Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread Recipe: The Ultimate Gluten-Free Autumn Comfort 

 Last Update December 11, 2023

By Jenny Zhang

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As the vibrant colors of autumn paint the world around us and the crisp air fills our lungs, there's no better time to indulge in the delightful flavors of the season. And what better way to celebrate the arrival of fall than by sinking your teeth into a warm, moist slice of gluten-free pumpkin bread?

Pumpkin bread, with its rich aroma and comforting taste, has become a beloved treat for many during this time of year. But for those who follow a gluten-free lifestyle, enjoying the heavenly blend of pumpkin, spices, and moist bread can sometimes be a challenge. Fear not, because today we're going to share with you an incredible gluten-free pumpkin bread recipe that will have you savoring the flavors of autumn without compromising on taste or texture.

Whether you have celiac disease, gluten sensitivity, or simply want to explore new and delicious recipes, this gluten-free pumpkin bread will leave you feeling satisfied and craving for more. In this blog post, we'll guide you through the step-by-step process of creating a mouthwatering gluten-free, healthy pumpkin bread that is not only easy to make but also yields outstanding results. We'll also share some handy tips and tricks to ensure your bread always comes out perfectly. This healthy and easy-to-make pumpkin bread recipe may become your favorite pumpkin bread recipe and one of your favorite gluten-free pumpkin recipes.

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bread Recipe

Prep Time
10 minutes

Cook Time
50 minutes

Rest Time
10 minutes

Total Time
70 minutes

  • Cooking Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American
  • Servings: 12
  • Calories: 113
  • Courses: Breakfast, Dessert
  • Best Season: Fall

Ingredients

  • 2 cups All purpose gluten-free flour
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup avocado oil
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds (optional)

Directions

1. To begin, preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Prepare a loaf pan by either greasing it or lining it with parchment paper for effortless removal.

2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the pumpkin puree, avocado oil, and maple syrup. Stir until well combined and smooth. Incorporate the oat flour, pumpkin spice, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into the same bowl. Stir all the ingredients together until a thick and smooth batter forms.

3. To enhance the indulgence and texture, delicately incorporate the chocolate chips into the batter. Additionally, sprinkle and place chocolate chips and pumpkin seeds on top, gently pressing them into the batter.

4. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan, ensuring an even surface. Transfer the pan to the preheated oven and bake for around 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center emerges clean.

5. After baking, take out the pumpkin bread from the oven and allow it to cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Then, carefully transfer it to a wire rack for complete cooling before slicing. The delightful anticipation will be rewarded as you indulge in the impeccable combination of flavors and textures.

gluten free pumpkin bread

Notes

Don't overmix the batter: When combining the wet and dry ingredients, mix them until they are just incorporated. Be cautious not to overmix, as excessive mixing can result in dense and tough bread.

Allow the bread to cool completely: It's tempting to dig into the warm bread right out of the oven, but allowing it to cool completely on a wire rack will help it set and develop the best texture.

Measure ingredients accurately: Be sure to measure gluten-free flour, baking soda, baking powder, and all the other ingredients accurately using measuring cups or a kitchen scale. This will ensure the right balance of flavors and textures.

Nutritional Facts

Nutrition Facts

Servings: 12


Calories

113


% Daily Value*


Total Fat 1.7g

2%


Saturated Fat 0.3g

1%


Cholesterol 0mg

0%


Sodium 105mg

5%


Total Carbohydrate 23.1g

8%


Dietary Fiber 3g

11%


Total Sugars 5.9g



Protein 2.4g



Vitamin D 0mcg

0%


Calcium 32mg

2%


Iron 1mg

3%


Potassium 133mg

3%


*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.


What Ingredients You Will Need To Make A Gluten Free Pumpkin Loaf

All Purpose Gluten Free Flour

All-purpose gluten-free flour is a specially formulated blend of various gluten-free flour and starches. It is designed to mimic the properties of wheat flour, making it a versatile option for gluten-free baking. The specific ingredients can vary depending on the brand, but common components include rice flour, tapioca flour/starch, potato starch, and sometimes xanthan gum or other binders.

