If you love pumpkin, you will love this recipe; it’s a Fall favorite and goes great with just about any dish. It’s delicious with butter and a hot cup of coffee! 

Pumpkin Bread - The Southern Lady Cooks

Pumpkin is one of the things we love during the Fall season. If you do too, you will have to try this Pumpkin Pecan Coffee Cake or Pumpkin Nut Cake


We love this recipe because we love pumpkin and this is a quick bread recipe. Perfect to make as a gift during the holiday season and great addition to any Fall gathering. Once the weather starts to change this bread is one that we love to make.  

This bread isn’t overly sweet, which is one of the reasons why we love it. It has a pumpkin flavor but it isn’t overwhelming. This is why we think it’s delicious with butter, it’s a perfect addition. 


All Purpose Flour – This recipe only uses 2 cups of flour. 

Spices – Many spices that you find in a pumpkin bread, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. 

White  Sugar – Can’t forget the sugar! 

Pumpkin – 100% pure pumpkin, we use the canned version. DO NOT buy the pumpkin MIX they are not the same.  

Eggs – This recipe calls for 2 eggs. 

Cooking Oil – We use olive oil. 

Pecans – these are optional. 


I’m not sure of certain swaps in this bread, but I always get asked if they can substitute sweet potato for pumpkin. I see no reason why you couldn’t but I haven’t made it that way. You can always adjust the spices to your liking.


This pumpkin bread is easy to make since you are really just combining all the ingredients. It’s super simple and not yeast bread so saves a lot of time. 


Step 1
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray 9X5 loaf pan with cooking spray.  Mix pumpkin, oil, sugar and eggs. Combine the rest of the ingredients and stir into the pumpkin mixture until well blended.

Step 2
Combine the rest of the ingredients and stir into the pumpkin mixture until well blended.

Step 3
Bake for 45 minutes or until it test done. Let sit for 10 minutes in the pan and remove.

Pumpkin Bread - The Southern Lady Cooks


Be sure you get the 100% pumpkin and not the pumpkin pie mix. There is a difference and it’s easy to grab the wrong can. Be sure and test this bread for doneness so you don’t over bake it.


We only put the pecans on the top of the bread, but you can easily add some to the bread. I also think a powdered glaze would be delicious too. You could also add chocolate chips, craisins or nuts to this bread if you wanted to switch things up. 


This bread goes great with any breakfast or brunch meal. We love it with this delicious Hashbrown and Sausage Casserole. This Cheesy Sausage Quiche is wonderful too. 


Can I use sweet potato instead?

I’ve never made it that way but see no reason why you couldn’t.

Is this bread heavy or light?

This bread has more of a dense texture.

Pumpkin Bread - The Southern Lady Cooks


I slice this and keep it in an airtight cotainer. I like to heat it up for about 10 seconds in the microwave and serve with butter.  

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Pumpkin Bread

This is a great recipe and one you’ll make over and over again.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Course bread
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings


  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cups real pumpkin i use canned
  • 1/2 cup cooking oil I use Olive
  • 1 1/3 cups white sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoons ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup of pecans, chopped optional


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Spray a 9×5 loaf pan with cooking spray. Mix pumpkin, oil, sugar and eggs. Combine rest of ingredients and stir into pumpkin mixture until well blended. 
  • Top loaf with pecans or you can fold them into mixture. (optional)
  • Bake 45 minutes to 1 hour. Let sit 10 minutes and remove from pan.


Top of loaf should spring back when pressed. Can add nuts, raisins or mini chocolate chips.
Keyword Pumpkin Bread
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