Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

It’s officially fall when you’ve made your first loaf of pumpkin bread!  I’ve made a lot of pumpkin bread recipes over the years and this Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread is my absolute favorite.  It uses 1 whole can of pumpkin, it makes 2 loaves, and it’s got some healthier ingredients in it, but you would never know it!  This pumpkin bread recipe includes a small container of yogurt, but you can also use sour cream or even apple sauce if you don’t have yogurt in your fridge.  It also uses both all purpose and a little whole wheat flour.  I love the combination, but you can just use all-purpose if you prefer.  It’s incredibly soft and fluffy, even after cooling completely, and I can pretty much guarantee you’ll love it.  

Pumpkin Bread on Platter

How do you make Pumpkin Bread?

These are ingredients I pretty much always have on hand.  If I don’t have vanilla yogurt, I’ve even used lemon, orange, plain, banana or honey flavored.  It can be low-fat, high-fat, greek, whatever. As I mentioned before, you could also sub sour cream here.  The yogurt adds moisture that creates a really soft texture, without using too much oil. 

Pumpkin Bread Ingredients

Another little secret in this recipe is some whole wheat flour.  It adds some fiber and creates some depth to the flavor.  I’ve also skipped that plenty of times and just used all purpose flour and it’s fantastic as well.

whole wheat flour in mixing bowl

How do you keep chocolate chips from sinking in pumpkin bread?

TIP: If you’ve ever made quick breads (or muffins or cakes) with chocolate chips, you know they have a tendency to sink.  Before you add your dry ingredients to your batter, take a small spoonful and toss it with your chocolate chips. Then gently fold them into your batter.  The flour mixture helps keep them suspended in the batter so you’ll have pieces of chocolate throughout!

chocolate chips in pumpkin batter

What topping can I use for my Pumpkin Bread?

You don’t need any topping on this bread because it’s so good as-is.  But just a little tip for any quick bread: sprinkle on 1-2 tablespoons of additional brown sugar on top, and a few extra chocolate chips in this case for an extra yummy top.

Pumpkin Bread Topping

How many loaves does this recipe make?

I love that this recipe makes 2 loaves.  Most often I make 1 large loaf and 2 mini loaves.  TIP: I like to sling parchment paper as seen below for easy removal. 

mini loaf of pumpkin bread

Bake it up and let it cool a bit before digging in. It’s SO soft that it will probably fall apart on you if you try to pull it out while it’s still hot!

baked pumpkin bread

This bread is amazing even the next day, and it will stay nice and soft.

sliced pumpkin bread

The chocolate bites make it extra decadent.  You might have noticed I used both regular and mini chocolate chips.  TIP: If I’m just using regular size chips, I like to run a knife over them and chop them just roughly.  I like how the little slivers of chocolate then disperse throughout the bread.  So great!

Sliced Pumpkin Bread

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

5 from 6 votes
Perfectly moist pumpkin bread with all of the spices of autumn. Studded with creamy morsels of chocolate, this is the ultimate pumpkin bread!


  • 2 cups all purpose flour lightly spooned into measuring cup and leveled
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour free to sub all purpose flour, lightly spooned into measuring cup and leveled
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 6 ounce container vanilla yogurt
  • 3 eggs slightly beaten
  • 15 ounce can pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chocolate chips plus a few extra for the top of loaves


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 2 9x5 (or similar sized) loaf pans with nonstick spray and set aside.
  • Combine flours (after you put your flour in the bowl, just grab a teaspoon or two of it and toss with chocolate chips), cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Whisk gently to combine and set aside.
  • In a separate mixing bowl combine brown sugar and white sugar and whisk to combine, breaking up any clumps of brown sugar. Add yogurt, eggs, pumpkin, oil, and vanilla extract and whisk until smooth.
  • Slowly add dry ingredients to wet and mix together, being careful to not over mix. When combined, gently stir in chocolate chips. Divide batter between loaf pans and sprinkle a few extra chocolate chips on top. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until a skewer comes out with a few crumbs attached. All ovens are different, I would set your timer for about 45 minutes and keep an eye on it after that. Don't overbake!
  • Let cool for 10 minutes and then run a sharp knife around edge of pan and remove loaves from pan.


Great Tips

  • Don't get into it when it's still piping hot, or else it will fall apart. Wait until it's just warm - with a little bit of melted butter on top, it's like heaven!
  • A lot of times when you add chocolate chips to breads, cakes, and muffins, you're bread will bake up beautifully and all of the chips will sink to the bottom. To combat that problem, here's an easy fix: just toss a little of your flour in with your chips first. Once they're coated, the flour helps suspend them in your batter.
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Questions & Reviews

  1. 5 stars
    I have been making pumpkin bread using this recipe since 2015. My family, friends and I love it! Love the yogurt in recipe as it makes it moist. I never made pumpkin bread until I tried this recipe, now my granddaughter wants me to make it just for her.

  2. 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious! I used the applesauce I had on hand because I didn’t have any yogurt and it worked beautifully. Thank you for such a delicious recipe!

  3. How long do you bake the mini loaves? I imagine not as long as the large loaf…thanks!

  4. This is the best pumpkin bread ever!!! I was skeptical with the whole wheat…but it was amazing! I didn’t have chocolate chips so I put white chocolate chips on top with the brown sugar topping and it was UNREAL!!!