Pumpkin Squash Bread

Friday is my no work-no sitter-no plans day. I love hanging out with my two littlest ones, baking something yummy to snack on, and leisurely enjoying a cup (or two) of coffee… This past Friday, I found a can of canned pumpkin in my cupboard and I had some leftover butternut squash in my refrigerator so my younger daughter and I made pumpkin squash bread. It was delicious – gone in a day!

Pumpkin Bread

Generally, one can of canned pumpkin equals about 1 1/2 cups or so. I had made pumpkin bread last week and only used 1 cup out of the can so I needed to make up the difference. Leftover butternut squash did the trick. In fact, you don’t even need canned pumpkin at all – a lot of canned pumpkin is really a combination of winter squashes – including butternut squash. So next time you make some butternut squash, set aside a a cup of mashed squash to make some bread. 

Leftover butternut squash


2 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 cup canned pumpkin or any leftover squash
1/2 cup canola oil
1/4 cup water
1 3/4 cups flour (regular or gluten free)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spices
In a large mixing bowl, combing the eggs, sugar, pumpkin, water, and oil. Mix well. Add the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and pumpkin pie spices. Mix well.
Pour into greased loaf pan. Cook for about 80 minutes at 325 degrees. Enjoy!!

Notes about the flour … I used Bob’s Red Mill All Purpose Gluten Free Flour. Because there is so much flavor from the pumpkin pie spices and the squash, you don’t notice any taste difference with the gluten free flour. This recipe is an easy swap! I’ve made it with regular flour and the only difference I noticed was that it took a little longer to cook by a few minutes.

Notes about pumpkin pie spices … I have an already combined spice jar from Trader Joe’s but if you have cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and allspice you can make your own! 

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Erin Brighton

I am a native New Englander now living in beautiful Charlotte, North Carolina and enjoying summers in sea-breezy Scituate, Massachusetts with my five small kids and two large dogs. I love to cook easy, local, and gluten-free for friends and family.

4 thoughts on “Pumpkin Squash Bread”

  1. I”ll have to try this with butternut squash. I found some on sale, but didn’t want to buy extra because I wasn’t sure I could use all of it. Great idea!

    1. Rebecca- Definitely do not be afraid of having extra butternut squash around! 🙂 It lasts forever in the winter – my dad would grow enough to get us until Easter Sunday. We would store ours in the mudroom – a cool, dry, out of the way place should help it keep for a while.

    1. Hi Kiran! Who knew butternut squash could be an easy substitute for canned pumpkin, right? Better yet, I didn’t know that a lot of canned pumpkin was actually a variety of winter squashes! This is the perfect substitution for an easy, yummy bread.

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