Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread made with an all purpose gluten-free flour blend and of course iconic pumpkin pie spice for a fall explosion of warmly-spiced pumpkin bliss. This amazing gluten-free pumpkin bread recipe is the perfect cozy celebration of fall.

Two wooden plates with slices of pumpkin bread and the rest of the loaf off to the side.

Fall is my comfort zone. 

It’s the time of year that I’m finally allowed to be in bed by 7pm, and fuzzy socks take up permanent residence on my feet.

The cooler weather and darker evenings is my permission to hibernate.

Most importantly, It is my permission to bake sweet carb-forward treats and pepper them around my friends and family like I’m the treat fairy spreading little seeds of love all asunder.

This delicious gluten-free pumpkin bread recipe has been a favorite for years, because it is the perfect combination of warmly-spiced pumpkin and gooey chocolate. Plus, the texture is out of this world! 

It is moist and fluffy, studded with blossoming dreams (i.e. delicious chocolate chips), and warmly spiced to perfection for a treat you’ll find yourself craving in no matter the time of year.

Slice of pumpkin bread on a wooden plate, ready to eat.

The combination of pumpkin, warm spices, and chocolate is thoroughly scintillating on the taste buds!

The best part is this easy gf pumpkin bread uses ingredients you can find at any grocery store and is also easy to adapt depending on dietary restrictions.

Sliced pumpkin loaf on a sheet of parchment paper.

Let’s dive right in to the best gluten-free pumpkin bread recipe!

Ingredients for Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread:

Canned Pumpkin: Pureed pumpkin is what gives this bread that ultra autumn appeal, a natural sweetness and creaminess.

Be sure you use pure pumpkin purée rather than accidentally picking up a can of pumpkin pie filling, as pumpkin pie filling has other additions like sweetener and spices added in as well. Use homemade pumpkin puree if you’d like!

Large Eggs: The fluff maker! We use eggs to make this bread nice and fluffy. I haven’t tested the recipe without eggs yet, but I suspect any egg replacer will work fine because there are plenty of leavening agents in gluten-free flour blends.

If you try it with an egg replacer, drop a comment below and let us all know how it turned out.

Butter: The fat that makes this bread ultra moist and also reacts with the baking soda to leaven the bread. You can replace it with vegan butter spread, avocado oil, melted coconut oil, canola oil, or vegetable oil.

I personally prefer the flavor of the butter version but a neutral-flavored oil will do the trick. I don’t recommend using olive oil because you will be able to detect the flavor.

Vanilla Extract: Optional but always recommended in bread and cookies to give that familiar warm flavor.

Gluten-Free Flour: The main event here! Pick your favorite tried and true gluten free all purpose flour blend. I use Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour for this recipe, which turns out with the perfect texture and a moist crumb.

It contains potato starch, tapioca flour, rice flour, and xanthan gum for a blend that mimics the soft, fluffy texture of regular flour. I’m confident Pamela’s and King Arthur’s gluten-free blends will work great too, but I haven’t tested the recipe with them yet.

Coconut Sugar: Used to sweeten this bread, coconut sugar is lower on the glycemic index than cane sugar, resulting in a sweet treat that shouldn’t have as large of an impact on blood sugar.

Coconut sugar also has a natural caramel-nutty flavor, which is a lovely pairing for fall treats. If you don’t keep coconut sugar on hand, you can use regular white sugar or brown sugar as a replacement. 

If you don’t have coconut sugar on hand, you can also use raw cane sugar, brown sugar, or granulated cane sugar. You can also use a sugar-free sweetener to make the bread sugar-free.

Pumpkin Pie Spice: YOU MUST NOT SKIP! Sorry for yelling. Pumpkin pie spice is what gives anything that iconic pumpkin flavor. A pumpkin bread without the pumpkin spice is…well, it’s still great, but trust me, the pumpkin spice makes a big difference in making you feel like you’re eating fall.

If you don’t have pumpkin pie spice, use 2 teaspoons of cinnamon, ½ tsp ground ginger, ¼ tsp ground cloves (or all spice), and ½ tsp ground nutmeg.

