Chocolate Pumpkin Swirl Loaf

Chocolate Pumpkin Swirl Loaf -

Chocolate Pumpkin Swirl Loaf

Chocolate and pumpkin come together in this easy-to make-loaf.  Half of the pumpkin batter is left as is and the rest is combined with melted chocolate to create a beautiful marbled loaf dotted with milk chocolate chips and pumpkin seeds for extra flavour and texture.  It’ll be hard to just eat one slice.

Hey everyone!  How’s it goin’?  How was your weekend?  The weather is getting a little cooler around here, the days are getting shorter and there’s a lot more low-n-slow comfort-ey foods being made.  I’m talking risotto, pasta and bread (certainly not all at once ’cause mama wouldn’t fit into her pants 😀 ) I love all kinds of food and each season has it’s own little gems and styles of food prep.  I got to thinking the other day, what’s the one thing that I eat that I know I shouldn’t, but just can’t (or refuse) to give up?  One  of my loves is Cheez Whiz🙊  Yes, you read that right.  Cheez Whiz.  Please remember, this is a judgement free zone 😉

I remember as a kid, when there was a new jar opened up and the lid was removed, there was this glorious orange glow that beamed out; there was little air bubbles on top (I guess from when that magic was poured into the container from the factory, lol).  My brother and I would have a friendly little argument on who would be the first one to get those bubbles. Oh, good times.  Now, my brother doesn’t care for Cheez Whiz, but I still love the stuff.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I only eat it sporatically & my tastes have fancified greatly since I was a kid; I adore all kinds of real cheese…I’m talking blue, parm and everything in between<—oh, and the more pungent the better, but I’ll always have a sweet spot in my heart for that Cheez Whiz ❤️  There’s nothing like Cheez Whiz smeared on some homemade bread straight from the oven and hot chocolate…….seriously, try it!

So, what do you eat that you know you probably shouldn’t, but just will not give up?

Anywho,  onto this Chocolate Pumpkin Swirl Loaf, shall we?

Calling this a Chocolate Pumpkin Swirl Loaf a ‘loaf’ means that it is so much more acceptable to eat for breakfast.  I mean, if this was called ‘cake’ you’d probably think twice about munching down some for breakfast with your morning coffee, am I right?  But ‘loaf’, well, it’s only a loaf, just as well call it bread 🙂  And bread can’t be wrong for breakfast, can it?  Certainly not!

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Chocolate Pumpkin Swirl Loaf -

This recipe for Chocolate Pumpkin Swirl Loaf is slightly adapted from Canadian Living.  The original recipe uses crystalized ginger (I used pumpkin seeds & they add a lovely texture), dark chocolate chips are used instead of milk chocolate and I used just a kiss more nutmeg in my adaptation.  I think it turned out wonderfully, but I may be a little biased 😉

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I may not exactly have the ‘swirl’ action in this loaf, but it’s pretty darn tasty!!  You have the best of both worlds here with half the batter being pumpkin and half a chocolate/pumpkin combo.

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I have certainly made my fair share of pumpkin loaves or breads, but I’m gonna tell you, this one is at the top of the list🎃! So much flavour here and it is just so moist and chocolatey. Plus, I just love the pumpkin seeds in there for texture. It’s my new go-to pumpkin bread and I’m sure it’ll be yours too.

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Until next time, take care and chit chat again soon 🙂


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Chocolate Pumpkin Swirl Loaf
Chocolate and pumpkin come together in this easy-to make-loaf. Half of the pumpkin batter is left as is and the rest is combined with melted chocolate to create a beautiful marbled load dotted with milk chocolate chips and pumpkin seeds for extra flavour and texture. It'll be hard to just eat one slice.
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 70 minutes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 70 minutes
Chocolate Pumpkin Swirl Loaf -
  1. Prepare standard size loaf pan (8x4 inch). Grease with Pam and line with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. In a bowl combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, ginger, salt, cloves and nutmeg. Add chocolate chips and stir to combine.
  3. In stand mixer, beat butter with brown sugar until fluffy. One at a time, add eggs. Then, add pumpkin and vanilla and mix until combined (may look separated a bit and that's ok). Slowly add flour mixture a mix until just combined.
  4. Remove half of the batter to a bowl and fold in melted semi-sweet chocolate.
  5. Alternating with a spoonful of each batter at a time, add batters to loaf pan. Using skewer or knife, gently swirl light and dark batter and then smooth with off set spatula or spoon. Bake for about 70 minutes until skewer comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 15 minutes and then remove and let cool completely on rack.
Recipe Notes

Recipe slightly adapted from Canadian Living.

