Cinnamon Sugar Swirl Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread {Guest Post}

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Hi, friends!  I have so much to share with you from my Foodbuzz weekend but an apartment full of boxes is keeping me from the blog right now.  In fact, I still haven’t found my underwear (thank G-d for now having a washer and dryer in the apartment!).  On the upside, I don’t have to go to the gym yet since I can’t find my sneakers either. 

In the meantime, I have another guest post for you.  This one is from my amazing sister, Jessica.  She is the reason I started the blog so I owe all of my Keep It Sweet life to her.  The best part about this guest post? I get to eat this delicious pumpkin bread when she brings it for Thanksgiving.

Cinnamon Sugar Swirl Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

Full disclosure: I do not bake. My sister and my mom – they bake. Me – I cook. I clean the dishes when they bake. But any time I try to bake, I am reminded of why I don’t bake.

Despite this fact, I offered to do a guest post for my sister while she takes care of the 8 million other things going on in her life. Ya’ know, like moving and preparing to host Thanksgiving dinner for our family.

So I decided to make one of my mom’s classic and easy recipes – pumpkin bread. Classic because everyone knows it and loves it. Easy because I was able to make it through the whole recipe without asking any questions. And to add my own little touch, I took one of my mom’s favorite touches – chocolate chips and cinnamon sugar – and put it in the center. And here’s what I got: Cinnamon Sugar Swirl, Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

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Of course, being the non-baker that I am, something still went wrong. When the top of the loaf started burning and spilling over the edges before the center was cooked, I realized that I filled the pan way too high. Note to self: When they say flour makes bread rise, they mean it. Take that into consideration before filling a pan to the top.

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Cinnamon Sugar Swirl, Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

Adapted from My Favorite Pumpkin Bread



3 cups sugar

3 ½ cups flour

1 tsp nutmeg

2 tsp. cinnamon

2 tsp baking soda

1 ½ tsp salt


1 cup oil

2 cups pumpkin

2/3 cup water

4 eggs


2 ounces semi-sweet mini chocolate chips plus additional for sprinkling on top

2 tablespoons cinnamon sugar (I used a pre-mixed version but you can make your own to taste)


Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees

First mix the dry ingredients, then mix them in with the wet ingredients.

Spray two 2-pound loaf pans.

Fill pans about halfway and then sprinkle cinnamon sugar and chocolate chips.

Pour batter on top, filling the pan about ¾ of the way (take it from me, you don’t want to fill it all the way).  Sprinkle with additional chocolate chips.

Cook at 350 for about an hour.

Enjoy Smile


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17 Responses to “Cinnamon Sugar Swirl Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread {Guest Post}”

  1. Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean November 8, 2011 at 6:01 pm #

    deeeefinitely making this!

  2. Lauren from Lauren's Latest November 8, 2011 at 6:48 pm #

    This looks decadent and pure evil! Wouldn’t last long at my house!

  3. Kiri W. November 8, 2011 at 8:37 pm #

    Still looks tasty!! And I am just like you – baking, oh no not me. Once I made a boxed cheesecake by mixing all the add-yourself-components and sticking them in the oven, and then realized I was still holding the actual mix package in my hand. yeah.

  4. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. November 8, 2011 at 9:09 pm #

    Oh my goodness! This bread is just drool-worthy!

  5. alyssa - fashion fitness foodie November 8, 2011 at 9:10 pm #

    pumpkin bread is already amazing – add chocolate chips and a cinnamon swirl and i am drooling!

  6. Emily @ Life on Food November 8, 2011 at 9:16 pm #

    There are so many good flavors here. I like the crispy part the goes over the edge. Its my favorite.

  7. Jessica @ Stylish Stealthy and Healthy November 8, 2011 at 9:30 pm #

    Well clearly I already love your sister bc her name is Jessica, so how could she not be awesome…
    But pumpkin + chocolate + cinnamon = yes please.

  8. Baking Serendipity November 8, 2011 at 10:32 pm #

    This looks amazing! I’ve never sprinkled chocolate chips on top of the bread like this before…definitely must try :) PS: I totally love the dishes do-er…it’s my husband in my house, who claims he can’t cook either.

  9. debbie c. November 9, 2011 at 5:47 am #

    The proof was in the taste. And it was PERFECT!!!! It was moist and even more delicious than ever with that creative addition of cinnamon sugar!
    Welcome to the wonderful world of baking, Jessica!!!
    Happy Thanksgiving! xoxox

  10. Monica @ The Yummy Life November 9, 2011 at 8:54 am #

    Obviously, good cooks run in your family! This looks fabulous. I happen to be overstocked on pumpkin–there was a shortage scare here that never happened, and I stocked up. So, this moves to the top of the list for my next pumpkin recipe to try. Best of luck with the unpacking. :-)

  11. Sandra November 9, 2011 at 9:40 am #

    Thank you Lauren, and Jessica you did great. Hope to see you here again soon.

  12. Erin November 9, 2011 at 9:45 am #

    Sounds like a great bread! And good luck finding your undies Lauren – those might be important haha.

  13. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite November 9, 2011 at 10:14 am #

    what a fun and fantastic spin on pumpkin bread!! looks deeelish :) glad to hear you are getting settled in – can’t wait to hear about Foodbuzz!

  14. Carolyn November 9, 2011 at 12:45 pm #

    Apparently baking runs in the family! Wonderful bread, Jessica.

  15. Jackie November 9, 2011 at 2:09 pm #

    I love pumpkin bread and the addition of the chocolate chips makes this recipe sound even better. I am definitely giving this recipe a try.

  16. Nicole, RD November 10, 2011 at 5:45 pm #

    Hi Lauren’s sister!! :) This looks amazing! I will leave the baking to Lauren, too. I’m not so good when it comes to the sweet stuff. And yet, I’m way too good at eating it :) This bread looks DELICIOUS!!!

  17. Beth Michelle November 15, 2011 at 11:30 am #

    This pumpkin bread looks so amazing!!!

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