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!
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!
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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