High Altitude Pumpkin Bread

Welcome to time of year where I pumpkin-fy all the things. First it was a basic pumpkin muffin recipe and today it’s High Altitude Pumpkin Bread. With chocolate chips no less because shouldn’t all pumpkin bread come standard with chocolate chips? Me thinks so.

You’re welcome.

A wooden backdrop with a white loaf pan. Warm pumpkin chocolate chip bread right from the oven. www.mountainmamaacooks.com


A few weeks ago I shared with you my favorite recipe for pumpkin muffins so today I giving you the same recipe but this time in bread form and loaded with mini chocolate chips. You had to see it coming, right?! I truly believe that all pumpkin bread should have chocolate chips so that’s how you’ll find me making it. I did, however, want to let you know that you can easily omit the chocolate chips if you’d rather it plain jane. You do you, boo.

A white kitchen countertop with two brown eggs, an opened can of pumpkin puree, a bowl with brown and white sugar, and another glass bowl with flour, salt, cinnamon, and leavening. www.mountainmamacooks.com


Baking quick breads at high altitude can be fickle. It takes a lot of trial and error but if you follow these few tips, I think you will find that it really helps!

1. Add a little extra liquid to compensate for the extra baking time that baked goods require at altitude. Dry ingredients tend to be, well, more dry at higher attitude as well. The liquid will help.
2. Decrease the sugar by just a tad. I usually minus a heaping tablespoon from each cup called for. Too much sugar caramelized too quickly and creates a less stable baking environment.
3. Decrease the leavening but 1/4 teaspoon for each 1 teaspoon called for. Start there and decrease a little more if you live even higher than 7000 feet.

This recipe is already adjusted so you’re good to go!

A glass bowl with the beginnings of high altitude pumpkin chocolate chip bread. A woman's hands stirring imm a can of pumpkin puree. www.mountainmamacooks.com


My kids like their pumpkin baked goods with nothing. No chocolate, no nuts, nada. Sometimes my little one wants his with a smear of butter but the other kiddo wants it as is. I’m all for it most of the time but I absolutely love pumpkin and chocolate together. They’re made for each other, am I right? So this pumpkin bread gets a generous amount of mini chips stirred in ala Mountain Mama style. I like to use mini chips vs regular sized chips as I think they distribute better but do what you like. Chocolate chunks are a great option, too!

A close up of pumpkin bread. The top of the bread is studded with mini chocolate chips. The bread has not been cut into. www.mountainmamacooks.com


This particular recipe makes one large loaf + a handful of muffins or it makes two regular sized loaves. I usually opt for two regular sized loaves. Once they cool I leave one out for eating and freeze the other. The best way to freeze the loaf is to first wrap in plastic wrap, then in foil, and lastly I put the pumpkin bread in a ziplock baggie. The triple threat- it works every time. Simply pull the bread out of the freezer and let it defrost on the counter for a few hours and it will be perfect! The muffins also freeze beautifully and are perfect for the lunch box!

A still warm loaf of pumpkin bread. The bread sits on a cutting board with just a few slices cut off. The color of the bread is a gorgeous orange and it's dotted with dark chocolate chips. www.mountainmamacooks.com


I have so many pumpkin recipes already on the blog however here a few of my favorites!

High Altitude Pumpkin Muffins
High Altitude Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
Slow Cooker Pumpkin Spice Latte
Cast Iron Pumpkin Cranberry Cake

A close of of high altitude pumpkin bread cut up and placed artfully around a dark blue plate. There are a dozen or so slices of bread on the plate. www.mountainmamacooks.com

Have a wonderful holiday! I hope this week is filled with loved one and lots of delicious food! As always, thanks for reading. I’m so glad you’re here. xo, Kelley

recipe by Mountain Mama Cooks/ photos by Deborah DeKoff


High Altitude Pumpkin Bread

  • Author: Kelley


A reliable high altitude recipe for pumpkin chocolate chip bread.


  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup neutral tasting oil- I like avocado or vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 15 oz can pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips + more for sprinkling on top


  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  2. Butter and flour two standard (9 x 5) loaf pans; set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the flour, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt; set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, combine the brown sugar, granulated sugar and oil. Add the eggs and whisk until eggs are fully incorporated. Add the pumpkin puree and orange juice and stir until smooth. Gently stir in the dry ingredients and mix just until combined. It’s ok if there are still a few lumps. Stir in chocolate chips.
  5. Fill pans about 2/3 full. Bake in a preheated oven for 45-55 minutes or until bread is done. The sides will be golden and when you insert a toothpick into the center it will come out clean.
  6. Remove bread from oven and place on cooling rack. Let cool for 15 minutes before taking bread out of the pans and letting cool completely on rack.
  7. Slice and serve still warm with a smear of butter. Or cream cheese and a drizzle of honey…..it’s sooooo good!


This recipe makes two standard loaves OR one large loaf plus 4-5 muffins. I have a large loaf pan and I bake the bread for an extra 10 minutes or so. If you do muffins, bake them for 18-20 minutes.