Blueberry & Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Loaf

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I’m sitting in the living room right now, black sports bra and Lulu pants on, hair dye slicked through my hair like I ran grease through it. Or W-D40. Oh, I’m also eating a steak while sitting on the floor. I’m so weird. And I tend to get my hair dye everywhere when I dye it myself. I have it on my shoulder right now. Most likely on my back, which will be there for at least 3-4 days. Cool.

Why do hair stylists have to be so expensive? And why do people keep having to steal my credit card online? And go buy things at Disney World? It’s so inconsiderate. That’s where you spend my money? At the happiest place on earth? That’s just rude bro. And please do not email me and tell me ways to prevent credit card theft. I know them all…obviously. Credit card theft is so mean. Especially when your funds are limited like mine. I was going to feed all my readers with that money. Karma’s a b*tch bro. Just sayin’.

This weekend was pretty damn fun. Pretty much because it was all based around food. Birthday lunch for one of my best buddies Jake (he turned 30, what a stud), then 2 BBQ’s at our house, then Laura and I made pretty much every dessert under the sun. Lots of red meat consumed, many beers and bottles of alcohol thrown back, and lots of tan lines…or burns. Days in the park, followed by evenings in the back yard, and finished off with nights in the living room…I.LOVE.COLORADO. And I love my friends. Have you started to follow me on instagram yet @paleomg? I’m seriously an instagram feed now. It makes me feel like I know how to take pictures. Clever lil device.

I figured out a couple things this weekend:

  1. I have to start getting pedicures. Damnit. I hate being a girl. And having feet.
  2. I like steak WAY more than I thought. Paired with asparagus…even if it makes my pee smell.
  3. I still hate running. But I gotta get that Lake Powell bod. Balls.
  4. If the right song comes on, I instantly want to go dancing. Meaning anything by B.o.B. right now. I feel so cool when his songs come on. Fly, to be exact.
  5. My ass finally fit into a pair of Old Navy jeans. Thank gosh. It’s hard acting like a normal person.
  6. I love this quote, “We are all a little weird and life’s a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.” -Dr. Seuss.

So this recipe is stupid good. I’m not kidding. I was highly stoked about it. I based it off my banana bread recipe that I also tear up for whenever I make it. It’s kind of like eating a bakery, minus the gluten and bloating. I love fake bread. Ugh. Sometimes I talk WAY too much. Yeah, all the time.

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Blueberry & Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Loaf

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Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Pull out your handy dandy food processor. It will make life soooo much easier. Add your cashews to the food processor to grind down.
  3. Once your get a fine cashew meal, add your walnut oil while your food processor is still on until you get a cashew butter.
  4. Then add your peeled banana and pureed pumpkin to your food processor with your cashews. Turn your food processor on and let combine for a minute or so until you have a soupy paste. Taste it. It’s stupid delicious.
  5. Now in a large bowl, whisk your eggs, then add your cashew/banana mixture along with almond meal/flour, baking soda and powder, honey, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and salt. Mix to combine until you get a batter.
  6. Now fold in your blueberries and chocolate chips.
  7. Grease a loaf pan with some coconut oil. I used a loaf pan that was 9×5 inches and it worked well. You could use smaller for taller loaf of bread, just may cook differently.
  8. Pour batter into your greased loaf pan. Place in oven and bake for 25-30 minutes or until bread is cooked through and the top of your loaf has a bit of a “crisp” to it.
  9. Let bread cool for about 10 minutes.

Notes

Be careful how many blueberries you add, it can get a bit too moist if you’re not careful.

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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.

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115 thoughts on “Blueberry & Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Loaf”

  1. I seriously LOVE you for this post!!!! These are all my favorite flavors piled into one freakin awesome Paleo yumminess!

  2. Juli that quote was on my wedding program, exactly one year ago today! You have the most impeccable timing 🙂

  3. I’ve been waiting all weekend for this recipe!!!! Just need to go get me a brown banana.

  4. Juli, I just made your banana bread last night (love it!) so I’m beyond stoked for this blueberry pumpkin mash up! All I need now is the sun to come out here in Portland & ripen up our sweet Oregon blueberries! I will be singing your culinary praises far & wide, tho I hate giving up my “secret” for all the bomb-ass paleo dishes I concoct. Thanks for keeping it real & putting so many good recipes on this site. Cookbook soon?

