The Best Pumpkin Loaf Ever (Gluten Free and better than Starbucks)

Looking for the best pumpkin loaf ever? You’ve come to the right place! This pumpkin loaf is absolutely delicious and is a fall and winter staple and is perfect for gifting as well and can be made gluten free. So today I present to you the best pumpkin loaf ever (gluten free and better than Starbucks).

The best pumpkin loaf recipe from @Sweetphi - this delicious pumpkin loaf can be made gluten free and is truly the best pumpkin loaf recipe

Last fall my little sisters kept saying I had to try the Starbucks Pumpkin Loaf because they were obsessed with it.

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They called me multiple times and dropped some not-so-subtle hints/threats that I needed to buy them some next time I saw them.

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Well, I tried it, and truthfully, I wasn’t THAT impressed, so I decided to do some recipe testing and ended up making one of the best loaves I think I have ever had. I made some loaves for them and brought them over to see what they thought. And guess what? They went nuts over it and said they liked it BETTER (that’s a huge compliment coming from them) than the Starbucks one!

I’ve made this loaf what seems like a million times now, you can add chocolate chips, or make it without. It’s flat out amazing either way. I’ve received countless people telling me that this is the best pumpkin loaf they’ve ever had. It has a great dense texture and spice profile, it’s pumpkiny, but not too pumpkiny, it’s just delish!!

Chocolate chip pumpkin loaf from @Sweetphi

I’m such a huge fan of loaves  and breads (see my recipe for a pumpkin butter pumpkin loaf or zucchini banana nutella swirl loaf or this one for a double chocolate loaf) and this pumpkin loaf is definitely always top of my list because it is so delicious, I keep making it, season after season.

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It can be made with either gluten free flour (my recommendation is this gluten free flour) or regular flour or even whole wheat flour – because there’s pumpkin puree in the recipe it keeps the loaf nice and moist. This recipe makes one big loaf and can easily be doubled or tripled. It can be made and stored in the freezer and is an all-around amazing recipe.

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I like to use a 9 x 5 loaf pan – like this one. I hope you enjoy fall and this pumpkin loaf recipe.

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The Best Pumpkin Loaf Ever (Gluten Free and better than Starbucks)
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Recipe type: Pumpkin Loaf
Serves: 1 loaf- serves 12
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • ⅓ cup vegetable oil
  • 1½ cups gluten-free flour (can use regular all-purpose flour or whole wheat pastry flour)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon each of ground nutmeg, all spice, pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ cup semi sweet chocolate chips, optional
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Line a 9 x 5 loaf pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer (or you can do this with a hand mixer) beat together the eggs, sugars and vanilla extract (1 minute on medium speed or until well combined).
  3. Add in the pumpkin puree and oil and beat until combined.
  4. Next add all the dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, salt, nutmeg, all spice and pumpkin pie spice) and stir until combined, you could also use your mixer to combine. If using chocolate chips, add them and mix them in.
  5. Spoon batter into the lined loaf pan. Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove from oven, allow to cool for at least 10 minutes, then serve warm or allow to cool completely, then slice and serve and enjoy.
The chocolate chips are optional in this recipe.
This recipe can be made with gluten free flour, all purpose flour or even whole wheat flour.
If you’re looking for another pumpkin loaf recipe that is out of this world, I came up with a pumpkin loaf made with pumpkin butter…it’s truly delish too and makes the below loaf:

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Note: This recipe was made by a reader and featured on the Reader Recreations page. If you ever make a SweetPhi blog recipe I’d love for you to submit it or share it on social media with the hashtag #Sweetphiblog I love seeing your recreations!

Reader recreation pumpkin loaf

Reader recreation of the best pumpkin loaf



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  • Karen @ Seasonal Cravings

    Love making gluten free pumpkin bread and yours looks delicious!

    • Sweetphi

      Thank you so much 🙂

      • Kelli

        Hi there! I just had a question about the gluten free flour. If my flour mixture doesn’t have xantham gum do I need to add it? Thanks!!

        • Sweetphi

          I have never added xantham gum to gluten free flour that doesn’t contain it, and I’ve made this loaf with 3 different brands of gluten free flour, so you should be fine 🙂

  • Rony Jahid

    This looks yummy… I have tasted this type of cake before, but that one was crispy. Is this cake also crispy or soft? Whatever I just want to make it soon in my home. Lovely post.

