Butternut and Chocolate Chip Quick Bread

Butternut and Chocolate Bread (via abeautifulmess.com) Here’s an easy little quick bread recipe I threw together recently with some leftover butternut squash. This bread is similar to banana bread, quick to throw together with a dense, cake-like crumb. One of the great mysteries of life is if these kinds of breads are meant for breakfast, as an afternoon snack, or dessert? Seems to me it can work for all three if you like. 🙂

Butternut and Chocolate Bread (via abeautifulmess.com) Butternut recipesButternut and Chocolate Chip Quick Bread, makes one loaf

1 lb butternut squash, roasted and mashed (about 1 cup once mashed)
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
6 oz. dark or semisweet chocolate chips

First, roast and mash the butternut squash. Then pop the mashed squash in the refrigerator while preparing the next few things so it cools some before adding. You don’t want the squash or melted butter so hot that it begins to cook the eggs.

Butternut quickbread recipeIn a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together the butter, sugar, and vanilla well. Then stir in the eggs as well as the mashed squash. Add the dry ingredients to the bowl and stir to combine. Then stir in the chocolate chips.

Quick bread recipeLine a loaf pan with parchment paper or grease well with a little butter. Pour the batter in the prepared pan and bake at 350°F for 55-60 minutes. Insert a toothpick in the center towards the end of the bake time. So long as it comes out clean of gooey batter, you are good to pull the pan out of the oven.

Allow to cool before cutting into the loaf.

Butternut and Chocolate Bread (via abeautifulmess.com) Serve warm with a little butter on top. Happy baking! xo. Emma

Like quick breads? Try my Mango & Orange Quick Bread too!

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions

  • I just made this today with some butternut squash I needed to use up and it was delicious!


  • Hi Jerilyn! There’s a link at the very bottom of the post (view and print recipe) that you can click on. Thanks for reading! -Jacki

  • The dish looks bread less and cake more 😀
    This bread must be tastier enough like the bakery cackes. Eager to have this bread in my breakfast 😛
    Thanks for sharing the recipes 🙂

  • Hi, I’m new to your site, and was wondering how to print a copy of this recipe, thanks.

  • Yum! Butternut squash bread sounds delicious, especially for the last month of autumn!


  • Never knew you could use squash the way you use bananas for bread! Sounds delicious!

  • This looks amazing!! I’m definitely going to have to try this!


  • Yum!
    I’ve baked a lot with zucchini, but never with butternut squash! I imagine they’re pretty similar and this looks delish!

    Thanks for sharing!



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  • That looks amazing!!! :):)

    Are you guys designing a day planner for 2017? I really want one again for next year (I’ve been using the one for 2016 religiously)! <3


  • Emma, This is totally off topic (that bread looks delicious by the way), but are you participating in NaNoWriMo this year? I think you mentioned it before on the blog. I just started and if you are participating why not make it into a series of posts? I would love to see other folks participating too. I love writing and I like to think I have a good imagination, but the dedication it takes to write a 50,000 word novel is definitely going to be a exercise in commitment for me.

    -Thanks Hannah

  • This looks great 🙂 would eat at any time of day. I might try this with pumpkin puree since I always have some leftover from other recipes. 🙂

  • I’ve never backed with butternut quash but I absolutely love banana bread and this sounds like the perfect alternative for when I’ve just eaten too much of it!

    – Natalie

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