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Looking to jazz up your Thanksgiving bread basket or Fall dessert table? Bake a batch of the BEST Vanilla Spiced Pumpkin Bread the next time you’re craving a pumpkin treat.  

I considered titling this recipe “Pumpkin Bread for People Who Hate Pumpkin Bread”. Doesn’t quite roll off the tongue though, does it?

People who insist they don’t like pumpkin bread LOVED this version. Raved about it! Even asked me to make another batch immediately.

It’s that good!

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Ingredients for Easy Vanilla Spiced Pumpkin Bread

  • Eggs – room temperature eggs will give the best results
  • Oil – I use sunflower oil; canola or vegetable are good, too
  • Pumpkin Puree – do not substitute pumpkin pie filling (it has added sugar and spices that will alter your results)
  • Flour – All-purpose is recommended
  • Sugar – you can use granulated sugar or coconut sugar
  • Vanilla pudding mix – the cook & serve kind. (Note: although I haven’t tried it myself, several readers have reported success using instant pudding mix).
  • Other Ingredients: salt, cinnamon, baking soda

What Makes This Version the BEST?

I’ve had a lot of pumpkin bread over the years. And I bet you have, too. You’re probably wondering what makes Vanilla Spiced Pumpkin Bread so special. 

I’m convinced the vanilla pudding mix elevates plain, old pumpkin bread to something tantalizing. It also yields a texture that is almost cake-like.

The addition of cinnamon adds a nice warmth to this easy pumpkin bread. You’ll taste the flavors of Fall in every bite.

And take a look at the fantastic crumb. Soooo good!

This version remains my favorite. Heck, I like it more than Starbucks (which is good in a pinch!).

Tips for Making Easy Pumpkin Bread Recipe

  • Use canned pumpkin puree (NOT pie filling). Puree has a thicker consistency and is 100% pumpkin – no spices or added sugar. I’m partial to Libby’s brand of pumpkin because it’s grown near my hometown in central Illinois (the Pumpkin Capital of the World).
  • Order pudding mix online if you can’t find it locally.
  • You have 2 options for baking: make 2 full-sized loaves or 4-5 mini loaves. 
  • The mini loaves are great for teacher and hostess gifts. Or mailing to hungry college students.
  • This pumpkin spice bread recipe freezes beautifully. I do a double layer of plastic wrap and place loaves in a freezer bag for up to 2 months.
  • Scroll to the bottom of this post for the full recipe & a printable recipe card.

Pumpkin Bread Recipe Variations

Want to change things up a bit? Try one of these suggestions:

  • Chocolate lovers version: fold in 3/4 cup of mini chocolate chips to the batter. Sprinkle a handful over the top before baking.
  • Make it nutty: add 1/2 cup of chopped pecans or walnuts to the batter. Top unbaked loaves with a sprinkling of chopped nuts prior to baking.
  • Make it spicy: swap out the cinnamon for pumpkin pie spice blend. For a deeper spice profile, double the quantity.
  • Fruity version: fold a 1/2 cup of raisins into the batter.
  • Be adventurous: substitute with other pudding flavors. Butterscotch pudding is a tasty substitution.

Tools Needed to Make this Recipe

Sometimes the right tools can make or break your cooking experience. These are the tools I used to make quick work of this recipe:

Vanilla Spiced Pumpkin Bread has long-held a favored place in my recipe box. I’ve served it for brunch, snacks, holiday entertaining and hostess gifts.

Originally published 11/10/17 and updated 9/18/20. I clipped the original recipe from a Taste of Home magazine years ago. As always, I’ve made a few modifications along the way.

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Vanilla Spiced Pumpkin Bread

Looking to jazz up your Thanksgiving bread basket or Fall dessert table? Bake a batch of the BEST Vanilla Spiced Pumpkin Bread the next time you're craving a pumpkin treat. 

4.45 from 140 votes
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Course: Baked Goods, Breakfast, snacks
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 5 mini loaves
Calories: 472kcal
Author: Lori @ www.AReinventedMom.com


  • 5 eggs
  • 1 cup oil (I use sunflower oil; canola or vegetable are good, too)
  • 15 oz. can 100% pure pumpkin puree, (NOT pie filling)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 packages (3 oz. each) cook & serve vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. salt


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • Grease (5) small loaf pans (approx. 5 3/4 x 3 x 2 size).
  • Beat the eggs in a large bowl. Add oil and pumpkin, beating until smooth.
  • In a medium bowl, combine flour, sugar, pudding mix, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Stir to combine. Gradually add to the pumpkin mixture, beating after each addition.
  • Divide the batter equally between the loaf pans. Place pans on a large baking sheet prior to placing in the oven.
  • Bake for approximately 40 minutes. Bread is done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Allow to cool in pans for 10 minutes, then turn onto a wire cooling rack until completely cooled.


