Chocolate chip pumpkin bread

Hey guys! How’s your hump day treating ya? Hope you’re having a wonderful day <3 Has anyone hit up the Indian Food buffet yet? 😉

This morning, after a BEAUTIFUL yoga class (on the mat next to Ashley!), I came home and put on my baking pants.

It’s been a while since I’ve created a recipe for ya’ll, and I had pumpkin on the mind after this morning’s post. (Thanks for all of the recipe ideas, btw!)

pumpkin bread 

I went into the kitchen and after fumbling around for a while –I still have no idea where some of my aunt’s supplies are, haha- I did my thang. 🙂

Vegan Gluten-free Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread


Makes 1 loaf


-2 C flour of choice (I used Bob’s Gluten-free Baking Mix, but spelt or whole wheat would be lovely)

-2 t baking powder

-1/4 t sea salt

-2 t cinnamon

-1/2 t nutmeg

-1 bar dark chocolate (I used the kind with cacao nibs in there, too), chopped- your call on this one. You can use less, but I say go big or go home 😉

-1/2 can pumpkin puree

-1/2-3/4 C sucanat (or brown sugar), depending on how sweet you want it

-1/2 C rice milk (I prefer almond, but my cousin is allergic to tree nuts so I’ve been rolling with rice milk for baking so she can feast too!)

-1 t vanilla

-1 t molasses

-2 flax eggs (2 T ground flax soaked with 4 T water)

In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, sea salt, cinnamon and nutmeg, and whisk to “sift”dry

Add the chocolate chips and stir

Next, add in the remaining ingredients and mix to fully incorporate all the goods- don’t overmix, thoughmix

Bake in a loaf pan for 30 minutes, then remove, cover with foil and bake an additional 15 minutes. (Toothpick inserted in the middle should come out clean)

Feast 😀

loaf (2)

Some of ya’ll have asked about how I come up with recipes. It used to NOT be intuition at all, but after cooking a lot more by following recipes and going to raw culinary school, it’s gotten a lot easier.

Usually I’ll write down an idea of what I want to do, and will notate changes I make as I go along.


In addition to the dough I left myself in the mixing bowl and a hunka chocolata, afternoon snack was a bowl of pumpkin protein pudding (pumpkin, Sun Warrior and almond milk to thin it out) and a salad of lies.


I say “salad of lies” because I was so excited to try this dressing because it kinda looked like the Vegan Miso slaw dressing from Whole Foods that I’m obsessed with.




(greens, dulse, tomatoes and carrots)

did not taste the smallest bit similar to this.


Oh well. At least I have plenty of pumpkin chocolate chip bread to snack on 😉

I’m off to take the puppers for the walk since the weather is SO AMAZING!!!, then pack up linner, paint my nails a fun color and head to work.


See ya laterrrrr <3



Upcoming: That BC update post

*I’ll have the circuit workout up tonight for the early AM workout birds 🙂

Update: Here’s that circuit workout!

As always, check with a doc before starting any new fitness plans

-Warm up 5 min cardio of choice

-Superset 1: Bicep curl and tricep dip (15 of each, repeat 3 times)

-Superset 2: Lunge R 10 times, L 10 times, squat 10 times, calf raises (10) – repeat 3 times

-Cardio blast: 5 min. Start at an easy jog or walking pace with 5-6% incline. Add 1% incline every minute until you have reached 5 min (if you need to take it down before then, do it)

-Superset 3: Pushups (12- start in full plank and drop to your knees to finish if you need to), bent-over fly (15)- repeat 3 times

-Superset 4: Stability ball back extension (12-15) and Stability ball crunch (hold a weight at the ends with both hands,keeping your arms close to your ears to make it more challenging- 15)- repeat 3 times

-Cardio blast: 5 min sprints. Go for 1 min at an easy pace, 30 seconds at a very challenging pace, alternating for 5 minutes total.

-Cool down (5 minutes), stretch.

Something to think: From today’s yoga pep talk aka savasana: “We can’t just stop when things get difficult. If we stop and do nothing when life gets hard, our life will be full of nothing. By doing something, you get something. By doing nothing, you get nothing.” Writing it out, I couldn’t help but think “well, duh,” but I really needed to hear it today. When things get a little hectic and crazy, or we have a lot going on, the best thing we can do is… anything 🙂

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  1. Beth @ Will Run for Books on October 6, 2010 at 3:16 pm


    that is all.

  2. Heather (Heather's Dish) on October 6, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    DROOOOOOOLING 🙂 how did you know that i was craving pumpkin chocolate chip bread today?!

  3. CathyK on October 6, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    love your quote from the yoga pep talk! think i’ll write that one out, too.
    angela at oh she glows shared a yoga moment this morning…this is just a great day to hear important messages about life! 🙂
    love the recipe – thanks!

  4. Brittany on October 6, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    That pumpkin bread looks divine! 😉

  5. Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers on October 6, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    oooh gina, that recipe sounds fantastic.

    i love all of the insightful things i learn during yoga classes. they really set a positive spin on the whole day.