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62 thoughts on “Chocolate Pumpkin Swirl Loaf

  1. Michelle | The Secret Ingredient Is says:

    Eee this is so so perfect! I absolutely love the combination of chocolate and pumpkin – it’s definitely one of my favorite fall flavors (I mean hello, anything with chocolate really is!). Since the weather is starting to (finally…slowllllyyy…) starting to cool off, I am getting so excited to make more loaves, muffins, etc, this one is definitely on my list to make ASAP!
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  2. Ashlyn // Dollop Of Yum says:

    I’m soooo excited that it’s finally fall and that I can start making delicous pumpkin things like this! I’ve never seen pumpkin and chocolate swirled together in a loaf but it sounds like a great idea. This recipe looks great Dawn!

  3. Amanda@craftycookingmama says:

    I’m totally on board with you on the Cheez Whiz. Not sure if you’re familiar with a Philly Cheesesteak – it’s traditional to eat it with Cheez Whiz. Actually, it’s a constant argument – Whiz, Provolone or American – but Whiz usually wins with the locals. It’s sooooo good – a cheesesteak on a fresh Philly roll – drowning in Cheez Whiz. Love it!
    Loving this Pumpkin Bread too! Pumpkin, pumpkin seeds & chocolate – sounds right up my alley! Pumpkin bread is my favorite and I love trying all the variations of it.
    Hope you have a fab weekend ♥

    • Girl Heart Food says:

      Yes, I’ve heard that it’s traditional to eat a Philly Cheesesteak with Cheez Whiz. Next time I make one, I’m totally doing that!! Sounds too good! I know I’d love it too 🙂 So happy you like the pumpkin loaf, Amanda!! Hope you have a wonderful weekend too, my friend! xo

  4. Kathleen | Hapa Nom Nom says:

    Girl… that’s a loaded question. As a pregnant gal, there is an laundry list of things I can’t get enough of! Just the other day I made homemade chocolate chip cookies – I literally could not stop eating them! It was so bad, I no joke, had to throw half of them in the trash to keep from eating all of them! And I typically don’t have a sweet tooth! Since becoming pregnant, I have developed quite the sweet tooth (chocolate especially) so this swirled loaf has my name written all over it!
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  5. Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks says:

    OMG! Cheese Wiz! No judgments, but I haven’t thought about that stuff in years! I used to use it in delicious, fattening, and delicious casseroles! I’m still torn between letting go of summer and embracing fall, but this pumpkin loaf is a perfect transition! Especially with that chocolate! Pinned!

    • Girl Heart Food says:

      That Cheez Whiz is soooo good…hehehe. Just can’t give it up 😀 Embrace the Fall, girl. It’s just too much cute clothes during this season 😉 Thanks so much, my friend! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

    • Girl Heart Food says:

      Hahaha! Thanks Natasha! Know what you mean….I’ve been going crazy with the pumpkin stuff lately. By the time the season is over I probably won’t want to see it until next year. Chocolate definitely changes it up a bit 😉

  6. Miriam - says:

    It is so nice to come across the first pumpkin recipe – I am finally ready for fall – comfort food, chilli mornings & colourful leaves. Not sure why but I have never combined chocolate and pumpkin – what a revelation 🙂 I would love to have a piece or two for breakfast and maybe another one for afternoon tea … it looks delicious and I completely agree with you on the pumpkin seed and chocolate chip front 🙂 Have a great weekend!
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  7. Shashi at RunninSrilankans says:

