Amount Per Serving Calories 371 Saturated Fat 4g Cholesterol 81mg Sodium 987mg Carbohydrates 49g Fiber 3g Sugar 30g Protein 6g
All information and tools presented and written within this site are intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information on stayingclosetohome.com should only be used as a general guideline.


  1. thanks so much for noticing this, I added the sugar amount.

  2. Am I the only one missing a key information in the instructions? It reads “Cream sugar, butter… Exactly where is the sugar in the recipe? How much?

  3. I’m not a big pumpkin pie person because of its texture, but I do make pumpkin bread and pumpkin muffins quite often. I just love the flavor!

  4. I’m so excited for fall and anything pumpkin! That cake looks so yummy, I am definitely trying this recipe at home!

  5. Oh my goodness! This looks so delicious! Love the combo of pumpkin and chocolate! I’m going to have to give it a try this season. Thank you for the recipe!

  6. What a gorgeous seasonal bread! I love the fact it’s got applesauce in too!

  7. This bread looks delicious. A great mixture pumpkin & chocolate. Thanks for the recipe.

  8. I haven’t tried a pumpkin in my bread, looks like very tempting. I really want to bake, I need to buy an oven first!

  9. Thanks I thought oops that is peeking out then said, nope it tells someone exactly that there is chocolate inside!! incase they did not like chocolate, well I couldn’t be their friends then anyway.

  10. I love Pumpkin anything but it’s especially delish with chocolate! I make a similar bread and it always tastes so good for breakfast.

  11. This combination of chocolate and pumpkin is such a great one!!!

  12. I love the look of the chocolate peeking through too! This sounds like a great recipe and I love that they freeze well too…not that there’d be any left to freeze?! lol

  13. Ooh, I know I’d like this bread! It sounds delicious and it actually looks pretty as well.

  14. Oh My yes please. I am loving this combo of chocolate and pumpkin. I am so making this tonight.

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