I, unlike most people, am not a huge pumpkin lover. I can’t stand pumpkin spice lattes (that’s probably sacrilege or something) and I also would rather have no pie than pumpkin pie. This is quite the statement coming from someone who absolutely loves pie. However! I have found a recipe for pumpkin chocolate chip bread that will rock your world. It’s incredibly moist (I also hate that word but there’s no good synonym that I’ve found yet), chocolatey, and dense, and is perfect topped with some whipped cream.

If you don’t like pumpkin pie, or any pie (that’s okay, we can still be friends) then this bread would be a great alternative to bake for Thanksgiving! It’s the perfect mix of spicy and sweet, and the addition of orange juice gives the bread a unique taste. I brought this bread to share with my boyfriend at school and it was gone within a couple of days. So, if you want leftovers after Thanksgiving is over, I suggest making two loaves!

Though it needs to bake for one hour, actually making this bread only takes about twenty minutes. All the ingredients can be found at any grocery store, which is great because exotic ingredients can be expensive and hard to find. Two things I want nothing to do with. Enjoy this bread with a mug of tea curled up on the couch watching your favorite tv show. Happy baking, friends!

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Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

A quick and easy bread that's sure to impress your guests at your next gathering or Thanksgiving!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes


  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1.5 cups pumpkin puree canned or fresh
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 2/3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips or however many you prefer


  1. Adjust the oven rack to the lower third position and preheat the oven to 350F degrees.

  2. Spray a 9x5 inch loaf pan with non-stick spray. Set aside.

  3. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt together.

  4. In a medium bowl, mix together the eggs, granulated sugar, and brown sugar until combined.

  5. Add in the pumpkin, oil, and orange juice.

  6.  Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix together. Be careful not to overmix!

  7. Gently fold in the chocolate chips.

  8. 3. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Bake for 60-65 minutes. Place on a cooling rack and let cool for at least an hour.

Make this chocolate chip pumpkin bread at your next gathering or for Thanksgiving!


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