If all-purpose gluten-free is unavailable, you can use a gluten-free flour blend or other gluten-free flour like almond flour, rice flour, or a gluten-free all-purpose flour blend.

Pumpkin puree

Pumpkin puree is the key ingredient that imparts the bread with its distinctive pumpkin flavor and moistness. It contributes natural sweetness and a lovely orange hue. Ensure that you use pure pumpkin puree without any added sugars or spices for the best results.

You should also be using pumpkin puree and not pumpkin pie filling. Avoid using pumpkin pie filling as it contains added sugar and spices. If pumpkin puree is unavailable, you can use mashed cooked sweet potato or butternut squash as a substitute.

Avocado oil

Avocado oil contributes to the moisture and richness of the bread. It also adds a subtle buttery flavor. If you don't have avocado oil, you can use melted coconut oil or another neutral-flavored oil like vegetable or canola oil.

Maple syrup

Maple syrup provides natural sweetness and a hint of caramel flavor. It complements the pumpkin and spices beautifully. If maple syrup is not on hand, you can substitute it with an equal amount of honey, date sugar, agave nectar, or other granulated sugar.

Pumpkin pie spice

Pumpkin pie spice consists of a harmonious blend of warm spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves. It imparts the signature autumn flavor to the bread. If you don't have pumpkin spice readily available, you can make your own pumpkin pie spice by combining equal parts cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Customize the proportions according to your personal taste preference.

Baking soda

Baking soda serves as a leavening agent, aiding the bread in rising and imparting a delightfully light texture. It reacts with acidic ingredients (such as pumpkin puree) to create carbon dioxide bubbles, resulting in a fluffy texture.

Baking Powder

Baking powder acts as a leavening agent, assisting the bread in achieving a rise and resulting in a light and fluffy texture.

Salt

Salt elevates the flavors within the bread and harmonizes the sweetness. It is a crucial ingredient for overall taste. If you prefer to reduce sodium, you can use a smaller amount of salt or omit it, but it may slightly affect the flavor.

Chocolate chips

Chocolate chips add a delightful touch of indulgence and bursts of chocolate flavor throughout the bread. They are optional and can be excluded if desired. Some of the chocolate choices you can include into the recipe includes chopped dark chocolate, mini chocolate chips, or dairy-free chocolate chips.

Pumpkin seeds

Pumpkin seeds provide a pleasant crunch and nutty flavor. They also add visual appeal to the bread. In case you don't have pumpkin seeds, you can utilize other chopped nuts, such as walnuts or pecans, to achieve a comparable texture and taste.

How To Elevate This Recipe

Streusel Topping

Add a delicious crumbly streusel topping to the bread for an extra layer of texture and flavor. Combine gluten-free oats, almond flour, brown sugar, or coconut sugar, and a pinch of cinnamon. Thoroughly mix these ingredients together to create the streusel mixture. Sprinkle the streusel generously over the batter prior to baking.

Cream Cheese Swirl

Achieve a marbled effect by gently swirling a cream cheese mixture into the bread batter. Mix softened cream cheese, a touch of sweetener (such as maple syrup or honey), and a splash of vanilla extract in a separate bowl. Place spoonfuls of the cream cheese mixture onto the batter and delicately swirl them using a toothpick or knife.

Citrus Zest

Infuse the batter with a burst of freshness by adding citrus zest. Grate the zest of an orange or a lemon and fold it into the wet ingredients before combining with the dry ingredients. The citrus zest will complement the pumpkin and spices beautifully.

Nutty Variation

Enhance the nutty flavor by toasting the pumpkin seeds or other nuts before incorporating them into the bread. Simply spread them on a baking sheet and toast in the oven at 350°F (175°C) for a few minutes until fragrant. Ensure the ingredients have cooled down before incorporating them into the batter.

