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Marbled Chocolate Pumpkin Bread

Marbled Chocolate Pumpkin Bread

This marbled chocolate pumpkin bread is quick and easy to make and full of flavour. The perfect treat to have with your morning coffee!

Pumpkin bread always disappears quickly at my house, and this marbled chocolate version was no exception.

marbled chocolate pumpkin bread

I think it disappeared in less than two days. But it was very tasty so that isn’t a surprise at all.

Pumpkin and chocolate go so well together, so this marbled chocolate pumpkin bread was absolutely delicious. And so easy to make that I know I’ll be making this again and again.

Easy and delicious, it’s the perfect treat for a fall morning!

marbled chocolate pumpkin bread

Should pumpkin bread be refrigerated after baking?

No, you do not need to refrigerate pumpkin bread after baking it. It will keep well at room temperature for 3-5 days.

If you want to make sure it stays moist, you will want to cover it tightly, or store it in an airtight container. The top of the bread will get soft and sticky if you keep it in an airtight container though, so keep this in mind.

marbled chocolate pumpkin bread

I prefer to store it just lightly covered instead, so that the top doesn’t get sticky. It will dry out a bit stored this way, but it is always gone in 2-3 days at my house, so it’s always fine. It stays perfectly moist for that long, and the top doesn’t get overly sticky.

marbled chocolate pumpkin bread

Can I freeze pumpkin bread?

Yes, you can definitely freeze pumpkin bread. I do it all the time.

Just let the bread cool completely after baking it, and then either place it in a large ziplock bag, or in an airtight container.

You can freeze it for up to 3 months. It will defrost in a few hours at room temperature.

marbled chocolate pumpkin bread

How to make Marbled Chocolate Pumpkin Bread:

  • Make sure the bread is cooked all the way through before removing it from the oven. Test with a toothpick, it should come out clean when inserted in the middle of the bread.
  • Let the bread cool in the pans for about 10 minutes before turning it out on a wire rack to cool completely.
  • The marbled effect is achieved by adding the two batters to the pan by alternating spoonfuls, and then swirling a butter knife through them both.

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marbled chocolate pumpkin bread
Yield: 2 - 8x4" loaves

Marbled Chocolate Pumpkin Bread

marbled chocolate pumpkin bread

This marbled chocolate pumpkin bread is quick and easy to make and full of flavour. The perfect treat to have with your morning coffee!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes


  • 2 cups pumpkin puree
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup canola oil (or other vegetable oil)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  
  2. Lightly spray two 8x4 inch loaf pans with non-stick spray and set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the pumpkin puree, buttermilk, canola oil, eggs, brown sugar, and granulated sugar, until they are well combined. 
  4. In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and chocolate chips.  
  5. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients, and pour the pumpkin mixture into it.  
  6. Stir everything together until there are no more dry spots. 
  7. Move half of the batter to another bowl. 
  8. Stir the chocolate chips into one half of the batter, and the cocoa powder into the other half.
  9. Divide the two batters between the two loaf pans, adding each a spoonful at a time and alternating between the chocolate and the pumpkin batters.
  10. Use a butter knife to swirl the two batters together and create the marbled effect. 
  11. Bake for 60-70 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre of the loaf comes out clean.   
  12. Allow the bread to cool in the pans for 10-15 minutes before turning it out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  13. The pumpkin bread keeps well at room temperature for 3-5 days, or can be frozen for up to 3 months.


This makes two small 8x4 inch loaves. You can also bake it as one large 9x5 inch loaf, but you will need to increase the bake time by about 10 minutes. 

I use Dutch process cocoa powder, and have not tried this recipe with natural cocoa powder.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 slice

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 139Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 123mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 1gSugar: 9gProtein: 2g

Nutrition Information is estimated based on ingredients used and may not be exact.

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