    I cannot say anything about your Cheeze Wiz luv, my mom LOVES those shelf stable, tin cans of Kraft Cheese that can only be found at a handful of stores – sometimes she has me driving all over Atlanta just to procure a handful! As for me – it’s those giant Little Debbie Zebra Cakes that you find at gas stations! It’s been ages since I indulged – but seeing this is a judgment free zone and all.. 🙂
    By the way, your pumpkin chocolate swirl loaf looks delicious and I love the texture of those pumpkin seeds you added in! Awesome post!
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    • Girl Heart Food says:

      I’ve never had those tin cans of Kraft Cheese and don’t recall seeing them around here. Sounds very interesting, though 😉 Oh, those Little Debbie Zebra Cakes! All those sweets are so good, but haven’t had in forever!
      Thanks so much for the kind words, Shashi! The pumpkin seeds do add a lovely texture for sure. Appreciate you stopping by. Hope you’re having a great week 🙂

  8. Tracy | Baking Mischief says:

    You know, I wasn’t raised with it, so I’ve never had the desire to try cheese whiz before, but spreading it over a warm slice of bread is actually pretty tempting… 😉

    This looks sooooo good, Dawn. Chocolate + pumpkin is totally hitting me in my weak spots! Definitely have to bake up a batch of this for breakfast now that it’s finally starting to cool down a little around here. Pinning this right now!
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  9. karrie @ Tasty Ever After says:

    I’ll pass on the Cheez Whiz but I’ll eat a whole box of Cheez-its in one sittting! Yum! I love those little tangy, bright orange, sharp cheese crackers. I’d also eat a whole loaf of this chocolate pumpkin bread. Two of my favorite things together in one swirl loaf and loving your addition of pumpkin seeds. That means it’s healthy and I can eat it all by myself 😉
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    • Girl Heart Food says:

      I had a strong feeling that you weren’t a fan of Cheez Whiz, Karrie 😉 ! I just can’t quit it, lol 😀 Yes, yes, you are right…pumpkin seeds makes it healthy. It’s basically a health food, right 😀 Hehehe…..I like your thinking, girl! Thanks so much! xo

  10. David @ Spiced says:

    Oh, this loaf sounds amazing! And I love that marbled look in there. Well done all the way around! (And yes, “loaf” means I can totally eat it for breakfast. I’m glad you didn’t call this one a “cake”. Haha!) So Cheez Whiz, huh? I’m not sure I’ve had Cheez Whiz out of a jar…I’m only familiar with the stuff in the aerosol can. I’m not a fan of that stuff, but I am a fan of that jarred salsa con queso that you can get in the chip aisle at the grocery store. (It’s probably pretty similar to the jars of Cheez Whiz that you mention.) I’m pretty sure there is no actual cheese in that dip…but man is it delicious! Haha…good chat, Dawn! 🙂
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  11. Jolina says:

    That LOAF looks lovely Dawn! And since this is a judgement free zone, I declare that I will eat it for breakfast even if you called it cake lol. The marbling is just divine. And yay for dark chocolate chips. I do prefer those over milk chocolate. And yeah, I have fond memories of Cheez Whiz too! Even that pop when you first open a jar 🙂 Hope Monday treated you right! Have a wonderful rest of the week!

  12. says:

    First off – this chocolate pumpkin swirl loaf is all I’ll be thinking about for the rest of the day…so, thank you for that! Wish I could grab a piece or two right now! You cracked me up – yet again – with your Cheez Whiz, no judgement zone, story! You’re making me think now….hmmmm – I’d have to say – Nutella, no, kettle chips, wait – McDonald’s fries… okay – you said no judgement, right? I don’t know the last time I had the fries – but the others are just too easy to keep in the cupboard, ya know what I’m sayin’?! xo recently posted…Grilled Cucumbers and Yellow Squash with Dorot HerbsMy Profile

    • Girl Heart Food says:

      Yay!! Thank-you, Annie! You’re too sweet! If we lived closer, I would totally share with ya 😉 I’d even give ya the whole loaf! Glad I gave you a little chuckle 😀 I LOVE all your little indulgences…Nutella, kettle chips, McDonald’s fries. Now you’re just making me hungry, lol. Have you ever tried McDonald’s fries dipped into a caramel McDonald’s sundae? Do it. Seriously. It is sooooo good with the salty hot fries and sweet cold sundae. It’s been so long since I’ve had, but really good. Give it a try next time! Thanks so much, girl! xoxo

