This extra delicious and supremely moist Cranberry Pecan Pumpkin Bread is bursting with fall flavors! So easy to make to and a guaranteed hit with friends and family this holiday season. This easy pumpkin bread recipe is sure to become a new family favorite.
Love pumpkin? We doo too! Make sure to try these Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Muffins and these easy Pumpkin Bars with the most incredible frosting!
We are finally in November which means it’s high time I start sharing more pumpkin recipes, amiright? We are just three short weeks away from Thanksgiving… anyone else shocked by that? Thanksgiving is coming soooo early this year!
I revamped one of my favorite pumpkin bread recipes with the addition of dried cranberries and pecans. I happen to be a huge fan of cranberries and pecans together and in this pumpkin bread? Outstanding you guys. (Love pecans and cranberries? You simply must try these Cranberry Pecan Brie Bites, Cranberry Pecan Mini Goat Cheese Balls (<<my favorite appetizer for the holidays!) and these gorgeous Cranberry Pecan Pinwheel Cookies.)
That pretty pop of color from the cranberries is gorgeous against the orange moist pumpkin bread. And trust me when I say moist – it really is so incredible! Pumpkin bread can be made with butter, oil, or applesauce. I used oil in the video below but frequently use applesauce in this recipe and it’s just as delicious.
A lot of people want to make pumpkin bread with fresh pumpkin – usually right after Halloween 🙂 You absolutely can do that. You will need to turn that pumpkin into pumpkin puree first which I show you how to do in this post.
How do you make pumpkin bread with canned pumpkin?
That’s really the only way I make unless I happen to have extra pumpkins on hand (see above). This particular recipe calls for two cups of canned pumpkin. When you see canned pumpkin or pumpkin puree in a recipe, you need to make sure that is what you are buying and not pumpkin pie filling. That is very different.
Make sure you scoop out the canned pumpkin and really press it well into the measuring cup to an accurate measurement. Pumpkin contains so much moisture that it’s very important to get this measurement as perfect as possible .
What Can I Make With Leftover Canned Pumpkin
This easy pumpkin bread recipe uses just over a can of pumpkin which is super annoying. I get it. What are you going to do with that leftover canned pumpkin? I gotcha covered. Here is what I would make:
- White Chocolate Pumpkin Pie Spice Fudge
- Sweet Pumpkin Empanadas
- Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Muffins
- Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake Dip
- Pumpkin Cheesecake Banana Bread
What Do You Eat Pumpkin Bread With?
Your fingers! Kidding. But no, really, it’s bread. So slice it and eat it with your hands or be proper and place it on a plate and use a fork. If made properly, you don’t need to top pumpkin bread with anything – this bread is so moist and delicious on it’s own!
If you really want, a smear of softened butter or cream cheese can be delicious. Or, even a little drizzle of honey is a yummy way to go.
Watch How To Make Cranberry Pecan Pumpkin Bread
More Pumpkin Recipes:
- Baked Pumpkin Spice Donuts
- Pumpkin Butter Pecan Ice Cream
- Pumpkin Carrot Cake Cupcakes
- The BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Pumpkin Coffee Cake
- Pumpkin Cheesecake Trifle
- One Bowl Caramel Pumpkin Blondies
How To Make Pumpkin Bread
Cranberry Pecan Pumpkin Bread
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 2 cups canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
- 2/3 cup brown sugar
- 2/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup applesauce OR canola oil
- 3 eggs room temperature
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- 1 cup chopped pecans toasted
- Preheat oven to 350F. Grease two 8×4 in loaf pans and line with parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk together flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda and pumpkin pie spice. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together pumpkin, brown sugar, granulated sugar, applesauce OR oil, eggs, and vanilla extract.
- Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients, mixing just until moistened and combined.
- Fold in cranberries and pecans, reserving a small amount of pecans for topping if desired.
- Pour half of the batter into each of the prepared loaf pans and bake for 50 to 55 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
- Cool for 10 minutes in the pan before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
Made this for an autumn potluck dinner and it was a hit! Very moist and flavorful – it got many compliments! Made a second time for my family but made a few changes to make it more filling as a quick breakfast/snack for busy kids and teenagers on the go. I substituted the 3 cups of all-purpose flour with 1 cup whole wheat flour + 2 cups ground oats (oat flour), reduced sugar to 1/2 cup each of the granulated and brown sugars, used 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce + 1/2 cup oil, and added an extra teaspoon of baking powder. Although the modified recipe did not rise as much as the original (to be expected), it was still delicious and moist – both loaves were devoured within 2 days! This recipe is easily adaptable and very forgiving. Definitely a keeper!
Sandra K DeVaux says
Can you use dried cranberries? Haven’t found fresh ones yet!
Trish - Mom On Timeout says
The recipe calls for dried cranberries so, yep!
I tried it & it came out delicious 😋 recieptients loved it & said it was delicious and really good.
Anne Marie says
Great recipe. I love the moistness. I cut the sugar in half just for personal preference using only brown sugar and just made 48 mini muffins with it. (bake 10- 12 minutes), previously used mini loaf pans (6 per recipe; bake ~30 minutes)
Andrea Barstow says
Delicious! We have a small pecan orchard, so I just had to try this. I used home-made pecan extract instead of vanilla! This recipe will be a keeper. Thanks for sharing it
I made this and it was very good. Can you use fresh cranberries if you have them instead of the dried ones?
Trish - Mom On Timeout says
Thank you! I haven’t tried this recipe with fresh cranberries so I couldn’t say for sure but I think it would work!
Connie Bramble says
I tried substituting coconut flour and coconut sugar, applesauce and Swerve brown sugar. The taste is good but the bread falls apart. Any suggestions?
Marilee Smalley says
I tried this and it was wonderful. I am making it again. I traded walnuts for pecans and used my own spice mix, other than that followed your recipe to the letter. This is a hit with my family. Thank you for sharing.
Jeannie Smith says
Made mine in a bundt pan. Don’t overcook. My 2nd time. I substitute 2 tsps of cinnamon for 2 tsps pumpkin pie spice. Also a can of pumpkin only has a cup and a half, recipe calls for 2 cups. I added 1 small individual applesauce to make Up the difference
My bread loafs turned out moist and delicious! Good recipe. Will save & make it again. How to post a pic of my bread loafs?
Well, I think I’ll just make half a recipe in one loaf and one of those other recipes, too! Lol! Just 2 of us… that’s a lot of bread. Looks beautiful!