. chocolate chip pumpkin bread .

by Amanda @ .running with spoons. on September 24, 2012

Happy Monday, friends! I hope the first day of the week is treating you well.

Mondays always feel a little bittersweet to me. On the one hand, it’s nice to get back into a routine and experience that “fresh start” feeling. On the other, I miss having all of that extra time on my hands to do the things I love… like baking. Yes, this weekend I finally got my butt back into the kitchen after avoiding it for pretty much the entire summer and started working on one of the things on my Fall bucket listย – trying new Fall inspired recipes.

If you follow me on Instagram (runwithspoons), you may have seen some of the teasers that I shared yesterday afternoon during my baking shenanigansย (I kind of forgot how to be efficient in the kitchen – things got messy)…

But it was well worth it because I can now introduce you to the finished product. Hope you enjoy!

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. chocolate chip pumpkin bread .

Ingredients (makes one 9×5 loaf)

  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips


  1. Preheat your oven to 350ยบF, and lightly grease a 9 x 5 bread pan.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flours, baking soda, spices, and salt. Stir until well combined and set aside.
  3. Melt your coconut oil by placing it in a microwave safe dish and heating for 15 seconds. Remove, stir, and repeat until no chunks remain.
  4. In a medium sized bowl, combine the pumpkin, Greek yogurt, maple syrup, sugar, egg, and vanilla. Stir until well combined before adding the melted coconut oil.
  5. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir gently. Do not overmix.
  6. Fold in chocolate chips, mixing lightly.
  7. Pour the batter into your prepared loaf pan, spreading it out evenly, and bake for 50 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and let cool for about 10 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely.

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I have to admit that I’m not really a big fan when it comes to pumpkin flavored desserts, but I just haven’t been able to get enough of this bread… I couldn’t even resist having a thick slice of it for breakfast this morning…

But don’t worry, I still took my vitamins ๐Ÿ˜‰

I think it was the combination of pumpkin and chocolate that did me in, or the dense yet incredibly soft texture…ย Or maybe it was just nice to finally eat something that came out of my own oven again. Whatever the case may be, this bread is definitely worth making if you’re looking for a comforting Fall treat to enjoy alongside a steaming cup of hot chocolate/coffee/tea. Mmm yes… that definitely sounds good right about now.

Hope your week is off to a great start!

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What’s your favorite Fall time dessert?ย I think I’m going to have to go with my mom’s apple coffee cake.
Are you a fan of pumpkin pie?ย Not.at.all.
What did you have for breakfast this morning?

{ 40 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Katy September 24, 2012 at 4:55 pm

Oh my that looks amazing! We don’t really celebrate “Fall” as much as you do in the Northern Hemisphere. Particularly, in Wellington, we don’t have many deciduous trees so everything looks the same all year round. It’s a bit sad but oh well.

Never tried pumpkin pie!

Had blueberry oats this morning :)


2 Katy September 24, 2012 at 4:56 pm

p.s. is 1/4 cup of coconut oil supposed to be there twice??? ๐Ÿ˜›


3 Amanda @ .running with spoons. September 25, 2012 at 9:04 am

Ack! No lol. Thanks for letting me know :)


4 Matt @ The Athlete's Plate September 24, 2012 at 5:23 pm

Swoon :)


5 Sarah @ Feeeding the Brain and Body September 24, 2012 at 5:35 pm

You have no idea how much I love your mug!! I love love love it! And this recipe looks so ridiculously delicious. I love when baked goods have a crumbly texture like that! :)


6 Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile September 24, 2012 at 6:31 pm

I am dying to start baking! I just haven’t had the time. Chocolate and pumpkin = <3


7 Aimee September 24, 2012 at 7:30 pm

This looks delicious! My mom’s pumpkin raisin bread is a fall favorite of mine but I’ve actually never thought of combining pumpkin with chocolate. It sounds like a winning combination! I too am not fond of pumpkin pie but I do enjoy pumpkin loaf! Thanks for sharing such a great recipe!


8 Sara @ Nourish and Flourish September 24, 2012 at 8:41 pm

Pumpkin bread and muffins are definitely my favorite fall treat. Can you believe I’ve never tried adding chocolate chips? I’m a huge chocolate person, but for some reason I’ve always thought it might not “go” with the spices in pumpkin. Then again, I do love Mexican hot chocolate (cinnamon and a bunch of other delicious flavors are added to the chocolate), so I don’t know why I’ve held back! You’ve definitely convinced me with these photos though…YUM. ๐Ÿ˜€ I also really enjoy fresh apple pie and apple bread pudding!


