Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread is made with kefir and homemade pumpkin puree. Perfectly moist with a wonderful combination of flavors. Everyone falls in love with this pumpkin bread with chocolate chips and warming spices. It always disappears on the same day I make it!
Have you tried kefir in your baking yet? Give it a try with this recipe! Kefir not only helps the moistness but it also gives a subtle tangy flavor that complements the pumpkin sweetness. The only problem about this Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread is that it disappears too quickly! I baked it the other day and everyone devoured it. Almost nothing left. Believe it or not, the very little leftovers tasted even better the next day because the flavors of pumpkin and spices blended much better.
How to make pumpkin chocolate chip bread
Start with whisking sugar and eggs until pale in a large bowl. Add in the wet ingredients like olive oil, vanilla extract, pumpkin puree and kefir. Mix well.
In another bowl, whisk together the flour, spices, baking powder and salt. The spices I use are cinnamon, ginger and turmeric because these three make my favorite spice combination for fall baking. Gradually sift this dry mixture into the wet mixture. Fold in chocolate chips and bake for 50-55 minutes. Let it cool completely before you slice it.
Why do I love this pumpkin recipe?
Just like my favorite Pumpkin Cornbread, the first thing that impresses me about this pumpkin chocolate chip bread is its beautiful color. I am in love with that color between yellow and orange. Then the tempting smell that fills in the whole house makes everyone hooked. It is really hard to wait until it is done and we have to distract ourselves with something else for an hour. This has become our favourite chocolate chip bread since I made it for the first time, about 3 years ago.
Make your own pumpkin puree!
I didn’t use canned pumpkin puree for this chocolate chip pumpkin bread recipe. I pureed it myself. It is really easy. Just slice the pumpkin in large chunks and roast them in an oven pan until tender. Puree it in a food processor. Depending on the pumpkin type you use, you can add a little water when blending it. (Watch the video below to see How to Make Pumpkin Puree)
The pumpkin I used was sweet enough, so I didn’t add any sugar on them. If the kind of pumpkin you use is not that sweet, you might sprinkle some sugar on the chunks. We ended up lots of pumpkin puree, more than needed for this pumpkin bread. So I just put the leftovers in zip bags to keep them in the fridge for future pumpkin recipes like Pumpkin Oatmeal Muffins, Pumpkin Oatmeal Energy Balls and Pumpkin Spice Waffles.
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread
Insanely moist pumpkin bread loaded with fall spices and chocolate chips.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 55 minutes
- Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
- Yield: 10
- Category: Bread
- Method: Baking
- Cuisine: American
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup pumpkin puree (See the video above)
- 1/2 cup kefir
- 1 and 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- 1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350F (180C).
- Butter a 9X5 inches loaf pan and line it with parchment paper. Set aside.
- Whisk eggs and sugar in a large bowl. Add in olive oil, vanilla extract, pumpkin puree and kefir. Mix well.
- In another bowl, combine flour, cinnamon, ginger, turmeric, baking powder and salt.
- Gradually sift the dry mixture into the wet mixture.
- Put 1/4 cup of chocolate chips aside for topping. Dust the remaining chips with a little flour and fold in the mixture.
- Pour the batter into the pan. Bake for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
- Place chocolate chips on its top right after you remove it from oven.
- Let it cool completely before slicing.
You can definitely use canned pumpkin puree if you don’t feel like making it yourself. Making the puree is not included to the time of baking.
- Serving Size: 1 slice
- Calories: 296
- Sugar: 31.1g
- Sodium: 269mg
- Fat: 12.4g
- Carbohydrates: 43.9g
- Protein: 5.1g
- Cholesterol: 57.1mg
Keywords: pumpkin bread, chocolate chip bread, pumpkin recipe
This post was originally published in 2016 and has been updated with additional information.