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One of my all-time favorite recipes: Pumpkin Gingerbread

There’s pumpkin bread and then there’s pumpkin gingerbread. This version of the pumpkin gingerbread recipe is full of warm spices and a little healthier than most recipes! 

I’m about to share something near and dear to my heart.

Pumpkin Gingerbread

I cannot tell you how much I love this recipe. It’s such an easy recipe but makes a delicious loaf with lots of warm flavor. It’s not overly sweet and it’s not overly heavy. It won’t leave you feeling like you ate a brick. I mean, we all know that feeling after inhaling Starbuck’s Pumpkin Bread right? Tastes so good in the moment and the WHAM, we realize we made a bad decision. But this does not leave you with that feeling and the pumpkin ginger aroma is heavenly as it bakes!

It’s amazing fresh out of the oven with it’s still a little bit crispy. The end slices are the best, in particular. Tommy came home to find both ends cut off. Totally normal.

It’s also amazing the next few days as the flavors deepen. And after two days, when I recommend sticking it in the fridge, it’s great cold served with a little yogurt for breakfast. (I highly recommend the Noosa Pumpkin yogurt. Seriously. Try it.)

Then if you still have some left by the time Sunday comes around, I highly recommend making this into french toast. (Tip: if you make this into french toast, let it sit in the french toast mixture overnight. It’s a slightly dense bread so it just makes it better to have more time to let the egg, milk and spice mixture soak in!)

Anyway, can we talk about how pretty this loaf is, in addition to just tasting freaking delicious?

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This is my go-to when I need to bring a dessert or a side dish to a party. It also makes a great gift for neighbors during the holiday season. It can be doubled without any issues. If you double it, you’ll need two prepared pans and I highly recommend making one of them a fun one like this! (Be sure to grease it well and perhaps dust with a little extra flour to avoid sticking.)

I answered some FAQs at the bottom of the post so be sure to check those out before you get started baking!


best pumpkin gingerbread recipe

My all-time favorite quick bread. My all-time favorite sweet bread. Maybe just my all-time favorite bread, period. Let’s go.



Pumpkin Gingerbread

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  • Author: Teri
  • Yield: 1 loaf (12 slices) 1x


My pumpkin bread recipe is my favorite fall treat ever!



1.5 cups coconut sugar

1/4 cup melted coconut oil

1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce

1/3 cup water

1/2 of a 15oz can of pumpkin (about 2/3 cup)

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon allspice

1/2 teaspoon cloves

1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour

1/2 cup all purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

3/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

2 eggs


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the wet ingredients — sugar, oil, applesauce and eggs — using a hand mixer or stand mixer; beat until smooth. Add water and beat until well blended. Mix in pumpkin puree until combined.
  4. In medium bowl, combine ginger, allspice, cinnamon, cloves, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt using a wooden spoon. Add dry ingredients to pumpkin mixture and blend just until all ingredients are mixed. Pour into your prepared pan.
  5. Bake until a toothpick comes out clean, 30-45 minutes. Don’t over bake!
  6. Cool completely on a wire rack and store in an airtight container.


  • The baking time may vary depending on your oven and if you double the recipe. Be sure to check the doneness at the shorter baking time!
  • I used One Degree Sprouted Whole Wheat Flour.
  • I’ve never tried making this with pumpkin pie spice in place of the individual spices but it would probably work.
  • When I’ve added chocolate chips in the past, I actually prefer it without them. You get more of the pumpkin ginger flavor without the chocolate competing.
  • For the flour, you could likely use 3.5 cups of spelt or whole wheat pastry flour instead of the split ratio. I just never have. You could also use all-purpose flour for the full amount if you don’t have spelt or ww pastry flour on hand.
  • You can sub the coconut sugar for white cane sugar or a mixture of cane sugar and brown sugar.
  • This is also delicious topped with some powdered sugar sifted on top. You could also make a simple glaze using powdered sugar, a small amount of milk and a splash of vanilla to drizzle on top.


  • Serving Size: 1 slice
  • Calories: 213
  • Sugar: 25
  • Sodium: 274
  • Fat: 6
  • Saturated Fat: 4.3
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 38.4
  • Fiber: 2.2
  • Protein: 3.4
  • Cholesterol: 31

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How long is pumpkin bread good for?

