This Healthy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread is made with delicious homemade pumpkin puree, refined sugar free, vegan and gluten free! This bread is soft, decadent AND healthy!

This Healthy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread is made with delicious homemade pumpkin puree, refined sugar free, vegan and gluten free! This bread is soft, decadent AND healthy!

It’s September so you know what that means – all things pumpkin! Kidding (not really). Truthfully, pumpkin is something that’s had in my house year-round – it’s always in season so it’s not odd to see us having pumpkin soup in July (let’s just forget about the heat of outside). I’ve grown up loving pumpkin in anything, and so making this pumpkin bread was pretty exciting for me. Let me tell you: you’re going to love this healthy pumpkin chocolate chip bread. First things first, it’s actually healthy without tasting healthy (win win) and is SO good!  As if the pumpkin bread part itself wasn’t amazing alone, I went and added chocolate chips. Let’s get right into it, shall we?

This Healthy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread is made with delicious homemade pumpkin puree, refined sugar free, vegan and gluten free! This bread is soft, decadent AND healthy!

First, a joke. I made this bread three times. Now, coming from someone who has been baking for almost a decade, that’s never happened to me. I usually work with a recipe, try something out and it comes out great. Woohoo, confetti, slices of chocolate cake in celebration! Not this time. This was my first time experiment with gluten free flour, and I think that psyched me out to begin with. After the first attempt, with the bread doing absolutely nothing I was convinced I was a gluten free baker failure. After the second time, completely changing measurements and reading tons of useful guides, and the bread doing nothing…three things occurred to me:

1) If you can reach in and pick up the bread at “350 degrees Fahrenheit” it means your oven isn’t at 350 degrees…

2) Ensure your oven is working before you start to bake.

3) Maybe 3 years from now I will laugh at this. Maybe.

You see, this was the first time I was using my gas stove in over 6 months and maybe the gas had ran out. Folks, a word of advice, use a working oven. You’d think after years of baking, it would occur to me that after the first fail the oven wasn’t anywhere near hot! In fact the thermometer came back at 150 degrees F (if so much).

This Healthy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread is made with delicious homemade pumpkin puree, refined sugar free, vegan and gluten free! This bread is soft, decadent AND healthy!

Once the oven glitches were out of the way, the first time I properly baked this vegan pumpkin chocolate chip bread it came out perfectly. I’m kind of glad for the glitches because it made me realise gluten free baking is totally different from regular baking. You need a medium flour and a heavy flour and a starch (the baking powder has cornstarch) to help balance everything out so you have a loaf that is firm and light at the same time. Let’s talk about soft. I was afraid of this bread being dense but it was the opposite – it’s so soft and decadent!

Best part about this healthy pumpkin chocolate chip bread? It doesn’t taste “gluten free” or like anything different was done to it. Everyone in my family approved which is major coming from them. I know I’ll be making this bread again in the upcoming months but I’m thinking probably in the form of muffins. How awesome would those be?!

Part of switching to healthier baking is to show you all that you can still get delicious treats that are good for you, without sacrificing taste! Truthfully, you could have this bread for breakfast. At least, I may have had two slices for breakfast. Oops.

All in the name of pumpkin, right?
This Healthy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread is made with delicious homemade pumpkin puree, refined sugar free, vegan and gluten free! This bread is soft, decadent AND healthy!

P.S. Here are some of the items I used to make this recipe if you’d like to use them too:



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Healthy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread (Gluten Free & Vegan)

Healthy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread (Gluten Free & Vegan)

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Serves: 1 bread
Category: Desserts
  • 4.6 ounces brown rice flour
  • 4.4 ounces “sweet” sorghum flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (or 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon cardamom and 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg)
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons coconut milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips, tossed in 2 teaspoons sorghum flour
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a 9 x 5 loaf pan.
  • In a mixing bowl, mix all the dry ingredients and whisk together. In a standing mixer, mix the pumpkin puree, the coconut oil and the coconut milk until combined for about 2 minutes. Add in the vanilla extract.

  • Add the dry ingredients mix a cup at a time, working into the wet ingredients on a medium to low speed until it's all combined. Don't over mix - up to 2 minutes while using your spatula to scrape down is enough. The mixture won't be thin, and will be a little thick. Stir in the chocolate chips with a spatula.
  • "Pour" batter into the loaf pan. Bake for 45-50 minutes. The loaf is finished when a knife or tester comes out clean (except for maybe some chocolate on it).

It’s VERY important to weigh out your flour in gluten free baking so as to get accuracy! Please use a kitchen scale rather than a cup measurement to weight them out – gluten free flours do not weigh as much as gluten flours.


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Tags: coconut, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Fall, Gluten Free, Nut Free, pumpkin, Vegan, Winter coconut, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Fall, Gluten Free, Nut Free, pumpkin, Vegan, Winter
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  1. Joanne says:

    HA! Yes, I do think step 1 of baking is to start with a working oven LOL. I wish I could say I haven’t been there, but I have. And one time my parents had a similar experience on Thanksgiving. With a turkey in the very cold oven. Crazy.

    I’m so glad the loaf turned out in the end. I have to say, it looks gorgeous!

    • Jessica says:

      Oh GOSH I’m sure that turkey story made for some great jokes at least!! Thanks Joanne 🙂 all’s well that ends well haha.

  2. Oh gosh girl this bread doesn’t look once ounce vegan at all. It looks seriously fantastic. A must try!

  3. Monica says:

    It is definitely Fall time! Kudos on your commitment to this bread. I remember one holiday season when my oven was “going”…it would heat up way low and my food was messed up for weeks! It makes you appreciate when things are in working order. : ) Looking at this has convinced me to give pumpkin bread more attention. Looks great with the chocolate chips!

