Sweet chocolate pumpkin bread with hints of cinnamon, nutmeg and salty pecans, It's even better the second day!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees, place oven rack in center position, use a paper towel to wipe sides and bottom of pans with butter, then dust with flour, set aside
In a medium size bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Set aside
In a large bowl mix soft butter, apple sauce and sugar, then add eggs, and pumpkin purée and mix until smooth
Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients a little at a time and mix until well combined
Using a spatula, add 1 1/4 cup pecans and 1 1/4 cup chocolate chips and mix well (reserve the rest of chips and nuts for topping)
Separate batter into loaf pans, tap pans on counter firmly and smooth top with spatula. Sprinkle reserved chocolate chips and pecans on top of each loaf.
Bake in the oven for 55-60 minutes, or until inserted toothpick comes out clean