Pumpkin streusel bread is a healthier pumpkin bread recipe made with whole wheat and topped with the most irresistible crunchy streusel topping. It’s perfect for fall or any time of the year!
Why you’ll love it: Not only is it delicious, this pumpkin streusel bread recipe makes 2 loaves, so you can freeze one for later.
How long it takes: 15 minutes to prep, one hour and fifteen minutes to bake
Equipment you’ll need: mixing bowl, measuring utensils, 2 loaf pans, oven
Servings: 20 slices
Easy Pumpkin Bread With Streusel Topping
Streusel is a magical thing, isn’t it? It makes everything ten times better, at least in my humble opinion. Would you rather have a plain muffin or a muffin with a sweet, crumbly streusel on the top? I’d choose the streusel-topped muffin any day!
The same goes for this pumpkin bread. It’s really great without the streusel but with the streusel? It’s next-level delicious! Moist and rich, with that crumbly, buttery topping, this pumpkin bread won’t stick around long. Good thing this recipe makes two loaves!
About this Pumpkin Bread
The first is that the bread tastes really great even with reduced sugar so I guess you could say the extra sugar is not completely necessary (don’t get me wrong, though, those recipes are delicious!). The second and main reason is that the streusel topping also includes sugar for another great layer of sweetness.
You’ll also find that there’s no added oil in this recipe. Instead, the bread gets a ton of moisture from both the pumpkin and the addition of Greek yogurt.
The streusel includes some butter, but trust me, it’s necessary.
I’ll run through the recipe here to get you started, with a few extra hints thrown in. The printable recipe card with full directions and nutrition information can be found at the end of the post.
What You’ll Need
- All-Purpose Flour and Whole Wheat Flour: Use both kinds of flour if you can. The whole wheat flour adds nutrition and great flavor but the all-purpose flour keeps the bread from becoming too dense and heavy. You could substitute white whole wheat flour if you’d like.
- Baking Powder, Baking Soda, and Salt: To provide leavening and seasoning.
- Pumpkin Pie Spice: I like to use my homemade blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice, and cloves. You can buy a pre-made blend, too.
- Canned Pumpkin Puree: This is 100% pumpkin, not to be confused with canned pumpkin pie filling mix. Check out the FAQ section for more about this.
- Sugar: Like I mentioned above, there is not a lot of sugar in this bread, only a half cup per loaf (not counting the streusel).
- Greek Yogurt: I usually use 2% Greek yogurt but use what you like. Choose plain Greek yogurt, not flavored.
- Eggs: Add even more moisture and richness.
- Pure Vanilla Extract: For yummy flavor.
- Streusel: You’ll need butter, flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon for the topping.
How To Make Pumpkin Streusel Bread
This recipe makes two large loaves of bread. Make sure you have two loaf pans and spray them with cooking spray. Turn the oven to 350°F to preheat and let’s get started.
- Prepare the streusel topping. Make the streusel first so it’s all ready to sprinkle onto the batter once you get it into the pans. Simply mix the butter, flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon with your fingers or a fork until it clumps together. It should look like large crumbs. Set it aside.
- Combine the wet ingredients. You’ll need quite a large bowl to mix the batter since this recipe makes two loaves. It will probably be the biggest bowl you have! In the bowl, add the eggs, pumpkin, yogurt, sugar, a bit of water, and vanilla. Mix everything up really well.
- Add the dry ingredients. In another bowl, mix both kinds of flour, baking powder, baking soda, and pumpkin pie spice. Add the dry ingredients to the big bowl and gently stir just until combined.
- Bake. Divide the batter into two pans, smoothing it out a bit. Sprinkle the streusel on top and pop the loaves into the oven to bake at 350ºF for about one hour. Depending on the size of your loaf pans, the bread may need up to 1 hour and 15 minutes. Use the toothpick test to determine doneness.
- Cool. Let the bread cool in the pans for fifteen minutes or so, then remove from the pans and finish cooling. I know you’re anxious to try your homemade bread but it slices best when it’s completely cooled.
Try this bread with Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream Cheese. Oh, is that good! If you want, add a little extra sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice on top.
