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Delicious Pumpkin Bread Recipe

Delicious Pumpkin Bread Recipe

An enticing aroma wafts through my house when this tender cake-like pumpkin bread is in the oven. I bake extra loaves to give as holiday gifts. My friends wait eagerly for it every year. —Linda Burnett, Prescott, Arizona
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 50 min. + cooling YIELD:40 servings


  • 5 large eggs
  • 1-1/4 cups canola oil
  • 1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 packages (3 ounces each) cook-and-serve vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • 1. In a large bowl, beat the eggs. Add oil and pumpkin; beat until smooth. Combine remaining ingredients; gradually beat into pumpkin mixture.
  • 2. Pour batter into five greased 5-3/4x3x2-in. loaf pans. Bake at 325° for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
    Freeze option: Securely wrap and freeze cooled loaves in plastic and foil. To use, thaw at room temperature. Yield: 5 mini loaves (8 slices each).

Recipe Note

Editor's Note: Bread may also be baked in two greased 8x4x2-in. loaf pans for 75-80 minutes.

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 150 calories, 8g fat (1g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 96mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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amehart User ID: 1464390 273159
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2017

"My family loved this simple and delicious bread! It was so moist, smelled heavenly as it was baking, and lends itself to your own creativity. I made as the recipe stated, but read some others comments about adding chocolate chips and other things - anything you wanted would work well with this recipe. I had some leftover rum glaze from another recipe and put some of that on a few pieces and it was over-the-top good! Great recipe and one I will make often especially this Fall."

gray1fox User ID: 1127472 272846
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2017

"The pudding makes this so moist. It doesn't last long"

missteddybear User ID: 8940173 257523
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2016

"for those of you wondering about the pudding, the ingredients state COOK AND SERVE PUDDING. :)"

1fudge User ID: 4629597 257035
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2016

"The family enjoys this pumpkin bread. Delicious. I hope someone can tell me what I'm doing wrong. Part of the bottom sticks to the pan. I grease the pan entirely. Should I dust it with flour as well?"

sd20 User ID: 5560294 256728
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2016

"I am sorry to have to write this but I agree with another reviewer (darcydo) on this one. Didn't smell good or taste good. My husband thought it was okay but definitely didn't care for me to make again. Glad so many others on this site enjoyed it though."

NicolasFamily User ID: 6015753 256026
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2016

"LOVED this pumpkin bread!! It was so easy! Instead of 1 tsp of cinnamon I used 2 teaspoons of cinnamon and 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice. I also added 1 teaspoon of vanilla and 1 1/2 cups of mini chocolate chips. I mixed all the dry ingredients in one bowl and once my eggs, pumpkin, & oil were mixed well, I gradually added the dry ingredients - once incorporated, I folded in the mini choc chips. I did use the vanilla cook and serve pudding and everything else in the ingredient list. It filled 3 of the 8x4 foil loaf pans. I baked them all at 325 on an airbake cookie sheet (I was afraid the bottoms would burn if I didn't use a cookie sheet.) It took 65 minutes. I'm definitely making this recipe again - oh my it was sooo good!!"

sstetzel User ID: 158954 256005
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2016

"Hi Wendy,

We prefer you stick to the recipe as written for the best results.
Sue Stetzel
Taste of Home Magazine"

Wendy User ID: 1320705 255950
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2016

"I have a question: I've read all the reviews and noticed that some say cook-and -serve pudding (as does the actual recipe) and others say instant pudding. Could someone clarify which pudding is best? Thank you!"

