Baking Pumpkin Bread With My Kids



My  kids have really taken an interest in cooking. I find them in the kitchen asking if they can help me cook. I think it’s a great life skill and a wonderful time for them to learn so I get them involved.  My older son and I made pumpkin bread! 


What a really simple recipe to make with children!  I love when my kids help me cook or bake and then when they taste the end result and see their joy on their faces is priceless. It is such a sense of accomplishment and rewarding for them. 



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Pumpkin Bread Recipe
Serves 18
Homemade Pumpkin Bread
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  1. 2 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 1 cup packed brown sugar
  3. 1 tbsp baking powder
  4. 1tsp cinnamon
  5. 1/4 tsp salt
  6. 1/4 tsp baking soda
  7. 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  8. 1 cup canned pumpkin (we used fresh pureed pumpkin)
  9. 1/2 cup of milk
  10. 2 eggs
  11. 1/2 cups of shortening (or substitute)
  1. In a large bowl combine 1 cup of flour, the brown sugar, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, baking soda, and nutmeg. Add pumpkin, milk, eggs and shortening.. Beat with an electric mixer on low until blended then blend for 2 minutes. Next add the remaining flour blend well. Pour batter into a greased pan (9 X 5 X 3 inch loaf pan). Bake on 350 for 60 to 65 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack.
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I have made chocolate chip banana bread with my son before, next is zucchini bread. Do you bake with your children? If so what is your favorite recipe to make with them? 


  1. That is so great that you kids can cook with your husband! Wish my kids would learn to cook, and I especially would love for my husband to cook with them. I’d love it if you’d add it to our link party @

  2. I love making easy banana bread but this is definitely pumpkin season. I think my son would love to get into the kitchen and help me bake some pumpkin bread!

  3. What a perfect bread to make for the holidays. Thanks for the recipe. I can smell the rich aroma already.

  4. Yumm, this sounds delicious… and for only 165 calories?! Not too shabby! Hope you have a great weekend 🙂

    Diary of a Debutante

  5. We love pumpkin bread and my toddler loves to help me, too. I haven’t had the chance to make any this season, but hopefully in the next week or two I can get caught up on things and get to baking.

  6. Smart kid, especially if he gets to lick the bowl, I used to love my mom make her delicious chocolate frosting for just this reason!

  7. I love when little ones decide to help in the kitchen. It is always so much fun to watch their faces when they create something wonderful. Thanks for sharing this frugal recipe at the Living Big on Less Money series. I am glad you stopped by.

  8. Kathy Lane says:

    I love homemade pumpkin bread,and this is a good easy looking recipe.I like to use fresh pumpkin and sometimes I use butternut squash too.

  9. Awww, I love baking with my boys!

  10. YUM sounds so good! I love cooking with kids.

  11. Looks like a yummy recipe. My kids love all thinks pumpkin. I think I will have to try this with my youngest, she is becoming quite a little baker.

  12. This bread looks fabulous and perfect for this time of year! My kids love to help out in the kitchen too!

  13. i love the smell of pumpkin bread baking. my kids love to help in the kitchen too

  14. Yum! I am definitely going to try this – I love pumpkin and I JUST got a brand new loaf pan!

  15. I must pass this recipe to my grandmother! She loves pumpkin!

  16. Helene Cohen Bludman says:

    Pumpkin bread is one of my favorite things to eat this time of year. A slice of pumpkin bread with a cup of tea is just perfect on a chilly afternoon. This recipe looks great.

  17. I’m definitely trying this recipe!

  18. Mmmmm – I LOVE pumpkin bread! Looks like you guys had fun (:

  19. One thing I love about fall is that it is the perfect time to spend in the kitchen with the family and bake. I love pumpkin and the pumpkin spices in a lot of recipes and of course in my coffee. I usually make pumpkin pie, occasionally i will make pumpkin bread and my recipe is almost the same ingredients as yours, without the shortening.

  20. Cooking with kids is so fun! I love pumpkin bread too so this would be a win/win.

  21. I think cooking with the kids is tons of fun–usually, unless they make a huge mess. 🙂

  22. Love Pumpkin Bread! Love cooking with the younger ones too!

  23. Delicious and fun! My kids love cooking and baking with me!

  24. Yum, this looks delicious! Your son is super cute! My son loves to cook to, as he is getting a little older.. I cherish every minute he can stand with me in the kitchen 😉

  25. I love pumpkin bread so much!

  26. Seems like a fun family time. XD

  27. We love making pumpkin bread! We never have to ask twice for helpers in the our kitchen. 🙂

  28. I love to cook with my son, but these days he wants to do EVERYthing himself. Its challenging!

  29. I really like it when my children want to cook with me. It is very fun when they try to change the recipe to be creative.

  30. While cooking with my kids always ends up in a mess, it is some our best quality time that we get to spend together. I love pumpkin bread, this look like a great recipe.

  31. I haven’t had a sweet bread in years now! I used to make it all the time, so you’ve definitely got me craving this!

  32. My husband loves pumpkin bread!

  33. I see you’ve linked up this great looking recipe at the Flamingo Toes link party. I’d love for you to come share it on my new link party – Required Ingredient Recipe Link Party – that just went live. Every Sunday I feature a different ingredient and this week it is pumpkin.

    I hope you’ll stop by and share!

  34. Is the ingredients list missing sugar? The instructions say to combine the flour, brown sugar, sugar, etc., but I only see brown sugar on the list. I just started making this and am not sure whether to proceed without white sugar or how much to add. Thanks!

  35. Jenn Oldaker says:

    My kids love to help bake things 🙂 LOVE pumpkin bread! Thanks for sharing this recipe! 🙂

  36. Lorayne Gothard says:

    This is a great easy recipe to do with my girls. They love to cook, and this is the best time to spend time together.

  37. Have heard that pumpkin bread is tasty; would love to try this recipe

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