Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bundt Bread

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chocolate chip pumpkin bundt bread

chocolate chip pumpkin bundt breadI don’t know about you, but when my kids come home from school, they are HUNGRY! The first words out of their mouths are, “hi mom, what’s for snack?” I get it, they’re growing fast, had lunch a couple of hours ago and so they need some fuel, and they need it NOW!  When Zoe gets home and smells something baking in the oven, she does her leap of joy and yells a big “Yippee!”  It doesn’t get any better than that.

Here’s a great fall afternoon snack, or anytime of the year snack.  It almost qualifies as a dessert, because it’s that yummy.  I serve this up for the kids with a tall glass of milk, and after its devoured, I get that sigh of contentment and the rubbing of the belly!

I made a few variations to the original recipe to make it healthier. The original recipe called for 1/2 cup of vegetable oil. I’ve replaced that with 1/4 virgin coconut oil and 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce. I’ve also tried it using 1/4 cup vegetable oil and 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce. I’ve also added in 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt at times to give it a bit more moisture. All 3 variations have been wonderful,  so play with this bread and make it your own, and let me know your favorite way to enjoy it!  chocolate chip pumpkin bundt bread

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bundt Bread:

Note: If you want to add a bit more moisture to this bread, then you can add in 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt to the wet ingredients.
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree – my favorite brand is Farmers Organic Pumpkin and I love that the cans are BPA free.  
  • 1/4 cup fresh-pressed virgin coconut oil, in liquid form
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce 
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine kosher salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips – I used Ghirardelli 60% cacao chips

Note:  If you’re not a fan of coconut oil, then you can use 1/2 cup vegetable oil,  just make sure to omit the applesauce in the recipe. You can also use 1/4 cup vegetable oil and 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce.

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and grease up a Bundt pan.  I always use a paper towel and some room temp butter to grease up my Bundt pan.  Make sure that you grease the pan up along edges and middle.

ingredients for chocolate chip pumpkin Bundt breadMeasure out an overflowing 1/4 cup of coconut oil using a dry measuring cup.  Add the solid coconut oil to a small pan and turn the heat to simmer.  Simmer the oil, using a spatula to stir it occasionally, until it melts.  Pour the coconut oil into a glass measuring cup just to make sure that you have 1/4 cup.

Set it aside to cool a bit.  It won’t have to cool too much as it won’t be that hot.

melting coconut oilWhisk together the 1 cup pumpkin puree, 1/4 cup coconut oil, 1/4 cup applesauce, 2 large eggs, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon allspice and the 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice until well combined.Whisk together the 1 1/2 cups flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon baking soda until combined.

Add in the 1 cup of chocolate chips and give it another stir. Using a spatula or wooden spoon mix the dry into the wet until JUST combined. Spoon into the Bundt pan and even out slightly using a spatula.  Give the bundt pan a slam on the counter to release any trapped air and to help the batter get a bit more even. Bake until a toothpick comes out clean, about 42-46 minutes.  Different ovens have different baking times, so the baking time is just an estimate here.

Baking tip: It’s hard to give an exact cooking time when it comes to baking because every oven, pan and even geographic locations, can command a slightly different cooking time. A great way to know when a cake is done, is to do the finger test as well as the standard toothpick test. To do the finger test, press your finger down gently in the middle of the cake, if it’s done, it should puff back up automatically on it own. If it stays dented, then the cake is not ready to come out yet. Also, a cake tester or toothpick inserted in the center should come out clean as well.Cool briefly and turn out onto a plate or rack.Enjoy this as a snack with a tall glass of milk, some tea or coffee, or add some vanilla ice cream and have it for dessert.

chocolate chip pumpkin bundt bread

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Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bundt Bread
 
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If you want to add a bit more moisture to this bread, then you can add in ¼ cup plain Greek yogurt to the wet ingredients. Note: If you're not a fan of coconut oil, then you can use ½ cup vegetable oil, just make sure to omit the applesauce in the recipe. You can also use ¼ cup vegetable oil and ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce.
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Recipe type: cake
Cuisine: pumpkin
Ingredients
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree - My favorite brand is Farmers Organic Pumpkin and I love that the cans are BPA free.
  • ¼ cup fresh-pressed extra virgin coconut oil, in liquid form
  • ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon fine kosher salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips - I used Ghirardelli 60% cacao chips
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and grease up a Bundt pan. I always use a paper towel and some room temp butter to grease up my Bundt pan. Make sure that you grease the pan up along edges and middle.
  2. Measure out an overflowing ¼ cup of coconut oil using a dry measuring cup. Add the solid coconut oil to a small pan and turn the heat to simmer. Simmer the oil, using a spatula to stir it occasionally, until it melts. Pour the coconut oil into a glass measuring cup just to make sure that you have ¼ cup.
  3. Set it aside to cool a bit. It won't have to cool too much as it won't be that hot.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk together the 1 cup pumpkin puree, ¼ cup coconut oil, ¼ cup applesauce, 2 large eggs, ¼ teaspoon nutmeg, ¼ teaspoon cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon allspice and the ¼ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice until well combined.
  5. In another bowl, whisk together the 1½ cups flour, ½ teaspoon salt, 1 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon baking soda until combined.
  6. Add in the 1 cup of chocolate chips and give it another stir.
  7. Using a spatula or wooden spoon, mix the dry into the wet until JUST combined.
  8. Spoon into the Bundt pan and even out slightly using a spatula. Give the bundt pan a slam on the counter to release any trapped air and to help the batter get a bit more even.
  9. Bake until a toothpick comes out clean, about 42-50 minutes. Different ovens have different baking times, so the baking time is just an estimate here.
  10. Baking tip: It’s hard to give an exact cooking time when it comes to baking because every oven, pan and even geographic locations, can command a slightly different cooking time. A great way to know when a cake is done, is to do the finger test as well as the standard toothpick test. To do the finger test, press your finger down gently in the middle of the cake, if it’s done, it should puff back up automatically on it own. If it stays dented, then the cake is not ready to come out yet. Also, a cake tester or toothpick inserted in the center should come out clean as well.
  11. Cool briefly and turn out onto a plate or rack.
  12. Enjoy this as a snack with a tall glass of milk, some tea or coffee, or add some vanilla ice cream and have it for dessert.