  13. Kevin | Keviniscooking says:

    LOL, I mean… great, Cheese Whiz! I haven’t seen that in ages. No judgement zone, just so you know here is my confession. The occasional Kraft Cheese slices with a saltine cracker after I wrap my dogs pills in them first to disguise the horrible flea and tick smelling things they get monthly. I have one slice for me and one each for them. There, I admit it. 🙂
    Loving this chocolate and pumpkin swirl loaf, yum. I would toast it slightly, slather with butter and eat it with a double espresso as I contemplate the upcoming months posts. 🙂
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    • Girl Heart Food says:

      You haven’t seen it in ages? Come on over to my house and I’ll show you a jar in our fridge and one in our pantry, lol 😉 We give our little guy a little portion of tortilla with peanut butter on it to take his pills…works like a charm! Those cheese slices on saltine crackers does sounds pretty good, though! Love your suggestion of toasting the chocolate pumpkin loaf and slathering with butter….’cause butter. Loves me some butter! And double espresso? If it weren’t so late in the day, I would totally be having that right now 🙂 Thanks Kevin!

  14. Cathy | says:

    ha! cracking up over your cheez whiz confession. thankfully it’s a judgment free zone because i have to admit that my guilty pleasure is spaghettios! please don’t tell my seriously italian family! haven’t had them in years, but i know i wouldn’t turn it down. and i can’t wait to try this loaf. you had me at pumpkin and chocolate – two of my faves for sure!
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    • Girl Heart Food says:

      Hahaha! Good to give ya a laugh 😉 Oh, it’s been so long since I’ve had spaghettios! I enjoyed ’em too, especially with a touch of shredded cheddar cheese, lol 😀 Thanks so much, Cathy! Have a lovely week!

  15. Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary says:

    Hahahahaha! Cheez whiz, huh? There are FAR worse, embarrassing foods to be addicted to! I remember growing up my Dad LOVED Cheez whiz and crackers. Then somewhere along the line he upgraded to real blocks of cheese. But I will ALWAYS remember that canister of whiz! 😉 Anyways, this loaf is so pretty, Dawn!!! You know I’m not a pumpkin fan, and I’m allergic to cocoa, but if I COULD eat this loaf, I WOULD! And that is saying a lot!!! You are actually making pumpkin look GOOD!! I love that you added pumpkin seeds in here!! Carb-tastically delicious, my friend! xo
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    • Girl Heart Food says:

      Yeap! Cheez Whiz! Cheez Whiz and crackers? Now, that’s an awesome combo! Gotta love that one too!! I definitely thought of you when I had this made and thought that you can’t eat chocolate and you don’t like pumpkin. So, I guess not much of a recipe for you, hey? Glad that you would eat it if you could, so that counts for something 😉 Carb-tastically delicious? That’s so awesome! Thanks for the sweet comment, my friend. Cheers! xo

    • Girl Heart Food says:

      Oh, yeah! Hubby went to Philly before and mentioned of a place that used Cheez Whiz on the cheesesteak. Thanks for reminding me! I totally have to try that soon 🙂
      Appreciate the kind words and Pin, Mary Ann! So happy you love the recipe! xo

  16. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom says:

    I love this chocolate pumpkin swirl loaf!!!! This could not be more perfect for fall and baking season!!! Cheese Whiz, huh? I don’t know why but I’ve never been a fan. . I’m sure though if I let my kids eat it, they would love it. . they do love the nacho cheese that you get when you buy nachos like from the movie theater or if you’re at a ball game. . and hey, my thing was Nutter Butters! 😛
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  17. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says:

    Ahhh I loved cheeze whiz when I was little! My brother and I always used the canned version, which is probably worse than the jar kind! 🙂 I still like it now, but I always forget about it! And I’m ready for the cooler weather, too. The mornings and nights have been cooler, but the days are still HOT here. But, I’m always in the mood for pumpkin, so this dish is calling my name. So pretty, Dawn! I love that you swirled in chocolate. Looks like the perfect breakfast to me! Pinned, of course! Hope your week is off to a great start!
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