The BEST Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread

This Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread is a moist and tender quick bread, full of pumpkin flavor and spices. I can think of nothing better on a crisp fall morning!

pumpkin loaf half sliced on a white rectangular platter

I’ve been making this pumpkin bread for years now. My old neighbor Michelle gave us a loaf of it eons ago (before Celiac) and it was so good, I asked her for the recipe. It wasn’t originally gluten free, but I quickly transformed it into a gluten free quick bread so I could enjoy it again.

To be honest, I had never even tried pumpkin bread until I was in my mid to late 30’s. I don’t know what in the heck I was thinkin’ because I surely was missing out. Of all the quick breads, pumpkin has to be my absolute favorite. It’s so moist and dense, but the flavor is beyond anything you’d find in a typical loaf of, say, banana bread.

WHAT GOES INTO PUMPKIN BREAD?

picture of all ingredients needed to make pumpkin bread with labels.
  • Gluten free flour blend — I use my own Kim’s Gluten Free Flour Blend. A store bought blend should work in this recipe, but hasn’t been tested.
  • Pumpkin Puree — make sure to get actual pumpkin and not the pumpkin pie mix.
  • Vegetable oil — or any neutral oil, such as canola or safflower oil.
  • Eggs — for vegan, you could try an egg replacer, a flax egg, or even applesauce (you’ll have to experiment with the amounts as I haven’t done this before).

let’s make pumpkin bread

It’s so simple to make this bread, the whole thing can be in the oven in about 5 minutes with OR without a mixer.

  • Mix dry ingredients together.
  • Add pumpkin, water, oil, and eggs.
  • Beat until well combined.
  • Pour into pans.
  • Bake!
flat lay of half sliced loaf of pumpkin bread on white platter with pumpkin muffin alongside on white towel

GF pumpkin bread faq’s

How Many Loaves Does This Recipe Make?

This recipe makes 3 (yes, 3!) loaves of pumpkin bread! That’s a whole lotta bread, which can be frozen whole or cut into slices (wrap slices in plastic wrap and place in freezer ziptop bag).

Can I Make Muffins With This Recipe?

Yes! To make gluten free pumpkin muffins, line muffin pans with cupcake liners. Spoon batter into each muffin cup all the way to the top. Bake at 400 degrees F for 10 minutes. Lower the heat to 350 degrees F and continue baking for an additional 10-15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.

Should I Refrigerate Baked Pumpkin Bread?

Pumpkin bread will keep, well wrapped, at room temperature for 4-5 days. For longer storage, store in the freezer.

more pumpkin recipes to try

gluten free pumpkin muffins in gold wrappers and crumbs on white towel.

What’s a better way to usher in fall than with this gluten free pumpkin bread? It makes enough to fill your freezer for a quick to-go breakfast or snack and it’s so delicious, you’ll wish you had made it sooner!!

pumpkin loaf half sliced on a white rectangular platter

The BEST Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread

This gluten free pumpkin bread is the most tender quick bread, full of pumpkin flavor and spices. Toasted and spread with butter, I can think of nothing better on a crisp fall morning!
Print Recipe
Coursebread, Breakfast
CuisineAmerican
Keywordbread, Gluten Free, pumpkin
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time1 hour
Servings3 small (8.5 by 4 inch) loaves or 24 muffins
AuthorKim

Ingredients

  • cups (455 g) Kim's all purpose gluten free flour blend a store bought blend may be substituted, but hasn't been tested
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground cloves
  • tsp kosher salt
  • 2 cups (16 oz or 454 g) solid pack pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 cup (240 ml) vegetable or canola oil
  • 3 cups (600 g) granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup (180 ml) water
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Grease three small (8½ by 4½-inch) loaf pans (see notes below for muffins). Set aside.
  • Measure flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and all spices into a large bowl. Stir or whisk to blend.
  • Mix pumpkin puree, water, oil, and eggs in separate bowl and add to dry ingredients. Stir together until fully combined.
  • Pour batter into prepared pans. Bake for approximately one hour, or until toothpick inserted into center of loaves comes out fairly clean (a few moist crumbs is okay). Let cool in pans for 10 minutes and then turn out of pans and onto cooling racks to cool to warm or room temperature before serving.
  • For muffins, line muffin pans with liners and spoon batter all the way to the top of muffin liners. Bake at 400° F for 10 minutes, then reduce heat to 350° F and continue to bake for an additional 10 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean or with only a few moist crumbs attached. Cool in pans for 10 minutes and then turn out onto cooling rack to finish cooling.