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  1. Nancy

    I am amazed to see how long ago this recipe was posted–I have been making it, frequently, since you shared it. I have a piece of this and a spoonful of almond butter all the time for breakfast. In fact, I often make multiple batches of the dry ingredients and freeze them, to save time when I’m ready to bake.

    I don’t use the chips though–I don’t love chocolate and pumpkin, and basically I just think this is so delicious the chips aren’t necessary. I do the version with apple sauce and vegetable oil, and I always use the yogurt. I also make it with white whole wheat flour, with no issues.

    The only downside, for me, was the bundt pan, because it had to be washed by hand. So I switched to a loaf pan (and bake longer). It doesn’t look as nice, but since I usually cut this up before I freeze individual pieces anyway, that’s not much of a concern. And I can put my loaf pan in the dishwasher. :-)

    Anyway, thanks so much for this recipe–one of my all-time favorites.

  2. Shana

    I made this last night and was very pleased!! Turned out just like the pictures and tasted great!! Thank you for the recipe, it’s definitely going in the books. :)

  3. Lisa

    These are so great! I followed your recipe exactly, with the addition of suggested yogurt and an extra 1/4 tsp of cinnamon since I was out of oumpkin pie spice. As I didn’t have a bundt pan (where did that pesky pan get to?) I cooked it in an oblong pan for 40 min and it turned out great. Preschool party hack: I covered the still warm cake with the rest of the dark chocolate chips leftover from the 12 oz bag, waited 4 minutes, then spread gently across cake/bread for a perfect quick easy frosting. Cut them into 1″ squares and they were devoured by kids and adults! Thank you for another great recipe!

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      jackiegrandy

      Awesome Lisa! What a great idea to spread the chocolate chips across the bundt cake! I’m so going to do that next time. This is still one of our favorite fall (or anytime of year cakes). It’s just easy and tasty! I’m glad to hear that everyone enjoyed it! Thanks for letting me know! Have a blissful week girl! xoxo, Jacquelyn

  4. beth

    Jackie, We love this bread! Was there an earlier version of the recipe? I don’t recognize some of the ingredients — but I could just be loosing my mind!
    Thanks for your blog!

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      jackiegrandy

      Hi Beth! Yes, it’s totally the same recipe! I just updated it and used a combination of coconut oil and applesauce in lieu of the vegetable oil. I had a few readers who wanted to know if it would taste the same made with coconut oil or half applesauce and either coconut oil or vegetable, so I tired it all 3 ways and it works. Ok, hopefully I’m not confusing you anymore. Basically , if you want to make the same recipe you’ve been making, then ignore the 1/4 applesauce and coconut oil and just use 1/2 cup vegetable oil. I will try to clarify it in the recipe! Thanks for letting me know that it was a bit confusing. I’m glad you love the bread :) xoxo, Jackie

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      jackiegrandy

      Hi Hillary. You can use a regular old cake pan, you just have to adjust the cooking time as it will take less time to bake. I had a reader use a cake pan and it seemed to work perfectly for her. She just cooked the cake for a shorter period of time. You could also try this trick that I saw on the Kitchn. The batter for this cake is thick, so it could work.http://www.thekitchn.com/kitchen-hack-diy-tube-pan-104312 Let me know what you end up using and how the cake turns out for you! xoxo, Jackie

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  7. Leslie

    Hi Jackie,

    Have you ever made your own pumpkin puree? I just made some and used some in my normal pumpkin bread recipe. The puree is not a thick as what is in a can, so I was thinking about adding some applesauce to the puree? What do you think?
    Hope you are having a good Saturday, it is a beautiful fall day here in Virginia!
    Leslie

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      jackiegrandy

      Hi Leslie! No, I haven’t tried that yet, but want to at some point. I hear the homemade stuff is the best! Maybe you just need to drain off some of the liquid from the puree. I would try straining it through a cheesecloth or over a fine mesh strainer to get rid of some of the liquid and see if that thickens it up first! Let me know if that helps! It’s a gorgeous fall day here as well and I’m eating lunch in between the kid’s soccer games. I hope your bread turns out amazing! xoxo, Jackie

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      jackiegrandy

      Hi Hillary! They’re mine as well, and I found myself eating a bunch yesterday as I updated the recipe for this bread. I wanted to try it using coconut oil! I love the way it came out! xoxo, Jackie

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  11. Cathy Camacho

    Jackie, I have made this recipe a handful of times since you first posted and have to say, it is delicious! I have made when family has come to town and it is a hit. Especially over Thanksgiving, when the dessert of choice with one family member was a piece of this instead of pumpkin pie or carmel pie. One thing I do, though is double the pumpkin, makes for a very moist and dense flavor. LOVE!

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      jackiegrandy

      Hi Cathy! So good to hear from you! Ilse told me you made the bread a couple of times. I love your addition of doubling up the pumpkin. I’m so going to do that next. My friend Averie tweaked this recipe as well, and I made it with her tweaks but have yet to post it. She made it moister by adding Greek yogurt and decedent by adding chocolate gnache to the top! So good, and it takes the bread from an afternoon snack to a dessert.
      Glad to hear it was a hit with your family! I hope to see you out and about Marin soon :)

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