Can you make a pumpkin flavored bread similar to how you can make banana bread? Adding pumpkin to a bread dough mixture similar to how you make banana bread.

Is this what pumpernickel is?

  • Banana bread is not banana added to bread dough.
    – rumtscho
    Feb 1, 2016 at 18:18
  • And neither will result in pumpernickel.
    – Stephie
    Feb 1, 2016 at 18:22
  • pumpernickel is a sourdough rye bread. Banana bread is typically a quick bread, which uses a batter, not a dough. And you might be able to get a decent bread by replacing the banana w/ canned pumpkin in a banana bread recipe, but I have no experience w/ that.
    – Joe
    Feb 1, 2016 at 18:39
  • My ignorance put to one side do you think you can make something similar to banana bread with pumpkin?
    – Neil Meyer
    Feb 1, 2016 at 18:46
  • @NeilMeyer for the record, I think this is a decent question. Also, I hate it when people think that ignorance has to be punished. I would have posted an answer if I had one, but I have never tried to make anything similar to pumpkin bread. My initial comment was meant mostly as a warning "things are a bit different than what you imagine them to be", so that you can better understand eventual answers, or maybe be able to better specify what you actually want - a "standard" bread with pumpkin taste, or a quickbread with pumpkin taste.
    – rumtscho
    Feb 1, 2016 at 19:35

2 Answers 2


Is pumpernickel a form of pumpkin bread? No, definitely not. Pumpernickel is defined by the grain used (specifically rye) and not by any added ingredients.

Can you make bread with pumpkins? Sure! Pumpkin bread is generally a moist quickbread, and like banana bread is often intended as a breakfast food. Unlike with bananas, the pumpkin usually has to be roasted to soften it before use, so it can take a bit more effort (though there is an excellent instructional guide on the old SA companion blog) unless you use a pre-cooked canned pumpkin.

The moisture, protein, and fat content of pumpkin (or any squash, really) will also differ from banana, so you are best off not substituting into a banana bread recipe. Fortunately, a quick Google search for "pumpkin bread" shows dozens of recipes from different sources. Pick one that looks good to you and have a go.


A better analog would be to use a zucchini bread recipe since they are both squashes, however is there a reason why you don't use a pumpkin bread recipe? Pumpkin on its own isn't necessarily the most pleasant flavor. It's the spices that go with it that make it taste great.

If you want a pumpkin like bread but without all the spices you might prefer using sweet potato which has the closest approximation to pumpkin taste that most people expect without needing a pumpkin spice pallet.

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