We combined the beloved ingredients in pumpkin bread – creamy pumpkin puree, warm fall spices and a generous pour of vanilla – but omitted any dairy or eggs for a completely plant-based seasonal treat. Vegan dark chocolate chips stirred into the batter and scattered on top add extra flavor and texture. We found the pumpkin bread to be easiest to slice at room temperature, but feel free to enjoy a piece while it’s still warm if you can’t resist!
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line two 9-by-5-inch loaf pans (metal or glass) with parchment paper, leaving a 2-inch overhang on the longer sides.
Whisk together the flour, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl until combined.
Whisk together the pumpkin puree, sugar, oil, maple syrup, lemon juice, vanilla extract and 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons water in a large bowl until smooth and well combined. Stir in the flour mixture until just combined, then fold in 3/4 cup of the chocolate chips until evenly dispersed. The batter will be thick.
Transfer the batter evenly between the two prepared loaf pans, smoothing out each top into an even layer with a rubber spatula. Top each with the remaining 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips (2 tablespoons per loaf pan). Bake until the tops are golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center of each comes out clean, about 1 hour 15 minutes.
Let cool in the loaf pans on a wire rack, about 15 minutes. Use the parchment overhang to help lift the pumpkin bread out of the pans, then let cool completely on the wire rack, about 1 hour.
When measuring flour, we spoon it into a dry measuring cup and level off excess. (Scooping directly from the bag compacts the flour, resulting in dry baked goods.)
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