Notes

*To freeze bread or muffins, freeze whole, wrapped in plastic wrap, or cut bread into slices and freeze slices wrapped in plastic.  Store in ziptop bag for about 2-3 months.  To thaw, remove as many slices (or muffins) as needed and leave on counter until completely thawed (still wrapped), about an hour.  OR, toast directly from frozen (may take a couple of cycles in a toaster).  


26 thoughts on “The BEST Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread”

    • Funny you should ask. I was just looking at the bananas getting too brown on my counter and thought I needed to make some banana bread! I do have a recipe, so I’ll try to get it up on the blog soon 🙂

      • YAY! I can’t wait, I will be on the lookout. I’m glad I asked. I have one recipe on another blog that I’ve been using which is good enough for being gluten free but you’ve blown me away with this pumpkin bread and so I would really like to try your banana bread recipe 🙂

  • Kim,

    Thanks so much for your website. I’ve been baking breads for a while and finally gave in to friends asking about gluten free baking. Your site made it easy to transition. People are quite pleased with the taste and texture.

    Thanks again!
    Dean

    • Thank YOU so much, Dean!!! You don’t know how much it means to me to hear about people enjoying my recipes! It makes my heart SO happy 😍

  • I’m looking for a banana bread recipe. Could I substitute mashed bananas for the pumpkin?
    I love your triple chocolate cake recipe! Thank you so much.

    • I’ve never tried it, but it’s a great idea! I’ve been searching for a really good banana bread recipe and can’t find one I like, so maybe I’ll have to do the same thing with my pumpkin bread. Thanks for the idea 🙂

      I’m so glad you like the triple chocolate cake! It’s one of my favorites 🙂

  • Hi 🙂

    Would your GF bread flour blend work in this? I ran out of the normal GF flour blend and found I had no dry milk powder in the house…

  • Kim, these were by far the best muffins ever!!! So moist and full of flavor. I almost felt like it was pumpkin cake. I shared some with my neighbors who are not GF and of course they had no idea, they just loved them. Next time I will put some cream cheese frosting.

  • Kim, I love your recipes! They really do bring back the foods I have been missing since having to go gluten free. Pumpkin bread is one of the treats that my mom always made around the holidays and now I have it back again. One of her other annual holiday treats was cranberry bread. I love the sweet tart flavor and the hint of orange flavor! I tried another blogger’s GF recipe and it was a gummy disappointment. If you could develop a GF cranberry bread recipe with the lovely tender crumb I remember, I would be so grateful! Thanks so much for your amazing work and recipes.

  • Hi Kim: this is the best, awesome recipe. Made at Christmas for family and friends twice, loafs and muffins and they freeze beautifully. Thank you once again for an amazing recipe, by far my favourite of the sweet bread recipes. Can’t wait to see what’s next, all your recipes are wonderful and delicious. Keep baking my friend, you’re the Bomb. 🦋

  • I made this using king Arthur gluten free, 3 extra large eggs instead of 4 large eggs, substituted allspice for pumpkin spice, one can of pumpkin instead of the 16oz substituting cream cheese for the extra once of pumpkin. It made two large loaves and turned out great. Not dry at all and the spice was the perfect amount.

  • Just made this Pumpkin bread and after my first bite was immediately transported back to Xmas in the USA….pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin pies and pumpkin bread! Thank you for this recipe I plan on using this regularly and my friends here in Australia will love it!

  • Have you ever made this recipe in a Bundt cake pan? Can the whole recipe fit in one “regular “ Bundt pan?

    • I haven’t, but I bet it would work beautifully. I’m not sure of the baking time, though. You’d need to monitor it. I’d probably start with checking at 45 minutes, but I’m sure that’ll be too short of a baking time. I’d keep checking at maybe 10-minute intervals after that.

  • This is truly the BEST gf pumpkin bread! I made one loaf and a dozen muffins from this recipe. My loaf was a standard loaf pan, so it took a few minutes longer to bake. I took the loaf to my Bible study brunch and none of the ladies could believe it was gluten free! It’s so delicious and has perfect crumb.

    I know I can depend on excellent results with your recipes. I also rely exclusively on your flour blends. They never let me down.

    Thank you so much for your hard work in developing these recipes and your generosity in sharing them!

    Deb

  • I finally made the pumpkin bread and it is yummy! I didn’t have all the components of your flour so I used what I had and I forgot to add the vanilla but it still came out great! I will save this recipe along with the others of yours that I have. I could have gone to the store today or waited till I went out again but I wanted it this afternoon. Lately when I get the desire to do or make something I have to jump on it. Thanks again for a great recipe.

    • Awe, so glad you liked it, Cyndi! I hear ya about jumping on it when you get the desire to bake. If I have to go to the store, chances are I won’t be baking that day either 🥰

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