Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bread

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This pumpkin cream cheese bread is a moist, flavorful quick bread filled with a sweet and tangy cream cheese filling! This bread is a delicious and festive treat for the fall season. It is moist, soft, fluffy, and so flavorful!
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This pumpkin cream cheese bread is a unique fall treat! It is moist, flavorful, and has a delicious cream cheese filling that perfectly complements the pumpkin. This bread is perfect for breakfast, lunch, or a snack. The flavors are warm and cozy. You will love each bite of this pumpkin cheesecake bread!

Pumpkin cream cheese bread.

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • This pumpkin cream cheese bread has the perfect texture.
  • It is soft, fluffy, and moist.
  • The flavor is warmly spiced and so delicious.
  • The pumpkin and cinnamon flavors are strong.
  • It is made with simple ingredients that you can find at most grocery stores.
  • This quick bread is moist and flavorful, with a delicious cream cheese filling.
  • It is versatile and can be served for breakfast, lunch, or a snack.
  • In addition, serve for dessert!
  • It is perfect for fall gatherings and celebrations. For the holidays, make this Gingerbread Loaf!
  • This pumpkin bread can be made with gluten-free ingredients.
  • Check out this Healthy Pumpkin Bread and these Pumpkin Protein Muffins for another delicious autumn recipe!

Ingredients & Substitutes

These are the ingredients and substitutions for this healthy pumpkin cream cheese bread. Scroll down to the bottom for the full recipe.

For the bread batter, use two large eggs. Do not replace the eggs.

Use melted coconut oil or even olive oil. Moreover, melted butter is another good option.

Vanilla adds a warm and cozy flavor.

Pumpkin purée adds the classic pumpkin flavor. Use pumpkin purée, not pumpkin pie filling.

For the flour, use either whole wheat flour or Paleo baking flour. The Paleo baking flour is gluten-free.

Pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon add the warm spices!

Baking soda helps the bread rise while baking.

Sea salt balances out the flavors.

Coconut sugar adds sweetness. We try to limit added sugars but if needed, use brown sugar.

For the filling, use softened cream cheese. We like to leave this out for a couple hours before baking to soften up.

A little sugar helps sweeten the cheesecake filling.

Lastly, use just one egg yolk for the filling. Discard or save the egg white for another use.

Ingredients for pumpkin cream cheese bread.

Taste & Texture

Pumpkin cream cheese bread has a moist and tender texture, with a rich and flavorful pumpkin taste.

The cream cheese filling adds a touch of sweetness and creaminess that perfectly complements the pumpkin.

The bread is also slightly spiced with cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice, which gives it a warm and cozy flavor.

How to Make

Step 1

First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  Line a 9-inch by 5-inch bread pan with parchment paper.

Step 2

In a mixing bowl, combine the eggs, melted coconut oil, vanilla, and pumpkin purée.  Stir together.

Pumpkin purée in bowl.

Step 3

Then, sift in the flour, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, baking soda, sea salt, and coconut sugar.  Stir together.

Thick orange batter in bowl.

Step 4

Then, make the filling.  Add the softened cream cheese, sugar, and egg yolk to a clean mixing bowl.  Use an electric mixer to beat until completely creamy and smooth.

Cheesecake filling in bowl.

Step 5

Assemble the bread.  Pour ¾ of the pumpkin bread batter into the parchment-lined bread pan.

Orange batter in loaf pan.

Step 6

Spread the filling mixture on top.  Smooth into an even layer.

Creamy filling in bread pan.

Step 7

Top with the remaining pumpkin bread batter.  Smooth into an even layer.

Pumpkin bread batter in pan.

Step 8

Bake for 40 to 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out mostly clean.

Baked pumpkin cheesecake bread.

Step 9

Finally, remove the pan from the oven.

Step 10

Allow the bread to fully cool before slicing and serving.

Expert Tips for Success

Follow these expert tips to make the best pumpkin cream cheese bread.

For the best results, use canned pumpkin puree, not pumpkin pie filling.

Pumpkin pie filling contains sugar and spices, which can alter the taste and texture of the bread.

Be sure to not overmix the batter. Overmixing can make the bread tough.

To prevent the bread from sticking to the pan, use parchment paper before adding the batter.

If you want a more pronounced pumpkin flavor, add an extra teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice to the batter.

Use room-temperature cream cheese. It creams together much more easily than cold cream cheese.

Use a stand mixer or electric hand mixer to beat the cheesecake filling. Do not mix by hand.

To test if the bread is done, insert a toothpick into the center. If the toothpick comes out mostly clean, the bread is done. There will be some cheesecake filling on the toothpick.

Pumpkin cheesecake bread.

Flavor Variations & Add-Ins

Here are some fun and easy ways to flavor this pumpkin cream cheese bread.

For a more spiced flavor, add an extra 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon and nutmeg to the batter.

To add a bit of crunch, add 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts or pecans to the batter.

For a fun twist, try adding 1/2 cup of chocolate chips to the batter.

How to Serve & Store

Pumpkin cream cheese bread can be served warm or at room temperature. Be sure to let it cool fully before slicing into. Then, eat at room temperature or microwave it for 10 to 15 seconds.

It is delicious on its own, but you can also top it with butter, cream cheese, or whipped cream.

Pumpkin cream cheese bread can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days, or in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I freeze pumpkin cream cheese bread?

Yes, pumpkin cream cheese bread can be frozen for up to 3 months. To freeze, wrap the bread tightly in plastic wrap and then foil. Thaw the bread in the refrigerator overnight before serving.

Why is my pumpkin bread dense?

There are a few reasons why your pumpkin cream cheese bread might be dense. One possibility is that you overmixed the batter. Overmixing can develop the gluten in the flour, which can make the bread tough. Another possibility is that you didn’t bake the bread long enough. An under-baked bread will be dense and gummy.

Why is my pumpkin cream cheese bread gummy?

There are a few reasons why your pumpkin cream cheese bread might be gummy. One possibility is that you overbaked the bread. An overbaked bread will be dry and gummy. Another possibility is that you added too much moisture to the batter. Too much moisture can make the bread dense and gummy.

What can pumpkin replace in baking?

Depending on the recipe, pumpkin can replace eggs or oil in baking.

What is a substitute for canned pumpkin purée?

There is no perfect replacement for pumpkin purée. In this recipe, you could replace it with boiled and mashed sweet potatoes. Be sure to eliminate any excess moisture.

Slice of gooey orange loaf.

Equipment Needed

Pre-Cut Parchment Paper Sheets: These parchment paper sheets make cleanup very easy.

Pyrex 3 Glass Mixing Bowls: These are my favorite mixing bowls for baking this quick bread.

Pyrex Glass Measuring Cups: I love these glass measuring cups.

Bread Pan: We use this bread pan every time we bake this pumpkin cream cheese bread!

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  1. This is delicious-thank you! I’m surprised about the fat content in a serving. Is all that from cream cheese? It doesn’t seem like there’s really much cream cheese in one slice. Just curious thanks:)