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Moist Pumpkin Bread with Walnuts

Moist Pumpkin Ginger Bread with Walnuts -this super moist pumpkin bread has walnuts and honey butter for the perfect fall treat.
Pumpkin bread with walnuts

Pumpkin bread is a fall favourite and the addition of walnuts adds the perfect crunch.  Don’t forget the honey butter on top for the most perfect pumpkin walnut bread recipe ever.  It makes the best afternoon snack, or breakfast.  It’s really pretty great anytime with a cup of coffee.  Or add it to your kids lunch boxes.  If you are a lover of pumpkin recipes, you will love this one.

how to make pumpkin bread with walnuts

This is the best pumpkin bread.  It’s pumpkin-y, and ginge-ry, and so moist.  The walnuts add a little crunch.  It feels like fall, in all the best ways.  And, this great recipe makes two loaves, so you can enjoy it twice as long, or freeze one for later, or give one to a friend.  I love making this flavorful bread during pumpkin season.  It’s great for the holidays too, and holiday gift giving.  This sweet bread looks great wrapped up in some parchment paper or storage wrap and tied with a ribbon.  Put the honey butter in a mini mason jar, and you have the perfect hostess gift.


This pumpkin loaf has a secret ingredient that makes it so moist.  You really can’t taste the lentils in this dish, but they keep the loaf from being too dry and give the bread a nice texture and tender crumb, and they add 11g of protein to the recipe.  Lentils are easy to prep for the pumpkin loaf.  Just cover them in water and boil them for 15-20 minutes until they are softened, then drain and add to your pumpkin mixture.

Fresh Ginger

Another one of the key ingredients for this moist pumpkin loaf is fresh ginger.  The fresh ginger instead of ground dry ginger adds a richer flavor more intense ginger flavor to the dish.  Look for fresh ginger root in the grocery store in the fresh produce aisle.  To prepare the ginger, first peel off the outer skin, and then finely grate the ginger, being sure to preserve the juices which are so rich in flavor.

This recipe uses both ground ginger and fresh ginger to give an even deeper flavor of ginger.  If you don’t have any fresh ginger you can substitute more ground ginger for the fresh ginger.  Use an extra 1/4 tsp of ground ginger in place of the fresh ginger if necessary.

Walnuts and Other Add-ins

My favourite add in for this homemade pumpkin bread is crunchy walnuts.  They add the perfect crunch and nutty flavor to the loaf.  You could substitute the walnuts for pecans or pumpkin seeds if you prefer.  And if you prefer chocolate you can do half walnuts and half chocolate chips.

Pumpkin Ginger Loaf

Honey Cinnamon Butter

Lastly you have to make the honey cinnamon butter -have to.  The sweet honey butter adds so much richness the pumpkin loaf with walnuts.  Spread it on a slice of the fresh pumpkin bread and enjoy.  This honey butter is so easy to make.  Just combine room temperature butter with honey and cinnamon.  I like to store it in a mini mason jar.  

A few times I’ve made this loaf and not made the honey butter to go with it, and although the pumpkin loaf is delicious on it’s own, it’s so much better with the honey butter.  It’s add such a great richness and sweetness.  The flavor of the honey combined with the cinnamon is such a great combination.

Pumpkin Ginger Loaf with Walnuts

Yield: 2 loaves

Pumpkin Ginger Loaf with Walnuts

Pumpkin Ginger Loaf with Walnuts
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes


  • 1/4 cup split red lentils
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 14 oz. pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 buttermilk
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tsp freshly grated ginger
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (or pecans or green pumpkin seeds)

For the Cinnamon Honey Butter

  • 1/2 lb soft butter
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 tbsp honey


    1. In a small pan, cover lentils with about 2 inches of water, and bring to a boil. Simmer 15 -20 minutes until they are soft and drain.
    2. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, ground ginger, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and stir to combine the dry ingredients.
    3. In a food processor, combine the lentils, pumpkin, oil, buttermilk, eggs, fresh ginger, and vanilla, and process until well blended and smooth.
    4. Add the wet ingredients to the bowl of dry ingredients, along with the nuts, and stir to combine. Pour batter into two greased standard loaf pans.
    5. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees, for about 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out dry.

For the Cinnamon Honey Butter

  1. Combine soft butter, cinnamon, and honey in a stand mixer and beat on high until well combined, and light and fluffy.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 343Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 66mgSodium: 307mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 2gSugar: 16gProtein: 5g
Pumpkin bread with honey butter

Store your moist pumpkin nut bread in an airtight container at room temperature.  You can also freeze the bread, especially the second loaf if you like to save it for later.  After it’s cooled completely, just wrap the bread in plastic wrap and store in the freezer.

I didn’t get a chance to freeze the second loaf from this batch.  We seem to eat it before I can manage to put one away for later.

This moist bread is full of pumpkin flavor from the pumpkin purée and warm spices and it’s perfect for enjoying during the fall season.  The honey butter with cinnamon is the perfect finishing touch, adding sweetness and richness.  This pumpkin nut bread recipe is sure to become a favorite of yours too.  It’s not just your standard pumpkin bread recipe, the lentils make it extra moist and rich.  Enjoy this quick bread recipe in the fall, or during the holiday season.  It’s great for enjoying as a snack, or breakfast and also makes a lovely gift.  I love to give it as a hostess gift during the holiday season and it’s always very well received.  Don’t be surprised if anyone you give it to asks you for the recipe so they can make it again themselves.

Pumpkin Ginger Loaf recipe

With homemade moist pumpkin ginger bread with walnuts, life really is a party.

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