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Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread {Smoked or Baked}

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread is a sweet, delicious and easy bread that everyone will love! You can bake it in your oven or in your smoker for an amazing hint of smoke flavor. It's best served warm with a slab of butter on top.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr 5 mins
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Smoked Pumpkin Bread with Chocolate Chips
Servings: 8
Calories: 691.72kcal
Author: Julie Evink


  • 3 1/3 c. all-purpose flour
  • 3 c. sugar
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 15 oz pumpkin
  • 1 c. vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 2/3 c. water
  • 1 1/4 c. chocolate chips divided


  • Preheat smoker to 350 degrees. Prepare two 5x9x3 inch loaf pans with non-stick spray, set aside.
  • Put a rimmed baking sheet or cake pan upside don grill grates to prevent the bottom of the bread from cooking to fast.
  • In a large mixing bowl combine pumpkin, oil, eggs and water. Mix in dry ingredients. Mix until combined. Fold in 1 c. chocolate chips.
  • Spoon batter into loaf pans. Sprinkle reserved 1/4 c. chocolate chips on top of bread batter.
  • Place loaf pans on baking sheet in smoker. Smoke for 65-70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  • Cool for 10 minutes and remove from pan to wire rack.


Optional Add-Ins
If you would like to mix in more than just chocolate chips here are a few ideas!
  • Nuts like chopped pecans and walnuts.
  • Dried fruits like raisins and cranberries
  • Cinnamon swirl can be added in the middle of the loaf by mixing together 1/4 c. white sugar and 1 Tbsp cinnamon. Simply pour half the batter into the loaf pan the sprinkle with cinnamon sugar mixture and pour the rest of the batter on top!
Tips to Making the Best Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread!
  • Don't pack the flour when you measure it. Make sure you measure it properly!
  • Remember to preheat the oven or smoker before baking the bread.
  • Place a rimmed baking sheet upside down on the smoker then place the loaf pan on top of the pan to help the bread bake evenly. This will prevent it from baking to fast on the bottom.
  • We used a hickory blend of pellets in our smoker when baking this.
  • After removing it from the smoker or oven let it cool, or rest, for it to be as moist as possible. This will also help make sure it won't crumble when you cut it.
How to Store Leftovers
The key to storing leftover pumpkin bread is to make sure it's completely cool before wrapping it in aluminum foil or plastic wrap. .
  • Most people will store it on the counter and it will keep up to 3 days.
  • You can also place it in the refrigerator and extend the time it will stay good to 6 days.
  • To make it last even longer you can freeze the bread. Simply wrap the cooled bread tightly with aluminum foil or plastic freezer wrap. I like to stick mine in a resealable gallon freezer bag and then place it in the freezer. It will keep up to 3 months. When ready to use simply thaw it out at room temperature.


Calories: 691.72kcal | Carbohydrates: 137.91g | Protein: 10.04g | Fat: 12.04g | Saturated Fat: 7.15g | Cholesterol: 86.06mg | Sodium: 763.42mg | Potassium: 266.82mg | Fiber: 2.62g | Sugar: 94.21g | Vitamin A: 4706.92IU | Vitamin C: 4.95mg | Calcium: 66.42mg | Iron: 3.61mg