A simpler chocolate chip pumpkin bread spiced only with pumpkin and cinnamon, but also loaded with chocolate chips and a layer of cinnamon sugar in the middle and on top.
Because this pumpkin bread is relatively simple, what makes it stand out is the combination of the pumpkin and the chocolate chips. I kept the spices simple adding only cinnamon. When I make it, I often think this is so good it doesn’t need the chocolate chips, but before I can finish the thought, I think, oh but the chocolate chips are soo good.
I tried a few different variations of this recipe, but it turns out that the best variation comes from modeling it after my banana bread recipe which I have honed over several years. It keeps the recipe simple, not too many ingredients, not too much butter, and not overly sweet. Though, this one with the chocolate chips and extra cinnamon sugar layer is certainly sweeter and more dessert like than the banana bread.
- It is important to use high quality cinnamon. Generally, I’m not that picky about store bought spices, except when it comes to cinnamon. I buy organic cinnamon from Whole Foods, usually Ceylon Cinnamon. Its more expensive, but definitely worth it.
- I use Nestle Semi-sweet chocolate chips. Some recipes on this site call for Ghirardelli or Guittard chocolate, but in this case Nestle will work just fine.
Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Pumpkin Bread
- ½ cup butter, softened
- ½ cup plus ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1½ cups flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp plus ½ tbsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 350° F.
- Butter and flour a loaf pan.
- Using a beater cream the butter and ½ cup sugar together. Add the pumpkin puree, eggs and vanilla and beat until combined. Then with a spoon (not a beater) mix in the flour, baking soda, 1 tsp cinnamon, and salt until just combined. Add the chocolate chips and stir until combined.
- In a small bowl combine ¼ cup sugar and ½ tbsp cinnamon.
- Pour half of the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Sprinkle with half of the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Add the remaining half of the batter and top with the remaining half cinnamon-sugar mixture.
- Bake for 50-55 minutes.