This healthy chocolate pumpkin bread is sure to become a staple in your fall baking rotation. Its so versatile, healthy, and soooo easy to make its even a little ridiculous. Its decadent yet healthy; eat it for dessert, snack, breakfast, breakfast dessert, whatever!
Click here for a very similar Double Chocolate BANANA Bread Recipe!
Gluten Free Chocolate Pumpkin Bread Ingredients
The ingredients are simple and you probably have most of them in your pantry right now even.
Canned Pumpkin. Not to be confused with Pumpkin Pie filling. Canned pumpkin is just cooked and pureed pumpkin and should have one ingredient. You *could* cook and puree the pumpkin yourself too, but we like to keep things simple over here!
Maple Syrup. Nature's best sweetener. You could sub in honey or actual sugar here too, but the maple flavor goes so well with pumpkin to make the bread really feel like fall.
Eggs. These keep the bread together. For a vegan option, sub in Flax eggs!
Pure Vanilla Extract. This enhances the chocolate-y flavor of the bread. I would not recommend skipping it!
Oat Flour. Oat Flour gives the bread a great chewy and almost nutty texture. If you don't have any oat flour on hand, simply blend up some Rolled Oats in a food processor (I love this one) or blender! For a Paleo or Grain free bread, you could sub in Almond Flour. I would not recommend using Coconut Flour in this.
Cinnamon. Duh! Bring out that delicious fall pumpkin flavor!!!
Cocoa Powder. This makes the bread base chocolate. I love using this Dark Chocolate Cocoa Powder for an even richer chocolate taste, but you could use any.
Chocolate Chips. More texture, more chocolate, more pretty. Win win win!!!
This healthy chocolate pumpkin bread is made gluten free and dairy free. There are variations to make the bread paleo, grain free, and/or vegan as well.
Make it Vegan. Replace the eggs with Flax Eggs (2 Tbsp ground flax seed + 6 Tbsp warm water)
To make a Paleo Chocolate Pumpkin Bread or grain-free version, you can sub Almond Flour or Cassava Flour for the Oat flour - you may need to add 2 extra tablespoons.
Looking for a sweeter flavor? Try making my Healthy Pumpkin BANANA Bread.
If you do not have oat flour, simply grind Rolled Oats in a food processor or blender until you achieve a flour-like consistency.
To enhance the chocolate flavor, add a teaspoon of espresso or espresso powder. Promise you won't taste it!
Do not add extra Cocoa Powder for more chocolate-y taste - that will dry out the bread instead and not have desired effects.
If you are looking to enjoy this Gluten Free Chocolate Pumpkin Bread as more of a Gluten Free Chocolate Pumpkin Cake, simply change up the loaf pan to a square baking pan and take a few minutes off the baking time. Top with some delicious Vanilla or Dairy Free Creamcheese Frosting!
More Healthy Pumpkin Recipes
Here are some other great healthy recipes using pumpkin!
- Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread
- Vegan Pumpkin Muffins
- Paleo Pumpkin Cookies
- Pumpkin Spice and Coconut Granola
- Mini Paleo Pumpkin Pies
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|Prep Time||5 Minutes|
|Cook Time||40 Minutes|
- 1.5 Cups Pumpkin
- ¼ Cup Maple Syrup to desired sweetness
- 2 eggs Vegan: Sub flax egg
- 1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
- 1 Cup Oat Flour
- ½ Cup Cacao Powder
- 1 tsp Baking soda
- ½ tsp Baking powder
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
- 1 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice Or sub more cinnamon
- ½ Cup Mini Chocolate Chips
- Preheat oven to 350 and grease a loaf pan.
- Mix pumpkin, maple syrup, and eggs in a large bowl.
- Add dry ingredients: oat flour, cacao powder, baking soda, baking powder, spices, and a pinch of salt. Stir until all combined but do not overmix. Fold in chocolate chips. Mixture will be thick.
- Pour into greased loaf pan, topping with more chocolate chips. Bake for 40 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean. You may an additional 10 minutes depending on your oven.
- To make the bread Paleo or grain-free, you can sub Almond Flour or Cassava Flour for the Oat flour.
- To make the bread Vegan, use flax eggs or a vegan egg replacer.
reckon you could make muffins instead?
Definitely! Maybe bake them for 10 - 15 minutes less, and check on them to make sure they don't burn!
Pumpkin and chocolate is a great combo! I love that you used oat flour here and pure maple syrup. Thanks for the healthy recipe!
Thanks so much! Its the best flavor combo!!!
This looks crazy good! I bet it's just the moistest! I am adding this to my "must try" list right now!
You are too kind!!! Hope you love it!
Yes, please. This is exactly my kind of dessert. Gluten-free and refined sugar-free. Thanks.
That's the way to do it for sure!!! So yummy and no sugar crash!
Pumpkin and Chocolate is such a perfecto combo this season, I can the whole loaf to myself..
Haha, thank you! So glad you like the chocolate pumpkin combo, I love it!
I am surprised how easy it is to make pumpkin bread with your recipe - such a great find! And the texture you end up with is just the way I like it - perfect!
I love making recipes super simple! Thank you!