Come fall, you’re inundated with pumpkin baked goods. And that’s not a bad thing: We’ll happily eat pumpkin pie until spring. But if you’re tired of the same flavors, here are 7 interesting takes on pumpkin bread, from unusual spices to sweet streusel toppings.
1. Chocolate Swirl Pumpkin Bread
Start off with a fantastic pumpkin bread recipe. Now add a chocolate swirl: Are you with us here? This bread teeters between breakfast and dessert, but the melted semisweet chocolate swirl takes it into the kind of sugary territory we like to be in. Get our Chocolate Swirl Pumpkin Bread recipe.
2. Cream Cheese-Filled Pumpkin Bread
Your new favorite fall dessert is here, and it’s wonderfully easy to bake. This tender pumpkin bread is filled with an excellent surprise: a ribbon of sweet cream cheese icing. Adding the frosting inside the bread instead of on top of it is a brilliant way to turn dessert on its head. Get the recipe here.
3. Crumbly Pumpkin Bread
There is little that can’t be improved by streusel. Here, a moist and tender loaf of pumpkin bread is topped with a classic streusel and baked into a dessert that will have you winning every bake sale, holiday party, and birthday, forever. Get the recipe here.
4. Pumpkin Bread with Brown Butter Maple Icing
Earthy, mild pumpkin pairs well with plenty of flavors, but maple takes the cake. Both traditional fall flavors, maple and pumpkin transform this bread from an ordinary quick bread to a flavor trip up to New England. The icing uses brown butter, making it a little decadent and extremely delicious. Get the recipe here.
5. Gluten-Free Pumpkin Cornbread
While not the standard pumpkin quick bread you’re used to, this cornbread is a clever way to make a perfectly textured gluten-free baked good. The moist pumpkin helps to give the rice flour some structure and moisture, creating a cornbread that’s lovely for fall and ideal as a side with a steaming bowl of soup.. Get our Gluten-Free Pumpkin Cornbread recipe.
6. Pull-Apart Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Bread
This decadent recipe is bound to impress with its shape and flavor. Layers of moist yeasted pumpkin bread are pressed into a bread pan and baked. The result is a monkey bread-like dessert in loaf form, with flakes of cinnamon sugared pumpkin bread that pull apart at the slightest touch. Get the recipe here.
7. Pumpkin Zucchini Chocolate Chip Bread
This chocolate chip-studded bread might sound like dessert, but it’s packed with vegetables and healthy ingredients. Pumpkin and zucchini give it moisture and texture and a touch of honey sweetens the loaf. Almond milk, coconut oil, and whole wheat flour round out the roster of power food ingredients. We’ll be baking this again, and again, and again. Get the recipe here.
Header image: Chocolate Swirl Pumpkin Bread from Chowhound
Posie Harwood is a New York City-based writer and photographer. She grew up on a farm and likes raw milk, warm bread with butter, and plenty of fresh air. Follow her on Instagram, and her blog 600 Acres.