Grammy Debbie User ID: 30612 255862
Reviewed Oct. 24, 2016

"What a wonderful pumpkin bread recipe. I've made it twice now and didn't change a thing except the second time I made it, I used one package of butterscotch cook and serve pudding and one package of vanilla cook and serve pudding. Both versions are absolutely delicious and so moist! I do, however, get only two loaves from this recipe, but they are full-size loaves, not mini-sized. As mentioned, it does freeze very well."

dmkinsey User ID: 5897555 255373
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2016 Edited Oct. 27, 2016

"Very good, and very easy to make! My family liked this bread a lot. I also added three teaspoons of cinnamon, as suggested by another reviewer."

ebohuch User ID: 8820941 255194
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2016

"I've made this recipe twice now, and the only adjustment I've made is to add three teaspoons of ground cinnamon instead of one teaspoon. I love how quickly it comes together."

mammybsix User ID: 8354858 246419
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2016

"Absolutely delicious, gave as treats to friends and had nothing but rave reviews. Delicious thanks for recipe"

semoore User ID: 2098741 244607
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2016

"easy and tastes excellent."

aintsusie User ID: 4608091 244354
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2016

"I have made this many times because it is the best.

I got it from one of my many Taste of Home books."

Jellybug User ID: 53068 236279
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2015

"I have made this amazing loaf several times, even gave them as gifts. This bread is more cake than bread...I substituted butterscotch pudding for the vanilla and it was amazing. I served it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side."

Wilberst User ID: 3298387 235127
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2015

"So good! I doubled the cinnamon, but might try pumpkin pie spice next time."

nikkilovesrick User ID: 8524206 232225
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2015

"Absolutely delicious! I make 2 batches every autumn for my family and coworkers. Once in a while I'll add a half of mashed banana for a extra pop of flavor."

conniecoe User ID: 2385566 220543
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2015

"I make this all the time now. Everyone that I give it to loves it as well!"

susandale1037 User ID: 5853001 24940
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2014

"Try this recipe. You won't be sorry. quick, easy and delicious. Added a couple of handfuls of raisins this time. Thought they may sink to the bottom because the batter is so cakelike, but they didn't. I still prefer it plain."

Staci M.L. User ID: 5600595 78929
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2014

"I have this recipe almost memorized. Whenever I make it for a brunch or occasion I have to bake 2. My family wants to have theirs and I never bring home leftovers. Very simple, moist, and delicious. I love it."

LizF1528 User ID: 8048317 48796
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2014

"Very moist and delicious. I added pecans and my husband loved it"

darcydo User ID: 4632603 45375
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2014

"I followed the recipe to a "T" and this was the worst pumpkin bread I've ever tasted. It smelled weird in the oven and tasted exactly how it smelled and left a terrible after taste. My husband liked it though. I now have my usual pumpkin bread smells wonderful."

scotland1 User ID: 1426757 45368
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2014

"Made the delicious loaf. Very moist. Will make it again in a few weeks for our Church Christmas Bazaar."

Shadow6843 User ID: 8029242 24895
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2014

"Best pumpkin bread ever!!! Yes you do use cook and serve pudding!"

gordgirl User ID: 1123899 44458
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2014

"Although it sounds delish I haven't made it but have a question. Is the pudding cook-and-serve correct. Recipes usually use instant pudding. Thank you for your response."

sugarpie68 User ID: 1146476 25889
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2014

"I've been making this since it was first published in the magazine. We absolutely love this pumpkin bread!"

Imbugaboo User ID: 977897 49911
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2014

"5 love it! Been making this recipe for many years and have not found any better recipes for pumpkin bread!"

AmyE007 User ID: 6828226 22949
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2013

"Delicious....everyone liked it. 5 mini loaves go pretty fast."

lurky27 User ID: 1251896 45349
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2013

"This is indeed a delicious pumpkin bread! Great with whole wheat flour.

~ Theresa"

lurky27 User ID: 1251896 48795
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2013

"Delicious! Great with whole wheat flour.

~ Theresa"

mcsparky48 User ID: 4148222 49874
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2013

"i have been making this since it was first published by Taste of Home. i have tried others but none can compare to this one. when i make this i never have enough ! this is perfection!!!"

dkorgeron User ID: 3414124 21184
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2013

"Great bread....I have been making this for ten years!"