  4. yay! fall is here! This looks great Jessica! Your oven reminds me of my oven back in India..nothing would ever bake in that machine lol…beautiful pictures!

  5. Lol, Jess, this totally sounds like something that would happen to me! Good thing you figured out it was the oven instead of your amazing baking skills. There’s no way you’d fail at baking something! This loaf looks beautiful. I know people are bemoaning the fact that summer is coming to an end but I say, bring it on! I love fall and I can’t wait for all things pumpkin! I’ve been toying with the idea of going gluten free but I’m so intimidated. You’re making me feel like I could do it and still make yummy baked goods.

    • Jessica says:

      Aww thanks Nancy! You’re so kind. Haha I am so on bringing on fall too! Don’t be intimidated 🙂 after reading up a bit it really helps!

  6. This has made me So excited for pumpkin season.

  7. Woah, this is making me hungry right now. This looks seriously fantastic.

  8. This looks gorgeous Jessica – what a vibrant and beautiful color! Not to mention how healthy and good you made it! I need to try this soon 🙂 Especially with the stockpile of pumpkin that I have right now. Pinned 🙂

  9. One of the things I love about this time of the year is all the pumpkin recipes I get to drool over including this one. I cant wait tot see the muffins version.

  10. That looks so, so stunning! Yum!

  11. Jessica, this has got to be the most gorgeous loaf of pumpkin bread I’ve ever seen! I am loving the addition of chocolate chips (also loving the fact that we BOTH shared pumpkin ‘n’ choc recipes today!) and yes, I think I would eat this entire loaf for breakfast. 😀 Your photos are absolutely gorgeous too, girl! Pinned.

  12. Oh my goodness, I can’t believe your oven wasn’t working – what were you using the past 6 months?! I am all about gluten free pumpkin bread since I have a gluten allergy – looks delicious!

    • Jessica says:

      Haha I have two ovens! I used the gas stove for my bakery 🙂 and finally decided to revive it. Glad you like it Beth! Thanks!!

  13. Jessica, it is never too early for pumpkin… and you paired this bread with chocolate! Two of my fav. ingredients! Its beautiful! Way to go on trying gluten free! I haven’t ventured off yet… but am curious!

  14. Kelly says:

    Hehe so glad this bread turned out amazing after the oven glitch 🙂 It looks amazing! Love pumpkin all year round too and I am so excited that this is gluten free and vegan 🙂 Pinning and can’t wait to try it!

  15. Arpita@ The Gastronomic Bong says:

    Beautiful pictures Jessica!! The bread looks amazing.. Love the combination of chocolate chips and pumpkin.. amazing flavours 🙂

  16. It looks just gorgeous and so delish! I looove that you made it GF. I am a little scared to try gluten free myself, seems so scientific, LOL! You definitely succeeded much to the gluten free lovers delight!

  17. Glad you figured out it was your oven! and chocolate chips are always welcome in my book! this looks fabulous. . 3 times a charm!

  18. YUM Jessica and look at the crusty exterior on that bread and then all moist on the inside. YEs please! Love pumpkin season!

  19. Ashley says:

    Ha! Yes a working oven would help when baking 🙂 That’s too funny – and totally something I would do!

    This bread looks delish! I haven’t really started baking with pumpkin yet but I have busted out the apples! Yay fall!

  20. Prov31mom says:

    If I have an all purpose gluten free mix flour, how much would you think I would use for this recipe?

    • Jessica says:

      I can’t be 100% sure but I would say the same amount in weight using a kitchen scale so 10 ounces.

  21. Kristal says:

    I am trying more vegan, but I’m not gluten free. Can I use my regular whole wheat pastry flour?

  22. vi cki says:

    Will this work as mini muffins?

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Vicki,

      Yes it will. I made them as muffins but for mini you’d have to adjust the time greatly probably to about 8-12 minutes and keep an eye on it.

  23. Mary says:

    Looks yummy

  24. Julia says:

    Just made it with gluten-free flour instead of brown rice flour (everything else was kept the same)… delicious!!! Thank you 🙂

    • Jessica says:

      Awesome!! Thanks for letting me know Julia and I’m so glad that it turned out well!

  25. Arica says:

    Just baked this tonight, and I was a little nervous because the mixture was VERY thick. I added a little more coconut milk, and the mix was still more like dough. HOWEVER, I just had a piece and it was absolutely delicious!! A little toasty on the outside and moist on the inside. I love it. It’s on the crumbly side, but it’s still super good. Thanks so much for the recipe!

  26. Baby June says:

    Mmmm that looks amazing! Especially with chocolate chips. It’s like a linear correlation between chocolate chip content and awesomeness in breads like this 🙂 Since this is vegan, I’ll have to try it sometime! 😀

  27. Silwin says:

    Pumpkin Chocolate. never thought they went together. gonna try it and let you know.

  28. Geiberuam says:

    A nice recipe! Thank you!!!

    For german people:
    4,4 ounces -> 125 g
    4,6 ounces -> 130 g

  29. Geiberuam says:

    350°F -> 175°C

  30. lindsay says:

    can i make this into bundt cake instead of bread?????

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Lindsay,

      I haven’t tried that, and it isn’t a very solid bread so I’m not sure you should. If you do try it I would love to know!

  31. Renee says:

    Wow! That’s some good-looking pumpkin bread! In fact, I am going to lunch at a friend’s house tomorrow and would like to take this along. I don’t have an issue with gluten, so can I make this with regular flour, or with a single flour instead of the combination?

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Thanks so much Renee! If you don’t have an issue with gluten you should be able to sub this recipe with regular all purpose flour. I hope this helps! Thanks so much for reading!

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