Dark Chocolate Oatmeal Pumpkin Bread Recipe

Jennifer W. | The Scrumptious Pumpkin

Dark Chocolate Oatmeal Pumpkin Bread will make your Fall day complete. Nothing smells better than chocolate pumpkin bread baking in the...

Dark Chocolate Oatmeal Pumpkin Bread Photo

On a crisp, chilly fall day, there is nothing that compares to the sweet, cinnamon-spiced aroma of fresh pumpkin bread baking in the kitchen. Well, nothing aside from the taste of fresh homemade pumpkin bread, still warm from the oven.

I love to eat (i.e. I am addicted to eating) pumpkin bread all season long as either a snack or, along with fresh fruit, soup or salad, even as a lunch. So this year I decided to experiment with adding some nutrient-filled ingredients to my pumpkin bread.

Olive Oil and Flax Photo

First, I made this recipe vegan by using a combination of olive oil and ground flaxseed instead of eggs or milk. You won’t actually taste olive oil or flax in the bread (just like you don’t taste milk or eggs in a traditional bread), but both contribute to making this pumpkin bread really rich, soft and moist.

Oatmeal Photo

I also added old-fashioned rolled oats, which are full of fiber and protein (to keep you feeling fuller for longer) and lower in carbs than most grains.

Chocolate Chunks Photo

And lastly, but oh-so-most-importantly, I added plenty of dark chocolate (which counts as a nutritious ingredient because of the high levels of antioxidants found in dark chocolate, of course!). For the very best flavor, I use an organic dark chocolate bar and chop it into small chunks with a sharp knife. This type of chocolate is less processed, richer in flavor, and it melts into the warm pumpkin bread in the most delicious way. And dark chocolate, as luck would have it, just so happens to be an amazing complement to both the pumpkin and oatmeal.

Dark Chocolate Oatmeal Pumpkin Bread Picture

One of my favorite things about pumpkin bread is the fact that it’s so quick and easy to throw together (about 10 minutes of hands-on preparation). Then you can just let it bake for about 40 minutes and let the oven take over all of the work from there, while you go about enjoying a beautiful fall day (and lots of delicious pumpkin-y aromas wafting from the kitchen). But that unbeatable, homemade, fresh-from-the-oven flavor tastes like a whole lot of labor and effort must surely have gone into such a confection.

Dark Chocolate Oatmeal Pumpkin Bread Image

Easy. Homemade. Rich. Moist. Nutritious. Gooey-Chocolate-Filled. What’s not to love?

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We're all for keeping Jennifer's bread vegan, but if you just happen not to be vegan, slathering this gorgeous bread with some cinnamon honey butter is totally acceptable.

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Dark Chocolate Oatmeal Pumpkin Bread Recipe

    8 Servings


  • 1/3 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 tablespoons Ground Flax Seed
  • 1 cup Pumpkin Puree
  • 2/3 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Organic Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 2/3 cup Old Fashioned Oats
  • 2 teaspoons Aluminum Free Baking Powder
  • 2 teaspoons Ground Cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon Ground Ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon Allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 ounces Organic Dark Chocolate, Cut into quarter inch chunks


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  2. Add the olive oil and flaxseed to a large mixing bowl and whisk until well combined.
  3. Add the pumpkin and brown sugar and whisk again.
  4. To a second mixing bowl, add the flour, oats, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, and salt. Stir until well combined.
  5. Slowly blend the oatmeal mixture into the pumpkin mixture, stirring just until the batter is well combined. Fold in the chocolate chunks.
  6. Coat an 8-inch X 4-inch baking pan with a very thin layer of olive oil. Pour the batter into the pan, spreading and smoothing the top with a small spatula or table knife, ensuring the corners are filled in and the surface is perfectly smooth and even.
  7. Press several additional chocolate chunks into the top surface of the batter (optional).
  8. Bake for about 38-43 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool, about 10-15 minutes.
  9. Run a table knife along every side of the cake, ensuring cake doesn't stick to the sides of the pan. Turn the pan over onto a tray or cutting board to remove the cake from the pan. Flip the cake so it's right side up. Slice and serve.


  • Bread should remain fresh for about 4-5 days if stored in an airtight container at room temperature in a cool, dark, dry location.


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Author: Jennifer W.
Recipe Yields: 8 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 slice
Servings Per Recipe 8

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 105
Calories 267

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g
  Saturated Fat 3g
Sodium 155mg
Total Carbohydrate 35g
  Dietary Fiber 3g
  Sugars 20g
Protein 2g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Jennifer W.

About Jennifer

Jen is a lifelong lover of fresh, healthy eating. She shares this love on The Scrumptious Pumpkin. Here on Food Fanatic, she's sharing her best Healthy Comfort Food.

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