Julisking User ID: 6997730 45347
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2013

"Absolutely moist! My moms bible study group raved about them"

weirich User ID: 4203270 50623
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2013

"I transformed some of the ingredients for the pumpkin bread. 1/2 white & 1/2 whole wheat flour, splenda & sugar blend mix and fat free instant vanilla pudding. The bread turned out great! I have renamed the recipe to: healthy & Delicious Pumpkin bread. Also, I added 1/2 tsp of pumpkin spice to up the flavor. This is a keeper."

weirich User ID: 4203270 50550
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2013

"Has anyone tried to make this a diabetic friendly recipe? Like 1/2 whole wheat & 1/2 white flour with a sugar and splenda blend and fat free pudding? Will that work? I am going to try."

shereeder User ID: 1853566 202489
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2013 Edited Oct. 8, 2014

"This is an awesome bread. Make it on a yearly basis as mini loaves. Goes over great at bake sales. Love the use of pudding for flavor. Also have been making it since it first appeared in TOH."

zoey5552 User ID: 6256946 21183
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2013

"I have to try this! I make goodies for Christmas and pumpkin bread but this sounds delicious. Never thought of vanilla pudding mix! Can't wait to try it for Christmas gifts this year!"

Shines22 User ID: 7427494 44456
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2013

"Has anyone made this as muffins? Mini-muffins? If so, how long did they bake? We love this recipe for bread, but muffins would easier to pack in lunches."

Tina306 User ID: 5298296 52055
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2012

"This is the easiest and tastiest pumpkin bread I have ever made. I made it with high school students for a coffee shop class and it was a huge hit! It's fantastic."

debdemarino User ID: 2640148 50545
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2012

"I have been making this recipe for probably over 10 years now. Everyone loves it and I have given the recipe to many people, who then make it one of their family favorites as well. It is very moist and just the right flavors."

riverwindham User ID: 4105491 49860
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2012

"i have a question about this recipe are we to use the sugar free pudding or the one with sugar i think it is the one with the sugar that box says 3 oz please someone help me with this as i am making this bread for4 a family that don't hardly have enough money to buy food. thanks"

lasamons User ID: 959408 202488
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2012

"I have made this several times. It is delicious!"

darlenemt08 User ID: 345156 24894
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2012

"LOVE this recipe! My pudding mixes tend to expire sometimes since I don't use them up fast enough. So, even shortly after the expiration date, I use my puddings to get rid of them in various baking recipes. Found this recipe and was quite excited that it uses the cook & serve puddings which I feel is harder to find recipes that uses them. I like using only cinnamon in this instead of having to use a variety of certain spices, like other recipes. It's an easy recipe. The flavor is GREAT! Somebody else mentioned using the coconut flavor. I will have to try it. I'll look at the other cook & serve flavors to see what else there is that I might like to try."

mmartiam User ID: 1411306 202487
Reviewed Jun. 5, 2012 Edited Nov. 4, 2015

"A real family favorite. it's the most flavorful, moist pumpkin bread I've ever had. And it freezes really well. And it's lactose free. I make 3 or 4 batches a year."

carolsue071 User ID: 2618788 50462
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2011

"I have a question about the recipe. I tried this recipe but my bread did not raise. Is their suppose to have baking powder also in this recipe.?"

TheDix User ID: 607421 20523
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2011

"I made this after taking a break from making it for a few years. The baking aroma is wonderful, a tasty holiday treat."

hannahm User ID: 3161671 20510
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2011

"Add coconut pudding instead of vanilla tastes great. This is a keeper"

lhcount User ID: 3466321 21174
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2011

"I make this every year for Thanksgiving. It is the BEST pumpkin bread recipe!"

orthoRN User ID: 863367 44453
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2011

"I have been making this recipe ever since I found it in quick Cooking and everyone lives it."

kristials User ID: 3583335 16173
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2011

"This bread is so yummy!!! I can't wait to make more!"

