Pumpkin Spice Loaf

Pumpkin Spice Loaf

Pumpkin Spice Loaf is the perfect treat for fall, with the warm spices of cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg. The spices perfectly complement pumpkin, that classic symbol of fall.

Even though it’s hard to say goodbye to summer’s long lazy days of swimming, boating, and camping, fall is welcome, for me. It’s time to harvest the garden, cook up some soups and stews, and do some baking. I love the way this Pumpkin Spice Loaf makes the house smell while it’s in the oven.

Two baked pumpkin spice loaves in breadpans

Did You Know? Pumpkins Are a Fruit

Pumpkin, besides being a symbol of autumn, is also a tasty, useful, and nutritious fruit. Yes, they are fruit. Although we think of pumpkins, and use them as vegetables, they technically are a fruit, as are all squash and gourds.


Pumpkin Nutrition

With its bright orange colour, it goes without saying that pumpkin is loaded with carotenoids, which converts to Vitamin A in the body. One cup of cooked pumpkin contains 200% of your daily requirement for vitamin A. It’s also a great source of Vitamin C, E, and B Vitamins. Pumpkin is also really high in fibre, low in calories, and a rich source of minerals, including calcium, potassium, and phosphorus. So, we should all feel good about jumping on the pumpkin bandwagon this fall.

Two thick slices of pumpkin spice loaf stacked on a irregular shaped wood board

Canned VS Fresh Pumpkin

This moist and delicious pumpkin bread is super easy to make. I used canned pumpkin puree because it’s just 100% pure pumpkin. You could cook and puree your own pumpkin, and I think that would be awesome. I did that with this Jamaican Pumpkin Soup and this Roasted Pumpkin Hummus

For convenience, canned pumpkin puree works great. Just be sure to use pure pumpkin puree, and not pumpkin pie filling.


About this Pumpkin Spice Loaf

This delicious loaf has all the pumpkin, all the spice, plus, raisins, pecans, and pumpkin seeds, too. It’s absolutely yummy, and a perfect lunch box snack, tea time treat, or an anytime company shows up recipe to have on hand. This recipe makes two loaves. So you can freeze one for later, or you can have one for you, and one for a friend.

Four slices of pumpkin loaf, stacked

Some Fun Pumpkin Facts For You:

Did you know that pumpkins grow on every continent in the world, except Antarctica? Pumpkins can grow huge, which is why there are pumpkin growing contests at so many community fairs. The largest pumpkin on record was grown in Germany in 2016, and weighed over 2600 pounds! For even more fun pumpkin facts, visit Fun Facts About Pumpkins

Pumpkin Spice Loaf

Pumpkin Spice Loaf

This Pumpkin Spice Loaf is a perfect fall treat for packed lunches, after school snacks, or with coffee or tea.
4.95 from 19 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 20 mins
resting time 15 mins
Total Time 1 hr 35 mins
Course Quick Breads & Muffins
Cuisine Baking
Servings 18 servings
Calories 350 kcal



  • Heat oven to 350°
  • Coat two  9 x 5 loaf pans lightly with cooking spray
  • In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, and salt.
  • In another bowl, beat together butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until creamy. 
  • Gradually beat eggs into butter & sugar mixture until combined.
  • Add pumpkin puree to butter & sugar mixture, beating until combined.
  • Add half the flour and spice mixture to the butter/sugar/egg/pumpkin mixture, folding in until just combined.  Add the remaining half of the dry ingredients, folding in as above. 
  • Fold in 1 cup of the pecans and the raisins. 
  • Spread the batter evenly in the two loaf pans, smoothing the tops
  • Sprinkle remaining 1/4 cup of pecans and pumpkin seeds over the tops of the loaves.
  • Bake 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a loaf comes out clean.
  • Remove from oven and transfer to wire rack. 
  • Allow to cool 15 minutes before loosening sides of the loaves with a knife, then removing from pans
  • Return to wire racks and allow to cool completely before slicing.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 350kcalCarbohydrates: 48gProtein: 4gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 54mgSodium: 205mgPotassium: 165mgFiber: 2gSugar: 29gVitamin A: 4035IUVitamin C: 1.1mgCalcium: 47mgIron: 1.9mg
Keyword pecan pumpkin loaf, pumpkin, pumpkin bread, pumpkin loaf, pumpkin spice
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36 thoughts on “Pumpkin Spice Loaf

  1. I can’t seem to find the raisins in your ingredient list. Is it just me? You refer to them and the instructions say to fold in one cup of the pecans and raisins but no measurement for the raisins. Help.

    1. Hi Jane. You are so right, and thank you for bringing this to my attention. I somehow left out the raisins in my ingredient list. It’s fixed now, and I hope that you will still love this recipe. Thanks again ♥

  2. My fave part of fall is the baking too 🙂 What a great way to use canned pumpkin puree! This looks sooo delicious and healthy!!!

  3. I bake a lot with pure pumpkin year round, but especially this time of year. And of all the things I make with pumpkin, a pumpkin loaf is one of my faves. This one looks delicious Colleen! Pinning for sure!

  4. This is the time of year that I love baking with warm spices and your Pumpkin Spice Loaf is so timely, Colleen! I also love the fact that your recipe makes two loaves – how convenient. One to eat and one to freeze or share. Thanks so much for sharing! 🙂

    1. Hi Denise! I always like to make two of everything, one for us, and one for sharing or the freezer. It’s efficient, and plus we love this loaf, so we can’t have too much of it! Thanks for visiting, my friend!

  5. Look at the gorgeous crumb of that loaf! Perfectly moist, spiced, and with such a pretty color. Love it!

  6. Perfect recipe for upcoming fall season! Looks so decadent and divine ! Can’t wait to try it at our fall brunch on weekend !

  7. This sounds like the perfect way to welcome Fall! I love it when pumpkins are everywhere and the leaves turn colour. Lovely loaf 🙂

  8. I really love recipes from pumpkins. Good idea! Looks very tasty! I am going to make this! This recipe really impresses! I really like! Thank you.

  9. This sounds like such a perfect autumnal treat! I am loving all the pumpkin dishes right now; it is one of my favourite ingredients at this time of year!

  10. This loaf looks so delicious and I love the texture inside – so rich! Perfect for Halloween or for any other occasion for that matter 🙂

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