Pumpkin date bread with chocolate chips…in the bread machine!

Bread Machine Pumpkin Chocolate Date Bread

You know what sucks about having a bread machine?


The only thing that could improve bread machine ownership is a greater abundance of trustworthy bread machine recipes. There are bread machine recipes to be had, but the sources are often dubious and reviews can be hard to come by, so it’s difficult to know whether you’ll end up with yummy bread or sad, dry punishment bread.

Are you ready? I am about to be the change I’d like to see on the Internet.

Pumpkin Date Bread with Chocolate Chunks

This is a recipe I found and tested from the Betty Crocker site. I didn’t alter much, outside of replacing “nuts” with “a boatload of chocolate and dates” and adding a pinch of freshly-grated ginger. Those changes affect the flavor of the bread, but not the chemistry of the recipe, so regardless of whether you follow the version below or the original, you will be safe. (I also arranged the ingredients in the manufacturer-recommended order for a Breadman machine, but I don’t think the order makes much difference when no yeast is involved.)

The bread turned out very, very moist, sweet-but-not-too-sweet, soft and comforting, with a subtle pumpkin-pie flavor. It holds up; after it sits for a day, it becomes more like bread and less like cake, and the crust becomes soft and sticky like banana bread.

If you put chocolate in your bread, wipe the knife frequently when you’re slicing it. Otherwise, chocolate stays on there and rips through the bread in a less-than-handsome way.

I hereby present this recipe to you not by way of taking credit for it, but of propagating a tested-and-it-totally-works bread machine recipe with a direct endorsement. You know what would be awesome? If everyone shared a trusted bread machine recipe that they’ve personally tested! You can post a link or a whole recipe in the comments if you want to, and then the rest of us will make that bread and think of you. Together, we can make the bread-machine-loving world a better place, one recipe at a time. Is anyone playing dramatic music right now? I think I need dramatic music so I can say that last part again.

I’ll wait.

Chocolate Date Pumpkin Bread

Betty Crocker’s Bread Machine Pumpkin Spice Bread with Chocolate and Dates

  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 pinch ground cloves
  • 1 pinch freshly grated (or ground) ginger
  • 1/2 cup chopped dates
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips/chunks
  1. Place all the ingredients into the pan of a bread machine in the order listed. (If the pan is not nonstick, grease it first.) Set bread machine to “quick bread”  or “batter bread,” depending on your manufacturer. Go! [Note: The original recipe advises scraping down the sides of the pan after 3 minutes, but I did not find that necessary. Full disclosure, though: I did it anyway. I scraped all the nothing straight down into the batter with my spatula. I don’t know why.]

Kristina Ackerman

Kristina Ackerman is a busy freelance web designer, living and DIYing with her fella and their little fella in a cute old house in Atlanta, GA, USA.

  • That looks amazing! I finally, finally uncovered the perfect white sandwich bread for the bread machine recipe that actually tastes like store-bought white bread, only with none of the high fructose corn syrup, in case you need one.

    • Anonymous

      I totally need one! The only white bread I’ve had any luck with in the bread machine has been brioche, which just isn’t practical most of the time, and does not make good sandwiches!

  • Kaytie

    How many pounds is this?

    • Kaytie,

      That’s an excellent question, since bread machines are usually like “HEY WHAT YOU GOT HERE? THIS A POUND LOAF OR A TWO POUND LOAF OR WHAT? SOME KIND OF IN-BETWEENY LOAF?” and you’re like, “Um, it’s bread please?” but you have to know the setting.

      HOWEVER! I may be mistaken, but I think most bread machines have a setting for “batter bread” or “quick bread” or something along those lines which doesn’t ask the poundage for whatever reason. It also doesn’t knead the heck out of the dough, which the regular settings definitely do, and that’s important for the texture this kind of bread. Does your machine have that setting?

  • I have not use my bread machine for a long time. Now I have a reason to use it again. I want to try making this bread.

  • Yum! Everything about this recipe sounds super scrumptious. Love the flavor/ingredient combos.

  • This reminds me… It’s been six looooong years since we moved into this house, during which time my husband left behind my cookbooks – including my precious Betty Crocker ring-binder with the great banana nut bread recipe – AND my wedding rings!  By the time I realized them missing it was too late…  Looking forward to Pumpkin Date Bread w/ Chocolate Chips this Thanksgiving.  *Wouldn’t it be great if my rings were baked in it!*

    • I hope that your life is being written by P.G. Wodehouse, because then surely you will find out your rings have been safely stashed in your bread machine all along!

  • Jacque Enriques

    Very glad I scraped down the sides. I almost forgot and it was caked on pretty good!

  • Winnie Stephenson

    Can’t wait to try this recipe in my breadmaker. Though it seems there is a high probability it could lead to the demise of said machine!

  • Tamantha

    Can you use something other than the dates?

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  • Brandon Mitchell

    Made this but used coconut oil and had to cook about 1 hour extra .. used cheap ostra bread maker