CindyS1127 User ID: 5475016 202486
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2011

"I have been making this recipe for years, my family always loved it. My daughter & sons now make this for their families."

sbander813 User ID: 1087515 21199
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2011

"I have been using this pumpkin bread recipe for years ... it is the best ever!"

GoodEats69 User ID: 4223087 21195
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2011

"This is a crowd-pleaser! Everywhere I bring this to share I get requests for the recipe. I have to make it to share or give away because my family loves it so much we'll devour it!"

Bonnie46 User ID: 756874 48791
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2010

"This is delicious pumpkin bread! Love it!"

cecelia74 User ID: 1629230 44449
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2010

"I found this recipe about 6 years ago and just love it. I make it every year and have given it as gifts several times."

daleandjo User ID: 5060445 44443
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2010 Edited Oct. 27, 2016

"I agree, this is a great recipe. I have also made it using bananas instead of pumpkin and it's very moist and tasty. I used 5 bananas and an extra 1/2 cup flour."

amanhal4 User ID: 5505336 78926
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2010

"Best ever. I have made this so many times i have lost count. Family can't wait until October when this recipe comes out for the season. This is a recipe i will pass down forever. People i know that hate pumpkin LOVE this bread."

lkw11 User ID: 4208344 52054
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2010

"made this receipe and friends and family raved over it. I added half cup of chopped walnuts and substituted 1 cup of brown sugar and 1 cup granulated sugar came out very good."

mstoni User ID: 4205221 49854
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2010

"This is the best ever. I make this all the time. It's a family/friend fav. Never have leftovers."

GoodEats69 User ID: 4223087 202485
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2010

"I make it time and again, and I always get requests for the recipe. This is truly a delicious bread (dessert bread) and a crowd pleaser. Makes a great gift!"

CherGrubbs User ID: 4405635 21194
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2009

"I've made this recipe 3 times since finding it at Thanksgiving. I only use 1 1/4 to 1/1/3 C. of sugar, and half the oil with the rest substituted by applesauce. Add a cup of chocolate chips, and viola! The easiest, best pumpkin muffins, mini-loaves, full-sized loaves you've every made."

wlkrajenka User ID: 1871924 47268
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2009

"I have been making this for several years! I get asked for the recipe everytime. The only thing I add is 1 cup of chocolate chips."

dlindenf User ID: 4192917 25884
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2009

"This bread was so moist- just like my mom's banana bread, but pumpkin! Will definitely be making this recipe again!! Delicious!"

chunkyandfunky User ID: 2518781 49853
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2009

"I've made this again and again. It's my favorite pumpkin bread recipe because it's simple and makes a great gift. The bread is also deliciously moist and I enjoy eating it plain."

darlenemt08 User ID: 345156 22947
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2008

"I like making recipes with pudding mixes in them, whether instant or cook-&-serve. I found this recipe when I was looking for pumpkin bread recipes. I make half a recipe at a time and make it into 3 mini loaves. I've noticed that for the first 1 - 3 days, the bread is light & fluffy inside. If it sets a day or two longer, it's not that way anymore. The bread tastes really GREAT! My sister & I love it with store-bought cream cheese frosting. Then again, so does our 3 small dogs. LOL I made this recipe for Thanksgiving and again for Christmas but I didn't have any cream cheese frosting this time though. It's worth making and giving away as gifts."

bluegrassmom User ID: 1930295 78924
Reviewed Jul. 11, 2008 Edited Oct. 27, 2016

"I have been making this since the recipe first came out in the early to mid 90's. Has ALWAYS been a big hit and a family favorite. Is a staple during our Holiday meals. Have actually had family members hide the leftovers from each other so they can have it all to themselves!"

MuchTrouble User ID: 2913012 50461
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2008

"This does sound delicious.  Thanks so much."

DENA2 User ID: 9856 22943
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2008

"I put this in my recipe box plus some more."

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