This bread has the classic flavor and moist crumb of a traditional Pumpkin Bread, but with half the sugar. It stores well too in the fridge or freezer, and uses a full can of pumpkin!

healthy pumpkin bread sliced on white plate

Healthy Pumpkin Bread

As soon as there was even a hint of fall in the air, I was ready for pumpkin bread. And I had a feeling that the basic method I used for my Lower Sugar Banana Bread would work really well with pumpkin.

And wow it did.

This recipe uses a whole can of pumpkin puree, so you won’t be left with a small amount at the end to use up. And it bakes up moist and delicious. It stores well, is good cold or toasted, and is an easy breakfast or snack to share with the kids.

Sometimes we even have it as a side for something like Veggie Chili or Broccoli Soup.

This quick bread is less sweet, but has the classic texture and flavor you expect.

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Ingredients You Need

Here’s a look at what you’ll need to make this recipe:

Ingredient Substitutions

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Step-by-Step Instructions

Here’s a look at how to make this recipe so you know what to expect when you get to baking.

  1. Whisk together the wet ingredients. This helps to smooth the batter and avoid any lumps.
  2. Whisk in the dry ingredients to evenly combine and distribute the baking soda and spices throughout.
  3. Add to a greased baking pan. I prefer to grease with classic Pam spray so the bread always comes out of the pan easily.
  4. Bake until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out cleanly.

TIP: You’ll want to let this cool fully before slicing to help it hold together nicely.

sliced pumpkin bread on cutting board

Frequently Asked Questions

Is pumpkin bread healthy?

This pumpkin bread is loaded with whole grain flour, fiber, and vitamin A. And it has about ½ as much added sugar as classic similar breads.

Why is my pumpkin bread gummy?

The best way to ensure that the bread isn’t gummy is to make sure that the baking soda is fresh and also to remove the loaf from the pan soon after taking it out from the oven and let it cool on a wire rack. That will help make sure it doesn’t overbake.

What goes well with this?

You can add cream cheese, nut or seed butter, or a little honey to this bread.

What should I serve this with?

We like this with a side of fruit, though it can also be a nice side for chili or soup.

cubes of pumpkin bread on blue plate

How to Store

Store any leftovers, once fully cooled, wrapped in plastic wrap and stored in an airtight container at room temperature for 3 days or in the fridge for 5 days.

Or freeze slices, once cooled, and freeze in a zip top storage bag with as much air removed as possible for up to 6 months. Thaw in the fridge or at room temperature.

Best Tips for Success

  • Serve chilled or slightly warmed or toasted. (If it’s been a few days and the bread is getting a little dried out, toast it!)
  • Add ½ cup chocolate chips to the batter if desired.
  • Use homemade pumpkin puree or canned puree.
  • Place a piece of foil or parchment over the top of the loaf for the last 15 minutes of baking to ensure it bakes through but doesn’t get too brown.
  • Spread on a thin smear of nut butter or cream cheese if desired.
  • Cut into cubes for younger kids and serve with a simple side of fruit.
  • You may also like Lower Sugar Banana Bread, Cranberry Orange Bread, and Blueberry Banana Bread.

I’d love to hear what you think of this recipe if you try it, so please comment and rate the recipe below.

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Healthy Pumpkin Bread (Lower Sugar, SO Good!)

This bread has the classic flavor and moist crumb of a traditional Pumpkin Bread, but with half the sugar. It stores well too! (Heads up: There's a full can of pumpkin puree In this, so it takes a little longer to bake.)
4.95 from 18 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Cuisine American
Course Breakfast
Calories 231kcal
Servings 10

Ingredients

  • 14.5 ounces pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (melted and slightly cooled; 1 stick)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and grease a 9×5-inch loaf pan with nonstick spray. (I use classic Pam.)
  • Add the pumpkin, butter, eggs, and vanilla to a large bowl. Stir to combine.
  • Stir in the flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and salt.
  • Pour batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top with a spatula so it's even. Bake for 60 minutes, then place a piece of foil or parchment on top. Bake for another 15 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted Into the center comes out cleanly. (The foil or parchment will prevent over-browning while the bread continues baking.)
  • Cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then remove from pan (carefully) and let cool on a wire rack completely.
  • Slice and serve.

Notes

  • Store any leftovers, once fully cooled, wrapped in plastic wrap and stored in an airtight container at room temperature for 3 days, in the fridge for 5 days, or freeze slices, once cooled, and freeze in a zip top storage bag with as much air removed as possible for up to 6 months. Thaw in the fridge or at room temperature.
  • Serve chilled or slightly warmed or toasted. (If it’s been a few days and the bread is getting a little dried out, toast it!)
  • Add ½ cup chocolate chips to the batter if desired.
  • Use homemade pumpkin puree or canned puree.
  • Spread on a thin smear of nut butter or cream cheese if desired.

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice, Calories: 231kcal, Carbohydrates: 31g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 57mg, Sodium: 242mg, Potassium: 190mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 12g, Vitamin A: 6732IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 30mg, Iron: 2mg
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  1. I think I was expecting a less sweet Starbucks pumpkin bread. But it’s more like pumpkin flavored wheat bread. Now my husband loved this wheat bread and any time I say I’m never making this recipe again he gets upset because he really liked it as toast. It’s just not what I was expecting.

  2. 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious!!! I made a little powdered sugar glaze to lightly drizzle on top for a little fun and it was perfect. Thank you for this recipe!

  3. 5 stars
    This recipe was SO good! I followed it exactly and it turned out so moist and perfectly sweet without being overly cake like sweet. I really appreciate that it uses a full can of pumpkin as well! Thanks for sharing!

  4. How would you adapt cooking temp and time if I just have a standard square pan (9×9 or so I think)? I don’t have a loaf pan. Thanks! Love your recipes!

    1. I think the bake time would be in the 28-32 minute range for that size pan (that’s my best guess—keep an eye on the middle of the pan as that would be the spot that would take the longest to bake through). Let me know how it goes if you try it!

      1. Yes, don’t level it off since it would be just a smidge more than 1 3/4 cups. I can measure it exactly in a bit but that is about the right amount!

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