Foolproof Thanksgiving Pumpkin Bread

You will need:

  • ½ cup of canola or coconut oil

  • 1½ cups sugar

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 cup of pure pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)

  • ⅓ cup of water

  • 1¾ cups of all-purpose flour

  • ¼ teaspoon of baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda

  • Pinch of salt

  • 2 tsp. pumpkin or apple pie spice mix (cinnamon works too)

  • Loaf pan (9x5)

  • OPTIONAL: chocolate chips or chopped nuts (½ cup)

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Have your child grease loaf pan.

  2. Combine sugar, oil, eggs, pumpkin puree and water in a mixing bowl. Take turns mixing and incorporating these wet ingredients together until you have a nice, even texture.

  3. Measure and add flour, baking powder, baking soda, spice mix and salt to the wet ingredients. Mix together by hand for about a minute until you have an even batter. (You can even count to 60 while you take turns stirring!) Be careful not to overmix, as this will result in a tougher bread.

  4. Pour the batter into the greased loaf pan. Bake for about an hour, or until a fork/skewer comes out clean. The top of the loaf should be golden brown.

  5. Allow the loaf to cool for about 10 minutes before serving.


  • Allow your child to measure, “pinch” and stir, offering gentle instruction as needed.

  • Taking turns doing tasks helps your child feel independent, while allowing you to supervise.

  • Positive reinforcement for completing a task helps make cooking fun for everyone.

  • Leave yourself plenty of time to finish this recipe — cooking with multiple generations involved can take a little longer!


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