          1. Do you have a cookbook yet? I made this this morning as muffins with strawberries and peaches instead of blueberries for my picky, allergic-to-everything toddler and she ate three. I could kiss you.

          2. yep! i have one called ‘OMG. That’s Paleo?’ available on amazon and another for preorder that comes out June 10th called ‘The Paleo Kitchen’

  5. This looks so freaking good! Gosh, I’m SO behind on making your recipes!!! Being broke sucks. haha Steak & asparagus is besttt!! & that sounds like the most amazing weekend ever. So jeal.

  6. Looks great, and I’m trying it as soon as I get hold of some pumpkin.

    As for pedis, I used to think they were too girly but honestly, it takes a strong professional to grate all the calluses off my feets. If I don’t, then it hurts to run when too much callus builds up. Fortunately, I found a pedi place with mostly male employees– it plays track & field and other sports on the big screen and stocks beer in the fridge, even though most of the clientele is female. Best of all, the men are not judgey about how hideous my feet are–they see them as a problem to be solved. Go figure.

    1. I made this using pecans and it was delicious!! My 5 year old son who refuses to eat any fruits or vegetables loved it. I’m going to try and sneak spinach into it next time!

  7. I don’t have any nuts….I wonder if I could just use almond butter instead? I think I’ll try it, although I just bought walnut oil and was super stoked to try it out. Oh well, next time!

  8. The Seuss quote is awesome. That quote (and seeing random really weird looking couples) gives a weird guy like me hope…

  9. This is basically all of my favorite things in loaf form…AWESOME! Can you taste the banana in the bread, though? I can’t get past the smell/taste of banana, it literally turns my stomach 🙁 Would it work with no banana and more pumpkin?

  10. walnut oil? I’ll bet that is one of the fancy expensive ingredients that makes it magic;;;;;;I wish i was making money!!! argh life – I want to enjoy you but those with finer tastes require the moula!!

    1. I subbed almond butter for the cashews and walnut oil and it worked out AMAZINGLY!! I also added another 1/4 cup of chocolate chips…m,mmmmmmmmm….

  11. This looks effing AWESOME! I can’t wait to give it a shot. Do you think Avocado Oil would be okay to use instead of Walnut? It’s what I have, but I’m afraid it would mess with the flavor. You rock by the way! I LOVE reading your blog!

      1. I made this with 100% coconut cream because I didn’t have walnut oil or coconut oil. Still amazing!

  12. Went to the store without the recipe and got everything EXCEPT the cashews!!! Any subs that would be okay? More almond meal/flour or coconut flour?

    1. You would definitely need some kind of nut butter so if you have other nuts you could try that, cashews just work the best (at least for me)

  13. I made these as muffins last night sans pumpkin but added more bananas. My son officially declared 8 weeks ago he is off the “grain train”, he’s 11 and apparently he is trying to coin that phrase :). All he said to me this am when I gave him a muffin was “Mom, paleo is delicious and I love you” BOOM! so worth it!
    Thanks for always posting kick ass recipes.

  14. This was a great recipe!! I didn’t have blueberries so I used blackberries and my loaf pan was dirty so I made 12 muffins and they are delish!!! Love the chocolate lol! Thank you im loving your recipes!

    1. Hi! Just checking for a response on my question about the measurement of premade nut butter one would sub in.
      Thanks!

      1. Hi Jaime,

        Did you ever find out or try this recipe and did you find out what the sub of premade nut butter would be? I want to make this and wondering the same thing. Thanks!

  15. Made this last night for boyfriend and I. Super, ridiculous, amazing recipe. Seriously. If I didn’t love you before, I sure as hell do now. We ate the entire thing.

    The only changes I made were to add more blueberries (because nom) and we used coconut oil in place of walnut oil–it’s what we had on hand.

    I will now make every tasty treat you post. New life goal.

    1. No idea my dear. I’m not one to count calories. But there are websites out there that you can use to figure out the nutritional info!

  16. Just discovered your site and am spreading the word through the Cross Fit gym here. Made this and LOVED. Going to add a few more blueberries next time – you said not to add too much but I think 1/2C would be okay vs. 1/4? Have you tried?

    1. It might be a lil too much and make the loaf a lil too moist but I personally find nothing wrong with that so I still like it with the extra blueberries

  17. This bread is amazing!! I used dried blueberries instead… my kids don’t like the texture of the real blueberries. Still delish!! 🙂 Thank you for these wonderful recipes!