  6. Jessica @ How Sweet on October 6, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    That looks DELISH.

  7. Sarah on October 6, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    This is off topic, but I bought the spiralizer from your OpenSky store last week and tried it out last night…oh my goodness where have zucchini noodles been all my life?! Just wanted to say thanks for helping me find a new favorite! 🙂

  8. Holly @ couchpotatoathlete on October 6, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    “the best thing we can do is… anything”

    So simple and yet so true! Its amazing how simple quotes like that can really hit home, huh?

    Too bad about the dressing — so did it taste bad or did it just not taste like you wanted it to?

  9. Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin on October 6, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    Wowza that looks AWESOME.

  10. Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman on October 6, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    Secretly I suggested pumpkin bread because I hoped you’d make it. You’re never one to disappoint.

  11. Laughter-Loving Stacy on October 6, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    Oh dang, that pumpkin bread looks mouth water-ing-ly fantastic. 😀

  12. Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) on October 6, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    Yum, this recipe looks GREAT!


  13. Kristina @ spabettie on October 6, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    Hmm… I wonder what’s in the miso dressing…? maybe you can ask…

    that bread looks NOM.

  14. April @ Crazy Fabulous Life on October 6, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    Was the miso dressing not good at all, or just not what you were hoping for?

  15. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on October 6, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    Sorry bout the salad dressing being meh. That sucks. And good salad dressing is sooo expensive, I hate wasting $$. Take it back, I would 🙂 haha!

    And the bread, you totally outdid yourself! Anything Vegan + GF is a winner in my book! I have a Vegan GF Peanut Butter banana bread. The addition of a ridic amount of PB is what keeps it from not getting dry. And I can see the pumpkin totally making your bread just outta this world! YUM!!

    And it’s totally cool that you are working with your cousin’s allergies. That is awesome. I wish more people would be considerate and hook up us food allergy peeps 🙂

  16. Amanda on October 6, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    I love recipes with those ingredients!

  17. Krystina on October 6, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    Bella looks so cute in that picture! That loaf looks mighty tasty too and fulla chocolate.

  18. Chelsea at Striking Balance on October 6, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    Oh my…that pumpkin loaf looks unbelievable! And the ingredients are all super easy to find, I think I actually have them all on hand. Will definitely be making this soon!

  19. Heather on October 6, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    We had the same craving 🙂 though I made gluten free pumpkin chocolate chip cookies last night!

  20. Mary @ Bites and Bliss on October 6, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    Yummm!! I love pumpkin in just about everything- this looks incredible!

  21. Jessica@tastyandtrim on October 6, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    omg yum! I was thinking of whipping up some more pumpkin bread this weekend. That recipe looks fabulous and even better because it contains dark chocolate 🙂

  22. Carlee on October 6, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    Pumpkin bread with chocolate! Yes please. I have always loved squash but I am slowly learning how to incorporate it into baking. Great ideas!

  23. Cara Craves... on October 6, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    It’s always a disappointment when you have high hope for something, such as the dressing, and
    it results in a let-down…you will just have to try and re-create it yourself!

  24. Natalie on October 6, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    That pumpkin bread looks delicious! I’ll bet it’s fun for you to have some extra mouths to feed 🙂

  25. Sandra on October 6, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    Why have I never thought about putting chocolate in pumpkin break. SO have to get baking this weekend!!

  26. Liz @ Tip Top Shape on October 6, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    Oh my goodness I want some of that bread!!!! In honor of Indian Wednesday I made some curry tempeh! Not as good an Indian buffet would have been, though…

  27. Brittany @ Bee Louise's Bites on October 6, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    Yes I lurvvvv those gluten free vegan recipes. Thanks!! 🙂

    Also, totally know what you mean about the “doing anything is the best thing.” Some nights I feel like I can’t work out because I should be doing work. By the end of the night, I realize I haven’t done work at all, and I could have worked out! In the future, I need to be better about at least doing *something* when I’m stressed.

    I hope all is well in your niche of the woods! Love reading your blog every day, and sending lots of good thoughts your way, lady

  28. Laury @TheFitnessDish on October 6, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE that dressing! One of my favs!!!

  29. Ava on October 6, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    Hi!! I’ve been meaning to share a gem in Orlando. We lived down in Orlando and used to go to this Indian-Chinese restaurant. They serve both Indian food and Indian style Chinese food and it is DELICIOUS!! MMM I can taste it right now. Its a very friendly little place and ask them what they suggest and they will always accommodate. Thats how I discovered my obsession with a fish dish of theirs…Chatpati Fish. YUM! Anytime we asked for a certain dish that wasn’t on the menu they’d cook it as well.Its over on South OBT, heres a site I found them on:

    I myself am Indian and grew up on the cuisine and am pretty picky about eating it out at restaurants (I always think my mom’s is the best) but this one.. my family and I already made exceptions for! If you try it out let me know! Haven’t been there in a while since I live in NY now. Enjoy!!!

