October 17th, 2013

Great Harvest Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread (Copycat Recipe)

I know. Pumpkin chocolate chip bread. Like you’ve never seen that before. But this is copycat Great Harvest pumpkin chocolate chip bread people! (Who knows, maybe you’ve seen that too). I, however, had never come across this recipe until just a few weeks ago when my sister told me about it. She  just kept raving, telling me how she’d thrown all of her other pumpkin bread recipes right out of her recipe box. So of course I had to try it. Now I know what she was raving about. This pumpkin chocolate chip bread is just about perfect. I’ll be honest with you, I’ve never had the actual Great Harvest version, but according to my sister, this is a pretty good imitation. Regardless, it’s absolutely delicious and it bakes up beautifully. This makes two good sized loaves, so I like to put one away in the freezer for later.

Great Harvest Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

Great Harvest Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

Preparation 15 Cook Time 60 Total Time 0:00


  • 2 1/2 cups white flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3 cups white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups cooked or canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 4 eggs, beaten lightly
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 1 /2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F degrees.
  2. Grease two (9×5 inch) loaf pans or three (8×4 inch) loaf pans.
  3. In a large bowl, mix flours, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt together in a large bowl; set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl, stir together pumpkin, oil, applesauce, eggs, vanilla and water.
  5. Stir pumpkin mixture into dry ingredients until well blended. Stir in chocolate chips.
  6. Divide batter between prepared pans. Bake for 55-65 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  7. Cool for 20 minutes in pans before turning out onto wire racks to cool completely.
1 review
Who Dished It Up First: Adapted from Joan’s Bunchberry Bites



  1. This will definitely be making an appearance on our breakfast table. Thanks so much for joining in Danelle- I always look forward to what you will create.

    • Ryan Moody says:

      Is the recipe good without apple sauce?? I just thought it was strange to add that for bread.

      • People use applesauce sometimes as a replacement for oil, just to cut back on fat, which is what I did. If I remember correctly, I replaced half of the oil with applesauce. You can’t taste the applesauce at all, it’s just a healthier alternative. Some people even replace all of the oil in a recipe with it. But of course, you can also use all oil and no applesauce. Just replace the applesauce you take out with an equal amount of oil.

  2. I love that it has less oil than the traditional pumpkin breads and more pumpkin. A definite going to try. Pinning!

  3. Yum! Sounds delicious. I love chocolate chip anything.

  4. LOVE pumpkin bread! Can’t wait to try it. Pinning!

  5. Can’t wait to make this pumpkin bread! Pinned to my Fall Party Board!

    ~ Jenn @ We Do FUN Here

  6. I’ve never had great harvest bread either. I am a fan of any pumpkin bread then add chocolate chips and its a winner in my book! Pinning. 🙂

  7. Yum! This bread looks so good. Pinning it. Came over from The Daily Blog Boost!


  8. That looks amazing and tasty!

  9. We make a different version of this bread, but I like the use of applesauce in this one and less sugar and oil. Going to have to give this one a go!

  10. Mm does that look good!!!

  11. A friend of mine is a HUGE great harvest fan, this is a fun recipe for me to check out. So fun to have it part of the recipe exchange… I LOVE the theme of pumpkin this month ;o) Emily @nap-timecreations

  12. One of my favorite fall flavor combinations!

  13. How does the cooking time convert if you want to make into cupcakes?

  14. This recipe looks fantastic! Anyway to reduce the amount of sugar? Three cups seems like a lot.

  15. Does it matter if you don’t have wheat flour and just use more white?

  16. I made this bread and it was fantastic! I used cinnamon applesauce because that’s all I had but it turned out delicious. The glaze was perfect. I did not add cinnamon though because I was worried it would be too much. Thanks for sharing!

  17. Ashley Walton says:

    I’ve used this recipe for a while now and love it! The only problem is that I have a hard time slicing it up. The outside is crisp and the inside is soft. It’s a mess to cut so I usually make them into mini muffins. Any suggestions?


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