  18. Another great recipe – thanks Juli. A confession though – I used macadamia nut pieces instead of chocolate. Worked well.

  19. I can’t wait to try this recipe. I made your “moist” zucchini chocolate bread the other day and it was amazing!!

    How much store bought cashew butter should I use in this recipe?

    Thanks!!

  20. I made this recipe this morning, and I have to say that this is the best Paleo bread recipe I’ve made yet. The only changes I made were to double the cinnamon and to use frozen blueberries. The texture is perfect, and the taste is wonderful. Great job!

  21. YUM. Is this recipe for high altitude, or do you suggest altering it? I think you’re in Denver (as am I!) and high altitude baking and I are mortal enemies.

    Thank you!!

  22. Quick question – I love pumpkin and want to make a heap of your pumpkin recipes but down under here in Oz we can’t buy pumpkin puree in cans. Can you suggest how to cook normal pumpkin (and what type) to use as a substitute?

    Thanks

    1. Try using the baby pumpkins, you can usually find them near the squashes at your market. And just do a Google search on how long to roast a pumpkin and it will help you out!

    2. to make pumpkin or squash puree – its about 60 mins give or take bake time: depending on size of pumkin (wash, halved or quarter, remove seeds bake 350 ish (its not a science ) about and hour till soft enough to scoop out pumpkin, puree with couple tablesoons water and its done 😉

  23. Love this recipe!!! I used olive oil instead of walnut oil and was great!! Mine looked done after 30 minutes and even did the tooth pick test. Turned out really gooey….baked like another 15 minutes. Still wonderful and yummy!! thanks for all your incredible recipes…keeps me on track. Your great treats are key for me and they are so good!!! I am not sure I could ever eat processed sugary food again …thank you!! seriously!!

  24. Made this today – just had to tell you it was a super hit!
    Your pic makes me think I need to add more blueberries though!!
    Thanks for the awesome recipes, and site! You have made my transition to Paleo a fun ride!! You rock!!

  25. Suuuuuper good! I made a double batch and would recommend more cinnamon and pumpkin since I only did a teaspoon of honey. Other than that it was amazing, I couldn’t stop eating it after dinner and just reminded myself its just nuts that are really fluffy and yummy.

  26. How much cashew butter would I substitute for using 1.5 cups cashews or would it be the same amount? And this looks so delicious! My son is type 1 diabetic and I am always looking for good recipes. Thank you.

  27. Hey Juli
    New to your site and Paleo for exactly 1 week and LOVING it! I want to try this tomorrow but I DESPISE bananas…could I just double the pumpkin puree to make up for omitting the banana?
    Thanks!
    Hanna

  28. I have honestly made this bread like 10+ times since discovering this site and everyone that I give it to/trick into eating it raves about it. Making it again today to take to work tomorrow, can’t wait to force more people to eat my Paleo snacks 😉 Thanks so much for this one!

  29. ok it smells amazing and I’m sure tastes great- I doubled the recipe and put it in 2 loaf pans- it is totally cooked on the outside but not at all in the inside- it’s soo mushy still.. I’m putting them back in but I don’t know how it’s going to work out?! any advice?!

  30. Hi Juli, I just made this loaf for the first time today and it’s delicious! A quick question, my loaf was hard to get out of the pan and it’s REALLY crumbly! It broke in half and is kind of falling apart! I did grease the loaf pan with coconut oil…did I not use enough? Or not cook it long enough? It was browned on top so I thought it was done. Thanks in advance for your advice. 🙂

  31. I can’t stop making THIS!!! I had a little flop with some steamed sweet potatoes and was making this so I used the sweet potatoes instead of pumpkin!

  32. This is a great bread – but even better, the banana / cashew / pumpkin / date mixture has become a staple breakfast item this month while doing our “Whole 30”. I whizz it up in the morning, warm it on the stove with a little pumpkin pie spice and have a fantastic “oatmeal” that makes me forget how much I am missing my usual breakfast. Thanks!

  33. My sister told me about this recipe. She kept bragging about how good it was. She insisted that I had to make it. We made it tonight and you are right it is stupid good. I definitely will be making this again. Thanks Juli for this amazing recipe!!!

  34. I want to make this as our treat since we will be done with Whole30 tomorrow! Quick question – this would work with coconut flour if I use less, right? About how much would you suggest to substitute? So excited to try this recipe!

  35. Wondering if this is freezable? I’m having a baby in a few weeks and would love to have some on hand for breakfast and snacking.
    Thanks!! Looks yummy!

