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Pumpkin Chocolate Loaf

These tender chocolate loaves with hints of pumpkin and spice have been a favorite of mine for years. Slice them up for snack time or dessert. —Kathy Gardner, Rockville, Maryland
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 55 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    3 loaves


  • 3-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 to 1-1/4 teaspoons ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 can (29 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
  • 1-1/4 cups canola oil
  • 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips


  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. In another large bowl, whisk the eggs, pumpkin, oil, chocolate and vanilla. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in chips.
  • Transfer to three greased 9x5-in. loaf pans. Bake at 350° for 55-65 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Wrap and freeze for up to 6 months.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 190 calories, 9g fat (2g saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 125mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 2g fiber), 2g protein.

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  • MomDawn
    Dec 26, 2020

    Moist and delicious with chocolate and fall spices. I make this for gifting, if it makes it out the door. It's been a favorite with all my kids through the years (just getting around to reviewing it); they'll eat it for breakfast (if I let them), snack, and dessert. Three full size loaves, four smaller loaves, or six to eight mini loaves.

  • Elaine
    Dec 18, 2018

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  • MarineMom_texas
    Apr 16, 2014

    I just made these loaves this afternoon and they are absolutely delicious. They are easy to prepare but you do need a large bowl to mix it in. My husband has already eaten two big pieces but I love having two more loaves to pop in the freezer for later. I will be making this recipe again and again. Definitely a five star recipe.

    Aug 10, 2013

    My family loves this recipe it makes such a wonderful smell in the house while baking. One year I made mini loaves and gave them as gifts for our siblings.

  • VictoriaElaine
    May 9, 2013

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  • mm-mm
    Dec 10, 2012

    I made these loaves for Thanksgiving, and they were such a hit that several of my guests were already reserving slices to take home for later. I added walnuts and served some plain and some with a buttermilk glaze on top, and they were all devoured. They were so thoroughly enjoyed that I've already been given "hints" on what I should give as Christmas gifts this year! I will definitely be making these many more times.

  • MRPinter
    Oct 26, 2011

    My husband and (picky) kids loved this. You can taste both the chocolate and the pumpkin but neither taste overpowers the other. Next time I'm going to try adding walnuts in place of the chocolate chips to see if it's just as delicious that way.

  • nrctermite
    Nov 22, 2010

    I make these loaves and give them out and freeze some so I have plenty. They make a great snack.

  • sNic23
    Dec 22, 2009

    Excellent! The whole house smells wonderful when this is baking and we can hardly wait for it to cool enough to slice. Tons of flavor. Thanks!

  • victoriatrank
    Dec 6, 2009

    Simply Awesome ! We baked this last year and passed out during the season. Instead of 3 regular size pans we used the smaller loaf pans and it works out perfect to pass around.