Delicious Pumpkin Walnut Bread Recipe ~ Not Just for the Holidays!

Slices of Pumpkin Walnut Bread

Slices of Pumpkin Walnut Bread
Slices of Pumpkin Walnut Bread | Source

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While all of the many decorative pumpkins that once graced just about every garden nursery as well as grocery store in the Autumn season of the year are long gone, one need not forget the pumpkin and what can be done with this ingredient until next year.

Who can forget those annual pumpkin patches in church lots where families traditionally take their small children for photo opportunities before taking home a chosen pumpkin to draw upon or carve for Halloween festivities?

Just like the sweet photos that can be enjoyed long after the day of photography has passed, fortunately for us seasonal fresh pumpkins are also typically preserved by canning and are available to us year round.

I was going through my mother's recipe files yesterday and came upon a pumpkin bread recipe given to her by one of her good friends who used to live in San Antonio, Texas and whom I had met. I decided to try it and it turned out to be a delicious "keeper" recipe. I know that I will be making it again and thought that I would share it with you.

Pumpkins carved for Halloween

Halloween pumpkins
Halloween pumpkins | Source

Health Benefits of Consuming Pumpkin


It is easy to find many well written excellent articles pertaining to the health benefits of both the pumpkin and also its seeds, so instead of recanting those statistics, suffice it to say in brief that pumpkin...like it says right on the Libby can...is an "Excellent Source of Vitamin A & Fiber" and is also "Low in Calories & Fat."


Pumpkin Patch

Pumpkin Patch
Pumpkin Patch | Source

Some of the ingredients for making pumpkin bread.

Spices and seasonings for the pumpkin bread recipe.
Spices and seasonings for the pumpkin bread recipe. | Source
My preferred brand of canned pumpkin...Libby's.
My preferred brand of canned pumpkin...Libby's. | Source

Pumpkin Bread Recipe Ingredients


1 can (15 oz or 425 g) of pumpkin

4 eggs

3 cups sugar

1 cup salad oil ( I used light olive oil )

2/3 cup water

3 1/3 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon ginger

1/4 teaspoon cloves

Nuts if desired. ( I used 2/3 cup ground walnuts )

Making the pumpkin bread...

Sifting the spices with the flour
Sifting the spices with the flour | Source
Blending the dry ingredients with the wet ones.
Blending the dry ingredients with the wet ones. | Source
Ground walnuts mixed with some of the remaining flour to be added at the end prior to baking.
Ground walnuts mixed with some of the remaining flour to be added at the end prior to baking. | Source

Easy Directions for Making the Pumpkin Bread


In a large bowl, mix the sugar, salad oil, eggs, pumpkin and water together and blend well.


Note: Although the recipe did not call for it, I sifted the flour and spices together.


Add the dry ingredients to the liquid mixture saving a bit of the flour mixture to mix with the nuts.

Add the nuts mixed with the remaining flour at the end and pour into greased bread pans to bake. I spray my bread pans with Pam.


Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the loaf comes out dry.


Makes 2 large loaves, 4 medium loaves or 6 small loaves of pumpkin bread.

Enjoy the pumpkin bread warm out of the oven or cooled. It is delicious either way!


Pumpkin walnut bread sliced and ready to eat.

Pumpkin walnut bread sliced and ready to eat.
Pumpkin walnut bread sliced and ready to eat. | Source

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Just for fun...my cousin's Shih Tzu dogs dressed up as pumpkins.

If you wish to see more cute photos like this check out the hub titled Shih Tzu Dog Costume Photos including Merry Christmas Cards.
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Such cuties!
Such cuties! | Source
Getting 5 dogs to pose for photos like this is amazing!  Thanks Judi!
Getting 5 dogs to pose for photos like this is amazing! Thanks Judi! | Source

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Peggy W 23 months ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hi Lillly Rose1,

I love it also and it is definitely good year round. Glad you liked the recipe.


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Lillly Rose1 23 months ago from Texas

I love pumpkin bread, nice recipe.


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Peggy W 2 years ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hi Sunshine625,

If you can bake from a box, with just a few more measurements and ingredients you could make this pumpkin bread from scratch. It is easy and so good. Hope you give it a try! :)


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Peggy W 2 years ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hello colorfulone,

This really is easy to make if one has a can of pumpkin on hand and the bread is moist and delicious. Enjoy! Thanks for the share.


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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

I voted as the person who visits the bakery to purchase baked goods...or I bake from a box, rarely from scratch, but your pumpkin bread looks delicious! :)


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