Baking Soda & Sea Salt: For leavening and for flavor! Baking soda helps the bread rise AND holds it together, and the sea salt enhances the flavor. Don’t skip either one!

Chocolate Chips: The ingredient that makes everything better. The chocolate chips add a nice gooey flavor infusion to the bread, making it extra extra palatable! I use semi-sweet chocolate chips, but dark chocolate chips, milk chocolate chips, and cinnamon chips work great too.

Now that we’ve covered the simple ingredients list for this easy gluten free pumpkin bread recipe, let’s bake a loaf!

How to Make Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a 9” x 5” loaf pan with parchment paper.

Add the canned pumpkin puree, eggs, and melted butter (and vanilla extract if adding) to a large mixing bowl and whisk together to combine (wet ingredients). You can do this by hand or use an electric hand mixer.

Melted butter, pumpkin puree and eggs in a mixing bowl, ready to be mixed up.
Wet ingredients for pumpkin bread mixed up in a mixing bowl.

In a separate bowl, combine the flour, sugar, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda and sea salt and stir well until combined (dry ingredients). Note: you can also turn this into a one-bowl recipe by simply pouring all of the dry ingredients in with the wet ingredients.

wet mixture in one bowl and dry mixture in a separate bowl.

Pour the dry mixture into the bowl with the wet mixture and stir until well-combined.

gluten free flour blend on top of pumpkin batter.

Toss the chocolate chips in 1 teaspoon of gluten free flour, then add it to the mixing bowl with the bread batter. Stir until well-combined.

Chocolate chips on top of pumpkin loaf batter, ready to be mixed in.

Transfer the bread batter to the parchment-lined loaf pan. If you’d like, you can sprinkle extra chocolate chips on top of the batter, or even pumpkin seeds for decoration.

Pumpkin bread batter in a loaf pan, ready to be baked

Cover the bread pan with aluminum foil. Bake for 40 minutes covered with foil, then remove the foil and bake for an additional 15 to 25 minutes, or until the bread has risen substantially, is golden-brown, and tests clean.

Baked goods are considered fully cooked once they reach an internal temperature of 190 to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. You can insert a digital thermometer into the center of the loaf to ensure the bread is fully baked.

Gluten-free pumpkin loaf sliced into slices with chocolate chips visible.

​Let bread cool completely (I know, it takes patience) before slicing into individual slices and serving.

I love heating up a thick slice in the microwave with a pat of butter.

How to Store Pumpkin Bread:

Cover the cooled loaf pan with plastic wrap and store at room temperature on the counter for up to 2 days (only do this if you don’t live in a humid area).

Store leftover bread in an airtight container (or zip lock bag) in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

You can also freeze pumpkin bread in a freezer bag or freezer-safe container for up to 3 months.

Remove bread from oven and allow it to cool at least 40 minutes before slicing and serving.

Can I Use Small Loaf Pans?:

Yes! This recipe works great for mini loaves. You can divide the batter between two 8” x 4” loaf pans and bake for 40 to 50 minutes. You can use three 5 3/4 x 3-inch loaf pans and bake for 33 to 38 minutes.

A loaf of gluten-free pumpkin bread sliced into individual slices with slices of bread on plates.

Can I Make This Grain-Free or Paleo?:

Yes! For a grain-free, refined sugar-free, dairy-free Paleo version of this recipe, make my Chocolate Chip Paleo Pumpkin Bread which uses coconut flour and pure maple syrup.

Can I Make This Into Muffins:

For the muffin version of this recipe, line a muffin tray with muffin liners, fill the holes 3/4 of the way up with batter and bake at 350 for 25 to 35 minutes. 