It will be fine for 1-2 days at room temperature in an airtight container. I recommend putting it in the fridge after that, when it will store nicely for a week. It just may get a little drier, so add extra butter when you eat it. Problem solved.

It’s amazing when it’s fresh right out of the oven, warm with a little butter, but still fantastic as it cools. And it gets better after a day or two. My favorite time to eat it is the day-of when the crust is still slightly crunchy (it softens up after it’s stored). Just stick it in the fridge after 2-3 days.

How do you know when pumpkin bread is done?

You definitely don’t want to overbake this since it will dry out and may get a little crumbly. I recommend checking your loaf at 30 minutes with a toothpick. If a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with raw batter, it needs to cook longer. Check every 7 minutes or so since it can go from unbaked to overbaked very quickly. Once the toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean (a few crumbs on it are okay), you know your pumpkin bread is done!

So is pumpkin bread healthy?

This recipe is a little healthier than most recipes. Don’t get me wrong – the original version I got in a church cookbook over 15 years ago is GOOD. I tweaked this to be a little healthier since I eat a LOT of it in a short amount of time. To make it healthier, I  subbed some of the oil with applesauce. I also replaced some of the white, all-purpose flour with sprouted whole wheat flour.

If you don’t have applesauce, just replace that amount with oil. I prefer coconut oil since it’s a healthier oil, but you can also use canola oil.

And if you don’t have sprouted whole wheat flour, use whole wheat pastry flour. Or, just go wild and use the full amount of flour with all-purpose flour.

You can also use regular cane sugar instead of coconut sugar.

There, I basically told you the original recipe that’s a little less healthy.

Live a little. It’ll be fine!

Can you make this gluten-free?

I tried making this with a gluten-free flour blend once and I didn’t love it. The end result was gummy. But there are so many different gluten-free flour blends out there so some may be better than others! If you tried it with good results, let me know!

If you’re looking for a gluten-free quick bread that passes my test, try my Banana Blueberry Gluten-Free Quick Bread!


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  • Katie @ Healthy Heddleston

    Wow that pan leaves the bread looking gorgeous — LOVE!

  • christina

    It is definitely stuffing!!! Who dresses the bird?!?! So weird…omg and check out this site…it’s perfect for this post.

  • Jess @atasteofconfidence

    it’s definitely stuffing:)
    bread looks amazing

  • Angie @ Everyday Inspirations

    I’m sooooo making this. YUM! Love your cute Williams Sonoma pan! Your bread turned out great!

  • Matt

    Looks awesome! I would like some of that right now 😉

  • Megan (Running Foodie)

    What a great loaf pan! W&S always has the cutest stuff!

  • ashly

    i was already planning on making pumpkin bread tomorrow! I am switching to this recipe. It looks so so yummy. I’m gonna have to use all all-purpose flour though. You won’t catch me heading out in the snow with 3 kids just for different flour! Wish me luck!

    • Teri

      I don’t blame you. Snow + kids + driving is a bad idea. I hope you like it! Miss your face!

  • Maria @ Oh Healthy Day

    Oooh, that looks incredible. You can just see the moisture in the bread.

    I use dressing and stuffing interchangeably, regardless, they are never stuffed in my birds 🙂

  • Charliegirl

    yuummmm. warm with butter for breakfast…i can almost taste it!

  • Claire

    um bookmarked…beautiful and I am sure delicious!

    oh, and definitely stuffing…

  • Robyn

    My high school bio teacher once told me that a majority of food poisoning cases around the holidays come from poorly cooked-in-bird stuffing. Yuck.

    • Teri

      eeewwww! well, that’s good to know!

  • Katie

    I have a pumpkin gingerbread recipe that I made last year, but yours looks way better.

    Stuffing, dressing? Who cares. It’s awesome.

  • Ally

    Oh my yum. That looks so amazing! I must make this before the end of pumpkin season.

    Stuffing is my vote. Dressing is just kind of weird.

  • Mama Pea

    Okay, read my post and then tell me what you think of this:

    Pumpkin Gingerbread Bread Pudding.