  36. Hi,
    This is one of my most fav. recipes for muffins. Im extremely picky son loves them too. Do you have any idea of the nutritional counts? Curious how much protein and calories are in it.
    Thanks!

  37. Ok…I am not even gonna lie….I am a little obsessed with you my dear! I LOVED this recipe. I must admit…I have a sweet tooth that used to rule my very existence. Not to mention I was known for my baking (ok…in my own family and the myriads of multiple personalities living within me…JK) so leaving baking to be paleo was a bit …….sigh…..sad. NO MORE! I am renewed and among the living, breathing, happier, thinner, healthier paleo crazies. Thank you for this recipe!! I added more pumkin to it and a second banana and it was so freaking moist I almost cried. And….I may have tripped when I was pouring in the chocolate chips …so a few extra MAY have gotten in the batter.

    Try the avocado chocolate pudding! OMG Add a banana to that as well as some creamy cashew butter….DEfreakingLISH.

    THANK you

    A new follower

  38. Not sure if I will get a response but I will try!! Love your food, Love your blog, my cashews are salted…will this mess up the recipe? 🙂

  39. Oh my gosh. I’ve been on Paleo for about a month and I just made this. You are a life saver. I’ve been craving sweets and this is the perfect treat. Especially now that Fall is starting! This is amazing!! Thank you for this recipe!!! Keep making amazing things! 🙂

  40. Is it possible to make this into muffins instead of a loaf? I plan on making these for a study meet up coming up.

  41. Is it possible to make this without the chocolate? I wouldn’t think it would throw of the wet-to-dry ratio, but I wanted to make sure before I unnecessarily waste ingredients.

  42. I made them into muffins as i haven’t had much success with loaves as they always take ages to cook. My husband said these were the best muffins I’ve made which includes the ones with flour and sugar. I used some microwaved pumpkin as we don’t get pumpkin in a can here and they were delicious. My 4 and 2 year old loved them. Thank you

  43. I made this last night as muffins and I dont know what went wrong but they came out so dry they are hard to swallow. Perhaps I cooked them too long or maybe I need to add more of the wet ingredients, as my combination of nut butter, pumpkin, and banana was a little on the dry side.

  44. This is the second time I made this recipe but I made sure to have all of the correct ingredients and OMG it never tasted better! now i REALLY love this recipe!!!

  45. YUMM!! I cant wait to make this for my sister. She recently has been very ill and went to the doc and of course…gluten allergic! (well more of an intolerance) I told her about your website and she is very excited. I love your recipes and love reading your blog! 🙂

    Speaking of your blog…I totally was reading one of your rants before looking at the actual recipe (for some waffles..forget which ones) and I saw “Dom’s” name. I recently joined 1884 crossfit a few months ago and wondered if that was the same guy?! haha!! I asked him about it (he already thinks im silly and say random crap so he wasnt surprised) but he said “yes, i am that he”. and that was it. lol

    I just thought it was pretty random! I moved here from AL a year ago an stated using your recipes in AL when I joined my old CF gym. You’re great and I love following you on IG as well.

    🙂 🙂 🙂

    1. hahahaha that’s AWESOME!! Dom is one of my favorite people of all time, he is one hell of a guy! I don’t get to see him near as much anymore 🙁 you’re so lucky you get to workout with him, just the greatest :):)

  46. Haha Dom makes me laugh. He’s definitely a fun guy to work out with for sure. My husband does not take CF seriously and is always joking, and Dom makes fun of him so hard. I love it. Haha!!

    Not to mention he’s so darn strong!! Brad (my husband) and Dom have the sickest beards at 1884. It’s great.

    🙂 🙂 🙂

  47. Made this loaf this past weekend! It was yummy next time I’ll probably add more blueberries and choc chips (at the risk of it becoming too moist). Maybe even more spices too! This was a perfect treat for the colder weather we’ve been having and I’m pretty much addicted to anything pumpkin.

  48. I made this with my 3yo daughter yesterday and it was bang-a-lang! I was out of vanilla extract so I subbed vanilla bean powder. I had cashew butter on hand so I used it: my batter looked a bit dry (cashew butter can be Saharan that way) so I added the walnut oil and some applesauce. The loaf came out beautiful and delicious and we’ve been stuffing our faces ever since. Nom nom nom. Thanks Julie! You’re my go-to for awesome Paleo baked goods!

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