This is the best easy pumpkin bread. No frills, swirls, and fancy flavors- just one of the best traditions of fall in a slice.
Oh yes..... pumpkin season is here! Our house loves pumpkin treats, and this is my tried and true pumpkin quick bread. I got this recipe years ago and have modified it over time. It never fails me. Quick, Easy. Moist. Light. Full-flavored. Amazing.
Aside from all of the amazing things listed above, this bread is a crowd favorite. I love to make this for friends, or to slice for the kids for snack after-school or a quick breakfast.
I know, I know...."everyone likes pumpkin in the fall". Well duh. That is because it is delicious. This that are delicious generally get some extra love.
This recipe uses canned pumpkin puree, but I have made it with homemade pumpkin puree, and it is delicious. This is my favorite pumpkin puree recipe, and the one thing I can say is the color is so vibrant and the pumpkin flavor even more pronounced. I love to use fresh puree when I can, but canned is equally delicious in this recipe.
We are deep into fall activities and work. I substitute teach in our school district, and the kiddos are doing a few different activities. Kellen and Rowan are both swimmers and loving their lessons. Kellen is hoping to try out for the swim team next year. One of my favorite things is watching that boy swim. Kellen has also started flag football with his friend this fall. Rowan is continuing gymnastics as well. Watching Rowan do gymnastics is adorable because he likes to pretend he is a monkey by putting his feet on bar and swinging. While I really enjoy all of the activities it is a lot of work-plus I fear more and more as these boys get older.
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What do you need to make The Best Easy Pumpkin Bread?
- All-purpose flour
- Baking powder and baking soda
- Salt and cinnamon
- Vegetable oil
- Unsweetened applesauce
- Bread loaf pan
- Parchment paper
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I use a cinnamon applesauce?
Sure- the extra cinnamon will be delicious in the bread!
Can I use melted butter in place of the oil?
Yes, make sure that butter is slightly cooled before you add it to the other ingredients.
My bread is sinking in the middle- what is going wrong?
The bread is likely under-baked or to much liquid. Baking powder is a leveling agent, and sometimes if it is very old it can impact the bread stability.
Can I freeze this bread?
Yes, I like to wrap it in plastic wrap and store in a sealable bag.
Can this bread be made into muffins?
Yes, this bread recipe can make about a dozen muffins.
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The Best Easy Pumpkin Bread
- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ cup vegetable oil
- ⅓ cup unsweetened applesauce
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- 2 large eggs beaten
- 1 cup canned pumpkin
- 1 cup sugar
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9″x5″ loaf pan with non-stick spray or line the loaf pan with parchment paper.
- Sift together flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon and set aside.
- In a large bowl mix together till smooth: oil, applesauce, vanilla, eggs, pumpkin, and sugar.
- Slowly mix in flour mixture till just combined. Pour batter into the prepared pan and bake for 1 hour.
This post was originally created in 2013, and updated in 2019 for reader enhancement and recipe updating.
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That is a gorgeous loaf of bread, yum!
This looks like something I could definitely bake!
I love pumpkin bread and I like the addition of applesauce. Looks perfect for fall!
The Home Cook
Love the sound of this!
Camilla M. Mann
I guess it's time to get make some pumpkin puree because I want to try this bread immediately. The smell of it baking will mean Fall has arrived. Thanks for sharing.
Colleen - Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck
I like that this makes one loaf. I made pumpkin bread yesterday and had thought about halving my recipe, but then I remembered that I would need to take pics before eating it. I made two loaves so that I could scarf down a few slices right when it came out of the oven!!!
This is such a colorful loaf and screams fall! Thanks for all the great tips for success.
Fun fact, when we moved into our house, our neighbors brought us a pumpkin bread. I feel like it's time to return the favor with this!
It's just not autumn without pumpkin bread! Yours looks perfect for breakfast with coffee.
What a gorgeous loaf. It will be perfect to take to our neighbors this weekend as a hostess gift!