  • Bread can be made in 2 larger loaf pans, adjusting for a slightly longer bake time.
  • To freeze: Wrap cooled loaves in a double layer of plastic wrap and place in freezer bags. I’m not sure how long they keep as we usually eat them within 2 weeks. To use, defrost in the refrigerator overnight.
  • Order pudding mix online if you can’t purchase it locally.
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Recipe slightly adapted from Taste of Home.
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Nutritional Estimate

Serving: 1loaf | Calories: 472kcal | Carbohydrates: 86g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 163mg | Sodium: 531mg | Potassium: 289mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 43g | Vitamin A: 13475IU | Vitamin C: 3.5mg | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 4.4mg

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  1. Just made this ~ delicious!
    I made one batch in 2 loaf pans, used 1/2 C. White Sugar & 1/2 C. Light Brown Sugar (instead of the 1 C. White Sugar), added 1/2 tsp. Nutmeg & 1/3 tsp. Cloves. Made additional batch the same way, as just mentioned & baked it in a Bundt Pan.
    Also, to both, I made a Crumble & placed ontop of the loaves & in the Bundt Pan, I did layers of Crumble, then batter & swirled Crumble into batter (repeated twice), then topped with Crumble & baked.
    Thank~you for sharing this, it’s a keeper!

  2. This is a great recipe! I used 3/4 buttermilk and 1/4 cup of oil.I also used both instant French vanilla pudding and cheesecake pudding. My family went crazy for it. Making a double batch today. Thanks for the great recipe!

  3. I just made this loaf in two large pans. It took 60 plus mins to bake. Looks delish smells great. Added walnuts in the top. When it cools I’ll drizzle with powdered sugar lemon frosting. I added 1/2 tsp pumpkin spice to the batter.

  4. Why 5 eggs?
    Is it because the recipe is so big? Or does it give a richness?

  5. Love it!!! Followed recipe by thr letter. So pleased and feel productive making these beautiful, moist, fluffy breads from scratch. I can’t wait to share them!

    1. So you can use instant pudding. If you can do you only add the pudding in dry the same as the cook and serve?

  6. For those asking about Bundt pans, I made this today, they’re cooling now; I got 10 mini bundt cakes. Baked for 40 minutes. I don’t think a large bundt pan would take much more time, maybe another 5 minutes.
    Next time I will increase the spice a bit…. maybe add some clove with the cinnamon?

  7. I absolutely love this recipe and have made it multiple times with great results. I just pulled some out of the oven and it looks and smells scrumptious! I admit to adding more cinnamon than in the recipe as well as some pumpkin pie spice or nutmeg for some extra spice.
    Thanks for sharing! I’d like to attempt it in a bundt pan next. We’ll see if I adjust the baking time correctly. Fingers crossed!

  8. Made this in small loaves, was so good didn’t want to give any of them away!, will definitely be making this on a regular basis.

  9. Hi Lorii,
    Is there a substitute for store bought cook& serve pudding? I would like to make it from
    scratch. They have too many weird ingredients in it.
    Thank you,

    1. I’ve only used the store bought mix with this recipe, Marlitt. If you find a good substitute, please come back & let us know how it turns out.

  10. Anyone made this in a bundt pan? Seems like a lot of batter, but not sure. Would love to give it a try. Thanks!

    1. I haven’t made this in a bundt pan but a Pinterest user reported good results. You may need to increase the bake time & don’t overfill your pan.

  11. This is SO good. I used instant pudding (1-5.1 oz box). Added a splash of vanilla. Made it in 2 large bread pans, and cooked them for 55 minutes. We took them to my in-laws, and everyone from the 14 month old to the 50 year old really enjoyed it. A new fav for fall.

    1. Thanks for letting me know the instant pudding worked for this recipe. So happy all your people enjoyed it, HollyB!

  12. I added Chocolate Chips to mine but either way this recipe is a winner!

  13. I found your recipe last fall and made it numerous times! I’m making it again right now as we speak. It is by far the best recipe I’ve come across! Because I’m not a super-huge fan of the spicier version. With that said, I’ve noticed a lot of people talking about how it was missing something or wasn’t spicy enough. You very clearly state the point of this recipe, right in the description. And how it’s meant to be a mellower version, for people who might not like traditional pumpkin bread. 5 stars all the way. It’s delicious and even my husband LOVES it. He’s not a huge pumkin fan. Thanks for sharing, cause I’m so glad I came across this!

