Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread Recipe

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Looking for a Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread Recipe? Wait until you try this one! This easy pumpkin bread recipe is so good, you will never know it wasn’t a traditional pumpkin bread recipe.  Use your favorite gluten-free baking mix to create a delightfully spiced sweet bread that is ideal for breakfast, with coffee, or as a special dessert treat.  This is the quintessential fall food every home cook should have on their menu plan!

If you don’t need a gluten-free edition, you may want to check out my favorite recipe for Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins.  These are a wonderful creamy option that is ideal for a grab and go treat!

Slices of gluten free pumpkin bread on an orange and white plate with more bread slices on a wooden cutting board in the background.

Homemade Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bread Recipe

When we are making a treat in the kitchen, I want to make sure that everyone can eat it. Sometimes, because of the gluten, friends and family might not be able to eat it.

I mean, treats like Pumpkin Spice Monkey Bread or my Shortbread Pumpkin Streusel Squares are too good to not get a taste. That is why I wanted to make a gluten-free pumpkin bread that everyone can enjoy. This is a delicious recipe that everyone will love, whether they need to follow a gluten-free diet or not.

What is the best gluten-free bread flour to use?

When making gluten-free foods, you can use gluten-free all-purpose flour. There are many choices like almond flour, brown rice flour, tapioca flour or cassava flour. When making this gluten-free pumpkin bread, I am using a gluten-free flour from Pilsbury. It is easy to find and makes a loaf of delicious bread.

When you first begin baking with gluten-free flours and substitutes, know that taste and texture will be slightly different. You will want to experiment to find the one that fits your needs best.

Do I need to refrigerate homemade gluten-free bread?

After you have let this homemade gluten-free bread cool, you will want to wrap it well and then store it in the refrigerator. You can also store it in an airtight container. The pumpkin bread will last about 7 days in the refrigerator. If you do not think you will finish the bread before it goes bad, you can also store it in the freezer.

Close up of slices of gluten free pumpkin bread.

Can you freeze this gluten-free easy pumpkin bread?

If you decide to make large batches or think you won’t finish it all before it goes bad, then you can definitely freeze this for a later date. This is one sweet breakfast bread or dessert bread that is easy to prepare in large batches and slice for freezing.

My preference is to cut the bread into slices before freezing it. This way, I can take a few slices out at a time, while leaving the others in the freezer for another time.

After cutting the bread into slices, there are two ways to prepare the bread for the freezer. The first is slicing and wrapping each slice in plastic wrap then putting into a large freezer bag.  Note, if you are worried about the icing sticking to the plastic, freeze the bread slices first, then wrap in plastic.

The other option is to layer all of the slices of bread with wax paper or parchment paper in between. Then layer them together in an airtight container or freezer bag. You can still freeze these first to help the icing to not stick to the plastic and it will make it easier to separate the bread later.

Of course, you can freeze whole loaves of the bread in a similar fashion with plastic wrap then a large freezer bag.  This is best for those who know they will be able to eat the whole loaf before it goes bad.

Ingredients for an easy pumpkin bread recipe

  • eggs
  • sugar
  • brown sugar
  • Gluten-free flour (I used Pillsbury)
  • baking powder
  • baking soda
  • Cinnamon
  • allspice
  • salt
  • Orange zest
  • pumpkin
  • oil (or melted butter)
  • heavy cream
  • vanilla
  • nuts
  • golden raisins
  • cream cheese
  • Maple syrup
  • powdered sugar
  • heavy cream
Pouring the batter for gluten free pumpkin bread into a prepared loaf pan

How to make this breakfast bread

Always prepare your ingredients and supplies before you begin making any dessert or baked good.  There is nothing as frustrating as getting halfway through the process and realizing you are missing an ingredient!

In this recipe, you will want to preheat your oven before beginning, then follow the recipe closely.  You begin with creaming eggs, sugar, and cream as most traditional recipes.  Next, will be adding in the other wet ingredients.  Your final step is adding the dry ingredients and mixing well.

Tip: Sifting the dry ingredients before mixing into wet ingredients helps prevent lumps and creates a better bread texture.

While your bread is baking, you will make the frosting.  I always recommend making it and refrigerating it until you are ready to frost the bread.

Note: Glaze, icing, or frosting is not necessary for this recipe. It is, however, a nice addition.  You can make the homemade recipe we’ve included, or use a favorite gluten-free ready-made version.

A stack of gluten free pumpkin bread slices sitting on a wood surface
Slices of gluten free pumpkin bread on an orange and white plate.
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Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bread

This Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bread is full of fall flavor! It's an easy quick bread recipe with rich pumpkin, bright spices, and tangy cream cheese frosting.
Servings: 12 servings
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 15 minutes


Frosting Ingredients


Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bread Directions

  • In a large mixing bowl, add the eggs and sugar, and cream together until light and fluffy.
  • Add the brown sugar, orange zest, canned pumpkin, oil, and vanilla, and blend well. 
  • In the middle of the pumpkin/egg mixture, add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, allspice, and salt, and blend the dry ingredients together right on top of the pumpkin mixture, and then blend the flour and spices into the pumpkin mixture until well blended
  • Set mixture aside, and butter the bottom and sides of two loaf pans generously with butter, and then flour the pans, tapping out any excess flour. 
  • Evenly divide the batter between the two pans, and spread the batter out with a spoon. 
  • Place the pans in the oven at 350 degrees, and bake for about 50 minutes to one hour, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  When done, remove to wire racks to cool.

Frosting Directions

  • In the mixing bowl of a stand mixer, cream the cream cheese and half of the heavy cream until smooth
  • Add the Maple syrup, vanilla, and cinnamon, and blend well
  • Add the powdered sugar, a little at a time, alternating with the heavy cream, and blending between additions. 
  • Scrape down the sides of the mixing bowl, and blend until the frosting is smooth and creamy. 
  •   When pumpkin bread is cool, spoon the Frosting over the loaves of bread, and allow to sit.
  • Refrigerate until time to serve.  When ready to serve, slice, add a little more Frosting if desired, and Enjoy!

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Calories: 484kcal | Carbohydrates: 71g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 80mg | Sodium: 327mg | Potassium: 231mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 42g | Vitamin A: 5469IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 93mg | Iron: 2mg


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