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Pumpkin Spice Cornbread in Instant Pot (or Oven)

Fall is my favorite season of the year. The pleasant breeze, leaves changing color, salads giving way to soups, ice-creams making way for pies and cobblers! It’s also the beginning of Pumpkin season.  You can start seeing pumpkins of all shapes and sizes widely available everywhere. I love cooking and baking with pumpkin and I am always looking for new ways to use pumpkin in sweet and savory dishes. One thing I love doing around holidays is to create recipes that are quick to please and can be made ahead of time. Seems like I’ve hit a home-run in my house with this recipe- Pumpkin Spice Cornbread!

Pumpkin Spice Cornbread Instant PotEarthy and sweet cornbread mix meets creamy and moist homemade pumpkin puree– the result is a soft, moist and delicious Pumpkin Spice Cornbread. This holiday season, I am jazzing up a tried and trusted store-bought cornbread mix from Trader Joe’s, that I have been using for years. This cornbread will make a great addition to your table. Enjoy it as-is or make stuffing with it. Pair it with honey butter or pumpkin butter and enjoy it with a cup of tea or coffee for a delicious and light snack.

In the video here, I have made this Pumpkin Spice Cornbread in my electric pressure cooker- The Instant Pot DUO. It cooked in about the same time as the oven, was missing the crisp golden outer layer, BUT, pressure cooking made this cornbread really really moist. I like making mini loaves of cornbread using the disposable Mini Loaf Baking Pans. I prefer the portion size of the slices- prevents me from over-indulging 🙂 Plus, makes for cute gifts for the holiday basket. From one 15 oz. box of cornbread mix, I can make four mini loaves. I typically half the mix and make two different flavors out of it. You can use this recipe and make Pumpkin Spice Muffins too, it will be a great side for your breakfast or brunch table. They are perfect for taking to office potlucks too. The second flavor I made over the weekend was another huge success in my house- Cranberry Orange Cornbread.  If you want to stick to one flavor, simply double up the ingredients in this recipe.

Pumpkin Spice Cornbread Instant PotThese Pumpkin Spice Cornbread loaves can be made in the oven too. Simply mix everything as per the directions and bake in a preheated 350F oven for 12-14 minutes. The actual time will depend on your oven. At the 12 minute mark, check for doneness by inserting a toothpick, if it comes out clean, you’re good, else, pop-it back for another minute or two.

Pumpkin Spice Cornbread in Instant Pot (or Oven)

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Serves: Makes 4 mini loaves Cooking Time: 12 Minutes Manual, NPR or 12-14 minutes in oven at 350F


  • These ingredients are for half a box of Cornbread Mix (half of 15oz.), which makes two Mini Loaf Pans. If you wish to use the whole box (four loaves), simply double up the following ingredients:
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup milk (I used whole milk)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice (add more for a stronger flavor)
  • 7.5 oz. Cornbread Mix (I use Trader Joe's mix)



Melt butter in the microwave, about 20-30 seconds. Add egg, pumpkin puree, milk and pumpkin pie spice. Whisk together. Add cornbread mix and mix with a spatula.


Grease mini-baking loaf pans with any baking/cooking spray. Divide the better equally between two Mini Loaf Pans.


Pour 1 cup water in the Inner pot of your Instant Pot (I used the DUO 6 Qt). Place trivet. Place two loaf pans on top. If you're doubling up the recipe, you can stack two more on top as shown in the video.


Close lid. Set valve to Sealing. Press Manual for 12 minutes. Open lid after natural pressure release. Cool cornbread for 5 -10 minutes before slicing. Enjoy with honey butter!

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    November 20, 2017 at 7:53 am

    Could you post the size of your mini-bread pans? I went to order some from Amazon and found there are various sizes of pans under their mini category. Thanks!

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      November 20, 2017 at 9:44 am

      Hi Sally, I use these ones: Mini Loaf Pans

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        November 20, 2017 at 11:45 am

        Thank you for the reply! We love TJ’s cornbread mix so these variations will be a great.

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        November 20, 2017 at 11:56 am

        That link took me to the standard 8.5 by 4.5 inch pans. Two of those won’t fit in the DUO80. I have a stack of 7.5 by 3.5 inch and 2 won’t fit side by side. It must be these:

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          November 21, 2017 at 4:01 pm

          Yes, that’s the size: 6″ X 3.5″ X 2″. I had set up the link for that size, don’t know why it directed you to the other one. Sorry for the confusion. Hope ti works out for you now.

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