Spiced Pumpkin Bread | Renee's Kitchen Adventures

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Spiced Pumpkin Bread

Spiced Pumpkin Bread is so moist and flavorful, it's not just another pumpkin bread recipe....it is THE best pumpkin bread recipe out there! It's spicy, sweet and unmistakably FALL. It's also an easy pumpkin bread recipe you'll make again and again.

Spiced Pumpkin Bread by Renee's Kitchen Adventures overhead shot of bread on a white tray with slices and a pumpkin off to the right side

By now you've probably seen a gazillion things "pumpkin" flavored.  It is, after all, the season of "All-Things-Pumpkin". 

Pumpkin is one of those flavors that just screams Fall. You might be familiar with this recipe for Pumpkin Spice Buttermilk Waffles or this very popular recipe for Easy Pumpkin Spice Pecan Fudge. Pumpkin is EVERYWHERE!

This wonderful spiced pumpkin bread recipe is a way to enjoy pumpkin in your own home. No need to run out and grab a slice of pumpkin spice bread at Starbucks! This recipe is so easy, even the novice baker can put this easy pumpkin bread together with great results!

I love quick breads (aka breads made with baking powder or baking soda that permits immediate baking of the dough or batter)  because they are not only easy, but they can take on many rolls. Not quite a bread or a cake, a slice can be a yummy breakfast treat, a nice dessert or a delicious afternoon snack.

As an added bonus, your house will smell AMAZING while this pumpkin loaf is baking!  

Spiced Pumpkin Bread by Renee's Kitchen Adventures on a white tray sliced with a pumpkin in the background

What makes this pumpkin bread special?

The spices!!  Specifically... the addition of fresh ground black pepper!!

Yes, that's right. Fresh ground black pepper adds that extra something.

The addition of black pepper, along with cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger, is amazing in this bread and does not overpower it.  It just adds that certain "something" extra! 

If you aren't brave enough to give the fresh ground black pepper a try, just add a pinch of ground cloves instead. 

I've also substituted cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and black pepper for 2 tsp. Chinese 5-Spice (you can buy it or make your own) or 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice. 

Anyway you decide, it's truly the spices that make the pumpkin bread special. 

What add-ins can I put in this Spiced Pumpkin Bread?

You can add all sorts of yummy additions to this bread! Here's a list of a few ingredients that would go well with this spiced pumpkin loaf. Choose one or two from the list and add them into the batter before spooning into prepared pans.

  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries

Tips for the Best Spiced Pumpkin Bread

  • As always with quick bread recipes, do not over mix the batter. A light mix with a spatula is all that's needed when combining the wet and dry ingredients. This will ensure your pumpkin bread will be tender. 
  • Check for doneness with a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf. All oven heat differently, and your oven may take a few more or less minutes of baking to get a perfectly baked loaf. 
  • It's best to allow your pumpkin bread to cool completely before slicing. I know it can be hard, but since this is such a moist pumpkin bread, allowing it to cool completely will give you the best slices.  

Spiced Pumpkin Bread Recipe by Renee's Kitchen Adventures

Can you freeze Spiced Pumpkin Bread?

Yes. Like any quick bread, you can freeze it for up to 3 months. Defrost before enjoying it. 

I sent this bread with my husband to work, and he said they just inhaled it.   

I enjoyed my slice with a smear of pumpkin butter!!  Why not?  

If you have only one thing pumpkin flavored this season, make it this delicious pumpkin bread!  You will be glad you did!  

A slice of Spiced Pumpkin Bread by Renee's Kitchen Adventures on a white plate with pumpkin butter spread on it and a small spreader with pumpkin butter on the tip sitting next to the slice

How will you enjoy your slice?  Smeared with pumpkin butter or just plain? 

Spiced Pumpkin Bread, Pumpkin Bread, Easy Pumpkin Bread
Bread, Dessert, Pumpkin
Yield: 16 servings
Author: Renee Paj
Spiced Pumpkin Bread

Spiced Pumpkin Bread

Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 1 HourTotal time: 1 H & 10 M
Moist and flavorful spiced pumpkin quick bread dotted with sweet plump raisins. A Fall favorite!


  • 1 1/2 cups pure pumpkin puree (canned or homemade)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp fresh grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9" x 5" x 3" loaf pan with cooking spray and sprinkle with flour or line pan with parchment or non-stick foil. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine pumpkin puree, eggs, oil, brown sugar, and vanilla extract with a whisk.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, black pepper, and nutmeg.
  4. Add dry to wet ingredient and stir until just combined. Fold in raisins and pour into prepared loaf pan.
  5. Bake for 50 - 60 minutes, or until a pick inserted into center comes out clean. Allow to sit in loaf pan for 10 minutes, then invert onto a wire rack and cool completely before slicing.

Nutrition Facts



Fat (grams)

7.66 g

Sat. Fat (grams)

0.77 g

Carbs (grams)

29.09 g

Fiber (grams)

1.39 g

Net carbs

27.71 g

Sugar (grams)

14.80 g

Protein (grams)

2.85 g

Sodium (milligrams)

165.50 mg

Cholesterol (grams)

23.25 mg

Nutritional Information provided is an estimate.

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  1. What a moist, tempting pumpkin bread! It looks perfect for my fall noshing :)

  2. Great photos Renee, this bread looks so delicious and I love the pumpkin butter with it! Welcome to SundaySupper!

  3. Black pepper?! Who'd would've guessed?! I have to give it a try, because I have never added pepper to a pumpkin bread before, but if you say it's good, then I know it has to be!! Thanks, Renee!!

  4. Spiced, Moist and really yummy! That's exactly how this bread looks and sounds :)

  5. Though I love my sweets, I'm not a very good baker. Quick breads are move 'forgiving' though. I can (and will!) make this! I'm all about pumpkin this time of the year and I'm so, so curious about the pepper addition. Can't wait to try!

  6. I can't get enough of all things pumpkin. I love this time of year. Can't wait to give this recipe a try. All those spices will make the house smell heavenly!

  7. Yum! I love that photo with the pumpkin butter.

  8. What a great recipe for fall. I love that you added raisins. And awesome idea to serve it with pumpkin butter!

  9. This bread looks amazing- so moist! And I am with you on the black pepper. I love to add chai spices to a lot of my recipes and also include a little ground black pepper. ;)

  10. The addition of black pepper is simply brilliant. I always double all my spices for a pumpkin recipe, but this one is perfect just the way it is.

  11. I would love it with pumpkin butter!! And adding black pepper?? Genius!

  12. Who wouldn't want to wake up to this every morning!?

  13. How moist and rich does this look? I'd have a chunk every morning for breakfast!

  14. Gorgeous pumpkin bread and no cracks! Yum!

  15. Tell me about pumpkin butter.....would love to try it too !!!!

  16. Oh, my goodness, Renee! This look so moist and so delicious! Thanks for sharing it with my pumpkin recipe round-up.

  17. bookmarked!!, I love your blog!


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