Gluten-Free Pumpkin Streusel Bread With Maple Glaze–yum! This yummy pumpkin bread has a cinnamon swirl and a buttery crumble and sweet maple glaze. It’s THE BEST gluten-free pumpkin bread recipe ever!
When I got the craving for pumpkin bread this year, I didn’t want just any pumpkin bread. I kept thinking “ooh, pumpkin bread with streusel would be good” or “I should try glazed pumpkin bread!” or “what if I did pumpkin bread with a cinnamon swirl?”
Well…I ended up doing ALL of those things, thinking I could decide what to pare down after I tried it. Because certainly ALL of those things in one gluten-free pumpkin loaf might be a bit much?
Well one single bite into the finished product, I knew I couldn’t give ANY of the elements up. This gluten-free cinnamon swirl pumpkin streusel bread with maple glaze is everything you never knew you needed. It’s a pumpkin dream come true!
Let me break down why you’ll fall in love with every element of this impressive, yet easy gluten-free pumpkin bread recipe…
Our Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bread Recipe, At A Glance:
the 4 elements of amazing Gluten-Free Pumpkin Streusel Bread:
1. Spiced Pumpkin Bread Batter
First is our gluten-free pumpkin bread batter. Rather than using just pumpkin spice, this yummy batter enhances the pumpkin flavor with vanilla extract and warm spices that’ll fill the house as it bakes. The texture is remarkably light and fluffy! You’ll be amazed by how light it is. It’s also super easy to make, thanks to using a 1:1/measure-for-measure gluten-free flour blend.
2. A Beautiful Cinnamon Swirl
Rather than adding chocolate chips, pecans, walnuts, or another mix-in, what makes this gluten-free pumpkin bread recipe so amazing is the layers of cinnamon swirled in. Made from a simple mix of cinnamon and brown sugar, it adds a little something special to each bite and makes the presentation extra beautiful. You’ll alternate adding batter, cinnamon swirl, more batter, more cinnamon swirl, and the rest of the batter. (See the photos above for a visual) But then things get even more exciting when you add our next element…
3. Gorgeous Streusel Topping
Next up is the streusel topping. This buttery crumble topping reminds me bakery-style pumpkin bread. It adds such a gorgeous texture and flavor that makes this gluten-free pumpkin streusel bread feel extra special.
4. Maple Glaze.
Last up is the maple glaze. I know it’s a bit extra to add glaze on top of the streusel, but I couldn’t give it up! This sweet maple glaze is the perfect finish to our cinnamon swirl pumpkin bread. You can keep the flavor soft by using just pure maple syrup, or you can play up the maple flavor by adding a few drops of maple extract along with the syrup in the glaze. (My preference) It makes it taste AMAZING!
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tricks for the best gluten-free pumpkin bread:
Flour Matters! This Is The Best Gluten-Free Flour For Pumpkin Bread:
The kind of flour you use really makes a difference when it comes to texture. Our favorite gluten-free flour for gluten-free pumpkin bread is King Arthur Measure-For-Measure gluten-free flour. It’s got a great mix of protein and starch, and gives me light, fluffy pumpkin bread every time. If you use another brand (like Bob’s Red Mill), be sure it contains xanthan gum.
Measure Your Flour Correctly
If you’ve ever cut into a sad loaf of pumpkin bread and wondered “why is my pumpkin bread gummy?” the answer often has to do with the balance of wet and dry ingredients. Packing the flour into your measuring cups instead of measuring the flour properly can make a HUGE difference. If you use the Scoop & Level method (or better yet, weigh the ingredients!), your bread will be much more likely to turn out light and fluffy, with a tender moist crumb, like mine.
Pay Attention To Your Bread Pan Size & Type!
Not all loaf pans are the same size! I’m using a 1-pound light-colored 9×5 loaf pan to bake my cinnamon swirl pumpkin bread. If you’re using a different-sized pan, you’ll likely need to adjust the baking time and may run into trouble with the batter overflowing if your pan is smaller. Also worth noting: light-colored pans make a big difference when you’re baking! They’ll conduct heat more evenly. Dark pans can burn the outside of the loaf while the inside stays under-baked.
Check Your Oven Temperature.
The last thing I’ll mention is that most ovens actually aren’t all that accurate when it comes to oven temperature. Many are off by 10-25 degrees (or more!), which can have a huge effect on your bakes! You can check your oven temperature with an inexpensive oven thermometer. Make sure you’re fully preheated before you start baking!
How To Know Your Pumpkin Bread Is Done And Fully Cooked:
The best way to know your pumpkin bread is fully-cooked and baked through is to check the temperature with an instant read thermometer. (If you bake or cook a lot, this is a GREAT tool to keep on hand! You’ll use it all the time!) Just like with banana bread, the center of the loaf should register 200 degrees F to be baked all the way through. You can also insert a toothpick into the center of the loaf. It should come out clean with just a few moist crumbs (no batter!). Additionally, the top of the loaf should easily spring back when gently pressed with your fingers.
faq – frequently asked questions about pumpkin bread:
How To Freeze Pumpkin Bread. Let the pumpkin streusel bread completely cool and let the glaze set completely before storing. Carefully wrap it with aluminum foil, then transfer to a freezer-safe bag. Store in the freezer about 2 months.
- If you prefer to freeze slices rather than the whole loaf, Cut the loaf into slices and lay the slices on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. (Place parchment paper between layers if you need to stack them to prevent them from sticking together.) Freeze the slices till solid or no longer tacky, then transfer the frozen slices into a freezer bag and freeze up to 1-2 months. Let the slices defrost slowly at room temperature or in the refrigerator (rather than in the microwave or oven) so that the glaze stays firm.
What Size Bread Pan Do You Use For Pumpkin Bread? For this pumpkin bread recipe, you’ll use a 9×5″ bread pan. I love these light-colored loaf pans. They’ll last for ages, bake evenly, and are fairly nonstick on their own.
Can I Make This Pumpkin Bread Into Muffins? Our gluten-free pumpkin bread can be turned into muffins! You’ll probably want to skip the cinnamon swirl (or do just one layer in the middle). Line a muffin pan with liners and divide the batter between 12-16 muffin cups, filling about 2/3 full. Then bake about 18-20 minutes.
Can I Leave Pumpkin Bread Out Overnight? How Do You Store Pumpkin Bread? Our gluten-free pumpkin streusel bread can be kept at room temperature 1-2 days, but for maximum freshness, I usually store in the refrigerator, up to 3-4 days. Be sure to wrap it or put it in an airtight bag to store!
Our Favorite Tools & Ingredients For This Recipe:
- The Best Gluten-Free Flour – makes light cakes & muffins, fudgy brownies, and gorgeous cookies!
- Light-Colored Loaf Pan – For even baking. These last forever!
- An Instant Read Thermometer – The easiest way to be sure your loaf is done! Works for baking, cooking meats, and grilling!
- Inexpensive Oven Thermometer – To check your oven temperature & ensure even bakes.
- Maple Extract – Optional, but I LOVE the flavor it can add to the glaze!