Classic Pumpkin Bread With Brown Sugar Glaze

Amanda Chasten
by Amanda Chasten
1 Loaf
1 hr 15 min

An easy to make, healthier version of your favorite fall snack. It is perfectly moist, feels like autumn, and goes great with a pumpkin spice latte.

Pumpkin bread is something I always look forward to as the seasons change. I love the Starbucks version – it gives me that nostalgia of cool, crisp air and golden fall sunshine as I walk down the street, snacking on my bread and drinking a hot cup of coffee. When I think of pumpkin bread I think about walking through the University of Delaware Campus as the leaves changed and the air cooled. Such great memories.

I also love to make pumpkin bread, muffins, and cookies at home, which is what inspired me to create this recipe. Personally, I love the flavor of plain pumpkin – it has a unique flavor similar to butternut or spaghetti squash – slightly sweet, creamy and very refreshing. Because I like the flavor so much, I knew that I didn’t want to sweeten this pumpkin bread too much, but just enough to really bring out that pumpkin flavor. This recipe is naturally sweetened with pure maple syrup, and perfectly spiced with notes of cinnamon and nutmeg. I added greek yogurt to the mix in addition to the pumpkin for extra moisture, and I was really happy with the results. As usual, I will keep the intro short and sweet so we can get to the recipe! Enjoy and please leave a review below with any questions or comments.

Classic Pumpkin Bread With Brown Sugar Glaze
Recipe details
  • 1  Loaf
  • Prep time: 15 Minutes Cook time: 1 Hours Total time: 1 hr 15 min
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For the Bread
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup greek yogurt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup oat milk (or almond, or regular)
  • 3/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips (optional)
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans (optional)
For the Glaze
  • 1/2 stick butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350.
Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.
Beat eggs in a small bowl until fully beaten and slightly air-rated.
Combine pumpkin, oat milk, syrup, yogurt, vanilla, beaten eggs, melted butter and mix well until fully integrated.
Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and mix in half of the wet ingredients with a spatula. Add the other half and finish mixing, but just until combined making sure not to over mix.
Stir in chocolate chips and nuts (if desired).
Pour into a loaf pan that is either greased with oil/butter, or lined with parchment paper. You may also make muffins – line muffin tins with paper and pour evenly until all batter is used up, this should make about 15 muffins.
If making bread, bake at 350 for 1 hour to 1 hour and 10 min (or until you can insert a toothpick in the top and have it come out clean). If making muffins, bake for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the top middle comes out clean.
To make the glaze, combine both sugars. Then slowly add to softened butter while mixing with a hand mixer. Add in vanilla, mix until well combined.
Let bread cool completely and then apply the glaze over the top with a spatula.
  • To make sure bread is done, insert a toothpick into the middle. When it comes out clean and the top of the loaf is golden brown, the bread is ready to take out of the oven.
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  • This sounds mouthwatering! Going to make test batches tomorrow. One exactly as written and one swapping out raisins for the chocolate chips and in version #2 place in muffin cups and adjust baking time accordingly. Will be working on Thanksgiving (before and after too) and was looking to make individual grab and go snacks for our crews to celebrate the holiday as well as keep it safe due to covid concerns. Just because we have to work, doesn't mean we should skip the fun part. 🍊🦃🍊

    • Amanda Chasten Amanda Chasten on Nov 12, 2020

      Awesome! Please let me know how it goes :) I agree, I like the idea of doing individual dessert portions this year! I hope you have a great holiday.