9 Amanda @ .running with spoons. September 25, 2012 at 9:06 am

I was a little bit worried about how it would go with the spices as well, but it’s actually a winning combination! And fresh apple pie sounds delicious! I’m really hoping to bake one with apples I pick up from the orchards.


10 Ashley @ AlmostVegGirlie September 24, 2012 at 9:04 pm

Chocolate and pumpkin is my favorite fall combo, other than sweet potato and maple! I’m not really a fan of pumpkin pie, but maybe if I incorporated some chocolate in there I’d like it better ๐Ÿ˜€ My breakfast this morning probably wasn’t as yummy as yours, I just had some almond joy inspired protein pancakes and they weren’t the best pancakes I’ve ever made–I think I’m better at making waffles than pancakes!


11 Khushboo September 25, 2012 at 1:48 am

Like I told you instagram, I am happy to take the job of quality control…my services are free too ;)! This bread looks delicious, baked goods are actually the only way I enjoy canned pumpkin (haha blogger outcast)! Please tell me you’ve smothered a slice in almond butter- I bet it would take it to a whole new level! I need to try your mom’s apple & coffee cake- I am a sucker for all things apple, especially cooked with a lot of cinnamon…throw in coffee and it only gets better!


12 Amanda @ .running with spoons. September 25, 2012 at 9:08 am

Omigosh yes! This tastes absolutely -amazing- with some roasted almond butter on top. I actually wish I had some maple almond butter, but that would mean I’d have to make my own and I’m kind of scared of breaking my food processor!


13 Sara @my less serious life September 25, 2012 at 4:06 am

perfection! i’m making this – although i must say i haven’t bought coconut oil yet even though i’ve been seeing it over and over again in blog world. what’s the deal with it? it is really expensive – just wondering why all of the sudden i’m seeing it everywhere. but, i certainly am willing to make the splurge for one of your creations…


14 Amanda @ .running with spoons. September 25, 2012 at 9:10 am

Well it adds a touch of flavor and sweetness to whatever you put it in, and it’s another fat with a lot of health benefits, which is why it’s been getting a lot of attention lately. If you don’t have it, though, you can just sub in any light tasting oil and it would turn out just fine.


15 Alexandra September 25, 2012 at 5:10 am

Hellooooooooooooo foodgasm! ๐Ÿ˜€


16 Floey September 25, 2012 at 5:11 am

Cannoooot wait for pumpkin pie this fall!
Did you get that minnie mouse mug from disneyland? i love going into stores over there – i seriously want to buy everything! eeyore’s my fave :)


17 Amanda @ .running with spoons. September 25, 2012 at 9:11 am

Sure did! I tried not to go too overboard with the souvenirs because I have no idea what to do with them later, but I just couldn’t pass up that mug :)


18 Linz @ Itz Linz September 25, 2012 at 5:52 am

yum! i love all things pumpkin so this bread sounds delish – and i am a fan of pumpkin pie! :) :)


19 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 25, 2012 at 5:59 am

This looks so good! I adore any pumpkin dessert. My favourite is my mom’s pumpkin pie. She makes it at Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter just so that I can eat it more haha. ๐Ÿ˜€


20 Danielle @ Clean Food Creative Fitness September 25, 2012 at 6:24 am

This looks amazing!!! Pumpkin bread in the fall is my favorite!


21 Nicky September 25, 2012 at 7:02 am

Ohhh helloooooo yummm!!! I’m not a big fan of pumpkin things but when it’s in a bread or muffins, it is something else…*swoon*
We don’t really celebrate Fall too much here in the UK but I love all the apples so I’d say I love a good apple crumble. How British of me ๐Ÿ˜›


22 Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers September 25, 2012 at 7:42 am

I want this. Now. My local health food stores make the best pumpkin chocolate chip muffins. Soooo moist and awesome. I’m sure I’d love this too!


23 HollieisFueledByLOLZ September 25, 2012 at 11:15 am

I totally agree about Mondays. It’s always bitter sweet for me, I get really excited for Mondays because weekends make me feel lazy half the time. However, I do love my weekends.

I love pumpkin but I do not care for pumpkin pie in the slightest. I don’t know why.