Spiced Glaze

Drizzle a spiced glaze over the cooled bread for an extra touch of sweetness. Mix together powdered sugar, a splash of milk (dairy or plant-based), a pinch of pumpkin spice, and a dash of vanilla extract. Adjust the consistency by adding more powdered sugar or milk as needed. Gently drizzle the glaze over the bread and allow it to set before slicing.

Nut Butter Swirl

Create a marbled effect by swirling a spoonful or two of your favorite nut butter into the batter. To achieve a marbled effect, place dollops of nut butter on top of the batter and gently swirl it using a toothpick or knife.

Add Dried Fruit

Introduce chewy and sweet dried fruits like cranberries, raisins, or chopped dates into the batter. Fold them in gently before pouring the batter into the loaf pan.

Pumpkin Spice Whipped Cream

Serve the delicious pumpkin bread with a dollop of pumpkin spice-infused whipped cream. Whip together heavy cream (or coconut cream for a dairy-free option), a touch of sweetener, and a sprinkle of pumpkin spice until soft peaks form. Serve each slice with a generous dollop on the side.

How to store leftover pumpkin bread

After baking, allow the pumpkin bread to cool completely on a wire rack before proceeding with storage. Once the bread has cooled down, wrap it tightly with plastic wrap or place it in an airtight container. This helps seal in moisture and prevent the bread from drying out. If you intend to consume the pumpkin bread within a few days, you can store it at room temperature. Ensure it is kept in a cool, dry location away from direct sunlight or sources of heat.

To prolong the shelf life of the pumpkin bread, refrigeration is recommended. Simply place the wrapped or containerized bread in the refrigerator to maintain its freshness for approximately 5-7 days. The cool temperature of the refrigerator aids in inhibiting the growth of mold or bacteria.

If you have more leftover pumpkin bread than you can consume within a week, freezing is a great option. For individual slices or the entire loaf, tightly wrap them in plastic wrap first, followed by a layer of aluminum foil, or alternatively, place them in a freezer-safe container. Frozen pumpkin bread can be stored for up to 2-3 months.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How can I make gluten-free pumpkin bread moist and tender? 

To make gluten-free pumpkin bread moist and tender, adding moisture ingredients is important. This can be achieved by using ingredients such as pumpkin puree, oil (like avocado oil or coconut oil), applesauce, yogurt, or buttermilk. Also, avoid overmixing the batter, leading to a dense texture.

How can I prevent gluten-free pumpkin bread from being dense or gummy? 

Gluten-free flours lack the structure and elasticity provided by gluten in wheat flour, which can result in denser or gummier textures. To help prevent this, ensure you are using a good gluten-free flour blend that is specifically formulated for baking. Enhance the texture by incorporating binding agents like xanthan gum or psyllium husk powder. It is important to follow the recipe instructions carefully and avoid overmixing the batter.

Can I add mix-ins like chocolate chips, nuts, or dried fruits to gluten-free pumpkin bread?

Certainly! Feel free to incorporate mix-ins such as chocolate chips, nuts, or dried fruits into your gluten-free pumpkin bread. These additions can add flavor, texture, and variety to the bread. Just ensure that any mix-ins you use are gluten-free if you're following a strict gluten-free diet.

How do I know when gluten-free pumpkin bread is done baking?

The best way to determine if gluten-free pumpkin bread is done baking is to use a toothpick or cake tester. Insert the toothpick into the center of the bread; if it emerges clean or with a few moist crumbs clinging to it, it indicates that the bread is fully cooked. Baking times may vary, so following the recipe guidelines and keeping an eye on the bread as it bakes is important.


Jenny passionately advocates a holistic and natural approach to health and well-being. She has a Bachelor of Science degree and years of working in food sciences, specializing in organic & natural products. She is committed to helping others embrace a balanced, natural lifestyle that fosters well-being. Jenny believes that a harmonious balance between nutrition, fitness, and mindfulness is the key to unlocking the full potential of one’s well-being.