Gluten Free Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread Recipe

downeast maine pumpkin bread

Mixing up a batch of pumpkin bread seems to make the house smell wonderful, doesn’t seem
to last long once it’s out of the oven, and everyone loves to receive it as a gift.
It makes a great hostess gift, or something wonderful to bring a new mama, or friend just because.

This bread is from canned pumpkin, but we did grow pumpkins this year.
Not on purpose however.
They were kind of a happy accident in a big garden on the North side of our home that you can’t
grow anything in.
Not enough light, and I am fairly certain the largest population of ants in North America may live
in this garden as well.  So with the whole no light/plant eating insect combo we have had zero

Until this year.

The year of the wayward squash.  

The vines began to creep across the garden as the weather warmed
early this summer, and before we knew it, there were blossoms all over.
Yes, this is the spot where we compost our pumpkins (purchased elsewhere) each year.
But I never dreamed that in the worst garden I have ever seen, would grow a beautiful crop of
ghost pumpkins, good old orange pumpkins, and a bunch of nubby bright orange gourds too!

Now that we are professional pumpkin farmers, I am sure next year will be amazing.
In the meantime, here is my version of a very popular Pumpkin Bread Recipe on
Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread.  It’s good, easy, and my version will keep those that are
gluten free very happy.  If you want to make the regular version, just substitute the gluten free
flour for regular wheat flour.  I have made a few other variations too, a little more spice and
Splenda instead of granulated sugar.  If you have never tried this recipe, you are going to love it.

Let’s bake!

Gluten Free Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread
Serves 12
This moist cake-like pumpkin bread has just the right amount of spice and sweetness to make it your new favorite bread to bake!
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  1. 1 15 ounce can of pumpkin puree (not pie filling)
  2. 4 eggs
  3. 1 cup vegetable oil
  4. 2/3 cup water
  5. 3 cups Splenda or granulated sugar
  6. 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  7. 3 1/2 cups gluten free flour blend or regular wheat flour
  8. 2 teaspoons baking soda
  9. Dash of salt
  10. 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  11. 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  12. 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  13. 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  14. 1 cup of chopped walnuts or pecans
  1. Preheat oven to 350*
  2. Butter and flour 2 large or four small loaf pans and set aside.
  3. In a mixing bowl combine pumpkin, eggs, oil, water, vanilla and sugar. Mix well and set aside.
  4. In another bowl combine flour, baking soda, salt, spices, mix well and fold into the pumpkin mixture. Stir in nuts and divide between prepared baking pans. Bake for approximately 45 minutes depending on your oven. Allow to cool for 20 minutes, loosen and remove from pans, finish cooling and serve.
  1. Enjoy!

 downeast maine pumpkin bread


If you love pumpkin season as much as we do, here are two of
my absolute favorites!


My favorite Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

Starbucks Pumpkin Scones recipe

These Pumpkin Spice Scones are a good copycat of your
favorite Starbucks  Pumpkin Scones!

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  1. Thanks for the recipe! It looks delicious!

  2. Oh this looks fabulous!!! Can’t wait to try it, pinned. XO

  3. Yum, Tanya! I love all the pumpkin ideas ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thank you for sharing your post this week at Brag About It Link Party on VMG206. I’m featuring you at Next Weeks Brag About It Link Party, Monday at midnight!

    ~ Megin of VMG206

  4. I can’t believe its gluten free! Sounds delish! Thanks so much for linking up at Creative Spark Link party. We hope to see you back today to link up.

    • Hi Michelle, why thank you! I have tried to convert some of my favorite recipes, and this one turns out really well Gluten Free. Have a great rest of your week- xoxox

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