  • Brianna Hudelson

    I’m not gluten free, and most of the time I really dislike gluten free food. But this!!! Oh my. I haven’t even tried to make this with regular flour, I’m afraid it won’t taste as good! My family begs me to make this! Awesome recipe, thank you. 😊

    • Sweetphi

      I think you’d absolutely love this recipe, can’t wait to hear how you like it 🙂

  • Rachel

    Hi, I’m reading this from Australia, please can you tell me more about ‘pumpkin pie spice’ are youbable to list the ingredients so I can make my own as it’s not likely I’ll find it here.
    This looks so good.

    • Sweetphi

      Hi Rachel,
      Great question, pumpkin pie spice can be made by combining: 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg, 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger, 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
      Hope you enjoy,

  • Irene

    Just made this pumpkin loaf. It is delicious. Easy and very tasteful.

    • Sweetphi

      I’m SO HAPPY to hear you liked the pumpkin loaf – thanks for coming and letting me know how you enjoyed it 🙂

  • Cortney

    I tried this recipe using Bob Red Mill’s 1-to-1 baking flour mix and it was delicious! My baby boy loved it too! Thanks for the post!

    • Sweetphi

      I’m so happy to hear that you used Bob’s Red Mill gluten free flour (I love their flours!) and that you loved it! Thank you so much for your comment.

  • Renee

    Is it possible to substitute for the 1 cup of sugar? Thanks

    • Sweetphi

      Yes, you could substitute with your favorite sugar substitute

    • Jenny

      I used bob’s 1 to 1 flour as well! Tasted so amazing! I already made three loaves and can’t seem to get enough of it!

  • Jann

    I like the consistency, but I couldnt taste the pumpkin at all….more spice please!

    • Sweetphi

      Hi Jann, thank you for your comment. That’s so odd that you didn’t taste the pumpkin at all. I’ve literally made this loaf 10s of times, and many other people have made it with a very positive result, no one ever saying it didn’t taste like pumpkin. Was the pumpkin you used perhaps expired or close to its expiration date? I know sometimes that could have something to do with it … and the spices too, if they’re on the older side they’re not as potent. Next time you could try doubling the spices, but regardless, sorry it wasn’t pumpkiny enough for you.

  • Joann Branthoover

    I have made this gluten free ( for me) and wheat flour for my family. We all loved this recipe. Thank you! I added walnuts in stead of chocolate Chips. Making it for thanksgiving!

    • Sweetphi

      I’m so happy to hear you liked the recipe! And I love the substitution you made 🙂

  • Autumn

    This is the best recipe EVER!!I’ve made this bread so many family loves it! I’m now making it for Christmas gifts. Sooooo Tasty!!!!

    • Sweetphi

      Your comment totally made my day – thank you! So happy to hear you love the recipe and making it!

  • Sharon

    Can someone please tell me how to convert the flour in this recipe to almond flour? I am trying to make this for my husband who was just diagnosed with type2 diabetes. Have never cooked with almond flour before.

  • Janie

    Hi I’m new to all this. ! Love your blog. Do you have a cookbook. ?? I need to back down the sugar a bit also. Do you have suggestions ? I’m thinking coconut sugar instead of those truvia or steevia. Or would you know a source that has yummy low gylcemic conversions?

    • Sweetphi

      Hi Janie, thank you so much for visiting my blog! Yes, I do have a cookbook, here is a link to my cookbook page which lets you know where it can be purchased:
      You could totally try using coconut sugar, or truvia or steevia, I think it would be great with any alternative sweetener.

  • Theresa

    I made it with the Gluten free flour and it was very good. I had a soft cube of butter on hand so I used that instead of oil and I didn’t have any ginger so I used extra pumpkin pie spice. I look forward to making it again.

  • MARY

    Anxious to try it soon because I have put away a lot of pumpkin puree and usually make soup with it but now I have something exciting to make next to my zucchini loaf. Thanks.

    • Sweetphi

      I think you’d love this loaf Mary, so many people have made it and let me know how much they love it – and I’ve made it SO many times lol, it’s definitely one of my all time favorite recipes 🙂

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