    I’m rethinking Thanksgiving dessert.

    • Teri

      hahaha! So funny! I need to try yours now too.

      I think I might have to rethink my dessert too. Pumpkin Gingerbread Bread Pudding sounds amazing. Will you have a recipe created before Thursday? 😉

  • Lauren

    I think this is my favorite recipe too and I’ve never even made it. 😉

  • Jessica @ How Sweet

    I’ve never really been a fan of gingerbread, but I think that I would love this. Sounds delish girl!

  • Maddie (Healthy Maddie)

    Yum! I need to try this. I love pumpkin bread! I’ve always called it stuffing, I’ve actually never heard it called dressing.

  • Jenn @ Lean Body Pilates

    #1. I am making that bread this instant… It looks amazing!
    #2. I think it’s stuffing. However, I was talking to my mom yesterday and she called it dressing, which perplexed me as I don’t remember ever hearing that growing up… either way, hers is the best I have ever had.

  • Liz @ Blog is the New Black

    I was just looking for gingerbread recipes! 🙂 Thanks!

    Stuffing… of course… even if it’s not from a bird- WHY would it be called “dressing?” I never got that!

  • Michelle M

    We always call it stuffing, but I found this tidbit of info…
    “The term stuffing first appears in English print in 1538. After 1880, it seems the term stuffing did not appeal to the propriety of the Victorian upper crust, who began referring to it as dressing. Nowadays, the terms stuffing and dressing are used interchangeably, with stuffing being the term of preference in the South and East portions of the United States. “

    • Teri

      ooooh, interesting! that’s funny that “stuffing” wasn’t quite uppity enough and that’s why they changed the name.

  • Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun

    Pumpkin and gingerbread are my 2 favorite holiday flavors. This totally went in my to-make recipe folder. 😀

  • Jackie (ananda prana)

    That pan is so pretty!! Perfect holiday gift for someone who likes to bake 🙂

  • alana (at) the food

    gingerbread is the bomb.

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)

    that pan is AWESOME! such a beautiful creation 🙂

  • Damaris @Kitchen Corners

    Pumpkin plus ginger bread together rhymes with genius. I love your pretty pan.

  • Liz

    We always called it stuffing even when it wasn’t baked in a bird. But it’s really not disgusting when it is – it’s pretty delicious. But now I’m a vegetarian so I don’t roll that way anymore.

  • Courtney F

    That bread does look fabulous! I love the bread pan design!
    We have always had dressin'(no g required). =)

  • Lauren

    We definitely say stuffing at my house and it’s never been stuffed into anything but my stomach. That loaf pan is too cute and the bread looks to die for!

  • Ashley

    STUFFING!!! That bread looks awesome. Have you tried the baking spray with the flour in it? It works really well!! Although it looks like you had no problem with the release this time. 🙂 Hope you have an awesome Thanksgiving!! xo

  • Poppy @ From Fried Chicken to Tofu

    It’s totally dressing! Don’t ask me whay…it’s just what we alwasys called it at home growing up.

    Also, I’m with hubby…chocolate chips would be awesome in the mix!

  • Nichole

    Can this screen be scratch and sniff?! Turned out perfect. Move over Martha.

  • Krista (kristastes)

    Definitely stuffing 🙂 That loaf pattern is so darn cute!

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run]

    Recipe bookmarked – yum, girl, yummm!

  • Liz @ IHeartVegetables

    Woah, this looks SO good. And since I have no patience for bread that isn’t quick bread… this looks perfect 😉

  • Lauren

    Looks so good! I’ve always heard stuffing and never dressing.

  • Pure2raw Twins

    Wow, pumpkin gingerbread looks amazing!! I love both those flavors!!! This is really making me crave some pumpkin bread now 😉


  • Katie

    Nothing is better than pumpkin gingerbread…especially for breakfast…all toasted up with butter on it. Sigh. How delicious.

    My whole family says “dressing” – but I’m with you and say “stuffing” – even though it’s not stuffed into a bird. 🙂

  • Clare @ Fitting It All In

    Recipe looks fabulous! Love the healthy modifications:)

    And totally STUFFING. Dressing sounds too proper. This stuff is not proper.

