How to Make Pumpkin Loaf with Brown Sugar & Pepita

A delicious orange pumpkin loaf with a sweet and crunchy brown sugar and pepita swirl. I think you’re going to love it!

orange pumpkin loaf finished
Sweet crunchy pepita topping.

Also Read: How to Make Pumpkin Puree, Pumpkin Scones, Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bars

Take advantage of squash and pumpkin season by making your own pumpkin puree for delicious recipes like this orange pumpkin loaf. Of course, you could also use squash puree from butternut, kabocha, buttercup or red kuri squash varieties. Equally delicious!

orange pumpkin loaf slice at lake
Perfect little treat to take on a fall hiking trip by the lake. Check out the sweet pepita ribbon running through the middle.

The brown sugar and pepita streusel on top and middle is my favorite part!

orange pumpkin loaf inside
Moist and delicious. This loaf was made with kabocha squash.

Recipe for Orange Pumpkin Loaf

baked pumpkin loaf
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Orange Pumpkin Loaf

A moist and delicious loaf topped off with a pepita streusel. Use pumpkin or squash puree. Pureed butternut, buttercup, kabocha or red kuri squash will work beautifully.
Prep : 15 mins
Cook : 50 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 5 mins
Servings: 20 slices
Author: Getty Stewart


  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp pie spice
  • 2 Tbsp grated orange zest zest of 1 orange
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp orange juice concentrate
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • Pepita Streusel
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp pie spice
  • 1 Tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp butter melted
  • 1/2 cup pepitas pumpkin seeds


  • Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Lightly grease and flour a 9×5-inch loaf pan or line with parchment paper.
  • Prepare pepita streusel by combining brown sugar, flour and pie spice. Mix in melted butter and pepitas stirring until well combined. Set aside
  • Mix all purpose flour, whole wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, pie spice and orange zest in a large bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk eggs with oil, granulated sugar, brown sugar, orange juice, vanilla extract and pumpkin puree.
  • Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients stirring just until moistened.
  • Spoon half the batter into the prepared pan and sprinkle with half the pepita streusel.
  • Add remaining batter and top with remaining streusel pressing topping down lightly.
  • Bake until the top is browned and a wooden skewer inserted in the center comes out clean, 50 to 60 minutes. (If the bread begins to brown too much before it’s fully baked, lay a piece of aluminum foil on top.)
  • Cool in the pan for 15 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before slicing.
  • Enjoy!


As an alternative to pie spice add 1/4 tsp nutmeg, 1/4 tsp ginger and 1/2 tsp cinnamon.
Makes 1 loaf
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Nutrition Facts (per serving)

Calories: 168kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Sodium: 64mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: loaf, pumpkin, pumpkin loaf
baked pumpkin loaf
Bet you can’t stop at one piece!

Helpful Tips

  • Like any loaf or muffins, don’t overwork or stir the final batter too much.
  • Use roasted pepitas to get their full flavour. Or quickly toast your own pepitas.
  • Make your own pie spice or add your favourite combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cardamom and cloves.
  • Be patient and let the loaf cool before slicing. Otherwise it’ll be difficult to get nice slices as the loaf will crumble.
  • The consistency of the squash puree should be a little thicker than apple sauce. If your squash is very liquidy, put it through a strainer to remove some of the liquid before measuring and adding to your batter.
squash consistency in pumpkin loaf
The pureed squash or pumpkin should be slightly thicker than apple sauce. Drain if too liquidy.


Still have some puree left? How about trying one of these recipes:

Pumpkin Spice Pudding with Ginger Snaps

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars

Pumpkin Scones with Pumpkin Spice Glaze

Pumpkin Spiced Latte

Pumpkin & Apple Pie Flavored Fruit Rollups

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Recipe created and first published in 2014. New photos and tips added in 2021.

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