    • Fitnessista on October 6, 2010 at 11:52 pm

      awesome, thank you!!

  30. Mi-An Dela Cruz on October 6, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    that looks mighty tasty!!

  31. Raya on October 6, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    Mmm I’m going to turn orange I’ve been eating so much pumpkin! I went to the 4pm yoga class today and the teacher (it was a guy) said “Where is your GAZE? And I’m not talking about your homosexual friends! Where is your FOCUS!” Bahahah. Everyone cracked up 🙂

  32. Menden on October 6, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    Yum, that looks like a fantastic recipe! I always get nervous at the thought of baking something without a recipe, but it looks like you nailed that one! 🙂

  33. Emily @ Emilyeatsclean on October 6, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    Mmm that bread looks AND sounds delicious!

  34. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on October 6, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    I’m seriously in pumpkin heaven with all of these pumpkin recipes being posted lately! This one is at the top of my list though because if there’s anything I love more than pumpkin, it’s pumpkin AND chocolate. 😉

  35. Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete on October 7, 2010 at 12:28 am

    Thank you for making something for the GF community! Whahoo! Can’t wait to try this thing out!

  36. Erin @ Living and Loving in L.A. on October 7, 2010 at 1:10 am

    I put on MY baking pants today too! I love the way you put that. SO cute!!!


  37. Melissa on October 7, 2010 at 7:56 am

    I didn’t get a chance to post yesterday; work was a callin’ but mmmmmm to both! Since dairy is such a prob for me that lasagne just calls my name girl. Oh, I meant to tell you. Imad that cake the other day and my kids devoured the entire thing! Soo good! I added choc chips for them as a little somthin’ somthin’. Thanks so much for sharing your hard work with us!

  38. laura on October 7, 2010 at 7:56 am

    You should try pumpkin protein pancakes since you like protein pancakes! Just add canned pumpkin and a little liquid to the original batch along with nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon.

    Loving all of your pumpkin recipes!

  39. Erika @ Food, Fitness, & Fun on October 7, 2010 at 8:20 am

    Mmmm pumpkin chocolate chip bread sounds amazing! Thanks for the recipe. 🙂

  40. Fallon on October 7, 2010 at 11:18 am

    MM The pumpkin bread with chocolate chips looks amazing!!

  41. Dana Marie on October 7, 2010 at 11:49 am

    So a no go on that miso copy cat dressing?

  42. Ashley on October 7, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    Totally making the pumpkin bread tonight – holy yum!!

  43. lauren on October 7, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    this was my first time using flax seed as egg replacement and it made the bread so much more moist! I loved it! But since I’m living in France and can’t find pumpkin in a can to save my life, I used applesauce and it seemed to work pretty well. Will definitely be bookmarking this recipe! Thanks Gina!

    • Fitnessista on October 7, 2010 at 4:22 pm

      that sounds lovely! glad you liked it 🙂

  44. Ashley on October 7, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    Loved the pumpkin bread!! I used a combination of quinoa/buckwheat/brown rice/arrowroot + added a tsp of xanthan gum. Made them into little muffins – totally delightful!

  45. Midwestern Magnolia on October 8, 2010 at 9:16 am

    Bummer about the salad dressing! I, too, am a lover of the vegan miso slaw at “Whole Paycheck,” and I get very bent out of shape that they don’t always have it at the hot bar. However, have you ever tried the Naturally Fresh Ginger Dressing found here: While it isn’t the same as the Whole Foods vegan miso dressing, it is similar and delightfully yummy. I live in Orlando, too, and get it at Publix in the produce section by the bagged lettuce.

  46. Haley @ Fit, Young, and Fabulous on October 11, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    I.think.I.need.a.slice.NOW! (:

  47. Alexis @ hummusapien on October 11, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    I just finished my pumpkin chocolate chip pancakes! I still have three cans left so this may be next!

    • Fitnessista on October 12, 2011 at 12:45 am

      haha you are hardcore, my friend 🙂

  48. Alison (Fueling for Fitness) on October 12, 2011 at 10:34 am

    Sorry if I missed it, but what should the oven temp be? 350? I’m looking forward to giving this one a try! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on October 12, 2011 at 10:39 am

      yes- i forgot to include that in the original recipe!

  49. Lauren A. on October 13, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    mmm, i made this last night and it turned out great! i can’t wait to eat more for breakfast tomorrow. i subbed 1/4 dried currants for the chocolate, because i just couldn’t sacrifice the last chocolate bar i had in the house.

    • Fitnessista on October 13, 2011 at 7:21 pm

      i’m so glad you like it!

  50. Carine @ La Vie Est Belle on October 14, 2011 at 9:20 am

    I made these today!! I omitted the molasses as I didn’t have any. I also wasn’t sure how big your pumpkin can was but I am guessing those big Libby’s ones. Anyway I used 2 cups and the bread turned great and was very moist. I only used 1/4 cup of sugar too (mine was those slightly coarse sugar) and it was sweet enough as there was enough chunky chocolate pieces in every bite. Overall a great breakfast 🙂

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