Recipe Adaptations:

  • I haven’t tested this recipe using any other flour so I’m not sure which other flours will work as a 1-to-1 replacement just yet. I suspect that oat flour and cassava flour will work well too. If you use a different flour besides gluten-free flour blend, please drop a comment below and let me know what you use!
  • Use two flax eggs instead of chicken eggs for vegan pumpkin bread. To do so, mix two tablespoons of ground flaxseed with 6 tablespoons of water in a small bowl. Allow it to sit and thicken for 15 minutes, stirring it every couple of minutes or so. 
  • Replace the butter with melted coconut oil or avocado oil.
  • If you aren’t adding chocolate chips, you may want to add a little additional sugar, as the bread may need additional sweetness depending on your sweet threshold.
  • Looking for a sugar-free option? Replace the cane sugar with sugar-free sweetener of choice and use sugar-free chocolate chips for a sugar-free version of this bread. I like using Swerve in this recipe!
  • Add ⅔ cup chopped walnuts or pecans.
  • Omit the chocolate chips if you aren’t into the pumpkin chocolate combo. Love a good glaze? Drizzle ‘er up!
  • If you love a cream cheese frosting, feel free to whip one up and turn this into a pumpkin cake experience.
Two slices of pumpkin bread on wooden plates with a loaf of sliced pumpkin bread in the background.

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Enjoy this gluten-free pumpkin loaf!

Sliced pumpkin loaf on a sheet of parchment paper.

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

4.82 from 11 votes
This moist, fluffy, healthy Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread is made refined sugar-free. You'd never guess this delicious sliced of pumpkin spice bliss is actually better for you than traditional pumpkin bread!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour
Servings: 1 loaf

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a 9” x 5” loaf pan with parchment paper.
  • Add the canned pumpkin puree, eggs, and melted butter (and vanilla extract if adding) to a mixing bowl and whisk together to combine (you can do this by hand or use an electric mixer).
  • In a separate bowl, combine the flour, sugar, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda and sea salt and stir well until combined.
  • Pour the dry mixture into the bowl with the wet mixture and stir until well-combined.
  • Toss the chocolate chips in 1 teaspoon of gluten free flour, then add it to the mixing bowl with the bread batter. Stir until well-combined.
  • Transfer the pumpkin bread batter to the prepared bread pan. Cover the loaf pan with aluminum foil and bake on the center wrack of the oven for 40 minutes. Remove the foil and continue baking for another 15 to 25 minutes, or until the loaf tests clean. Quick bread recipes are considered fully baked once they reach an internal temperature of 190-200 degrees Fahrenheit. You can insert a digital thermometer into the center of the bread to make sure it is fully baked.
  • Remove bread from oven and allow it to cool at least 40 minutes before slicing and serving.

Notes

You can use melted coconut oil, avocado oil or any neutral-flavored oil of choice instead of butter.
Replace the coconut sugar with regular white sugar, brown sugar, or maple sugar.

Nutrition

Serving: 1of 12 · Calories: 238kcal · Carbohydrates: 41g · Protein: 4g · Fat: 9g · Saturated Fat: 4g · Fiber: 4g · Sugar: 19g
Author: Julia Mueller
Course: Bread, Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: coconut sugar, gluten free, refined sugar free
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Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread - pumpkin pie spice and chocolate chips send the flavor profile to the moon here! Fluffy, moist, refined sugar-free and easy to make dairy-free!

I originally shared this recipe on September 23, 2020. I updated the photos and information but the recipe remains the same.

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Julia Mueller

Julia Mueller is a recipe developer, cookbook author, and founder of The Roasted Root. She has authored three bestselling cookbooks, – Paleo Power Powers, Delicious Probiotic Drinks, and The Quintessential Kale Cookbook. Her recipes have been featured in several national publications such as BuzzFeed, Self, Tasty, Country Living, Brit.co, etc.

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Questions and Reviews

  1. I’d love to use fresh pumpkin. I assume I can just cook the pumpkin and puree it. Is the 15 oz can of pumpkin a weight measurement or can tell us how many cups of fresh to use?

    1. Hi Anne-Marie! It will be about 1 2/3 cup pureed fresh pumpkin. Just note that fresh pumpkin puree tends to be much thicker than canned, so the texture of the bread may turn out slightly differently, but I assume it’ll still be amazing 😀 Happy baking!

