Peanut Butter Pumpkin Bread Recipe

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My husband brought this recipe home from the office more than 20 years ago. Each fall, I bake several of these lovely loaves to share with family and friends. Pumpkin and peanut butter are a unique, delicious combination.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 1 hour + cooling
MAKES:32 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 1 hour + cooling
MAKES: 32 servings


  • 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2/3 cup peanut butter

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 228 calories, 10g fat (2g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 223mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. In another bowl, combine the pumpkin, eggs, oil, water and peanut butter. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened.
  2. Pour into two greased 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pans. Bake at 350° for 60-70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Yield: 2 loaves (16 slices each).
Editor's Note: Six 5-3/4-in. x 3-in. x 2-in. loaf pans may be used; bake for 40-45 minutes.
Editor's Note: Reduced-fat peanut butter is not recommended for this recipe.
Originally published as Peanut Butter Pumpkin Bread in Best of Country Breads 2000, p35

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lvarner User ID: 35803 236292
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2015

"This is a great recipe! I love peanut butter and I also love pumpkin, so this was a wonderful combination for me. I like using chunky peanut butter for extra texture/crunch."

MarciaKiniry User ID: 4430083 234818
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2015

"I've been making this wonderful bread for over 30 years. The original recipe was in our newspaper. The only difference is folding in peanut butter chips instead of peanut butter. The pumpkin & peanut butter combo is a winner! I often make the small loaves for holiday gifts."

cast_iron_king User ID: 1236761 220011
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2015

"What a delicious and simple recipe! I admit I was dubious about the combination of pumpkin and peanut butter, but it turns out they combine beautifully to create a unique flavor that was gobbled up in two days at my house! I froze the second loaf and had a quick treat to thaw and serve when I had surprise guests later in the month. That loaf was gone in an hour! Thanks for sharing!"

MRPinter User ID: 2095996 36135
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2012

"Delicious! I made these several times last fall. The extra loaf freezes well. Today I made these and used a little Nutella in place of some of the kids loved it!"

cookdelite User ID: 3106967 47993
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2009

"I wondered how peanut butter would taste with pumpkin, so I gave this bread a try. It is absolutely delicious. The combination is a winner. The recipe makes 2 loaves, so I gave one to my sister and her family. She took it to work to eat for breakfast. I asked her 2 days later if she had tried the bread and she said it was already gone. I am going to make it again this week. Super easy recipe."

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