The Best Gluten Free Pumpkin Fudge Bread

October 20, 2020

This is the only Pumpkin Fudge Bread you need this holiday season! It’s moist, super pumpkin-y, and it’s studded with loads of chocolate chips and melted chocolate on top. This loaf is truly irresistible!

You know what else? It’s also nut-free, so if you have a nut allergy, rejoice, you can eat this bread and be teleported to nirvana!

I’m not sure why I wait until September & October to roll out the pumpkin recipes. In my book, pumpkin should be an all-year-long kind of thing. Pumpkin adds such a nice flavor to baked goods, along with a ton of moisture, and when baking breads and such, having a loaf that’s full of moisture – but that slices perfectly – is key. There is nothing worse than slicing into a loaf that you spent all morning making, only to find it dry or crumbly.

In addition, pumpkin has a ton of health benefits. 

Pumpkin is rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, which can boost your immune system, protect your eyesight, lower your risk of certain cancers and promote heart and skin health. Because who doesn’t want to eat foods that taste great, and make us look and feel our best? I do! Especially as I start to age, I am paying more and more attention to foods that I am consuming. I consider pumpkin to be a magic food!

So what’s in this Gluten-Free Pumpkin Fudge Bread?!?

I am so glad you asked. Let me give you the rundown. 

  • Gluten-Free Flour – For my Gluten-Free baking, I always purchase Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free 1:1 baking flour. I find it to be very dependable, and my results are always consistent. If you are using a gluten-free flour that does not contain Xanthan (the Bob’s Red Mill one that I just mentioned does), then you will need to add 1/4 teaspoon Xanthan gum to this recipe. Do yourself a favor, and when purchasing a gluten free baking flour, check the ingredients and make sure yours contains Xanthan.
  • Eggs – For this recipe, I really love the texture that using eggs provides. However, you can make this egg-free by using two flax eggs. If you aren’t familiar with a flax egg, it’s basically a mixture of ground flax seed meal and water, that thickens and forms an egg substitute. In this case, since the recipe calls for 2 eggs, you would need 2 flax eggs. All you have to do is stir together 2 tablespoons ground flax and 6 tablespoons water, and let it sit for about 5 minutes. 
  • Coconut sugar – As you can see, I developed this recipe using both coconut sugar and honey. The reason I did that is because I love the texture that coconut sugar provides, and when mixed with honey, the flavors are incredible! But you can definitely use all coconut sure if you’d like!
  • Honey – See my note above!
  • Vanilla extract – I believe that all baked goods should include vanilla extract, it is such an important flavor component of any baking recipe!
  • Pumpkin puree – When you run to the store to purchase pumpkin, make sure you look at the can to make sure you don’t buy pumpkin pie filling by mistake. It’s so easy to do! 
  • Baking soda – You need baking soda so your loaf rises perfectly!
  • Chocolate chips – In this recipe, I used dairy free chocolate chips, but you can feel free to use any chocolate chips you like. It’s even delicious with melted butterscotch chips on top. Can you even imagine?
  • Coconut oil – You need just a touch of coconut oil to help liquify the melted chocolate, so that it’s nice and drippy. 

Ways to enjoy your new loaf of gluten-free pumpkin fudge bread

Answer: slice and carry said slice straight to your face. You don’t need to add anything on top, like nut butter or any other spreads. I mean you can if you want, but the whole purpose of the fudge top is ensure that you don’t need anything else in your life besides a slice of this decadent bread. Oh, you might want to eat it with your morning coffee, or better yet, my Pecan Pumpkin Latte, which is outrageously delicious! 

Other pumpkin recipes you might like

I have so many pumpkin recipes on my blog, that you will love. If you are looking for a super simple pumpkin bread, try my Easy Paleo Pumpkin Bread. And if you are in the mood for blondies, try my Chewy Peanut Butter Pumpkin Blondies. And let’s also not forget about my Pumpkin Spice Cookie Scones, they are deelish!

Storage instructions

This loaf is best enjoyed within a week. I recommend storing it in the refrigerator, in an air tight container. If you leave it on your countertop instead, the chocolate will melt off and the loaf will get too moist – no one wants that.

If you make this recipe, please be sure to leave a comment below, and be sure to tag me on Instagram so that I can repost!

GLUTEN FREE PUMPKIN FUDGE BREAD

Author: Nicole Modic of @KALEJUNKIE

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
SERVES 12
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This Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bread is packed with chocolate fudge and pumpkin spice, for the ultimate holiday loaf. Get ready to make this one on repeat all season and throughout the year!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups gluten free flour (I used bobs 1:1 gluten free flour)
  • 2 eggs (or sub for 2 flax eggs)
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup pumpkin purée
  • 2 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup dairy free chocolate chips
  • 1/2 tsp coconut oil

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Line a bread pan with parchment paper (grease the inside so that the parchment paper sticks).
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients.
  • Then add the remaining ingredients (except for the chocolate chips) and stir just until combined.
  • Don't over stir or your bread will come out tough.
  • Gently fold in 3/4 cup of the chocolate chips.
  • Pour batter into the pan and gently shake so it's even.
  • Bake for 45 - 55 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. For me, it was right at the 45 minute mark, but ovens vary. 
  • Remove from oven and let cool. This is a very important step because the bread needs to cool before you spread melted chocolate on top!
  • Melt the remaining chocolate chips, along with the coconut oil, in the microwave, in 30- second increments. If you don't have a microwave, you can melt your chocolate on the stove using a double boiler.
  • Once bread is cool, drizzle chocolate on top.
  • Slice and devour!

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  1. I read some of the reviews to see if I was the only one, but my “batter” also came out to be very dry. I did not make any substitutions and I used the Bob’s red mill flour that was recommended. To make it more of a batter like consistency, I had to use the entire can of pumpkin and even then it was still super thick. The bread came out very dense, but it tastes good!! Next time, maybe I would only use 1 1/2 cups flour and I liked the idea from the person who said they added a little oat milk. That would definitely help if you didn’t have extra pumpkin to use or didn’t want the bread so be so pumpkin-y.

  2. I’ve made this twice following the exact recipe and it came out extremely dry each time. I added oat milk to make it a better consistency.

  3. 5 stars
    BEST PUMPKIN BREAD EVER!! I’m typing this as I’m eating the first piece, seriously so good! I used flax eggs as well as 1 C almond flour + 1 C whole wheat flour because I’m not GF and the texture and taste is still amazing!

    • YAY! I am so happy to hear that, Sam! Thank you for sharing that substitution as well, so others can give it a try! Happy holidays! 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    Hi Nicole, I just made this recipe, it was delicious! I’m learning to take better care of myself and trying new recipes each week. You are such an inspiration, I’ve been following you for awhile.
    My first recipe from your website was a success, thank-you for sharing and making my busy life a little easier.

    • Hi Tracy! You are so kind! First, thank you for following me! And also for giving my recipes a try! It means so much and I hope you make many more! XOXO

  5. I must have over-mixed because mine came out very dry/tough. The batter itself seemed very odd to me but must have been my mixing. First time I’ve ever had a Kale Junkie recipe not turn out so must have been user error on my end.

    • OH NO! This recipe has been tested several times and made by hundreds over the weekend (bc of the contest I’m hosting), with positive results! What brand gluten-free flour did you use? And did you make any other substitutions? I’m bummed this didn’t work for you!

  6. This looks amazing!
    Im curious about other flours, maybe cassava or oat? I know you haven’t tested them yet, but maybe another reader has or will test and report back!