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Pumpkin Walnut Loaf

This easy recipe for a spiced Pumpkin Walnut Loaf made with canned pumpkin purée yields a super flavourful and moist pumpkin bread.

Plated slice of a Pumpkin Walnut Loaf

I look forward to making this beautifully golden Pumpkin Walnut Loaf every fall. The loaf always comes out tender and super moist. It's has become my family's favourite spiced pumpkin bread recipe.

Top view of a spiced pumpkin loaf.

Pumpkin Spice Loaf

Spiced with cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg, this bread is incredibly flavourful. Though the toasted walnuts are optional, they add great texture to the bread. Baking this pumpkin loaf will fill your home with the comforting aromas of fall spices.

Top view of a partially sliced pumpkin bread.

How to Make a Moist Loaf

Though the ingredient list seems long, this pumpkin walnut bread recipe is really easy to make and can be mixed by hand.

You'll notice in the ingredient list that I use both all-purpose and whole wheat pastry flour in this bread. But you can just use all-purpose flour if that's all you have available.

Ingredients Overview:

  • All purpose and whole wheat pastry flour (or more all-purpose flour)
  • Ground cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Granulated sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Vegetable oil
  • Eggs
  • Pure pumpkin purée. Make sure you purchase pumpkin purée and not pumpkin pie filling.
  • Walnuts, pecans, pumpkin seeds (pepitas) or chocolate chips. You can also leave the nuts out if you prefer a plain pumpkin loaf.
Images showing how to make a Pumpkin Walnut Loaf.

Steps Overview:

You'll need two bowls to make this loaf, one for the dry and the other for the wet ingredients. Combine all the dry ingredients into one bowl and whisk to blend the spices, baking soda and salt into the flour.

To combine the wet ingredients, add the sugars and eggs into another bowl and whisk until well combined. If your brown sugar has lumps in it make sure to break them up and whisk until no lumps of sugar remain. Add the pumpkin purée and oil and blend the ingredients thoroughly.

Pour the wet mixture into the dry and stir, until well combined, but avoid over stirring the batter. If adding walnuts, add them in now and give them a quick stir. If you don't have any walnuts, you can also use pecans.

See my note in the recipe card on how to toast walnuts. If you prefer to keep the loaf nut-free, you could add chocolate chips or just leave it plain.

Pour the batter into a well-greased and floured loaf pan, spread the top and bake in the oven for approximately one hour. You may want to tent your loaf partway through baking if you notice the top is getting too dark.

A slice of pumpkin bread on small white dish.

How to Serve

Serve this pumpkin bread at room temperature with a cup of coffee or tea. If you would like to add a glaze to this pumpkin nut bread you could use the glaze from this Mini Apple Spice Bundt Cakes recipe. The glaze will definitely transform this bread into a dessert.

Partially eaten slice of spiced pumpkin loaf.

How to Store this Loaf

This recipe makes one loaf. To store the loaf, let it cool completely before storing in an airtight container or sealable food storage bag.

To freeze the loaf, wrap it well, store it in a freezer bag and freeze it for up to three months. Defrost the loaf in the refrigerator overnight.

To serve, remove the bread from the refrigerator and let the loaf come to room temperature or if you're in a hurry you can warm slices of the loaf in a microwave.


More Delicious Pumpkin Recipes

Plated slice of a Pumpkin Walnut Loaf

Pumpkin Walnut Loaf

This Pumpkin Walnut Loaf is incredibly moist, scrumptious and so easy to make. Baking it will fill your home with the comforting aromas of fall spices.
4.72 from 7 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 298 kcal


For the loaves:

  • 1 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour or all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup packed light brown sugar
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup pure pumpkin purée
  • ¾ cup chopped toasted walnuts* optional


  • Position a rack in the center of the oven and pre-heat the oven to 350°F.
  • Grease and flour one 9x5x3- inch loaf pan.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flours, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  • In another bowl, beat the sugars and eggs until well combined.
  • Add the oil and pumpkin purée and blend well.
  • Add the pumpkin purée to the ingredients and stir just until evenly incorporated. If desired, add the toasted walnut pieces and stir to incorporate.
  • Pour the batter into the loaf pan and spread the top with a rubber spatula. Bake until the loaf is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the loaf comes out clean, about 60 to 65 minutes.
  • Cool loaf in the pan on a rack for 10 minutes and then turn the loaf out unto the wire rack to cool.


  1. Toasting the walnuts before adding them to the batter will enhance their flavour. You can toast walnuts in a 350ºF oven for about 10 minutes or until fragrant, let cool and chop coarsely.


Calories: 298kcalCarbohydrates: 39gProtein: 5gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 202mgPotassium: 138mgFiber: 3gSugar: 22gVitamin A: 3217IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 27mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Pumpkin Bread, Pumpkin Loaf, Pumpkin Walnut Loaf
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This Pumpkin Walnut Loaf post was originally published in October 2014. The post has been updated with new text, photos and the recipe has been simplified and modified to make one loaf instead of two.

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Tuesday 10th of October 2017

I bought a can of pumpkin purée to make your pumpkin scones (they were delicious!). I made two batches of scones with enough purée left over to make this pumpkin walnut loaf recipie. Omg so delicious and was super easy to make. I will definitely be making this again. Thanks for the great recipes.

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Wednesday 18th of October 2017

Don't you just love how much you can get out of those pumpkin puree cans! This is probably my all-time favourite pumpkin loaf recipe, it always comes out so delicious and I get so many compliments on it :)

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Thursday 4th of December 2014

I love that :)

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Thursday 4th of December 2014

That's wonderful :)

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