Pumpkin-Ginger Bread

Tis the season for all things pumpkin! If you are looking for a quick Thanksgiving breakfast, snack, or dessert, this pumpkin quick bread is perfect. After making pumpkin granola I had exactly the right amount of pumpkin puree leftover for this recipe, which is Fall in a loaf pan. I adapted the recipe from an awesome blog that I've only recently discovered called Skinny Taste, and she asserts that this is low fat - I'll take her word for it! The recipe calls for just egg whites, which gives the already moist bread a light and airy quality that is just lovely. The main change I made was adding my own spices rather than pumpkin pie spice, and it resulted in a lovely, super gingery flavor. The pepitas on top lightly toast when baked and add a nice textural element. Chocolate chips would also be killer in this.

5.0 from 2 reviews
Pumpkin-Ginger Bread
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This gingery pumpkin quick bread comes together quickly and is perfect for Fall. It makes a great breakfast, tea time snack, or dessert.
Recipe Type: Breakfast, Dessert, Bread
Yield: Makes 1 loaf
  • 1½ cups pumpkin puree
  • 1¼ cups unbleached all purpose flour
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp pepitas
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan with baking spray or butter.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, cloves, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl mix oil, egg whites, pumpkin puree, and vanilla and beat until thick.
  4. Add flour mixture, then blend until combined. Do not over mix.
  5. Pour batter into the prepared loaf pan, top with pepitas and bake for 50-55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  6. Allow to cool at least 20 minutes before slicing.
Parve, Vegetarian


  1. I love the pepitas on top of the bread. This looks so moist and delicious. I love pumpkin bread!

    • The pepitas added some nice crunch, and it really was a lovely, moist bread. I love pumpkin bread too! Thanks for stopping by and Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. I love the ginger in this bread. I am making a loaf today. Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. I love gingery desserts this time of the year. Yum!!
    The pumpkin seeds on top are too cute!

  4. My wife loves pumpkin bread, I think the ginger twist sounds wonderful!

    • Sounds like you and your wife would both enjoy this bread! It was light and lovely (and supposedly low fat!). Have a great weekend Kiri 🙂

  5. Speaking of Thanksgiving, are you guys in TA this weekend? Let me know.

    • Hey! We’re going to be there tonight but I think we’re going to head back on the last bus back. But I’m thinking I’ll come in next week or the week after for another play date 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving!

  6. I love the ginger in here, what a great idea! And the pepitas on top – yes please! Happy Thanksgiving!

  7. That is one beautiful pumpkin bread. I do love the stuff!

  8. Love the addition of ginger to this pumpkin bread. Sounds like a great Thanksgiving recipe!

    • Thank you Divya! I think it would make the perfect Thanksgiving breakfast (you can’t totally starve yourself before the big meal!). Have a very happy Thanksgiving!

  9. I adore the pumpkin seeds on top too. They give a more exotic-organic feel to the bread. Afternoon tea time will be made extra special by this pumpkin treat. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Mmm! You had me at ginger. And anyone who knows me will vouch for that. Hah.

  11. Ohh Katherine the pepitas on top! I can feel the crunchiness!
    Have a nice thanksgiving day!

  12. Made these as mini muffins with the addition on 1 teaspoon baking powder. Moist and delicious. Will make again!

    • What a brilliant idea! I must try that soon. I am so happy you like them – thank you for coming back and telling me how they came out! Made my day 🙂

  13. Pumpkin and spice like ginger goes hand-in-hand. That’s one drool-worthy bread. Happy Thanksgiving, sweetie 🙂

  14. Pepitas always look so pretty on top of baked goods! This would definitely be welcomed at our Thanksgiving table =)

  15. What a gorgeous pumpkin bread! Love the peptita topping, too. Congrats on the Top 9 today!!!

  16. Looks great – I love the combination of ginger and pumpkin. This is almost pumpkin pie in bread form! Great recipe – thanks.

  17. I love SkinnyTaste. Do you think it would still be good without the pepitas on top?

    Thanks so much for linking up at A Little Nosh this week!

    • Thanks for hosting Amy! I absolutely think it would still be good without the pepitas on top. They just add a little crunch and look nice, but the bread is great on it’s own.

  18. This sounds and looks absolutely delightful!!

  19. Has anyone tried 1 whole egg instead of the 2 egg whites?

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