Starbucks Pumpkin Bread

"My favorite pumpkin bread came from Starbucks, after much effort and a LOT of determination, here's my copy. I use Splenda for the sugar, and I use Egg Beaters for the eggs. Trying to be a little healthier!!"
photo by Gloria Friesen photo by Gloria Friesen
photo by Gloria Friesen
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Ready In:
2 loaves




  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Butter and flour two 9x5x3 loaf pans or muffin tins.
  • Beat sugar and oil in a large bowl to blend.
  • Mix in eggs, pumpkin, and apple sauce.
  • Sift flour, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, salt, and baking powder into another large bowl.
  • Stir into pumpkin mixture in 2 additions.
  • Divide batter equally among prepared pans (muffin tins).
  • Bake until tester comes out clean, about 1 hour for loaves, 20 min for muffins.
  • Transfer to cooling racks and cool for 10 minutes.
  • Turn out onto racks and cool completely.

Questions & Replies

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  1. Josefina M.
    Does it take 3 cups of flour? Or just 1 1//2? Thank you!! I love Starbucks pumpkin bread, and I can´t have it in Argentina... so it would be lovely to bale it myself...


  1. velasquezlb
    It is a good recipe. I did use the extra oil and add molasses but my first try didn't quite taste right... there was something missing in the flavor department.. I am a Barista at Starbucks so when we got our shipment of pumpkin bread in this year, I looked through the label and compared the ingredients to this recipe. Ginger is one of the spices that is in the Starbucks recipe but not in this one. So I tried this recipe again and added 2 tsp. of Ginger along with the extra oil and molasses and now (with the modifications) I feel like it is dead on!
  2. NutMegs
    The first time I made this I felt like the flavor was dead on, but it was a little dry (and I watched it in the oven like a hawk, so it wasn't overbaked). The second time I made it, I kept everything as is written, but added an additional 1/4 cup of oil & 3 T of molasses to up the moistness. It was much more moist and dead on to what I remembered Starbucks Pumpkin Bread to taste like. I wouldn't have thought to add that much of the spices, but truly, the level of spices is dead on. I'll definitely be keeping this recipe!
  3. Nettie62
    I followed the recipe (yes - make sure to use as much spice as noted) and added 3 T. molasses as another review recommended. I also used Splenda instead of white sugar and used eggbeaters instead of whole eggs. Yummy - even my grandson loved them! I made into muffins instead of bread and they make a great treat. I also added a bit of powdered sugar/milk glaze to the top. It is very moist and very flavorful. I'd say it's darn close to the Starbuck's pumpkin bread - which have given me the inspiration to look up the recipe and make it the same day...wonderful fall treat.
  4. alittlebitoff_53011
    WOAH BUDDY!! Was skeptical like the others on the amount of spice but did not cut back as per their advice. SOOOO glad I trusted them. It's the best pumpkin bread I've ever had. EVER. I've tried finding a recipe like this for years. I even got one from a co-worker that was amazing but when I tried it myself it didn't come out (I think she fudged the recipe, but that's another story). I even made this in my Cuisinart bread machine. I put it on the 2 pound light crust cake setting. Came out perfect! Just make sure the machine mixed well.
  5. karlajasper
    I have to admit that I was skeptical, but this comes VERY close to starbucks pumpkin loaf. I am so happy! It even looks like starbucks. It's not quite as moist but I was very pleasantly surprised. Excellent recipe.


  1. JeannieJill
    This is one of my favorite recipes! After reading the reviews I added molasses and nutmeg. I did not have applesauce so I used yogurt and it still turned out delicious. My family raves about this pumpkin bread.
  2. Emma M.
  3. martamohan
    As per other suggestions I added - 1/4 c. oil, 3 T molasses, 2 tsp. ginger
  4. MeganWalls12
    Just made this last night. I followed the reviewers advice and add 1/4 cup of oil and 2 tsp of Ginger. I did not add the molasses because I hate molasses but I think I should have so it would have been extra moist. To fix the moisture problem I wrapped it up in plastic wrap and put it in a container right out of the oven. Had it with my coffee this morning!! Yum very close to starbucks!!! Oh, one more thing I add sunflower seeds to the top instead of pumpkin because Starbucks has sunflower seeds not pumpkin :)
  5. leilameila
    This recipe is FANTASTIC! I made a few modifications though. Instead of 1 cup of regular sugar, I used raw turbinado sugar. Also instead of 1/2 of oil, I used freshly made applesauce so that would be 1 cup of applesauce total in the recipe (actually more like 1 1/2 with 4 apples). Basic way to do this = boil 4 apples until soft and chop/grind until smooth in food processor. This is a healthier alternative and it kept the bread VERY moist, which seems to be a problem with the regular recipe. I also put pumpkin seeds on the top of the breads, so that added some lovely texture and appearance to the bread. Delicious!


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