  • Jessica

    I just made a chocolate chip banana gingerbread that was to-die-for! I know what you mean about too many flavors competing that it can take away from the overall taste but this was perfect! I bet I’d love your recipe too. Ginger is one of my favorite flavors!

  • dana @ my little celebration

    Yummers! The bread looks amazing! I have been trying to find a good pumpkin bread recipe to make for my husband and this just may be it.

    Thanks for sharing and Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run]

    my plan is to make this [in muffin form] as a fun and delicious break b/w studying for finals 🙂

  • Kathleen @ Kat's Health Corner

    Pumpkin Gingerbread — oh la la!!!! I love the one with the designs! SO PRETTY!

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run]

    I can’t wait to make this now that fall is approaching 🙂

  • Sarah

    I am allll into pumpkin gingerbread lately…. check out Angela’s recipe at …. her Pumpkin Gingerbread with Spiced Buttercream frosting is to DIE for. This recipe looks delish, but the blackstrap molasses and maple syrup in hers really makes that particular version SHINE! P.s. I’m not vegan so I included a regular egg instead of her chia egg.

  • Cassandra Marie

    What lovely recipe! I would love to make it but have a few questions… in Africa means I can not get some items. Could I use coconut oil work instead of applesauce? Apples are very $$$ out here. Also I can not get canned pumpkin but there are many pumpkins! Would homemade mashed pumpkin work just as well? Last question… would whole wheat flour work instead of whole wheat pastry flour? Thanks for your help. I would love to make this while living in Uganda.

    • Teri

      Yes, I think coconut oil would work. Any oil really. And definitely homemade mashed pumpkin would work. I’m just too lazy to do that! 🙂

      Whole wheat flour will work but it will be a little denser than with pastry flour. You could sub in some white flour in place of it to keep the texture more consistent.

      Good luck! let me know how it turns out!

  • Cassandra Marie

    Thanks Teri! I have some people staying with me next month(from South Sudan) and I will be making this for them. I will let you know how it turn out! My mouth is watering just thinking about it

  • Cassandra Marie

    I could not wait until June! Made it yesterday….and it is very YUMMY! A little dens but still very good. I’ll play with the flour rations again next time. Made enough homemade mashed pumpkin for two more batches… 🙂

  • Elizabeth

    I made two loaves today, cut the sugar by 1/2 cup (will do even less sugar next time) subbed the oil for more applesauce, and cut the water in half. I didn’t even pretend to measure my spices, I put in a good deal more than called for. Not very “ginger-y” but very, very good! I used pumpkin pie spice, ginger and cloves. Unfortunately, I sent the second loaf with my parents before I tasted my loaf. They wouldn’t have heard about it until they were back home after the holiday weekend… 3 hours away! I will be making this many times in the future! Only problem was it was kind of stick on the outside.
    Question: if I continue to cut the sugar, would I need to do anything else to get the quantities to balance?

  • Tanya

    I continue to make it a few dozen times per year ever since you first posted it. LOVE this recipe – thank you!

  • Kaitlin

    3 Cups of sugar seems like a lot. Have you tried replacing it or some of it with any other products? I know it makes 2 loaves, but all the other ingredients make it seem like it could be so much healthier.

  • Sharon Shropshire

    Your marathon times are fantastic!! Keep it up. I want to try this bread for a Fall celebration where I work. Sounds more healthy than most. I love a lot of spices and I think our clientele will go for it. Physical therapy clients, variety of age and socio economic people. Keep up with the recipes. I love these loaves too.

    Thank you!

  • Jenny

    You need to adjust the recipe, you only have ingredients for one loaf but in the instructions you say to grease two loaf pans and divide the batter. Luckily I caught it before I baked it when both pans looked super skimpy. It was delicious so I wish I had doubled it, next time!

    • Teri [a foodie stays fit]

      Thank you! I just updated it. I always double it which is why I had the double instructions first and then realized most people prefer to make just one loaf so I changed it. Thanks for catching that and letting me know!

      • Jenny

        Of course! I took a loaf to my Mom this morning and it was so good (she let me have an end piece bc Moms are the best, haha!) that I made another one tonight to take to my neighbors!