24 Kat September 25, 2012 at 12:02 pm

So I totally left you a comment but I guess it didnt go through :(
Anyway the point is, Im an idiot for not buying pumpkin at the store this week. I want this bread RIGHT NOW. Holy yum girl. Can I turn it into jumbo muffins??


25 Amanda @ .running with spoons. September 25, 2012 at 1:51 pm

I can’t see why not! You’d just have to adjust the cooking time to 20-25 minutes.


26 Ed September 25, 2012 at 12:26 pm

That looks pretty amazing…i am hankering pumpkin…i guess it is a good time for that!


27 Lisa September 25, 2012 at 1:43 pm

Ah. Love this recipe! It looks and sounds sinful;)
I am pumpkin obsessed, maybe too much so…if its possible.
I don’t think I’ve ever tried pumpkin and chocolate together actually…that’s quite a shame though. I think I need to pick up some chocolate chips.
And I adore your mug!! Did you pick that up in Disney?


28 Amanda @ .running with spoons. September 25, 2012 at 3:37 pm

Yup the mug is from Disney! I just couldn’t resist ๐Ÿ˜€ And I definitely recommend trying the pumpkin/chocolate combo… it’s seriously to die for!


29 Britta September 25, 2012 at 4:51 pm

THIS LOOKS AMAZING! Uhh pumpkin everything this good right now, but this looks unreal! Cant wait to make it myself -YUM


30 Irina @ Chocolatea Time September 26, 2012 at 6:37 am

Thanks for a great recipe!! My pumpkin bread recipe failed last weekend, and I’m looking to redeem myself this weekend :) Hmm now that I think about it, many of my pumpkin recipes failed! I tried making pumpkin pie last Thanksgiving and messed up the recipe by adding too much pumpkin haha. Anyway, I’m glad you’re enjoying more pumpkin desserts!

Love that Minnie Mouse mug by the way…Disney souvenir?


31 Amanda @ .running with spoons. September 26, 2012 at 8:45 am

Yup! Minnie comes from Disney! And I can’t even tell you how many pumpkin recipes I’ve messed up. I think it’s just a little too tempting to go overboard with the pumpkin…


32 kris September 26, 2012 at 7:39 am

omg this looks delicious! – i literally just made a loaf of coconut oil based, chocolate chip pumpkin banana bread this past weekend. but i love that you added maple syrup to yours. i think i’ll need to make this soon :)


33 Maria Carolina Rueda September 26, 2012 at 6:12 pm



34 Amanda @ .running with spoons. September 26, 2012 at 9:48 pm

Awwwr gush. You really know how to make a girl feel welcome :)


35 Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli September 27, 2012 at 2:20 am

Looks incredible girlie! Ugh, it’s been years since I baked up a loaf of pumpkin bread…I may just have to give this a go!

Pumpkin flavored desserts are one of my favorite things about fall! Love me a good cold slice (or three) of pumpkin pie…and the cool whip on top is definitely NOT optional!

And funny enough, breakfast this morning…er, yesterday morning I guess I should say, since it’s 3am, was my peanut butter pumpkin cake…and yeah, pretty sure it’s going to be my breakfast again today! Hmm, let’s see how long it takes before I start turning orange! ; )


36 Abby September 27, 2012 at 11:42 pm

Deeeeeelish!! I’m supposed to be staying away from dairy (greek yogurt…sad sad day) as suggested by my doctor for some stomach issues, so do you have any recommendations as to what I could sub for the yogurt? Is it even worth trying? I just can’t stop thinking about making this work…!


37 Amanda @ .running with spoons. September 28, 2012 at 9:10 am

Hmm to be honest, you could probably get by without it – I just added it as an after thought. If you find that your batter is a little bit too dry, you could try subbing in something like applesauce or even a bit more pumpkin.


38 Maggie September 15, 2014 at 4:58 pm

LOVE this bread! I made it last night and it’s practically gone now…thanks for the recipe! I’m not a fan of coconut oil, but I couldn’t taste it at all!


39 Amanda @ .running with spoons. September 18, 2014 at 7:08 pm

I’m glad you liked it, Maggie! Thanks so much for letting me know!


40 Heidi October 21, 2014 at 2:10 pm

Question. I absolutely ADORE your flour less chocolate chip pumpkin muffins. Ever try that recipe as a loaf? I’m wondering if it would be too soft as a loaf since there’s no flour. Let me know what you think. Thanks.


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