You don’t want to go crazy here and overmix the batter. There shouldn’t be any stray dry ingredients yet you don’t need to whip the batter into a frenzy. Why? Overmixing can cause the bread to become tough, bake unevenly, or have really big holes in it.
Canned pumpkin puree (often labeled as 100% pure pumpkin) is just pumpkin, with no added ingredients. Pumpkin pie filling, in contrast, is a blend of pumpkin, sugar, and spices. It may be labeled as “pumpkin pie mix”. They are not interchangeable in recipes.
My homemade pumpkin pie spice blend, which is pretty typical of most blends, contains cinnamon, nutmeg, ground ginger, allspice, and cloves.
According to King Arthur Baking Company, whole wheat flour has more protein, nutritional value, and a more robust flavor than all-purpose flour. It’s made from the entire wheat berry, both the inner germ and the outer bran. I store mine in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer to preserve freshness.
You can usually substitute whole wheat flour for some, if not all, of the all-purpose flour in a recipe, on a 1:1 basis. Whole grain baked goods will be somewhat denser and heavier.
Make This Pumpkin Streusel Bread Your Own
- If you don’t want to mess with the streusel or would like to cut back on calories or sugar, omit the streusel topping. Aaargh, I can’t believe I said that! Really, though, this bread is delicious with or without the streusel.
- Make a pecan streusel simply by adding a half cup of chopped pecans to the streusel. Walnuts are good, too.
- All out of whole wheat flour? Simply replace it with all-purpose flour. You’ll need three and a half cups of flour total, plus another one-third cup for the streusel.
- Rather have muffins? Simply divide the batter between muffin tins, top with the streusel, and bake at 400°F for 15 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Also, check out my recipe for pumpkin chocolate chip muffins.
Storage and Freezing Tips
- To Store. If you’re planning on eating the pumpkin streusel bread within a couple of days, it’s fine on the counter as long as it’s covered or wrapped. For longer storage, it will keep well in the fridge for up to a week.
- Freezer. This bread freezes well, just like most quick breads. Simply wrap the pumpkin bread whole or in individual slices in plastic wrap or parchment, and stash it in a freezer-safe container or reclosable bag. The streusel may lose a little of its crunch when it thaws, but it will still be delicious.
A slice of pumpkin bread makes a good lunchbox treat too. Wrap each slice individually and they’re all ready to add to lunches.
Both methods work great! I love that this recipe makes two loaves. Woohoo! Whenever I can do the work once and get twice the results, I’m a happy lady.
- ⅓ cup all-purpose flour
- ¼ cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 3 tablespoons cold butter, cut into small chunks
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray two large loaf pans with nonstick baking spray.
- In a medium sized bowl, prepare streusel topping by combining ⅓ cup flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and cold butter using a fork or your fingers. It should resemble large crumbs, with some larger pieces and some smaller. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine pumpkin, eggs, sugar, yogurt, water and vanilla. Whisk until combined.
- In a separate medium bowl, combine dry ingredients (whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, pumpkin pie spice). Add dry ingredients to the pumpkin mixture and stir until just combined. Do not over mix.
- Split the batter between the two prepared loaf pans. Sprinkle streusel topping evenly on top of each loaf.
- Bake for 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes depending on the size of your loaf pans — mine are extra long so it only took an hour. A toothpick or a knife inserted in the middle should come out clean when the bread is done baking.
- Let cool 10 to 15 minutes in pans before carefully removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Nutrition information is for one slice (10 slices per loaf).
- This bread freezes really well. You can freeze an entire loaf, or you can slice it and then freeze it already sliced. The streusel may lose a bit of its crunch when thawed.
- If you prefer, replace whole wheat flour with all-purpose flour.
- Streusel topping can be omitted if desired.
- Rather have muffins? Simply spoon the batter into greased muffin tins, filling each well two-thirds full, top with the streusel, and bake at 400°F for 15 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Makes 24 muffins, depending on size.
This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition data is gathered primarily from the USDA Food Composition Database, whenever available, or otherwise other online calculators.