This rich, chocolaty, dense vegan gluten-free chocolate pumpkin bread that’s packed with chocolate chips and pumpkin spices will become a new favourite during the fall…and beyond!
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It’s a bit of an understatement to say that I love baking with pumpkin. Pumpkin adds a great texture to baked treats, and along with warm fall spices, the end result is a recipe you’ll want to make all the time (not just during fall).
And did you know that you can make your own pumpkin puree for all of your fall recipes? I make a batch each year as soon as the grocery stores start carrying pie pumpkins.
I had to use canned pumpkin for this recipe because I haven’t had the chance to make this year’s batch just yet, but no matter which kind you use, canned or homemade, your result is going to be a delicious chocolate treat that I hope you love as much as I do!
This chocolate pumpkin bread is a double chocolate recipe because of the cocoa powder AND chocolate chips in the batter.
But you can easily make it a triple chocolate treat by sprinkling some mini chocolate chips on the top before baking. It’s not necessary, but it will make your pumpkin chocolate bread it a little more chocolaty and perfect for those who can’t get enough chocolate.
Are you one of those people? I am 🙂 I always say that there’s nothing wrong with more chocolate. Ever!
This recipe will make you a chocolate pumpkin bread that’s rich and very chocolaty. It uses unsweetened cocoa powder and semi-sweet chocolate chips, so it’s not too sweet. The pumpkin spices are subtle but definitely there in the background, but the dominant flavour is the dark chocolate.
The texture is dense and firm, but be careful not to get excited to slice into it too early! You must let it fully cool before slicing, or it will crumble. It firms up as it cools. And be careful not too over bake.
Chocolate Pumpkin Bread Recipe FAQ
Can I use a different flour to make this recipe?
As mentioned in the recipe notes, there are many different gluten-free flour blends available at the grocery store. All of them use different ingredients and ratios, so results will vary if you substitute, they don’t all work the same and they all require a little experimentation to get recipes just right (even though some may say that you can use it as a 1 to 1 replacement for regular flour).
I have never used any other brand of flour to make this recipe (other than Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free All-Purpose Baking Flour with the red label, not the blue! See the proper flour in the link), so please know that your results may not be the same as mine if you use a different gluten-free flour blend.
If you’re not gluten-free, regular all-purpose flour will probably work, but you will likely need to add some more non-dairy milk to the batter than the recipe calls for. I have not tested with regular all-purpose flour to know how much, so proceed with caution because I cannot give you first hand instructions. And coconut flour will not work in this recipe.
Do I need to make any changes if I use homemade pumpkin puree instead of canned?
Homemade puree tends to be a little runnier than canned, unless you take some extra steps to remove the extra liquid. If your puree is on the runny side, cut back on the non-dairy milk by using only 1/4 cup.
What brands make vegan chocolate chips?
There are many vegan chocolate chip brands, but they may not be labelled as vegan or were not intended to be made vegan, they just happen to be. To figure out if a particular brand is vegan, be sure to read the ingredient list and look out for dairy ingredients.
All of Enjoy Life products are allergy-friendly and their chocolate chips are 100% vegan. You can find them at your grocery, health food store, or on Amazon. (I link to the chocolate chips in the ingredients list below.)
If you’re in Canada, President’s Choice decadent semi-sweet chocolate chips are also vegan and are very easy to find.
If you make this vegan gluten-free chocolate pumpkin bread, tell me about it in the comments below!
If you like this recipe, you may also like these:
- Chocolate Banana Cake
- Baked Pumpkin Doughnuts
- Vegan Chocolate Pumpkin Pie
- Mini Chocolate Chip Muffins
- Vegan Gluten Free Baked Chocolate Doughnuts
- Vegan Pumpkin Pasties
How to Make Vegan Gluten-Free Chocolate Pumpkin Bread