  2. I am not sure why I crave pumpkin when the days are shorter and the nights cooler. We enjoyed the Pumpkin Oatmeal cookies to the last crumb. We took them camping with us and loved them. I will have to try this recipe soon.

  3. Hi – there’s a small error in the directions of the actual recipe. Paragraph says coconut oil, but I think you mean butter – would you recommend using coco oil instead of butter?

    1. Apologies for the confusion, Rachel! It should say melted butter…I have tested the recipe using both melted butter and melted coconut oil and the result is great either way 😀 I must have mixed myself up when writing the recipe. xoxox

  4. I am not sure why, but I was a little skeptical that I was going to like this bread but made it anyay. I reduced the sugar to 3/4 cup and used Lily’s dark chocolate mini chips. (I normally can’t stand anything stevia-sweetened, but somehow I do love Lily’s chocolate). I used butter and baked for 55 mins as suggested and O.M.G. this is to die for. I can’t stop eating it. 😉

  5. I made this using Swerve substitute and it came out AMAZING! I may have added slightly more swerve sugar and a slightly extra chocolate chips. My boyfriend accidentally got apple pie spice so that’s what I used instead of pumpkin but was delicious. I will be making this again.

    Thank you!

  6. I baked it for 50 minutes and the toothpick came out clean…After cooling the bread was very crumbly (could not be sliced). I’m in Denver, so do you think this could be the altitude? Any options you can suggest? Thank You…the flavor is great.

  7. HiJulia,
    I baked this yesterday and it was uncooked in the middle. I baked it for the exact time and temp you said. I put it back in the oven for 20 minutes and it never cooked. Where did I go wrong?

    1. Hi Betsy! I’ll see if I can troubleshoot what happened. What brand of gluten-free flour did you use? Did you make any substitutions to the recipe? Did you use a thermometer to test the internal temperature of the bread? Let me know and hopefully I can figure out what happened 🙂

  8. Can you use date sugar in this recipe?
    Can you use a combination of different GF flours to make up the 2 cups worth instead of Bob Mills GF flour mixture?

    1. Hi Rosemary! Great questions! I just googled if date sugar can be used as a 1:1 replacement for regular sugar and it can! So you’re good to go there. In terms of the flour, this would depend largely on the type of flours you were planning to use. For instance, coconut flour can’t be used as a direct replacement because it’s so absorbent. Almond flour can be used a little easier but the recipe will require more because it is less absorbent. Cassava flour may be used as a 1:1 replacement. In this sense, you can come up with your own GF blend but the amount used will depend on the individual flours 🙂 Hope this helps!! Happy baking! xo

  9. I made this with King Arthur 1:1 and the chocolate chips( I was unable to find the cinnamon chips in stock). The taste is good. The rise was not great. Temp was at 200 and tooth pick dry. The cooled mini loaves and muffins were quite dense and heavy. Is this expected.

    1. Hi PJ, The bread does turn out a little dense but I wouldn’t say it should be heavy or overly dense so I’m not sure what happened there. I sounds like there may have been too much moisture, in which case more flour would help. I’ve noticed different brands of GF flours have varying levels of absorbency so this may have played a part too as I use Bob’s Red Mill’s GF flour. If you end up trying the bread again, I would add a little additional flour (assuming the batter seems wet).

  10. I tried recipe with oat flour (2 cups of oats finely blended) and added a tsp of xanthium gum. I don’t know what your original recipe tastes like with GF flour as I’m not able to use GF flour, but oats worked well. Batter / dough was very thick/ gloopy so I was worried before I baked it but tasted lovely. Thanks for the reciepe

    1. Thanks so much for sharing your experience with oat flour! This is super helpful to others who want to try the same thing. xo

  11. Delicious!! I made with vegan butter and it turned out so good!! I loved how tall the bread got even for being gluten free! I will definitely make again! I did have to bake mine for about 50 mins, but obviously each oven is different. Thank you so much for a lovely recipe!

    1. My pleasure! Thanks so much for the sweet comment! I’m thrilled to hear the bread turned out well for you and that you made the baking time work 😉 xo