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My Best Pumpkin Bread

Lisa's Best Pumpkin Bread: Loaves cooling


  • 3 1/2 cups All-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons Baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon Pumpkin pie spice
  • 3 cups Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Cooking oil
  • 4 Eggs, or equivalent egg substitute
  • 2 1/2 cups Canned pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup Water
  • 1 cup Walnuts or Chocolate Chips, Optional


  1. In a large mixing bowl combine the flour, baking soda, salt, baking powder, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix by hand the sugar, oil, eggs, pumpkin, and water.
  3. Combine with the dry ingredients.
  4. Fold in the optional ingredients, if using.
  5. Bake in two 9×5 loaf pans at 350 degrees, checking for doneness after 45 minutes.

Recipe By:Lisa Clarke
Weight Watchers Points: 4.8 for 1/24th of recipe
Yield: 2 Loaves


  • I also like to use this recipe to make a dozen muffins and four mini-loaves. Decrease the baking time accordingly.
  • The 2.5 cups of pumpkin can be replaced by the same quantity of other fruit. Bananas, applesauce, cranberries, figs – all good choices. Try adding leftover jars of baby food to the mix.
  • White whole wheat flour can be substituted with no change in flavor.
  • These freeze very well.


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22 thoughts on “My Best Pumpkin Bread

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  12. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe. My daughter made this this weekend and it was the best pumpkin bread I have ever had. My mom does not like Pumpkin bread, but ate it to be polite, and LOVED it. She asked for more. thanks again, this is a great recipe.
    .-= See Jen’s latest blog post: Fall food, canning =-.

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed it! It’s very adaptable, too. I made it this week, didn’t have enough pumpkin, so I threw in some applesauce to round it out. Still delicious! I also tried it this week with chocolate chips – also quite good!

  13. […] didn’t make the pumpkin bread and pass it out to friends or teachers.  I didn’t rotate out the cherries-and-lemonade […]

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  15. Lookin’ good! I saw it on Whimsy-love and I’ve got it in the oven right now! Smells delish!

    1. I hope you liked it! I haven’t made a batch yet this season, but I am eager to rectify that situation 🙂

      1. It was soo yummy! I had it with some pumpkin butter from Trader Joe’s, which is very tasty! People are loving these gifts. Thanks for the recipe!

        1. Glad to hear it! 🙂

  16. […] I’m so looking forward to it!  I’ve been thinking about having a Fall theme – pumpkin bread, mulled apple cider, maybe a bunch of votive candles lit out on the patio…  ok, actually, […]

  17. […] to making the bread at all, let alone giving some away. It’s too bad because it is probably the best recipe I have ever come up […]

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