Grain Free Pumpkin Bread with Chocolate Chips

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Luckily, I was able to snap the photo above before my husband and kids devoured the last two pieces. Needless to say, this grain free pumpkin bread is a big hit at my house.

Based on my grandma’s tried-and-true banana bread recipe, over the years I’ve discovered that I can substitute pumpkin, squash, zucchini, or just about any moist and mashable or shreddable fruit or veggie for bananas. More recently, I’ve converted this recipe to use almond meal, making a grain free pumpkin bread that doesn’t make your taste buds even consider the missing wheat.

Grain Free Pumpkin Bread - Holistic Squid

Grandma’s well-loved recipe for traditional banana bread.

Grain Free Pumpkin Bread Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups almond flour
  • 4 eggs, preferably from pasture-raised chickens
  • 1/2 cup butter and/or coconut oil
  • 3/4 cup sucanat (unrefined, dried cane juice)
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup cooked pumpkin or squash*
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

Grain Free Pumpkin Bread Ingredients

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Grease a loaf pan thoroughly with butter or coconut oil.
  3. Cream together butter/coconut oil and sucanat.
  4. Beat in eggs.
  5. Stir in vanilla, spices, baking soda, and salt.
  6. When well combined add the flour and chocolate chips, stir until combined.
  7. Bake on center rack for 45-50 minutes until an inserted knife comes out mostly clean.
  8. Allow to cool, slice, and serve with a tall glass of cold, raw milk.

*To prepare the pumpkin or squash:

  • Bake at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for 30-45 minutes, depending on the size of your gourd, directly on the oven rack. The pumpkin is done when you can easily insert a fork into the skin.
  • Allow to cool for ease in handling.
  • Slice the gourd in half and scoop out the seeds and stringy bits – discard.
  • Scoop out the flesh and use for this recipe.
  • Freeze the extras or use in another recipe.

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  1. Marcus says

    What would be a good substitute for the unrefined, dried cane juice? I can’t have any sugar of any type or artificial sugar substitutes.

  2. elizabeth says

    i so want to make this right now but dont have enough sucanat left. i can use palm sugar instead? also is it an eqaul sub? thanks!!

  3. Ariel Roth-Hernandez says

    I just made this tonight. It is SO good, even better than I thought it would be. I’m off to get a second slice. Thanks, Emily!

  4. Anne MK says

    Can Agave be used instead of sucanat? Also can any other type of flour be used in the same amount? We don’t have to be grain free, though we do aim for a great variety in our home. Just want to know what my option are. :) Thank you!

    • Marcus says

      Agave is very high in fructose and should be avoided at all costs. My wife and I have to avoid all grains. Not only did we lose much unwanted weight, but we feel much better. Also, our blood stats went to absolutely normal when we ditched grains.

    • says

      Hi Anne MK – I agree with Marcus about the agave – it’s a highly processed food with really good marketing. I would avoid it.
      If you want to use regular flour you can follow the proportions of ingredients in the image of the original recipe above. Personally, I would still reduce the sweetener by half, but that’s up to you.

  5. Meg says

    I’ve made this twice now. DELICIOUS!!! BUT the chocolate chips keep falling all to the bottom, making the loaf come apart when taking it out of the pan and leaving a a gooey, chocolate mess at the bottom. Any suggestions on how to avoid this?

    • says

      Hi Meg – If you are using coconut oil instead of butter this may be a problem. You might try dropping them in part of the way through baking or try Dayan solution above.

      If you are using butter, make sure it is not too melted, just soft enough to cream with the sugar.

      • Meg says

        AAAH that’s my problem! melted butter! I shall try again with just soft butter. Thanks for this, its super yummy…… just doesnt last long in my house 😛

  6. Lexi says

    Emily I just made this with banana instead of pumpkin and its delicious! Wow!!! Who needs white flour?

      • Noor says

        I ended up making this with the following adjustments:

        * 1 cup mashed banana (though I’ll probably use 1 and 1/2 cups next time to get a stronger banana flavor).
        *1/4 cup of coconut flour in addition to the almond flour.
        *1/3 cup Slivered almonds, which gave the bread a nice nuttiness.
        *1/3 cup of coconut sugar instead of the 3/4 cup of sucanat that the recipe suggests.
        *A splash of hemp milk

        Everything else I followed as is in the recipe and it turned out divine. I’m new to baking and to using almond flour so thanks for this recipe that works really well!

  7. Becca says

    Another easy way to prepare the squash (if you have a large crock pot) is just to toss the whole squash in the crock pot and leave it overnight on low (or you could probably do it for a few hours on high). When it is soft, you can cut it open and scoop out the flesh. I do this all the time because we use squash/pumpkin/gourds in a variety of grain-free recipes. I like to prepare it this way in the summer, especially, as I try to avoid using my oven as much as possible (it makes my kitchen too hot)! I will use my toaster oven to make this bread… thanks so much for the recipe!

  8. Yissell says

    Hi Emily!
    At what point do you add the cooked pumpkin or squash??? Mine is in the oven already, I added the squash after adding the spices and before flour… let’s see if I made it the right way…. :)

  9. Elisa says

    Can you use almond meal instead of almond flour? What about coconut flour? Also, where can I get a good organic almond flour?

    • says

      Hi Elisa, thanks for the question. It may change the recipe a bit but it should work out. If you try it, please be sure to let us know how it turns out. Where you can get almond flour will really depend on where you are based.

  10. Mary says

    Can I ask what size pan you used on your pumpkin bread recipe I found it still seemed gooey in the center though toothpick came out clean also do u ever use almond meal in place of almond flour?

  11. Jessica says

    This sounds like exactly what I am looking for! Yum! But I am in a bit of a time crunch. Have you ever tried this with canned pumpkin? Do you think it would change the amount?

  12. susie/lancaster, pa says

    Thanks for sharing your valuable information and recipes! My family and I loved this recipe! I am going to try your grandmother’s banana bread recipe too:)

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