Tue. Jun 18th, 2024

Cranberry Pecan Pumpkin Bread

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! 


Pumpkin Bread

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:

  1. White Chocolate Pumpkin Pie Spice Fudge
  2. Sweet Pumpkin Empanadas
  3. Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Muffins
  4. Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake Dip
  5. 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.


More Pumpkin Recipes:

How To Make Pumpkin Bread


Cranberry Pecan Pumpkin Bread

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 recipe is sure to become a new family favorite!






cranberry, pecan, pumpkin bread

Servings: 24

Calories: 170 kcal

Author: Trish – Mom On Timeout


  • 3
    all purpose flour
  • 1
  • 1
    baking powder
  • 1
    baking soda
  • 4
    pumpkin pie spice
  • 2
    canned pumpkin
    (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 2/3
    brown sugar
  • 2/3
    granulated sugar
  • 1
    applesauce OR canola oil
  • 3
    room temperature
  • 1
    vanilla extract
  • 1
    dried cranberries
  • 1
    chopped pecans


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease two 8×4 in loaf pans and line with parchment paper. Set aside.

  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda and pumpkin pie spice. Set aside.

  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together pumpkin, brown sugar, granulated sugar, applesauce OR oil, eggs, and vanilla extract.

  4. Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients, mixing just until moistened and combined.

  5. Fold in cranberries and pecans, reserving a small amount of pecans for topping if desired.

  6. 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.

  7. Cool for 10 minutes in the pan before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Nutrition Facts

Cranberry Pecan Pumpkin Bread

Amount Per Serving

Calories 170
Calories from Fat 36

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 4g

Cholesterol 20mg

Sodium 160mg

Potassium 125mg

Total Carbohydrates 31g

Dietary Fiber 1g

Sugars 16g

Protein 2g

Vitamin A

Vitamin C



* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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