Healthy Chocolate Cranberry Pumpkin Bread

Healthy Chocolate Cranberry Pumpkin Bread
Chocolatey-pumpkin goodness in every bite is what you will get with this recipe for healthy chocolate cranberry pumpkin bread. Made with unsweetened cocoa powder, and dried cranberries for sweetness, it is a take on pumpkin bread you’ll want to make over and over again during the holiday season.
This healthy chocolate cranberry pumpkin bread is made with whole wheat flour and only sweetened with maple syrup, the cocoa powder, and dried cranberries. There’s something delicious and classic about pumpkin bread and cranberries, but when you add chocolate it’s a whole other level that I’m totally down for. Be sure to opt for unsweetened cocoa powder containing more than 70% cocoa, which is actually a good source of polyphenols, iron, magnesium, and fiber. Pair that with the nutrition of pumpkin, and this bread is definitely a nutritional step-up from that piece you’ve gotten at Starbucks! (for the record I get that one every once in a while and enjoy it!)
healthy chocolate cranberry pumpkin bread
You can definitely get creative and add in other mix-ins to this healthy chocolate cranberry pumpkin bread like nuts, other dried fruit or coconut flakes. As the holidays are quickly approaching I really like festive pop of red from the dried cranberries!
This bread would also make a great hostess gift for the holidays or simply an easy recipe to make for a brunch together or to have for breakfast throughout the week. I honestly thought that the cocoa power would be too overpowering and I would miss the taste of pumpkin, but that was not the case at all. You’ll get that pumpkin taste we all know and in a jazzed up way.
healthy chocolate cranberry pumpkin bread
If you’re not feeling the chocolate vibes, don’t worry because you can always fall back on this recipe for simple and healthy pumpkin bread too! And for even more takes on pumpkin bread be sure to check out my first cookbook, the Once Upon a Pumpkin Cookbook that features a recipe for paleo pumpkin bread and healthy pumpkin banana bread too. Any way you slice it, you cannot go wrong with the many variations of pumpkin bread that are out there. I am a huge fan of slathering on peanut or almond butter to a warm slice for breakfast anytime of year.
healthy chocolate cranberry pumpkin bread

Healthy Chocolate Cranberry Pumpkin Bread

  • Author: Maggie Michalczyk, RDN
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 55 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 loaf
  • Category: pumpkin bread
  • Method: bake


A twist on a classic pumpkin bread recipe with chocolate? Count me in! Pumpkin bread goes holiday with this recipe that has just the right amount of sweetness and is festive for the season!


  • 1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup whole-wheat flour
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together pumpkin, maple syrup, coconut oil, egg and vanilla.
  3. In a separate large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients: flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice and salt. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until just combined.
  4. Pour batter evenly into loaf pan.
  5. Bake for 55-65 minutes until a toothpick tester comes out mostly clean.*


*The bread will not rise a ton but don’t worry because that doesn’t mean it’s not done cooking!



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