Cinnamon Streusel Pumpkin Bread

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Cinnamon Streusel Pumpkin Bread is a great fall baking recipe. Pumpkin spice bread is swirled with a pecan cinnamon sugar streusel and topped with more streusel. Great homemade bread for breakfast, dessert, or a snack.
Loaf of Cinnamon Streusel Pumpkin Bread in the baking dish from the top view

This Cinnamon Streusel Pumpkin Bread is full of warm, fall spices with a cinnamon streusel swirl and topping.

Loaf of Cinnamon Streusel Pumpkin Bread in the baking dish from the top view

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Why You Will Love This Recipe

One of my favorite breakfasts growing up was a cinnamon streusel coffee cake, specifically because of the streusel! 

I thought a delicious pumpkin bread, already full of warm spices, would be a great pairing to a cinnamon streusel that reminded me of my childhood.

Fall is my absolute favorite season!  And the arrival of fall means that pumpkin-spice-everything is everywhere. 

This Cinnamon Streusel Pumpkin Bread recipe will fill your house with smells of cinnamon and pumpkin spice when it is baking. 

I shared my quick and simple recipe for how to make your own pumpkin spice, and a friend asked for a pumpkin bread, so I got to it!

It is just an amazing scent (don’t you just love fall baking?). 

It also makes it rather difficult to be patient enough for this pumpkin bread recipe to cool before diving in and having a slice.  The streusel is my favorite part, which is also why I add a layer of it through the middle of the bread. 

Slices of Cinnamon Streusel Pumpkin Bread on a board in a row


To make this homemade bread recipe, this is what you need:

  • Unsalted Butter
  • Brown Sugar
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Ground Cinnamon
  • Walnuts or Pecans
  • Flour
  • Pumpkin Puree
  • Pumpkin Spice
  • Large Eggs
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Baking Soda
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt

The cinnamon streusel is made of sugar, butter, cinnamon, and chopped nuts. And this is the magic of the recipe!

Pumpkin Spice – I love to use my own homemade blend which allows you to also adjust the spice ratio as preferred!


These are the tools you need for the recipe:

  • Bread Loaf Pan
  • Nonstick Spray
  • Large Bowl
  • Medium Bowl
  • Small Bowl
  • Spatula
  • Measuring Cups
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Liquid Measuring Cups
Close view of the top of the loaf

Pumpkin Puree vs Pumpkin Pie Filling

It is important to use a pumpkin puree and not a pie filling for this recipe.

Pie filling has other flavors, spices, and ingredients added so that it is ready to be used in baking without any adustments.

Since we want to control our flavor profile, and add the spices ourselves, we want the plain pumpkin puree.

Modifications and Substitutions

Pecans can be swapped out for walnuts.

Dark brown sugar is fine instead of light brown sugar.

You can make the bread in a different size pan, or even a cupcake tin. Just keep an eye on it as it bakes and adjust accordingly (less time the smaller it is).

Slices of Cinnamon Streusel Pumpkin Bread laying next to half a loaf on a board

Kim’s Tips

I use pecans in this recipe because they are a great flavor pairing with the pumpkin puree.  You could also use walnuts. 

I also like to leave the pecans in a rough chop, not too small.  This gives great texture to the bread and streusel.  If you are not a fan of chunks of nuts, just chop them finer.

Since we have a streusel in the middle, it can be easy to think the bread is undercooked when really you are just hitting the streusel layer. Test the bread several times and try to aim just above or below the layer to check for doneness.

Close view of a slice


Why is my pumpkin bread bitter?

Too much butter, baking soda, or baking powder was used.

How can I tell if my pumpkin bread is done?

The bread will puff up into a dome on top with a crack.
When you stick a cake tester or toothpick in the middle, it will come out clean or with crumbs and not be wet.

Why doesn’t my pumpkin bread cook in the middle?

It was not cooked long enough.

Can you put bread back in the oven if it’s not done?

Yes. Try to do so as soon as possible.

What happens if you forget baking soda in pumpkin bread?

The bread will not rise as much, it will be denser, and flatter looking.

Can you freeze homemade pumpkin bread?

Yes! Make sure it is completely cooled and then wrap very well, either intact or in sliced, and freeze up to 3 months.

Find more of our pumpkin spice inspired recipes here!

Learn how to make your own pumpkin spice blend here!

A oaf of Cinnamon Streusel Pumpkin Bread in a white dish from the top view
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Loaf of Cinnamon Streusel Pumpkin Bread in the baking dish from the top view

Cinnamon Streusel Pumpkin Bread

Cinnamon Streusel Pumpkin Bread is a great fall baking recipe. Pumpkin spice bread is swirled with a pecan cinnamon sugar streusel and topped with more streusel. Great homemade bread for breakfast, dessert, or a snack.
5 from 7 votes
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Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Bread, Fall/Thanksgiving, Holiday, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 9 one inch slices
Calories: 464kcal



Streusel Mixture



  • In a small bowl, combine all of the streusel mix ingredients together. Stir until it resembles wet sand. Set aside.
    1/3 cup light brown sugar, 1/3 cup granulated sugar, 1 Tablespoon cinnamon, 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter, 1 cup pecans
  • Preheat oven to 350 with your rack in the lower-middle position.
  • Whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, pumpkin spice, and salt in a large bowl.
    2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 2 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin spice, 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the pumpkin, sugar, butter, eggs, and vanilla. Whisk together.
    15 ounces pumpkin puree, 1 cup granulated sugar, 8 Tablespoons unsalted butter, 2 large eggs, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Add the pumpkin mixture into the dry ingredients and gently mix until just incorporated. The batter will be very thick.
  • Spray a 9×5 loaf pan generously with vegetable oil spray.
  • Pour half of the batter into the loaf pan, making sure the entire bottom is covered. Sprinkle half of the streusel topping across the batter, covering completely.
  • Pour the rest of batter into the loaf pan to cover the streusel. Tap on the counter to release air bubbles and smooth the top with a spatula.
  • Add the rest of the streusel across the top of the bread. Gently press down to help it adhere.
  • Bake at 350°F until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean with a few crumbs, approximately 50-60 minutes.
  • Let the bread cool in the loaf pan for 10 minutes.
    Dump out the bread (it should come out easily from the spray) and let the bread cool on a wire rack for one hour.


Learn how to make your own pumpkin spice blend here!
Ceramic and porcelain loaf pans can take a little longer than metal pans to bake.  You can also bake this in round or rectangular cake pans however the cooking time will be much faster since it is thinner.


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 464kcal | Carbohydrates: 66g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 77mg | Sodium: 277mg | Potassium: 245mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 40g | Vitamin A: 7777IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 3mg

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By on October 10th, 2019

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Kim has grown up with a passion for cooking good food! You can find her in the kitchen experimenting with new recipes, making dog treats, and eating Italian food!

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6 thoughts on “Cinnamon Streusel Pumpkin Bread”

  1. 5 stars
    We officially started the autumn baking season with this recipe yesterday, and what a perfect first bake of the season it was! Really delicious bread and the streusel on top is an absolute must! Lovely recipe!


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