Grandma’s Pumpkin Bread

I’m just going to put this out there.

My Grandma’s Pumpkin Bread recipe is the best pumpkin bread recipe in the world.

Yep, I said it…the world. Only heaven could have a better one.

Grandma's Pumpkin Bread Recipe | This is the best fall bread recipe and has been passed down for generations. I have made it a little more healthy than the original, but is just as moist and delicious. Add chocolate chips or an easy streusel topping to make it even more special. It also makes the most amazing muffins, just reduce the time! Homemade and simple never tasted so good! PS...Feel free to use all purpose flour or whole wheat!

Even the famous Starbucks recipe can’t compare to this sweet one passed down from my grandmother, then my mom, and now to me.

Over the years, though, I have made two slight “healthifying” changes:

  1. Reduced the sugar by 1 cup.
  2. Replaced the vegetable oil with coconut oil.

You know me, I just couldn’t bring myself to add the entire 3 cups of sugar (ahhh, that’s A LOT!) and vegetable oil (how do you get oil from vegetables?).

Grandma's Pumpkin Bread Recipe | This is the best fall bread recipe and has been passed down for generations. I have made it a little more healthy than the original, but is just as moist and delicious. Add chocolate chips or an easy streusel topping to make it even more special. It also makes the most amazing muffins, just reduce the time! Homemade and simple never tasted so good! PS...Feel free to use all purpose flour or whole wheat!

I can assure you, though, my mom has approved this recipe with her very discerning and all-knowing pumpkin bread palate.

If anything the bread tastes EVEN better by cutting back the sugar and using REAL oil.

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For as long as I can remember, my mom has baked this recipe each fall and during the holidays. Needless to say, this bread is well-known by her neighbors and friends.

Years ago, this was one of the first recipes I asked my mom for when baking treats for my own neighbors and coworkers.

Grandma's Pumpkin Bread Recipe | This is the best fall bread recipe and has been passed down for generations. I have made it a little more healthy than the original, but is just as moist and delicious. Add chocolate chips or an easy streusel topping to make it even more special. It also makes the most amazing muffins, just reduce the time! Homemade and simple never tasted so good! PS...Feel free to use all purpose flour or whole wheat!

The wonderful thing about this recipe is the ability to freeze the loaves and once thawed they taste just as fresh and soft as fresh baked. After allowing each loaf to cool, wrap each loaf in saran wrap and then put the wrapped loaves in a Ziploc gallon bag. For longer storage, I place them in your refrigerator for up to a 7-10 days or freezer for months.

When baking this fall recipe I prefer to use both my large loaf pans and smaller loaf pans.

The larger loaves are perfect sliced up for holiday breakfasts and the smaller loaves are wonderful to bless others with.

Grandma's Pumpkin Bread Recipe | This is the best fall bread recipe and has been passed down for generations. I have made it a little more healthy than the original, but is just as moist and delicious. Add chocolate chips or an easy streusel topping to make it even more special. It also makes the most amazing muffins, just reduce the time! Homemade and simple never tasted so good! PS...Feel free to use all purpose flour or whole wheat!

You can also bake this batter as muffins, just reduce your baking time.

At times I add chocolate chips to the batter or a streusel topping to make it extra special!

As a gift to me, your lovable foodie blogger, please make this memorable recipe WITH your family and FOR your family.

I assure you, it will become a family favorite and the memories made will be treasured for a lifetime. Trust me, I know.

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Ruth at Living Well Spending Less has graciously featured this amazing recipe on her blog! Be sure to check out her other simple recipes and practical solutions for everyday overwhelm. Thank you, Ruth!

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Grandma's Pumpkin Bread Recipe | This is the best fall bread recipe and has been passed down for generations. I have made it a little more healthy than the original, but is just as moist and delicious. Add chocolate chips or an easy streusel topping to make it even more special. It also makes the most amazing muffins, just reduce the time! Homemade and simple never tasted so good! PS...Feel free to use all purpose flour or whole wheat!

Sammi Ricke

About Sammi Ricke

Sammi Ricke is a talented cook with a knack for coming up with creative new ways to healthify recipes without sacrificing any of the flavor. Sammi has built a beautiful life with her high school sweetheart and enjoys her primary role as a stay-at-home mom to their two children. If Sammi's not in her kitchen, she's probably exploring a new hiking trail, enjoying coffee with a friend, or binge-watching the latest "Food Network" show on Netflix. Sammi's full Bio.

25 thoughts on “Grandma’s Pumpkin Bread

  1. I’d never even heard of pumpkin bread until I moved to California last year and now I love it… even though I think I’ve only had the Starbucks variety. I love that your recipe’s been handed down from your grandmother 🙂

    1. Kat!! What?? I am SO glad you have had pumpkin bread now. Goodness, would I even be who I am today without pumpkin bread?? I just don’t know. 😉 If you love the Starbucks version, you will LOVE this recipe. Thanks for stopping by and leaving your sweet comment. Happy Fall!

    1. Is there anything better in the fall?? Or anytime of the year? 😉 Seeing as pumpkin bread is your language, I know you will love this recipe! Thanks for stopping by, Bethany 🙂

    1. I like to think I am clever, Michelle. lol Thank you for the kind words! I know my grandmother would be proud of this slightly “healthified” recipe just as much as her original. Blessings to you!

  2. You know how much I love family recipes, Sammi, and I really like how you have adapted this one to make it healthier. Your Grandma’s Pumpkin Bread looks so delicious and I love how versatile it is as well. Thank you for sharing with us at the Hearth and Soul Link Party!

  3. Delicious! Sammi, you definitely did the right thing cutting the sugar to 2 cups. I probably would “healthify” it even further by cutting it back another 1/4 to 1/2 cup, but then, I’m pretty hard core! 😀 And I’m with you on the vegetable oil. That stuff is deadly. I sometimes use an organic cold-pressed canola, but non-organic canola is bad. And I’m not afraid of organic butter!

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