This homemade Pumpkin Bread is everything you want in a fall recipe. It is moist, fluffy, and bursting with fall flavors. No electric mixer is needed and this might just be the best no-fail quick bread recipe you’ll ever find.

sliced loaf of pumpkin bread on white rectangle platter

Hi! This is Krissy from Self Proclaimed Foodie and Ten Acre Baker.

Who doesn’t love pumpkin bread? No one. That’s who.

I have tons of pumpkin recipes on my site including pumpkin spice monkey bread and pumpkin brownies with a chocolate swirl. I have to say, though, this pumpkin bread is easily one of my favorite fall recipes. It turns out so perfect every time!  If you love recipes like Soft Pumpkin Cookies or Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Muffins, this moist pumpkin bread will be a huge hit!

How to make moist pumpkin bread:

This recipe is so darn easy. No fancy mixer needed!  All you need are bowls, a big spoon, measuring cups/spoons, and a loaf pan.

  1. First step is to preheat your oven.
  2. Next you’ll whisk together your dry ingredients in one bowl and mix the wet ingredients in a separate bowl.
  3. You’ll then stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Mix them just until everything is combined. At this point you’ll fold in the nuts unless you choose to leave them out.
  4. Pour that batter into a greased loaf pan and cook it for about 65-70 minutes. When it’s cool enough to handle, slice it up and enjoy!

pumpkin bread process photos

How do you know when it is done?

Like most quick breads, you’ll know when pumpkin bread is done simply by inserting a tooth pick or long metal cake tester into the center of the loaf.

If wet batter sticks to your tester, it needs to continue cooking. If it comes out clean, that means it’s done!

I’m always worried about making dry quick breads so I tend to take them out too early and then regret doing so. The best part about this recipe is that since there is so much pumpkin puree and applesauce that makes it incredibly moist, there’s no way you’ll end up with a dry over cooked loaf.

For that reason, you can continue cooking for a few minutes to be certain that it’s fully cooked without risking a dry loaf.

How long is pumpkin bread good for?

This stuff never lasts long in my house! But, if you happen to have leftovers, just follow these steps:

  • Always make sure it is fully cool before wrapping. If you cover a warm loaf, it will continue to release moisture through steam as it cools and will make the outside soggy.
  • You can store this pumpkin bread in an air tight container or tightly wrapped in plastic wrap on the counter for 3-5 days.
  • For longer term storage, I like to wrap in plastic wrap and then in foil and store in the freezer up to six months.

top view of sliced pumpkin bread loaf with white mini pumpkins

5 from 12 votes

Pumpkin Bread

This homemade Pumpkin Bread is everything you want in a fall recipe. It is moist, fluffy, and bursting with fall flavors.
Prep 15 minutes
Cook 1 hour 5 minutes
Total 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 12 servings



  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, whisk together dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, pumpkin, and applesauce. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in walnuts.
  • Pour into a greased 9x5-in. loaf pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 65-70 minutes. Cool in pan 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack.



Recipe makes one loaf.


Calories: 172kcal, Carbohydrates: 33g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 27mg, Sodium: 252mg, Potassium: 145mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 28g, Vitamin A: 5555IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 36mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
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  1. 5 stars
    I am so ready for this pumpkin bread. The fall is here and so is the desire for fall recipes like this. Love how fluffy it looks – can’t wait to have it with a glass of milk in the morning!

  2. 5 stars
    If you say it’s a no-fail recipe, I’ve got to try it! I love having no-fail recipes in each cataegory – they are life savers! And I also love how this bread looks – that texture is my favorite 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    Yum, I love homemade breads and this combo of pumpkin and walnuts sounds divine. Can’t wait to enjoy a slice of this with a cup of coffee – talk about bask! Thanks for the inspo!