  14. This recipe is so good! Reminds me of a pumpkin pie. I had to cook it for 55 minutes total. I added vanilla icing on top (for the kids) they loved it. Next time I will add nutmeg and more cinnamon to the flour mixture. Thanks!

  15. Made this today and drizzled a vanilla glaze on top. It was delish!
    Going to try it next with the butterscotch pudding.
    Thanks all…really puts you in the Fall spirit!

  16. I made this Pumpkin bread yesterday & it was AWESOME!! I used instant pudding b/c one part of your ingredients says cook & serve pudding but further down says instant pudding! I added some pumpkin pie spice b/c I thought with just cinnamon wouldn’t be spicy enough. It was delicious! Sooo moist! ❤️

  17. I’m confused. Under INGREDIENTS you call for 2 packages (3 oz. each) cook & serve vanilla pudding mix, but in Recipe you describe and call for “Vanilla pudding mix – the instant kind“
    Maybe I’d doesn’t make a difference?? I bought both, but what one do you recommend?

  18. I bake breads with sugar-free pudding frequently. Also use Splenda in place of sugar as well. Many requests for recipes. Try substutions. Good luck!

  19. It worked really well with instant cheesecake pudding too. I made it earlier today and we only have half a large loaf left. Very moist and flavorful!

    1. I haven’t tried making muffins with this batter, but it should work. I’d love to hear your results if you give it a try.

  20. Thank you for the recipe. The bread was fine, but my texture wasn’t nearly as pretty as the crumb in your photographs. I mixed the wet ingredients into the dry ones because of the size of my bowls, even though you had written to mix the dry into the wet. I’m sure it’s my own fault! I will try the recipe again and see if it comes out better the next time.

    1. I’m sorry it didn’t turn out quite right, Bonnie. Make sure you don’t overmix, as that can cause the bread to become dense.

  21. I just made 2 larger loaves (baked around 50 minutes) & used Jello instant french vanilla pudding mix because its what I had on hand. The boxes are 3.4 ounce instead of 3 ounce so I just took a tablespoon out of each; I didn’t weigh it or anything. It came out fantastic. I am definitely making again. I do volunteer baking where I send baked goods to service members overseas. I’ll be sending out a couple of these (vacuum sealed) with some cookies on Monday. Thanks for the recipe!

    1. So happy you liked it, Kim. Love the idea of volunteer baking. I’m sure the service members appreciate home-baked treats.

  22. Ok I tried this and it was ok. Seems to be missing something or I was expecting it to be more like my pumpkin bread recipe. The pudding seems to mellow it out. Probably will go back to my regular recipe.

    1. I haven’t tried that substitution so I can’t say whether or not it would be successful. If you give it a try, I’d love to hear your results. Thanks for stopping by, DJ!

      1. I used instant on this recipe and it turned out just fine! Of course I cannot comment on the difference had I used cook-n-serve, but I’m certainly happy with the instant results. 🙂
        Thanks for sharing your recipe.

      2. I’m a little confused; in the blog post it says instant pudding, but on the recipe itself it says the cook & serve pudding….which one is it supposed to be? (I’ve noticed that most commenters have said they used instant when trying different flavors).

      3. Your list of ingredients at the beginning of this post calls for instant pudding, but the recipe does not. I’m assuming from your comment it should be cook and serve type??

    1. I don’t have experience converting to a diabetic version, Ann. If you give it a try, I’d love to hear your results.

    2. Ann you can use coconut palm sugar in place of the sugar. Its still sugar, but won’t spike you blood sugar so fast like regular sugar. And I would use half apple sauce in place of half of the oil.

  23. If you live somewhere where you don’t have pudding mix in the store you can find it on amazon.com.

    1. Try using something like a mixture of Bird’s Custard Powder and the amount of sugar required for using with 2 cups of milk. Perhaps a teaspoon of Vanilla Extract for a stronger vanilla flavour.

      1. Has anyone tried using a 13 by 9 pan to bake? I made about 20 loaves of this recipe last fall but I was thinking of trying them as bars with cream cheese icing??

        1. I haven’t tested this in a 9×13 but thinking it should work if you adjusted the cooking time. Let me know how it turns out if you give it a try, Christine. Love the idea of cream cheese icing – delish!

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